For many Americans, it can be difficult to find joy or fulfillment in traditional work. That’s why it’s important to find a way to make money doing something you enjoy. It’s never easy to break into something new and start making cash right away, so it may be best to start with a part-time or short-term frame of mind. With a job in the gig-economy—meaning freelance work, where you’re your own boss—you can start building a name for yourself in your chosen field, try something you’ve always wanted to do, or practice a hobby and actually make money doing it.
Here are a few of the best ideas on finding the right gig for you.
Work with animals
Millions of Americans have pets, meaning you’ll have a lot of clients to choose from should you decide to work with animals. You might become a licensed groomer or sign up with a site to be a pet sitter or dog walker. This type of job will allow you to keep flexible hours, get outdoors for some exercise, and spend time with sweet animals who can help reduce your stress and anxiety and can even lower your blood pressure.
If you enjoy drawing, painting, practicing calligraphy, photography, or sewing—just to name a few—you can start your own business providing services for brides-to-be, new parents, and anyone who might need your creative craft skills. To help launch your business, look into working with wedding and event planners so they can help direct you to new clients.
Freelance writing is one of the best ways to slip into the gig economy, in part because it can almost always be done from home, and it allows you to set your own schedule. The best way to start is by looking online for freelance gigs or checking out the websites of some magazines, blogs, or webzines you’re interested in, and querying about how to pitch an article. Keep reading here for some tips on how to get started.
Crunch the numbers
If you’re good with numbers and have experience with accounting, you might look into doing some freelance work around tax time. Check out some local accounting firms and tax offices to find out how much they charge for their services. If you can offer competitive rates and get the word out to friends and neighbors, you’ll have enough customers to get you through spring.
Have experience with kids? Put the word out that you’re looking for work in childcare, either through friends and loved ones or on social media. If you have a lot of free time—especially in the summer when kids in most states are out of school—your expertise and open schedule will be invaluable to busy parents in your community.
Finding work in the gig economy can be tricky at first, but the key is to know where to look. Do some research online and find out what sort of services are most needed in your area. It’s also important to do your homework when it comes to similar businesses so you can offer competitive rates for your services. Once you’ve completed those tasks, it’s time to figure out marketing and accounting logistics. Start a business website that details your business and shows off your skills; many can be made for free or very cheaply on sites like Weebly. You also should consider using a free invoice app to make collecting payments and bookkeeping simpler, and create a business email account that’s separate from your personal account.
Talk to your loved ones and keep them updated so they can help, and above all: remember to have fun!
Guest post provided to Mugsy PR by Lucy of Gigmine.co.