More and more people are looking for ways to work for themselves, and these six businesses can all be started from the comfort of your own home. From flexible schedules to more time available to work on your ambitions, there are many benefits to working for yourself.
Companies require graphic designers to help them convey their message in a visual way, whether it’s in the form of adverts, websites, posters or logos. Graphic designers can work from home easily, and only have the cost of design software and a secure internet connection as their overhead costs, so their work can be carried out from anywhere. Most graphic designers have a degree or qualification, but it is possible to find work as a self-taught designer as well.
Trained accountants or those with bookkeeping experience who want to work from home can work as a self-employed bookkeeper. There are plenty of online or evening courses where you can gain a certification to become a bookkeeper too. Starting a bookkeeping business can be really helpful for small businesses who can’t afford to hire a full-time bookkeeper but still require the services.
Websites are the core of most businesses these days, but the build and maintenance of a site can take time out of a company’s working week. Working as a website consultant, you’ll be taking on the administrative side of setting up a website for different businesses, from the domain name to working on search engine optimisation elements. Website consultants may even get involved with the ongoing content for websites, to assist their work with affiliate programmes or link building.
Looking for a job you can do on a freelance basis whilst also keeping yourself fit? Personal training could be the career for you. Of course you’ll need to get yourself properly certified; companies like Discovery Personal Training can give you a course in personal training or fitness instruction, allowing you to start out as a PT. You can have control of your hours and clients, allowing you to pick when and where you want to work with your clients.
Virtual assistants are becoming increasingly popular in today’s busy digital age. Many professionals value having help with managing their administrative duties and home or office tasks, and all that’s required to work as a VA is a secure internet connection. From updating calendars to data entry, responding to emails and organising task lists, there are countless ways to earn money with this job.
For those who are skilled enough to be fluent in a second language, providing translation services can be a great way to earn money as UK companies increasingly work with overseas companies. This business requires a little more preparation, in the form of an accredited qualification from organisations such as the Institute of Translation and Interpreting, as well as professional indemnity insurance. Once you’re certified, however, translating can provide a great deal of work opportunities that can be carried out from the comfort of your home.
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