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15 Best Jobs Where You Work Alone

Do you prefer working with other people? Or would you rather go for jobs where you could work by yourself? If you much prefer the latter, you’re not alone.

People who prefer to work alone can still find jobs in nearly any niche. Here are some of the best jobs where you work alone.

Mendy Rimler

Mendy Rimler

CEO, Dynamite Click

Web designer

Web design is a great way to get into the ‘work alone’ and work from the homeworld; there’s no college degree or formal training required, and very little technical knowledge needed.

That’s thanks to a litany of page builders that provide all the tools you need to create a professionally designed webpage, such as Elementor, Divi, Beaver Builder, and more. In fact, many web designers earn excellent incomes building websites with Squarespace and Shopify.

Although these page builders are designed for the business owner themselves to be able to create their own websites, the fact is many business owners simply don’t have the time or head-space to build their own websites. They’d rather stay busy marketing their products and serving their customers, than tinkering with a website.

At some point, learning CSS and HTML can serve you very well, but there are also many web developers available on that can help you out with a few lines of CSS if you need something specific. I’ve built beautiful and highly functional websites on Divi without a single line of CSS – the page builder does it all for you.

Another friend of mine that prefers Squarespace almost never touches a line of code. This means anyone with the desire to take the time to learn how to use these tools can build a web design business, without taking a course in coding.

Dan Edmonson

Dan Edmonson

Founder & CEO, Dronegenuity

Drone pilot

The best job heavily depends on how you define “best” as this could refer to money, happiness, fulfillment or so much more. In my personal opinion, it is important to find a job that makes you happy often due to your interest in your career.

If you have an interest in drones, photography, or possibly both, the perfect job where you can work alone might be a drone pilot. Within this occupation, the only requirement is to become a certified drone pilot and own a functional drone with photography and videography capabilities.

There are plenty of resources online in order to learn everything you need to know to easily pass the exam. In addition, there are different models of drones for various budgets and needs. After receiving these requirements, you gain all the freedom to work alone if desired.

As a professional drone pilot who works alone, you can set your own schedule and accept the projects that you want to complete. You can work in numerous industries such as real estate, construction, energy, and roofing to name a few.

In addition, the services can range anywhere from basic photography and videography to more specific services such as inspection, 3D modeling, orthomosaic mapping, or even infrared thermal imagery.

This occupation includes all the benefits of a work alone career. You can be your own boss and take full credit for your work. You get to learn and use more skills by not only being a professional drone pilot but also editing your work, selling your services, publishing powerful marketing campaigns to name a few of the elements of personal business. There is no need to rush and more quickly unless you want to, and you have every opportunity to focus your time on how you see best allocated.

Overall, becoming a professional drone pilot is a great example of a job where you work alone if it aligns with your interests. However, your interests might make a numerous list of other potential careers a better fit.

Li Tian

Li Tian

Founder, Full Time Baby

Digital marketing “solopreneur”

Job satisfaction comes from having a meaningful job with responsibility, achievement, recognition, and growth. I would add time flexibility as a vital metric.

Parents of young kids are forced to re-evaluate career choices and know what employees are now learning. To be productive and effective over the long run requires motivation that springs from much more than a paycheck.

Digital marketing solopreneurs can have one of the most rewarding jobs in the world. Not only can you craft your business based on your skillset, but you can typically set your own hours if you are marketing your business online.

Online businesses may include e-commerce, affiliate marketing (where you earn commissions by generating leads for other businesses, for example sending a buyer to Amazon to buy their goods), blogging, coaching (of any type), digital product sales (e-books, worksheets, printables), youtube personalities, just to name a few.

Perhaps you can even build your own portfolio of online businesses. Online business brokerages offer insight into the virtual businesses that can be owned and operated. It has never been easier to build an online presence.

Marius Migles

Marius Migles

Owner, Chasse Sauvage Photography

Photographer

The best job where I work alone is the one I have now. I am a professional event photographer, but I started photographing out of envy.

I was envious of one of my best friend who is a freelance graphic designer. Every time I passed by his house, I kept asking him what did he did on that specific day, and every time he gave me the same answer: “I worked a little on a project, I ate, I slept a little, and I worked a little more.” It seemed like the perfect job.

So I thought about what I can do to have such a job where I am my own boss and I have more time for myself. I wanted to practice a job that would benefit other people, to leave a memory behind me and of course a job that I enjoy and which I’m good at.

It wasn’t long before I discovered that photography is the art that I am most passionate about and I wanted to learn as much as possible about photography. That’s how I chose to be a professional wedding photographer. I realized along the way that being your own boss is an amazing thing, but I didn’t have the free time I was hoping for.

I am always trying to gain new knowledge in my field, and I am constantly looking for new leads. But I can proudly say that for me, a professional photographer is the best job where I work alone.

In order to find the best job where you work alone, I think you have to reconcile these factors: the benefit brought to other people, to please you and something you are good at.

Samantha Moss

Samantha Moss

Editor & Content Ambassador, Romantific

When I was first trying to find a job that suits me, the first thing that I considered was the personality that I have and the things that I love to do. In reality, this was never easy.

I am an introvert and prefer to do my work on my own because I get easily demotivated or stressed-out in a crowd. Where should I go if the most common working environment out there is dealing with a face-to-face conversation with officemates and clients?

Related: 12 Best Jobs for Introverts (& People Who Like to Work Alone)

For those who want to consider jobs where you work alone, here are two of the best careers:

Writer

This could be the perfect job for those people who want to work alone, a fulfilling job in a freelance career while finding solitude with your own inner thoughts.

Since we are already in the digital age, there are a lot of opportunities for professional writers to monetize their crafts. They could become a blogger, e-book author, or even a book writer. They also have the luxury to work alone without the need to talk to any colleagues or to keep on typing without distractions.

Photographer

This is also one way to monetize your craft while working alone. If you love taking photographs of people, sceneries, landscapes, things, etc., this could work for you.

You can also be a photojournalist or events photographer. You will mostly work with your camera and equipment to find inspiration for a perfect shot.

Chad Hill

Chad Hill

CMO, Hill and Ponton Law

Content writing

A freelance job where some find the fulfillment of work with no pressure since it is usually a one-man work. You will find the time for yourself to write and to rest.

You will find the luxury of owning your time since you’ll be the one to decide when to start and to finish your work, especially if you have a deadline with the client. You can move freely and not be the one that is boxed in an office. In writing, you are your own boss, you own your time as well as your income.

Derek Lenze

Derek Lenze

Founder, Floating Authority

Blogger

In my experience and my favorite job I’ve had so far, has been blogging and recommending solutions to problems that people face. When done correctly, you can be helping a lot of people and learn new skills every single day that will be useful in almost any type of environment.

Blogging is an avenue that should be viewed as a way of helping people by connecting their problems with solutions. There are close to 7 billion search queries on Google every single day.

All of these come from people who have questions about something, learning how to do something, or simply looking for quick and concise answers. Many of these queries are answered by bloggers such as myself every single day in a wide variety of different niches.

Not only do you get to connect people with their solutions but you also learn lots of valuable skills in this journey. In the beginning, the vast majority of these skills are handled by yourself. Some of the technical skills I began learning when I started including the following:

  • Building a website
  • Learning some code
  • Learning how to generate traffic, through SEO, paid and social channels

While I would not consider myself an overly technical person I would say there is room for creative types to excel as they are tasked with:

  • Writing compelling copy
  • Learning how to outreach to people through email or phone and negotiating terms
  • Making videos
  • Designing your website so that it stands out
  • Creating pictures and infographics

To make money, you then need to decide how you are going to monetize and make a living off of your site. There are avenues such as affiliate marking, physical products, info products, advertising through AdSense as well as making your own course.

Each has its pros and cons and its something for the website owner to decide what makes the most sense for them. I personally gravitated towards affiliate marketing because you do not have to deal with shipping products and managing customers so that I could work on the marketing of my website.

Once you are over the hurdle of making money it’s time to scale your tasks. As more things pile up you begin to realize just how little time in the day you have so you may have to begin to outsource tasks. Some things are easier to outsource than others. Many bloggers I have talked to outsource the following:

  • Managing VA’s for simple tasks like gathering emails
  • Prospecting and hiring writers
  • Prospecting and hiring editors

All of the above-bulleted skills are very useful skills in today’s technological world. It’s not just great for your website. These skills can also be transferred to working freelance work and gaining employment in different industries.

I personally love the roller coaster ride of blogging because not only do you get to help people with everyday problems and questions but you also learn a boatload of technical and sales skills and eventually management skills. You can get all of this knowledge from the practical skill of making your own website.

Matt Lincoln

Matt Lincoln

Marketing Automation Consultant

Marketing automation consultant

As a marketer, I always struggled with the politics of working in a large team. I was questioning my career choices until I found that being a marketing automation consultant provided a chance to deliver projects end-to-end myself.

Marketing Automation is a type of software that allows businesses to automate their marketing processes, so by definition, it tries to reduce the human input needed to execute marketing campaigns.

This means that once I’ve worked with a client to gather their requirements, I’m often working alone and I love the mix of activities I get involved in, which ranges from design and coding to setting up automated processes and working with data and reporting.

It’s hugely satisfying to get great feedback from a client on a project on which you alone have taken complete responsibility.

Hima Pujara

Hima Pujara

Digital Marketing Executive, Signity Solutions

Content writer

Technical or creative writing requires a lot of concentration. To add insights, you need to read several articles & news. So, for writing a good piece of the article a lot of R&D is done. Thus, keeping attention undiverted for meeting up the industry content requirement, working alone is the best way. Therefore, content writers prefer to sit and work alone.

Beyond writing blogs and website content, you may also write on marketing type emails, advertising copy, and ghostwriting ebooks. Also, freelance writing can be done on a remote basis.

Social media specialists

Social media specialists can also work alone from creating graphics to paid ads, all they need is creativity and experience. Social Media Specialists need not be in the office as they can manage social media channels from anywhere and at any time.

Also, you can create videos for youtube and other live streaming websites. Thus, creativity flows when ideas flow in.

Affiliate associate (selling on Amazon under Affiliate Program)

You can sell products on Amazon by working alone. Moreover, the Amazon Affiliate Program helps you earn money without having to go to the office. You can sit alone and register to Affiliate Programs and earn.

The Amazon Affiliate program lets you advertise products from Amazon to your websites by creating links. When customers click the links and buy products from Amazon, they earn a commission.

Heather Meehan

Heather Meehan

Outreach Consultant, DSRPT

As someone who has worked from home for over a decade as a freelance writer and entrepreneur, I fully believe that sometimes it’s just better to work alone.

You can work at your own pace, avoid being put under pressure by a supervisor and you can steer clear of all those pesky little co-worker conflicts that are often rampant in the workplace. It’s not hard to find a job where you can work alone and earn on your own terms!

Truck driver

Hitting the open road to earn an income as a truck driver doesn’t even seem like work does it? Driving from point A to point B, while taking in breathtaking cityscapes and rural sprawls, is a lucrative job that can result in big paydays for truck drivers.

All you need is a training certificate and a commercial driver’s license to get started on this career path. And who said “1” was the loneliest number?

Photographer

Whether you’re taking product photos or even custom portraits, you’ll “ready, aim, shoot!” your career all the way to the bank!

Photography jobs are lucrative, to say the least with talented photographers being able to command their own hourly rate ranging between $25-$75 per hour. Best of all, working on your own means you can keep costs low and cultivate your own client base to optimize long-term growth.

Handmade artisan

If you have a unique artistic skill, then why not open your own handmade business? Etsy has put handmade artisans from all walks of life on the map!

You’ll savor every moment working alone while running everything in your shop from product design to shipping and everything in between!

Andrew DeBell

Andrew DeBell

Learning Consultant | Video Designer, Water Bear Learning

Video editor or designer

I’ve been an independent video designer for 4+ years now and it is certainly a fulfilling career choice for those that prefer to work alone.

While there is some collaboration with clients and teams, a majority of the work heads down, headphones on, click and create. From animated explainer videos to corporate training videos, I complete 100% of my video editing projects from my home office.

Nazim Ragimov

Nazim Ragimov

Founder & CEO, Kukarella

Sound editor

Work for one or for many? Can you be sure now? Everything is changing. What used to require tens or hundreds of people can now be done by one person with the right tools. This fact is best exemplified by one of my clients.

For the last ten years, he worked as a sound editor. He would meet with actors that came to his studio so they can create a voice-over. He had the voice-over orders for commercials, whiteboard animations, and promotional videos. Typically, this kind of work cannot be done by himself.

And then one day, everything changed. Due to COVID, Jason had to close his studio even though he still has orders to deliver. He could not ask his actors to record from home because they do not have the right equipment to complete the job.

He started to look for a different option. He soon realized that the majority of his orders could be completed if he could find realistic voices online. That is how he found my company where we can provide him access to 300 voices, which he could use to convert the text into a professional voice over for his clients all by himself.

Kim Hefner

Kim Hefner

Owner and Photographer, Wild and Found Photography

Photographer

Being an elopement photographer is an awesome job where you work by yourself. Elopement photography has allowed me to combine several of my passions in life and turn them into my career.

I love spending my time outdoors doing things like hiking and rock climbing, which is a perfect fit for this job. Most of the elopements I photograph are outdoors, in settings such as at National Parks. I also love the creative aspect of photography, trying out new angles and ways to experiment with light.

When I’m not photographing couples or scouting out new locations, I’m working on my marketing skills to grow my business. I’m always learning something new and challenging myself to grow in new ways. As a lifelong learner, this is very fulfilling!

Since starting my business as an elopement photographer, I truly wake up every day excited about getting to work.

Marc Andre

Marc Andre

Founder, VitalDollar.com

One of the best jobs that allows you to work alone is to work as a blogger.

I’ve been a full-time blogger since 2008 and I love working on my own. Working from home and being on my own allows me to work productively with fewer distractions that I had when I worked in a traditional office. As a result, I can get a lot done in the average working day.

I enjoy blogging because it has provided me with the option to work on things that I enjoy, and I get to choose how I want to run my business. I also have flexibility over my hours, so I can work when and where it’s most convenient for me.

The downside to blogging is that it does take some time to grow your blogging income to get to the point that you can support yourself. I worked on my blog for a year and a half while before I was able to earn enough income that I could safely leave my full-time job. But that sacrifice has been paying off for more than 11 years now.

Ashton Newell

Ashton Newell

Lead Digital PR Strategist, Directive

Content writer

In today’s digital world, companies need some form of content that represents their brand. Quality content creators come in and craft companies’ thought leadership, build organic traffic to their website through content and drive brand awareness. Typically these marketers work alone.

As a content marketer myself, I do my most creative work when I’m alone and in a quiet space. Once I complete my work, I’m able to digitally communicate with a designer or other party that will help bring a blog post, video, case study, etc. to life.