The Best Careers for Being Your Own Boss
Plus, salary deets
Quitting your job to work for yourself--that's the dream. Here, nine totally amazing career opportunities (plus, salary info pulled from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics) that are basically designed for self-starters like you.
Average Salary: $50,000
You’ve had your eye on that adorable New Hampshire Victorian for years. It’s an investment, sure, but once it’s up and running--and you’ve earned yourself a batch of glowing TripAdvisor reviews--you could make a pretty penny and run things just the way you want them.
Average Salary: $60,000
Sure, it takes time to build up a following, but that’s what social media is for. Plus, there’s almost zero overhead to get started. (All you need to do is register a domain, pick out a Wordpress template, then get to work chronicling your super-cute DIY projects.) Once you have a solid audience, you can start pitching advertisers to carry out your revenue plan.
REAL ESTATE AGENT
Average Salary: $105,000
You’ll be on call 24/7 (flexibility is how you’ll make a zillion sales), but depending on where you live, you could make a pretty hefty commission--sometimes as much as 7 percent. (On a $300,000 home, that’s $21,000, FYI.)
Average Salary: $45,000
It takes time to get an Etsy shop up and running, but if you’re already knitting adorable dog hats, you might as well get the word out (and cash in) beyond selling to your local market.
Average Salary: $25,000
An eye for styling peonies is a gift--shop your local flower market to get blooms at cost, then operate out of your basement (or garage).
Average Salary: $52,000
Even the most organized bridezilla is on the lookout for a little help. Lend your research/filing/people skills to a full range of projects--not just weddings but corporate events, anniversary parties and more.
FURNITURE (AND GALLERY WALL) CONSULTANT
Average Salary: $48,000
À la carte interior design services are in high demand. If you have an eye for gorgeous spaces and design trends--not to mention a passion for shopping--this gig could be your calling.
Average salary: $30,000
Once you build a reputation--and an online portfolio of work--you could clean up when it comes to shooting all kinds of events. (Think: Engagement photos…or baby birthday party pics.)