I think I am going to join the gig economy! As I have chosen to take voluntary redundancy in May, I have been considering my options. My ideal would be to be entirely self employed and work from home. However, this may take a while to establish, so I have been searching for as many ideas for part time and self employed opportunities as I can. It seems there are lots of options if you want to quit the 9 to 5! Even if you just want part time work, some of these ideas might be suitable for you.
Jobs to consider if you want to quit the 9 to 5
There are many individuals who make a good living from reselling. This means that they source new and second hand goods from a variety of sources and sell them on line. There are various selling platforms, but the most popular are eBay and Amazon. Depop is also gaining in popularity and there are new names such as Vinted* that are worth looking at.
Quit the 9 to 5 as a blogger
There is a lot of good advice out there if you enjoy writing and want to start a blog and make money from it. However, it is not as easy as some will tell you. If you started out as a hobby blogger for the fun of it, it can be difficult to make the transition. You have to be prepared to hustle hard to attract high paying sponsored posts and make money from affiliates. However, if you can write and are prepared to work hard, this could be the one for you.
TEFL: Teaching English as a Foreign Language
When I was younger I considered teaching English as a way to pay for my travels. However, these days you don’t have to physically be with the students. There are plenty of opportunities to teach English online. You will need a TEFL qualification, but these aren’t horribly expensive.
Once qualified, you can teach English to people all over the world without leaving your house! You can find out about qualifications and teaching jobs here, although if you Google TEFL you will find plenty of other alternative organisations as well. You can expect to be paid £9-13 an hour and usually have to commit to teach a minimum number of hours each week.
Another organisation, VIPkid, advertises for native English speakers to teach Chinese schoolchildren online and pays $14-22 an hour. They offer ready made teaching plans and you don’t need a qualification.
Making money from your hobby
If you are knowledgeable and passionate about a hobby, you could offer to teach it, either to individuals or through your local adult education centre. I am a qualified yoga teacher, which came about from my enjoyment of yoga as a hobby. Although I am not currently teaching, this is something I will be re-exploring! Music and languages are also good subjects for teaching.
If you are a crafter, you can sell your creations on platforms such as Etsy. I love Etsy! There are so many beautiful hand crafted items to buy as gifts. Etsy is also good for antiques, vintage items and collectibles, so if you collect for a hobby, how about reselling to make some extra money?
If you have a spare room you can make money from AirB&B*. Obviously you will do better if you live in a city or -tourist spot, but even if you have a modest semi in suburbia it is possible to host guests from time to time.
AirB&B also request hosts to run experiences now. They say: “Experiences are activities designed and led by inspiring locals. They go beyond typical tours or classes by immersing guests in each host’s unique world. It’s an opportunity for anyone to share their hobbies, skills, or expertise without needing an extra room.” You can find out more about AirB&B experiences here.
Obviously cleaning as a job isn’t appealing to everyone. However, if you set up your own business as a domestic cleaner, you can charge upwards of £10 per hour. As people tend to require cleaners because they are out at work, it can provide flexible daytime working opportunities. If you keep your standards high and show you are trustworthy you can build your business through recommendations.
A huge advantage of a domestic cleaning business is that the start up costs are minimal. You can make extra money by offering extras such as light shopping, prescription pick ups, etc, particularly if your clients are elderly. This article by Money Magpie recommends that you take out public liability and get a CRB check before you begin.
Freelance virtual Assistant
If you are tech savvy and understand blogging and social media, there are an increasing number of opportunities to work freelance as a VA (virtual assistant). Many top bloggers employ VAs. The way to find them is to start your own blog and network with other bloggers.
If you have experience in a more traditional PA role, you can use your administrative and organisational skills to work remotely as a VA instead.
Hosting language students
Hosting language students alone won’t give you enough income to quit the 9 to 5, but it can supplement a freelance income. It can be a lot of fun too. I have written a whole post on this here.
There are so many options if you want to quit the 9 to 5. I haven’t tried them all, but I already do many of them. I like the idea of not putting all my eggs in one basket and having income streams from various sources. Have you taken the plunge and quit the 9 to 5? How is it going – I would love to hear in the comments below.
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