During the Covid-19 pandemic, many people were forced to leave their usual workplaces and work from home. Whilst this didn’t suit everyone, for many people, it was ideal. No commutes, shorter days and a better work-life balance.
Many of us are taught throughout our lives that working for a stable company is the only way forward, however every successful business will have been created as a result of risk taking. If you are dreading going back to your corporate job and commuting for hours a day, maybe now is the perfect time to take a risk and try something new.
There are so many options for you to consider, whether you want to stay in your current trade but work from home, or try something completely different. Let’s take a look at 5 different careers that can thrive from your home!
If you are happiest when you are in the kitchen, this might be a sign that being a baker or caterer is a good career direction for you. Many people are put off becoming a professional chef or baker as a result of the extremely early mornings and late evenings, however you can set up your own catering business from home.
You can start by selling to friends, family and neighbours, before gradually building up to the wider community and maybe even online. The best thing about this is that you have complete control over how many orders you take, therefore you will only work as many hours as you want to. You could also sign up to local markets to sell your products and get the word out about your business.
Your overheads will be minimal which will mean that the potential for significant profit margins is great. There is a lot of competition out there, so make sure to find your niche. You might make the best pulled pork in your city, or maybe your gooey cookie recipe is out of this world. Focus on something specific, perfect the product and then branch out when you feel ready.
Just remember that you will need to get the correct food hygiene certificates in order to sell food commercially, so make sure this is in place before you begin to avoid any issues in the future!
For those of you who love organising, becoming an event planner from home might be for you! Firstly, decide your area of expertise. This might be birthday parties, weddings or business events, for example. Start by offering your services to family and friends for free, taking plenty of photos and then building your portfolio.
You can gradually start to branch out from here and grow your business. The great thing about this is that it can mostly be done from home. You can plan everything in the comfort of your own home, discuss ideas via video calls and create inspiration using mood boards. You will have to view venues and be there on the day of the event, however you can mostly work from home.
Also, another great benefit is you can select how many events you want to plan. You could do one event a month, a week or anything in between depending on how much time you are able to put into it and also the nature of the event. To get you started, invest in reliable software to help you run the business effectively, and eventually look to become a certified event planner.
If you are good with computers and have a creative eye, working as a freelance graphic designer can be fantastic. You can make a serious amount of money whilst doing something you enjoy! Having experience in a design agency Manchester or London based is useful, but not essential.
If you have previous experience in the industry that’s fantastic, and all you will need is a computer and decent software to get started. For those of you wanting to get into the industry, there are plenty of amazing online courses available to help get your skills up to scratch from the comfort of your own home.
The most important thing when it comes to graphic design is creativity, so if that is one of your skills, you have every chance of succeeding in this industry. One thing to note is that this industry is a competitive place. So, to give yourself the best chance of succeeding, it is important to find your niche. This might be in the music industry, food industry or clothing industry, so you can tailor your niche to your interests. This is likely to make your work much more authentic and filled with passion.
Many of us love photography and get great pleasure out of capturing the special moments in our lives, so why not make it into a career? Whilst you won’t strictly be working from home as you might meet clients in locations for photoshoots or go exploring to find some stunning spots local to you, you can be extremely flexible and do a lot of your work from home, such as editing and communicating with customers.
The quality of phone cameras is phenomenal these days, so you can use your phone to build a portfolio and eventually upgrade to a more professional camera if your career takes off. If you are unsure whether this route is right for you, the great thing about photography is that you can easily do it alongside your current job by simply spending a few hours over the weekend taking photos and perhaps selling prints on an online shop, such as Etsy or Amazon.
In terms of flexibility and the ability to pursue your passion through a career, being a photographer is right up there.
For those of you who are organised, personable and pay great attention to detail, working for yourself as a travel agent from home could be a great career path. Being certified is not essential to be a travel agent, although it might be useful to complete a course for additional information if you don’t have experience in this area.
You can plan, arrange and book trips for people in order to take the stress out of their experience. It will be difficult to compete with larger travel agents to begin with, so much like the graphic design career, make sure you find your niche.
For example, you might have been to Italy lots of times, love the culture and speak the language. Specialising in expensive Italian holidays is a small enough niche to begin with and you can gradually work your way up. If you find you struggle to get business in this niche, try specialising in a popular region instead, like the Amalfi Coast.
Start by planning holidays for family and friends for a small fee or free of charge and gradually build up your portfolio.
The initial leap to self-employment can be daunting, however the benefits you can gain are fantastic. If you are not 100% sure on the path you are about to take, try to use some of your time during the evenings or weekends to take courses or build your portfolio before leaving your current job.
Working from home is fantastic for many people, so if you are fed up with the commute, hopefully we have given you something to think about!