Thank you, Angie Nelson from The Work At Home Wife for this guest post!
By definition a freelancer is a self-employed person not committed to any one employer long-term. That has made it a popular home business option for those who prefer to mix things up. Perhaps you like your days and clients diversified and always changing. Maybe you just like the ability to jump on the latest business opportunities as they come along. Regardless of the reason, there are quite a few fun freelance business ideas to consider.
Tour Guide –Share what your city has to offer with locals and visitors alike, and get paid doing it! I love this idea for those living in a location with amazing, but maybe lesser known attractions or historical landmarks. You can create themed tours around significant dates or seasons. Many freelancers in this arena are earning upwards of $20,000 per year. You may not get rich, but it’s a fun way to pay some bills. Vayable will even help you get started.
Junk Removal – Okay. So maybe this wouldn’t be a fun job for everyone. For the crafty repurposer or seasoned flipper however, it is probably the cheapest way to pick up some great finds. You are getting paid to take them after all! There are several ways to offer this service. If can be as simple as taking everything left in a home away or sorting things into piles for the family to sell or toss later.
Rent-a-Room – This home business isn’t for everyone but if you live in a popular destination and don’t mind overnight guests, why not make some extra cash renting a spare bedroom? Sites like Airbnb have become extremely popular in recent years. You don’t need to live in some exotic location. When the College World Series rolls around here in Nebraska, you can be sure a few folks are cashing in on those two weeks.
Pet-Sitting – If you are a pet lover, business is booming in this potential industry. It’s no secret we have been increasingly pampering our pets in recent years. We would prefer they stay at home instead of a boarding house when we travel. Some pet parents even like to have their pets visited on a daily basis while they are at work. You may find a big need for your pet walking or sitting services on a local level. Sites like Rover can even help connect you with potential clients.
Bedside Concierge – Caring for others warms the heart in ways you can’t explain. This business allows you to care for those with short-term medical conditions such as a broken leg, high risk pregnancy, etc. The person doesn’t necessarily need a nurse but more of a personal assistant. You can run some errands, do some laundry, set up the nursery, do a diaper run or go pick up the kids.
You do not need to stick with the traditional freelance options that commonly come to mind. Think outside the box. Create a business around your skills, interests and specialties. If you can do it well, there is likely someone out there who can’t – and will pay you to do so!
Do you have a fun freelance business idea? Please share it with us in the comments.
Angie Nelson has been a virtual assistant and serial blogger since 2007 when she took her future into her own hands and found a way to escape the corporate cubicle farm. Today she balances several successful online ventures and still manages to share her passion for making – and saving – money with others on her blog The Work at Home Wife.