Are you tired of working in groups? Do you feel like you’re not a very collaborative type? Don’t worry–you’re not alone. Thousands of people switch their careers every year because they realize they’re not a good fit for traditional corporate life. Perhaps they want to take a more important role in their industries or maybe they prefer to work in solitude. Whatever the reason is, there’s nothing wrong with working alone and it can actually be beneficial for people to work by themselves.
If you think you’re better off as a solo worker, then here are a couple of career choices that allow you to work on your own. Keep in mind that not every job is completely isolated–you’ll eventually have to report back to someone or speak to clients, but in terms of the actual work itself, you’re on your own and in charge of your own workflow.
Whether you’re a writer, designer or even accountant, a freelancing career means that you’re in charge of everything yourself and you are responsible for your own wellbeing. Whether it’s making sure that you’re working the right amount each day and taking care of invoices, you’re in charge and there’s no one else to rely on. Freelancing is a great choice for people that want to work on their own because you can do your job in your own time. You can work from anywhere, you rely on your own tools and it’s a self-sufficient career choice as long as you manage to get clients.
Whether it’s working for Uber or Lyft, local trucking jobs, delivering food or even driving for a private transportation company, it’s a great career choice for people that love to work on their own. You’re given some kind of task like ferrying people around or delivering items and then it’s up to you to get to your destination. Of course, there’s going to be some contact and if you’re driving for a transportation company you might be expected to have conversations with your passengers, but in terms of the work itself, there are plenty of driving jobs where you can get peace and quiet and just enjoy the road.
Photography is a brilliant creative passion to turn into a career because it enables you to travel around everywhere. You can explore new countries, experience the world for what it is and soak in new experiences and sights whenever you want. There are plenty of ways to make money as a photographer. From selling stock photographs to prints and postcards, you can create lots of unique items from your photos. It’s an explorative freelancing career at heart, but you can also stick to your city or neighbourhood and photograph all kinds of objects for use as stock imagery.
I would be remiss if I didn't mention blogging as another option for working on your own terms. Creating my own brand and watching it come to fruition has been one of my greatest joys. You get to choose your own schedule, the brands you will work with, and the content that you will create. I will say this is definitely not an isolating choice as success depends on authentic engagement with others, the but the work itself is one you have complete creative control over.
What are your ideas for working on your own terms?
M.E.L. is an attorney and small business entrepreneur whose mission is to help professionals conquer the workaday world with style and poise.
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