Five types of freelancer in seriously high demand

July 4th, 2008

Being your own boss means different things to different people.

For me, it means kissing those dreaded dry cleaning bills goodbye and working in my sweatpants. For Harris, a Web programmer I met at a friend’s wedding, it means never having to set the alarm clock again. For my friend Tammy, a marketing maven and mother of two, it means losing the commute and saving a bundle in day care.

Contrary to popular belief, achieving this kind of career autonomy without winding up on food stamps is entirely possible. And it doesn’t even require a four-year college degree or a significant financial investment.

Even better, there’s a rich market of customers just waiting to be tapped.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that more than 12 million people work for themselves. And I can tell you from years of experience in the freelance trenches that many of us self-employed slobs need help with everything from setting up a blog to tracking our business expenses to keeping up with our blasted e-mail in-boxes.

In honor of Independence Day, I’ve outlined five low-cost freelance businesses that you can start from the comforts of your home and market to other independent professionals — plus, the skills, training and overhead they require. See if one lights a firecracker under you.

You can read the rest of the article here, at

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Trax  |  July 4th, 2008 at 11:04 am

    Hey Michelle…congrats on your recent columns on! Please, please tell me that you’re now hobnobbing with Charlie Gibson and…um…all those other anchors I don’t recognize. Congrats again!

  • 2. Michelle Goodman  |  July 4th, 2008 at 11:17 am

    thanks, trax! so glad you’re back. hope to see you soon!

    i’m jetsetting to ny and having drinks with charlie g. and barbara walters every weekend. not. i’m just a poor freelance slob they pay with peanuts. ;)

  • 3. sabrina  |  July 10th, 2008 at 1:36 pm

    congratulations on your abc article!

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Hi, my name's Michelle Goodman and I've been freelancing since 1992. I'm author of My So-Called Freelance Life and The Anti 9-to-5 Guide. Read my full bio here.

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