How to Become Self Employed?

Not everyone is cut out for a 9-5 job. My father spent his whole life in an office — first in a cubicle, then eventually climbing his way up the corporate ladder. He put in long hours, often bringing work home, and the stress from work nearly killed him. I admire his drive and his abilities, but not everyone is looking to grind out a living this way.

Self employment is the best way to escape the corporate life but still enjoy the quality of life that a good paycheck provides. I work from home, and make a pretty decent living doing so — my friends always ask me: “How do I become self employed?” There are more ways to work for yourself than can be counted — but here are three good places to start looking for your new career.

Opportunities For Self Employment

Seems simple enough, but many people overlook the opportunities for self employment that exist right in the pages of your local paper. While some of the ads may seem too good to be true (“Work from home assembling toys!” or “Be your own boss, get paid to surf the web, $500/day” etc) there are many valid jobs you can find right in the Help Wanted section. How do you separate the wheat from the chaff? You’re going to have to do some “leg work” and determine which jobs are real and which are, for lack of a better work, scams.


Be wary of anything that seems just too easy. Being self employed still means working — and anything that seems like too much money for too little work is probably not what it seems. Contact the author of the ad, and talk in detail about the nature of the job. Any potential “self employment” that requires a financial investment on your part is probably not worth it. One common “self employment” scam involves you purchasing a “kit” that will teach you how to assemble toys or other small devices from home, and get paid for it. Other common “work from home” jobs involve spending huge amounts of time on the internet, filling out “surveys” in return for small payments — and if this is your kind of thing, more power to you. Don’t forget to get all the details on the job . . . you may find that the hours required to earn a living are simply impossible. One of my potential “employers” wanted me to spend nearly 11 hours on the web every day, visiting websites and reviewing them, filling out surveys, etc — not only were the hours ridiculous, but the job itself seemed vaguely illegal.

Good jobs that can be found in the classifieds often involve writing. If you have the talent, there is plenty of ‘freelance’ writing work that needs to be done. Many owners of websites need solid content for their pages, and are willing to pay great wages for people who have writing skills.

When searching the classifieds for “self employment”, remember to do your homework. Contact the person who placed the ad, get all the details, and make sure you have the skills to perform the job.

Running Websites as a Business

Running your own websites as a business can be a lucrative and exciting way to be your own boss. You make your money through advertising, and fill your pages with the kind of content you enjoy. You can even hire the content work out to other writers, if you don’t have time to write all the content yourself or simply don’t feel you have the writing skills to get the job done. Here’s a quick overview of how this works.

The first thing you need to do is to acquire some domain names. A domain name is the name you want to give to your website. To get a domain name, you have to pay an annual fee to a registrar for the right to use that name. This step doesn’t instantly create a “website” — it just means you own a name.

Finding a web host is the next step. A web host is basically a company that has many computers connected to the internet. When you place your web pages on their computers, everyone in the world will be able to connect to it and view them. This is a simplistic explanation, but its accurate. You will need to sign up for an account with a web host so that your website has a home.

Once you have your domain name and web host, your next step will be to design the website. You don’t have to be a professional designer to do this, that’s the beauty of owning your own web presence. Although there are many things to consider in terms of web design, and an entire book couldn’t cover the details, if you’re a beginner you can use a WYSIWYG (“What You See Is What You Get”) web editor. These programs allow you to design your site visually, without having to mess around with the technical details of website creation. The WYSIWYG programs work just like a normal word processor program — very basic, user friendly

Once you’ve built your website, you can create content and find advertisements related to your website’s content easily — Google Ads is just one of many programs that exist to help you place ads on your site — and begin earning revenue.

Be Your Own Boss Through Ebay and Online Auctions

Perhaps the simplest way to be your own boss is through online auctions. You’ve most likely heard stories of people earning tons of cash buying and selling items on eBay and other online auction sites. If you are a collector or have a large amount of valuable items in your possession that you believe there is a market for, you are already stocked with inventory. Almost anything is up for auction online — people are looking for first edition or unique books and comics, baseball cards, antiques, even everyday furniture and houseware items. Signing up with eBay is easy and free, though you should check out the fine print, as there are fees associated with online auctioning. Another bonus to online sales is that you can work at your own pace — seven days a week or just a few days a month — and earn as much money as you need. There’s a huge market for online auction items, and you most likely have an attic or a closet full of items that people are looking for. Give it a test — search eBay for the kinds of items that are selling, and ask yourself if you have the ability and the inventory to join the massive online auction business.

How do you become self employed? The possibilities are nearly endless. You don’t have to slave away in a cubicle, or wear a uniform and flip burgers. In today’s economy, anyone can be their own boss. Do your research, decide what kind of work you’re interested in, and fire your corporate boss today.