There you sit at your desk, contemplating the move to the independent workforce. And you may wonder if your skills are suited for an independent career - can every job go solo? Well, whether a you're well established pro or just getting started down a new path, here are four solo careers to consider:
So, you've got particular industry skills and expertise, but you want to work on your own. Why not advise companies like the one you work for - or their clients? Consulting is one of the simplest ways to transition your current career into an independent one - since it makes use of your existing skills and network.
Whether you're a restaurant management guru or a tax accounting specialist, there are many companies and clients looking for your experience - and chances are, you already know them.
These days, anyone with a keyboard and a Wordpress account thinks that they're a writer. But if you're a skilled wordsmith, you can enjoy a solid career as a freelance or contract writer. From articles to blogs, a tweet to technical writing, content is king - and talented writers, editors, and proofreaders are the ones producing it.
From an independence standpoint, startup for writers is relatively simple - you don't need any special equipment or dedicated space, you can easily set your own hours and schedule, and there are multiple gig sites and job boards to pick up work. Based on skill and experience, you can take this from a side gig to a full-on career.
Logos. Posters. Ads. Even full-on campaigns - it all needs to be designed, and these particular skills are always in demand. Much like writing and editing, this independent career depends on skill and experience - the more you have, the better the pay. There is always a need for well-designed logos, websites, marketing collateral and more on a short-term or project basis, making this career well-suited for independence.
Who's creating the sites you visit and the next must-have apps? You can, on your own. Even if it's not your current career, there are numerous online courses you can take to get up to speed quickly. With a computer, training, and an eye for detail, you can develop sites, apps, and more for yourself or clients who need your skills on a project-by-project basis.
Keeping your skill set, knowledge base and expertise level on the cutting edge may be more important than you realize. Here are five ways to stay on top.
News and notes for independent professionals and their clients. This is our November 21, 2016 edition.