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Everyone has skills and talents that they rarely use. This is a shame, because of a lot of the knowledge is built from hobbies and interests, so it’s things you enjoy. To get you using the skills you’ve built, and maybe even make a living, this post will show you some of the opportunities you have available. A lot of this work can be unstable at first, so it’s best to avoid if you have solid commitments that you need to meet.

  • Freelance Work

You can find a use for nearly any semi-professional skill, and a lot of uses result in payment. To make the most of this, you can work for yourself, with no strings attached. Instead of applying for a job and going to interviews, you can submit proposals for jobs online. Several worldwide businesses exist to coordinate freelance work, nowadays. Making it easier than ever to work from home.

This sort of work is great, but, it comes at a cost. Because these websites are worldwide, you will be competing with people from anywhere. So, you probably won’t be paid as much as you would working in an office.

  • Blogging

The rise of the Internet has brought with it the time of the blogger. Most people look at blogging as more of a hobby than as a serious job. But, if you play your cards right, you can make a decent living writing posts about things you enjoy. Most of the revenue you will generate through blogging will be from adverts. This makes getting site hits your biggest challenge. To give you some ideas and a basic plan, check out the Get Paid To Blog – 121 Blogs That Pay For Guest Posts blog. Blogging does take a lot of time, and you might have to work for a while before you see any payoff.

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  • Handy Person Services

Before trying something like this, research the law in your area, and find out what you can and can’t do. Most small towns or even city districts could benefit from someone selling their time to complete small tasks. A lot of jobs are easy to do, but take too much time out of people’s day. By capitalizing on this, you can a good living. You don’t even need to specify what you are willing to do; just let people call you with work, and give them an answer then. Websites like Facebook.com are great to get interest and start finding customers.

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  • Teach

If you are proficient enough in a skill, you might be able to teach it. A lot of communities have night classes that let you hold your own classes. These are great for academic or traditional skills. But, you can also sell your tuition privately. Using adverts on sites like Craigslist.com or specialist sites, you can reach out to a great client base.

This should give you a good starting point to begin developing your self employed lifestyle. Just remember to do plenty of research, and always look for the services that best match your skills.