The best self-employed careers

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The best self-employed careers
Freelancing online means you can work anywhere, anytime. (Businessman working on laptop image by MAXFX from Fotolia.com)

When you want the independence to set your own hours, wear whatever you want to your office and develop a unique niche for goods or services in your community, then freelancing is the answer. Freelancing offers flexibility and the chance to be your own boss. For unemployed individuals it's a way to bring in much-needed income. There are thousands of freelancing jobs available, from being a personal chef or dog walker to accounting and house cleaning. The question then becomes, what are the best options?

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Freelance Financial Adviser

Money Magazine lists freelance financial advisory services in its top 50 independent jobs. Many people need help with planning their financial futures, particularly for things such as college and retirement. In 2006, the average financial manager made more than £65,000 annually. The Bureau of Labor Statistics for 2010-11 anticipates a 20 per cent increase in this market by 2018, faster than other occupations that have freelance options.

Colleges throughout the United States offer MBA programs for financial planning in response to the growth in this industry, estimated at 20 per cent or more in 2010. People considering this career path should have a good head for numbers, strong organizational skills and the ability to keep up with necessary industry compliance paperwork.

The best self-employed careers
Freelance financial advisory services are on the increase as independent jobs (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Home Stager

In a buyer's market home staging becomes an essential element to selling your property. A home stager looks at a property and advises the owner on how to make the house as appealing to potential buyers as possible. For example, home stagers tell you to put away personal photos and other individualised items. This makes it easier for a viewer to see himself or herself in that space.

Most home staging professionals freelance, and many have a background in interior design or the arts. Some home stagers choose to take courses in real estate to improve their understanding of the market. Interior redesign requires no license or certifications.

This freelance position relies heavily on referrals and word-of-mouth networking.

The best self-employed careers
Home stagers can help improve your chances of selling a house and usually freelance through word-of-mouth (Getty Images/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Freelance Writer

In 2008 the Bureau of Labor statistics showed more than 280,000 writers and authors, of which 70 per cent were self-employed. The Bureau estimates 15 per cent growth in this sector between 2010 and 2018, particularly on the Internet.

There are numerous types of freelance writing jobs. For example, freelance SEO (search engine optimisation) writers provide valuable services to online businesses by using keywords that improve search engine results. Bloggers keep a steady feed of information going out to consumers and ghostwriters provide expertise for individuals without strong writing skills.

People considering this field should have strong writing, editing, and research skills.

The best self-employed careers
Freelance writers need to have strong writing, editing and research skills (Ablestock.com/AbleStock.com/Getty Images)

Graphic and Web Design

Freelance graphic and web design opportunities abound thanks to the ongoing popularity of the Internet. Whether a person wants a home page to share photos with family, or a business needs a site for advertising goods and services, graphic and web designers create a finished look for a variety of online goals. As of 2010, graphic and web design work is growing at a 13 per cent rate, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Individuals with animation experience have even greater opportunities in interactive media.

Individuals going into this field need strong computer skills and the ability to keep up

with changing technology.

The best self-employed careers
People who work in graphic and web design need to be able to keep up with changing technology (Digital Vision./Photodisc/Getty Images)

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