1. Property Caretaker
A property caretaker is someone who looks after a property when the owner is away. This might be one of the easiest jobs to do. No formal education or experience needed! You just have to know how to communicate with people properly and consider it a plus if you have experience in landscaping, gardening or cleaning.
Some caretaker positions will pay while others simply offer free rent. Check out the classifieds, the newspaper and ask around local shops to see if anyone is in need of someone watching over their property. You can also market yourself by creating ads, hanging up flyers, posting in the classifieds section and starting a blog or a website.
2. Travel Writer
If you’re already traveling or are going to travel, then all you have to do is share your experience. It’s as if you were telling a friend about your trip only it’s on paper or on the web for everyone to see.
You can either write about the state itself or interesting destinations that you think people would like to know about. It could be a popular landmark, a famous restaurant, a haunted hotel etc. Jot down every detail about it. Then refine and perfect your story and then publish it on a blog or submit it to an agency.
3. Freelance Writer
If you are a good writer and have exquisite grammar and punctuation skills then consider becoming a freelance writer. When your a freelance writer you can write full-time or part-time and have the flexibility to make your own schedule.
You’ll need to know how to write a query letter which is basically a proposal to write. It should sell your skills, experience and qualifications to an editor or blog owner. The query letter should sound appealing and make them want to hire you. Also, go to meet-ups, conventions and seminars. This is a great way to network and speak with other writers.
4. Web Developer
Building websites may not be such an and easy thing to learn quickly but there are many advantages to becoming a freelance web developer. For instance, you have full control over your clients, business, documents, income and their website.
When you’re a freelance web developer, you need to be extremely organized, bid on projects, create proposals & estimates, track your time, generate invoices and have a website displaying your work. There is a ton of different programming languages that you can learn but it’s not necessarily required. You can easily use WordPress, Wix, Squarespace etc which requires little to no coding knowledge and it allows you to develop sites twice as fast.
SEO(search engine optimization) is the process of making enhancements to a website to get better search engine results and gain more traffic. Sounds easy right? Think again. This line of work requires a lot of research, time and dedication but it can pay off extremely well.
Unlike web or graphic design contracts, SEO is not a one-time deal. It’s more of a long term investment. Contracts usually last six months to a year and there based on a monthly retainer. This creates a steady stream of income that easily flows into your bank account every month.
Most businesses have their SEO done by high-end agencies that are extremely expensive. Sell your clients on the fact that your an independent freelancer. One person will be in control of everything and the rates will be much lower compared an SEO firm.
6. Graphic Design
A graphic designer creates graphics for print and digital media. While physical jobs may require a degree, a freelancer only needs a robust portfolio. It’s a very flexible job that requires basic design knowledge and a solid understanding of design principles.
The most common programs that are used are Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and Indesign. An average graphic designer could be asked to design logos, brochures, flyers, catalogs, magazine spreads, menus, book covers, email templates, web banners and much more.
Finding work can be tough at first but try creating some simple projects just to throw into your portfolio. This will give your potential clients a good idea that your capable of producing great work. There are also plenty of freelancing job boards to sign up with like Elance, Odesk, Upwork etc.
A Photojournalist takes video’s and photographs of current events. Some events can put them in extreme danger such as war zones, riots, protests etc. and they will go to any length to get the perfect shot. They always have their camera equipment on them at all times and must be ready to go at a moments notice.
Most photojournalists are hired as freelancers and an education is not necessarily required. They can either be contracted by an agency or attempt to sell their works to media outlets. Photojournalism can be a very dangerous yet rewarding career for the right person. If you like to travel frequently, have energy and capture amazing photos then consider a career as a photojournalist.
8. Financial Advisor
A financial advisor gives advice and helps others manage their finances. They can advise in such areas such as taxes, estate planning, stocks, bonds, mutual funds and much more. They must be good in math and have strong communication skills.
An education is usually required and a degree in finance, accounting, mathematics, economics or business is recommended. Certifications and licenses is also required and an internship is preferred. A financial advisor can work for corporate companies or they can choose to work independently which allows time to travel.