Chicago’s unemployment rate has fallen significantly over the last few years, but many people still have difficulty finding jobs. If you’ve gotten tired of the job hunt, you might want to try these five self-employment ideas for Chicago.
If you like dogs and you like taking long walks, then you could start earning money as a professional dog walker. Depending on what services they offer, a dog walker can earn anywhere from $10 to $30 for a 30-minute walk. Dog walkers can often charge higher prices when they earn dog walking and training certifications. You can also offer to water plants, clean the house, and perform other menial tasks at an extra charge.
Drive With Uber
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Uber has become one of the easiest ways for people to earn extra money and is a fun and rewarding self-employment idea. Chicago is a city with large demand, and always looking to build supply. This means you can usually get started after passing a background check and proving you have car insurance and a valid driver’s license.
Chicago isn’t the only place that offers self-employment opportunities through Uber. The company is constantly looking for drivers all around the world, too.
Many people are attracted to Uber because partners get paid an average $19.04 per hour. Taxi drivers make an average $10.97 per hour. The extra $7 per hour makes the decision pretty obvious.
Become a Personal Trainer
If people at the gym recognize you as an authority who can answer questions about exercise and diet, then you might as well get paid for helping them. Many personal trainers are self-employed experts who have certifications from organizations like the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America. You don’t necessarily need a certificate to train people, but it will make you more marketable. Once you establish yourself as a great trainer, you can start charging higher rates and choosing the types of clients who interest you most.
Many people living in Chicago don’t have the time or energy to shop at neighborhood groceries. Some of them are elderly or disabled people who have difficulty just getting out of the house. Others are busy professionals who don’t want to spend their free time doing chores. As long as you have a reliable mode of transportation, you can start delivering groceries. You could start by advertising the service in your neighborhood. Once your client base grows, you can build a website that lets people place orders online.
Write a Blog
Making a blog successful often takes a lot of work. Knowing how to write interesting content will certainly help, but you also need some basic Web design and marketing skills. Most bloggers make money from website advertising. They find companies willing to pay them for advertising space. The more readers your site has, the more money you can make from advertisers.
If you don’t want to spend time building relationships with companies, you can rely on services like Google AdSense. Google AdSense displays ads on your website. When someone clicks on the ad, you get paid a small amount. If you have enough people visiting the site, the advertising revenue can make a nice source of supplemental income.
Which of these ideas sounds best for you? Are you more concerned about making as much money as possible, or finding a job that you enjoy?