Top 23 Best Self Employed Jobs that are Fun and Pay Well

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Top Self-Employed Jobs – Ideas for 2017

Do you consider the present day 9-5 job as first world slavery? Do you dream of one day casting off the shackles and escaping the corporate prison? This article covering the best self-employed jobs is part of our series on how to make money.

One key is to start making money, and then have that money make more money, which in turn makes more money, and on and on…This can be achieved through various passive income ideas, where you make money without having to be active in the day to day operation.

Robert Kiyosaki, the world’s leading personal finance author, talks about the four quadrants that everyone falls into: 1. Employee; 2. Self-Employed; 3. Business Owner; 4. Investor. The goal is to move from quadrants one and two into quadrants three and four.

The reason we mentions this at the outset is because being self-employed is great. However, it does not have to be the end all goal. Rather, once you achieve self-employed status, the next step is to obtain to entrepreneur status, then business owner, and finally investor.

“Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don’t recognize them.” —Ann Landers

You see, life is about growth. If we are continually growing in all aspects of our life we will continue to face new challenges and obstacles. As we overcome those challenges, we get stronger. As we grow stronger, our opportunities will increase. And as our opportunities increase, our potential increases. And on and on it goes.

Top 5 Most Hated Things About Working for Someone Else

bad boss is most hated thing about working for someone elseMany people who are seeking ideas for the best self employed opportunities are motivated by the work for yourself dream. You can probably relate to what most other people would consider the top 5 hated things regarding working for someone else. Hated things such as:

  • Having a Boss
  • Working Fixed Hours
  • Driving to Work (often in rush hour traffic)
  • Lack of Promotions and Progress
  • Lack of Control over Income

Now some people might read this list and say, “Nope, I’m good.” Hey, that is great. This article is not for you. But if you read the above list and say to yourself, “Yep, I can relate,” then keep reading. At the very least this article will help stimulate your mind to contemplate that there is hope and freedom available.

How to work for yourself

Boss – When starting your own business, you become your own boss and you are the one in control. In truth, this has both bad and good points because some people struggle to get themselves up in the morning. As long as you can hold yourself accountable, and are developing self-discipline, self-employment is an excellent fit for you in your pursuit of being your own boss and writing your own check.

Hours – Look, you are in control so there is no one setting your schedule and getting on you for coming in too early or too late. You can set your own hours, particularly for self-employed jobs that don’t necessarily require working with customers face-to-face. In truth, most successful self-employed people work all hours because your job becomes your life. However, if you are passionate about what you do, that is not a bad thing.

Driving to Work – Our lives are so compartmentalized. We get up in our box, get into our box and drive to work, only to sit in our box all day, staring at a box, then we get back into our box, and drive back to our box. Life can be so mundane. However, for the self-employed business owner no two days are alike. You can work from home, form the local coffee house, or hit the road. Whatever life and your business brings you, that is your day.

Progression and Promotions – With your own business, you are in control of your own progression and promotion. In fact, you just promoted yourself to CEO. Congratulations!  Better still, you can decide which direction your business takes. No longer do your ideas fall on deaf ears, or worse yet, get taken. Instead, you grow the business, you make the tough decisions, and you reap the rewards (or consequences). There is no one left to blame. Sink or swim, it is in your hands!

Income and Earnings – Finally, this is perhaps one of the best parts of being self-employed because you are in control of your income and earnings. Whether you work three hours a day or fourteen, your earnings will reflect this. As long as you have the motivation (“I want to be my own boss!”), there is no ceiling to what you can earn each day, week, month, and year. And having no ceiling is liberating!

Although these are the five most important areas to us, we could also mention spending time with family and various other benefits of being your own boss. Self-employment may allow you to set your hours around your family. If needed, you could take an hour break to pick up the kids from school rather than making other – costly – arrangements. With this in mind, let’s give you some ideas for self-employed jobs in 2017.

Top 23 Self-Employed Job Ideas

Remember, finding your best self employment job idea is just the beginning. Once you begin to develop your expertise you will find that opportunities start appearing everywhere.

So the key is to simply begin. Once you are moving in the right direction you will begin to see opportunities and you will begin to enter into a more abundant life where you see obstacles as opportunities, struggles as growth, and money as simply a tool, a means to an end, with the end being financial freedom and liberty.

1. Social Media Consultant

With more and more companies setting up their profiles online these days, you can help them out if you know how they work. This year, social media is going to be integral to many a marketing strategy so why not take advantage of this fact? With a simple laptop and internet connection, you could appeal to companies all over the world. As long as you know how to make the most of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and more, you will soon see the clients rolling in.

2. Uber Driver

Just a couple of years ago, who knew that Uber (and Lyft is not far behind) was going to come and dominate the travel and taxi industry? With a simple app, you can become a taxi driver but without any of the licenses and other worries. Whenever you have the time, hop onto the app and make yourself available for all those nearby. At first, people would do this whenever they had a spare afternoon but now they are turning it into their very own business. As long as you are consistent and build up good reviews, you could earn up to $25 per hour. Ultimately, your earnings will depend on how well-known Uber is in your area and also your vehicle.

3. Music Tutor

Considering kids these days are spending most of their days looking down at a phone screen, many parents are paying for music lessons just to get them creating once again rather than constantly consuming. Away from children, adults are always starting up on an instrument. We aren’t saying that you should go out of your way to learn an instrument to then teach it to others, but this is a great way to make money if you love music and teaching.

I personally know a women who had a love for piano and passing that love on to others. She began simple enough, she would go to her student’s home and teach piano lessons. In just a short time she had more clients than hours in the day. She ended up renting out a commercial building and setting up multiple music rooms, hiring a staff of piano teachers, and becoming a successful entrepreneur almost overnight.

4. Video Editing

If there was ever a time to get into video editing or just working with video in general, it is now. For the rest of 2017 and into next year, video marketing is going to erupt and most companies don’t have anyone with the right skills or knowledge to edit a video. With this in mind, they will be looking to outsource the task which is where you will be waiting with a smile. Over time, you can launch your own website and appeal to the masses. This being said, you might want to get an office and target local companies; the decision is yours.

5. Real Estate

real estate investorIf you look at the top dozen self-employed jobs right now, three are within the real estate industry. According to a recent study, nearly 44% of all property and real estate managers are now self-employed and the industry continues to grow. As long as you are willing to get the qualifications and training under your belt, you could enter the real estate market as a real career. In this niche, you have a wide array of choice including being an agent or a broker.

The great thing about real estate is you are dealing firsthand with a precious commodity in limited supply. As you work in this industry, you will begin to grasp the nuances of what makes a property valuable. You can then use that knowledge to make your own investments.

I personally know many successful real estate investors who began as real estate agents. Overtime, through the acquisition of a property here and there, they were able to separate from the daily self-employed grind as they entered into the business owner and investor paradigm.

6. Real Estate Investor

Real estate has made more people wealthy than any other investment vehicle out there. The great thing about real estate investing is you can become a real estate professional. You can also work your butt off and get into real estate syndication. It is a great field for obtaining financial freedom because it only takes a small amount of money, properly leveraged into a cash flow or equity producing property, to make a ton of money. And that is what you want, to make your money work for you, instead of working for your money.

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7. Mobile Repair

If you know everything there is to know about smartphones and fixing problems, this could be a great business to start. Nowadays, everyone seems to have some sort of mobile device. Unfortunately, technology doesn’t last forever and issues will occur which is why people need a professional, such as yourself, to fix common problems. For example, screen repair has been a huge business for the past couple of years especially with iPhones. As soon as you drop it once, it is game over for the screen but you could learn how to fix them and run a local business.

I know of some people who can do this successfully. However, you do have to travel a lot. If you are just starting out in the world of self-employed business this job is a great place to start because you will learn awesome skills on how to successfully own and operate a business. In time you can even hire employees and focus more on the marketing side of the business.

8. Event Organizer

Whether it is a wedding, anniversary, birthday, or any type of congratulations, there are numerous things that people celebrate each and every year. With work and various other commitments, people rarely want to spend their own time planning a party so why not do it for them? For a fee, you will arrange a venue, design invitations, sort the food, and more.

On the other hand, you could also be an event organizer for businesses. Sometimes, they want to hold a dinner, party, or even a morale-boosting weekend and this could be another niche to creep into. In recent years, the morale and happiness of employees is something that has been discussed widely so you could be in charge of arranging their event. Whatever option you choose, there will be opportunities to make money as long as you work hard and provide a good end result.

And for those who are truly gifted at event planning there is a lot of money to be had. Successful event coordinators, such as wedding planners, can easily make low six figures. And those few who set themselves apart can really take a large chunk of this $80 billion a year industry.

9. Mobile Retail Store

If you do a quick search for mobile retail store ideas you will quickly discover that there are plenty of opportunities available for a motivated person to explore. You have probably heard of food trucks, but there are also mobile retailers that specialize in pretty much anything under the sun.

Some mobile business ideas include mobile spa, dog groomer, tutor, pet sitter, bicycle mechanic, personal chef and coffee shop. You can probably take many of our Self-Employed Jobs Ideas in this list and apply them to a mobile business. Truly the ideas are endless and will only be limited by your own imagination and financing.

10. Farmer

become a farmerIf you have some money tucked away and are looking to invest it, why not buy some land and get farming? In the US, the current average salary for a farmer is just a little under $70,000 and it can be very rewarding working in the great outdoors. Sure, you might need to learn some new skills but this also gives you a chance to become self-sufficient while bonding with family members. Currently, there are thousands of farmers in the US and around 70% of them are self-employed jobs.

And organic farming niche is definitely growing. In fact, much of the produce in the U.S. is from imports because farmers cannot keep up with the demand. And the food industry is big, to the tune of close to $500 billion, with organic produce making up only a small fraction of that amount. As organic farming continues to gain popularity you will be in the right place to make a killing.

11. Interior Decorator and Designer

Many people find this role to be therapeutic because you are decorating a new home or renovating an existing home to make people happy. As you paint, you can listen to music and just let the world pass you by. Of course, we aren’t saying that it will be a walk in the park but it can be very rewarding. As you start to gain a reputation your clientele will grow. If you see success, you might even be able to hire some helpers and watch your business grow.

12. Life Coach

Do you often find yourself talking your friends through different crises and helping them through tough times? If so, you could use these skills and become a life coach. Although it isn’t quite counseling, you will need the same type of skills to help people to see what is in front of them. Often, life coaches will work with people in their career, personal lives, or whatever advice they may need. In truth, there are many different areas in which you can specialize from losing weight to getting a career back on track. As long as you are patient and good at listening, this will be a good one for you.

13. Writer

As before, this is a field that offers many different niches from content writing to copywriting. If you are creative and have a good understanding of the written word, you could even launch yourself as a fictional writer. Whether you write short stories, novels, or TV scripts, there are avenues to venture down under the self-employed jobs umbrella. As you build a list of clients, you might even decide to take courses in writing or get qualifications to add credibility to your profile as a writer.

14. Catering

Ever find yourself smiling as everyone around the dinner table compliments your food? If this is the case, you could start cooking for a living. Every year, there are millions of events across the US that need catering including business events, weddings, parties, and christenings. If you were to go down this route, we would advise choosing a niche because this will help you to brand rather than just focusing on everything. For example, you might want to provide cakes for these events or the main meals or even unique drinks.

15. Repair Work

If you were to take a second to look around you right now, you would undoubtedly see machine after machine. Sadly, problems occur and these machines break but we are short of people who can actually provide repairs. With technology moving forward, a large proportion of society seems to be focused on earning money through the internet and with a tablet in their hand. With this in mind, this has created a gap in a market that was once saturated. Since most people don’t know what to do when their machines break down, you can be there to provide the right service.

16. Simple Chores

With the cost of living being so high and salaries increasing nowhere near the same rate, young people now have to work harder and longer for the same money (in proportion). Therefore, sometimes people find it hard to go shopping, pick up their laundry, or even clean their home. For this reason, there is now a need for people to complete simple chores. If you market yourself correctly, you could be this person within your community.

17. Voice-Over Expert

Do you have somewhat of a unique voice or can you do good impressions and shape your voice in different ways? Well, some people with the same talents have gone into voice-over work and the jump has paid off well for them. As well as finding work on TV and commercials, they are also doing simple tasks for businesses on sites like Fiverr for a small fee. Compared to some of the others on this list, this isn’t exactly something you can train for but it is something you can take advantage of if you have been given a gift!

18. Resume Writing

Nowadays, candidates looking for jobs have no idea what they should be doing with their resumes. This isn’t because of anything on their side, it is because industries change their minds constantly for what they are looking for in a resume. Whilst in the past they wanted no design and just a simple layout, now employers look for more effort and a clever design to attract the attention immediately. Currently, resume writers are doing very well in the US and helping others to get the jobs of their dreams so this can be a rewarding career more than anything else.

19. Home Stager

Have you ever tried to sell a home? If you have, you will know the importance of ‘staging’ your home in the right way. As well as removing all clutter from the house for viewings, you are also advised to rearrange furniture, light candles, bake cookies, move the coffee table an inch to the left so that it makes the room look bigger, etc. After learning exactly what buyers want, you can help other people with the same process so they can sell their homes quickly.

20. Personal Training

self employed ideas personal trainerIn today’s world, people need the motivation to get out of bed on a Saturday morning and go for a run or do an exercise class in the park. After a long, hard week in the office, they know that exercise will be beneficial but can never quite find the effort which is where you come in. If you are naturally an energetic and self-motivated person, you can use these key skills to help others. As with many others we have seen on this list, it will be extremely rewarding because you can help people to lose weight and reach whatever goals they may have.

21. Computer Tutor

If you are aged anywhere under 30, you are lucky enough to have been brought up in a world where technology is all around. For those over 50, they had a completely different childhood which means that the process of using computers doesn’t come easy. With technology continually evolving, the older generations feel as though they are being left behind but you can make it your aim to teach those that want to learn. Whether it is using a computer, writing in a Word document, or checking emails, you can be the fountain of knowledge they need.

22. Sell Crafts

You have a superb marketplace for all things creative on Etsy. If you’re into arts and crafts and can make some great products, you might just be able to start a self-employed job. As long as your products are unique and high quality, your products will find the market and customers will flock towards you despite there being many sellers online these days. If you are to see success though, you will have to learn how to set up your profile effectively because this is often more important than the products themselves. If you can’t do this, you could be making the best items in the world but no-one would ever see them.

23. Bed and Breakfast

This option will require an initial investment like the farming career but it can be enjoyable and fun. After buying a property, you can open it up as a bed and breakfast to all locals and tourists alike. According to recent statistics, around 33% of lodging managers in the US are self-employed and you can join this list and meet some fantastic people along the way!

We hope you enjoyed our article on the best self-employed jobs for 2017. Have some more ideas for self-employment opportunities in 2017 and beyond? We would love to hear from you. Please leave us a comment below.


For those who simply aren’t in a position where they can “drop” everything and suddenly become self-employed, we didn’t want to leave you feeling sad and blue!

This is why…

We’ve also chosen to write an article The Best Money Making Apps to help those who may not be able make the “leap” to self employment right away, but can begin to slowly “phase” themselves into that chapter in their life!

Good luck!

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