Self employed job ideas

Have you always wanted to be self-employed? Have more control over your working life and be your own boss? You are not alone. Lots of people are turning to self employment for a range of reasons. Here we take a look at the best self employed job ideas out there.

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There are lots of reasons why you might consider becoming self employed: perhaps you’re finding it difficult to get a job, or you have always wanted to be your own boss. Or maybe you’re looking at a career change, or want more control over your working hours. Whatever the cause, the good news is that there are lots of self-employment opportunities available these days. In this article we’ll explore the kinds of  roles for self-employed people and what you might need to consider. 

What types of self employed jobs are there?

Self-employed jobs include a broad range of roles. They range from freelance professional jobs like graphic designers, web developers and tutors to more traditional self-employed jobs like childminders, hairdressers, window cleaners and dog walkers. In more recent years more self-employed jobs have been created by the ‘gig economy’ – like delivery driving, becoming an Uber driver or setting yourself up as a blogger.

You might also consider yourself self-employed if you rent out a room as a B&B or look after bookings for a holiday home.

How do I become self-employed?

First you need to work out if you want to start your own business, or find a job that requires you to work with self-employed status. There are lots of examples of this second kind of role on Examples include customer contact jobs, conveyancing roles and sales positions.

How do I set up my own business?

If you want to be your own boss, the steps you need to take will depend on the type of business you’ll be running. Key things to think about are the equipment you’ll need, whether you need any business premises, and how you will find and keep customers for your business. There’s more information on this article: eight steps to starting your own business.

How do I register as self employed?

It’s important to let HMRC know that you are becoming self-employed so that your tax records are up to date. It’s straightforward to do this – just visit for all the details. Most people starting out in business set themselves up as a sole trader – and the government website explains what this means.

One important aspect of self-employment is that you are responsible for your own bookkeeping and tax payments. You’ll need to file a tax return every year and pay the resulting tax bill.

Part time self employed jobs

If you’re interested in part time self employed jobs there are plenty of opportunities out there. One of the key benefits of self employment is the ability to manage your own workload and set your own hours, so it’s a great way of working part time.

With service-related part time jobs – such as dog grooming, hair dressing, cleaning etc, this is very easy – you only book appointments for the days and hours you want to work.

Self-employed jobs from home

Many people choose self-employment as a way to work from home. This can be very handy if you have childcare responsibilities or are caring for an elderly relative, and need to be around most of the time.

Fortunately there are lots of home-based self employed jobs available – and again it might be that you run your own business, or act as a freelance employee. You could run a businesses from home, perhaps selling on a platform like Etsy or eBay, or running appointments as a beauty therapist or physio.

Self-employed franchise opportunities

If you like the sound of running your business, but don’t know what kind of company to start, there are lots of opportunities to set up a new branch of an existing company – or what’s known as a franchise.

There are all kinds of franchises available, from establishing art classes in your local area to social media management and cleaning companies.

With a franchise you pay for a licence to start up a new business, and in return are given lots of support, advice and instruction on how to get going. It can be a very successful way to move into self employment. For more information about self-employed franchise opportunities, see the workingwise Franchise section.

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