Working for yourself is simultaneously incredibly freeing and terrifying. When you work for someone else, after all, it is up to them to bring in the money and the clients or customers. When you work for yourself, you need to take on the workload and job titles of several. Once you are off your feet, of course, this improves. You can hire more hands to help you out, and, eventually, can hire managers to take care of the entire business, allowing you to retire in complete comfort.


Being your own boss can be challenging, but if you want to go for it, consider any of these top five career paths that anyone can follow:  



Being a landlord is very lucrative, and the best part is that if you own a home, you can start today. Either rent out a spare room for short-term guests, or renovate so that you have a flat to rent out on your property or, if you really want to make a maximum return, move out and rent your family home.


Taxi Driver

Like most of these careers, you can often start doing them part-time. Being a taxi driver, for example, fits in perfectly around any other job and allow you to bring in a little extra money. Drive others around for two or three hours after work, for example, and you can bring in a nice bonus for you and your family. Build up your savings, and start hiring others and build your own fleet. What you do from there is entirely up to you – you could be a specialist service that provides luxury transportation for business travellers to and from the airport. You can be an everyday fleet that operates in Paisley; the choice is up to you. Just remember to adhere to all regulations, like having the correct insurance from Acorn Insurance for your business type.


Online Store Owner

There are so many ways you can make a successful store online. Sell your own products, partner with international businesses so that you can sell their products to your local community, and so on. This will require you to be very on top of your personal brand, but once you succeed you can become a huge success and enjoy massive personal gains.



For anyone who has a knack for hair, skin, nails, or any other aspect of the beauty industry, you can make a serious killing on your own. To start, hone and develop your skills. You can do this by starting a beauty channel, or by taking classes at a beauty school. Only when you have a strong portfolio can you then start going to work on a freelance basis. Work with wedding planners, event planners, fashion designers and more. You can work anywhere, and for anyone, you just need to build up your client list and promote yourself and your work every single day.


There are so many ways that you can be your own boss. You don’t even necessarily have to quit your day job in order to get started, either. In fact, by keeping your old job initially you can build up your new business in comfort and security, and only take it on full-time once you know you can succeed.


Founder of in 1998 and constantly strives to change peoples attitudes to the town, Brian is a self described Paisley Digital Champion who promotes Paisley via any means necessary. You can also follow me on X