Self Employment
  • By Check-a-Salary
  • Posted Monday 05 th October 2020

The Best Self Employed Jobs

Self-employment often provides workers with greater autonomy and flexibility than can be achieved when working directly for a company.

Parents, retirees, students and people managing multiple jobs are just some of the groups of people who may wish to become self-employed.

One of the perks of working in a self employed position, is that you can set your rate and you can also determine the hours you work; but you’ll need to find a company to accommodate your demands so don’t be too much of a diva!

Working in a self-employed capacity often suits parents who want to avoid child-care costs, or they may wish to work unsociable hours to help suit their needs, and in some cases it might actually be to avoid being at home  with their children!

Being self-employed can be perfect for students as well; working in this capacity can help them focus on their studies, balance their social life, whilst also enabling to work to support their lifestyle.

Perhaps you are looking to make the switch to self-employment but do not know where to start? You can find advice and guidance in this article.

A notable advantage of being self-employment is that you can be entrepreneurial; working in this way will help you generate your own opportunities.

We have selected some of the most enticing self-employed jobs available. You can visit our salary pages to do further research, but when looking for freelance jobs remember to consider your experience and the cost of accounting for self-employed tax.

List of the best Self-Employed Jobs

  1. Mastic Man

Mastic Man Job Duties: Also known as sealant applicators, the job entails sealing joints to ensure a building is airtight and waterproof. As mastic man, you will seal doors and window frames, building facades, or baths and sinks. You will also carry out structural bonding, such as glass to glass seals.

Working as a mastic man you are often required at the end of a building project and there is every chance you will have many clients so being self-employed is a great option for you.

  1. Proofreader:

Proofreader Job Description Duties: The responsibilities of proofreaders include reading content for spelling, grammar, punctuation, consistency and for brand alignment. Proofreaders review and correct written work, such as content which may include marketing materials like website copy, brochures, flyers or other marketing material.

Due to the ad-hoc nature of the work, and the variety of clients, support on a project basis is often required and for this reason many people choose to become self employed to do this work.

Proofreader Average Salary: £24,217.05

  1. Graphic Designer

Graphic Designer Job Duties: Graphic designers produce concepts which communicate ideas to inspire, inform and attract consumers. They are responsible for developing the overall layout and production design for advertisements, brochures, magazines and company reports.

Working as a graphic designer can give you exposure to many different companies, often through working in an agency. Many people prefer to work freelance and are self-employed as they work on contracts through agencies or directly with the client. They will often be paid for the overall project and factor salary in as a charge.

Graphic Designer Average Salary: £29,852.79

  1. Content Writer:

Content Writer Job Description: Content Writers produce suitable content for websites, blogs, articles, white papers, product descriptions, and social media platforms. They create content that is specifically crafted to capture the attention of a particular target audience.

Working as a content writer involves research which can be done from an office or from home. The work can be sporadic, and it is normal that a Content Writer would work for multiple clients, which is why many Content Writers are self-employed.

Content Writer Average Salary: £27,888.35

  1. Makeup artist

Makeup Artist Job description: A Makeup Artist will ensure that models, theatre performers and presenters have appropriate make-up and hairstyles when appearing in their work. They will need to consider which medium they are appearing on, and who the audience is. It is an exciting job where you can work in a variety of different environments which include, television, film, live music and photographic fashion shoots.

Working as a Makeup Artist will be varied. You’ll be working for an array of different production companies and agencies, and if you are confident that you will be in demand, being a freelancer and becoming self-employed is a great option for you.

Makeup Artist Average Salary: £25,703.86

  1. Nanny

Nanny Job Description: The responsibilities of being a Nanny ultimately mean that you are caring for and managing the well-being of children. The duties include housework, preparing food, doing laundry, and getting children ready for school and ensuring they arrive there and return safely. You will be required to give children emotional support, play with them and assist with homework.

Working as a Nanny compliments being self-employed as you can work for multiple families.

Nanny Average Salary: £27,519.38

  1. Software Developer

Software developers implement software solutions by building programs, applications and websites. The four main types of software developer are systems developers, web developers, mobile developers and test automation developers.

Software Development work is often project-based, meaning you can be working on multiple projects at any given time. The ad-hoc nature of the work means that many Developers work in a self-employed capacity. Software developers might developer programmes to run on computers, servers, or develop websites

Software Developer Average Salary: £54,247.26

  1. Driver

Job Description Duties: Drivers provide many different transportation services, the nature of which is dependent on the company for which they work. They transport consumer goods, products, materials, equipment and company staff to and from specified locations.

In the evolving world where consumers demand convenience more than ever before, drivers are constantly in demand and being self-employed compliments the nature of the job.

Driver Average Salary: £23,534.78

  1. Tutor

Tutor Job Description: Tutors help students with concepts and to revise work that has been covered in class. They will support them in learning and the preparation for exams.

Being self employed as a tutor works well, as freelancing for many clients is the best suited approach to carrying out this position. You can work remotely or face to face, with working hours to suit you depending on whether you are working through an education body or directly with clients.

Tutor Average Salary: £37,968.77

  1. Business Consultant

Business Consultants evaluate company practices, they work with the management and general workforce to identify weaknesses and recommend solutions. Business Consultants normally specialise in specific areas such as marketing, human resources, management, or in sectors like healthcare, finance or insurance to provide specialist industry support.

Due to the variety of clients, and vast number of businesses that need consultation, working freelance can be the best option. 

  1. Gardener:

Garden Job Description: The main responsibility of a Gardener is to maintain the beauty of plants, outdoor grounds and trees in a garden or outside space. Gardeners will perform a range of general maintenance tasks, including designing, producing, renewing and preserving outside spaces. Gardeners can work on local parks, hotels, farms and nurseries.

Due to the seasonal demand, many gardeners are self employed and manage a high number of clients.

Average Gardener Salary: £21,929.49

  1. Personal trainer

Personal Trainer Job Description: Personal Trainers work closely with their clients to help them with their overall fitness, mental health and possibly also weight loss. They are responsible for motivating and guiding clients to train towards their physical fitness goals, which could include losing weight, building muscle, increasing core strength, or improving cardiovascular fitness.

Personal Trainer Average Salary: £39,924.57


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