A Quick Guide on How to Make Candles to Sell

If you’re looking for information on how to make candles to sell, you’re on the right track.

Market research is the first step to any business planning, no matter how big or small the business you plan to launch.

This post will talk about everything you need selling candles from home, whether you plan to start as a hobbyist or build a full-scale candle-making business.

Learn How to Make Candles to Sell

You have several paths to this industry.

  • Make candles to sell to brands. You’ll be making candles in bulk based on the specifications of another company. In this case, you no longer have to take care of branding and marketing the products.
  • Make candles to sell yourself. If this is the route you want to take, you need to think of production, marketing, distribution (if you wish to go big), packaging, and shipping.

Of course, whichever route you decide to take, it’s important to dip your fingers into the actual making of the candles first.

Types of Candles

The materials you’ll use in the business will vary slightly depending on the type of candle you wish to focus on.

For example, tea light candles and votives are small and come in different colors, but tea lights are designed with a metal cup, while votives are bigger and are often paired with a glass container.

Paraffin candles can be turned into BIG, glorious pillar candles or finger-shaped taper candles.

They can also be non-scented or scented, which will require extra oils and fragrance and in turn, add to your cost.

Aside from paraffin, some candles are also made of other materials.

Examples of these include beeswax candles, gel candles, and soy candles – all of which use different materials to create the candles.

Sourcing Materials: Things You Need to Begin Making Candles to Sell

Your first batch of materials will cost about $50 to $100, depending on how many you plan to “try out” or if you’re ready to sell immediately after making candles.

The good news about not being the first to think about candle-making as a business is that there are TONS of suppliers.

You can even choose to buy candle-making kits from sites like CandleChem or Candle Science if you’re starting small, or buy the materials in bulk.

Basic materials for candle-making include:

  • Beeswax, paraffin, soy, gel, or another type of wax as your main ingredient
  • Wicks and wick stickers
  • Jars, tins, glass, or other containers
  • Melting pot, thermometer, scale
  • Essential oils for fragrance and dye as coloring agents
  • Caution labels, branding labels, packaging/shipping supplies

Step-by-Step Guide on How to Make Candles to Sell

The basic steps of candle making will vary slightly depending on the type of candle you’re going to make, but here is the general instructions:

1. Measure and Melt Your Wax

Because you’re turning this into a business, you have to be specific with measurements.

Believe me, it will help you with accurate costing.

Regardless of the type of wax you chose, the first step is to measure your wax to fit the container you’re going to put the candle in.

Note that if you’re adding dye or fragrance, this should be counted toward the total measurement.

Once you’ve measured everything, melt the wax in a double broiler. Each type of wax will have heating instructions. Paraffix, for example, needs to be heated to around 185° F temperature.

2. Add Fragrance and Dye

Add the fragrance first once your wax reached its melting point.

Stir in the oils until dissolved completely.

If you need to color your candle, this is the time to add the dye into the mix.

3. Attach Wick, Pour Melted Wax, and Secure Wick

Attach the wick into the container and make sure it’s secured.

When the wax is around 135° F, pour wax properly into the container or mold. Double-check the wick if it is situated upright.

4. Let Your Candle Cool

Place your candles in a safe spot for cooling. Be patient – they need several hours to cool. For big and chunky candles, it could need overnight cooling.

If the wick ends up too long (the ideal length is about 1/4-inch), trim it to the perfect length.

5. Brand your Candles

If you’re selling the candles yourself, label the candles and package them as you wish.

If you’re selling the candles for another company, brand the candles based on their requirements.

Ready to Formalize the Candle-making Business?

Have you decided to continue with your candle business? Planning is essential to your success.

Business planning

You should decide on:

  • Distribution channels (where you’ll sell the candles)
  • Shipping and logistics (are you going to fulfill the orders? how are you going to ship them?)
  • Manpower (are you going to do everything from making the candles to shipping the product?)
  • Marketing (decide if social media/online marketing is the way to go or traditional marketing)

The most important thing about your candle-making business is standing out: candles are very general and most people are already loyal to a specific brand.

Also, anyone can make them.

However, if you find a way that makes YOUR product unique (maybe turn them glow-in-the-dark, or create your own fragrance, and so on), this will ensure your success in the market.

If you’re not branding your candles and are distributing instead, be on the lookout for the most affordable materials for your product so you could always offer the best pricing to your customers.

Licensing and other legal requirements

Do you need a business license to sell online?

As explained by Amy Beardsley of NextInsurance, the answer isn’t as simple as “yes,” or “no.”

It’s because not all candlemakers are required to obtain business licenses, permits, and other legal requirements. This will depend largely on your location and sales volume.

Local zoning laws, insurance requirements, and other business-related laws that may fall under candle-making can vary from state to state.

As such, the best way to ensure you’ve got all legalities in place is by talking to your local Small Business Administration (SBA) office about your business.

How to Sell Candles Online

Where do you sell your candles once you’ve produced them?

You have 3 common options: a website, a seller’s account on an online marketplace (such as Amazon, Etsy, eBay), and traditional places like art and craft festivals, exhibits, and shows that may cost $50 to $100 a day per table/booth.

Selling candles on your own website

A website is always recommended.

These days, people can set up a website from sites like Shopify or Wix in just a day.

If you want specific customizations, you’ll need to hire a web developer and pay several hundred dollars. Plus, you might need to pay for website themes, hosting, domain names, and so on.

Selling candles on Amazon

Amazon Handmade welcomes an Artisan-only community of sellers.

Joining this community requires a Professional selling account which costs $39.99/month. However, this monthly fee will be waived for approved applications. Once you sell a candle, sellers pay 15% of the sale price per listing (or a minimum of $1.00 per listing).

Selling candles on eBay

It’s free to list on eBay, but if you list more than 250 items per month, you’ll start paying a $0.35 insertion fee per listing.

The problem with eBay is that there are millions of products listed here each day, which means competition will be fierce.

Imagine competing with mass producers of candles from overseas that sell the same candles as yours for 1/4 of the price.

Selling candles on Etsy

If you’re going to choose just one place to sell your candles (aside from your own website), Etsy is perfect.

It’s the go-to online marketplace when it comes to crafts, homemade items, and other hobby-turned-business products.

It costs $0.20 to publish a listing on the Etsy marketplace.

A listing lasts for four months or until the item is sold. Once an item sells, there is a 6.5% transaction fee deducted from your sale.

I talked about Etsy before in the past:

How to Make Candles to Sell Successfully

The secret to succeeding in this niche is to stand out and create an excellent business plan around it.

How much can a candle business make?

Making a typical pillar candle costs anywhere between $2 and $10. If you can sell your candle for $20, that’s a profit of $10 to $18.

If you’re able to sell 50 candles a month, you’ll be making $500 to $900 monthly. If you sold 100, the amount will double, of course.

What similar home-based businesses are there?

If you’re not ready to commit to candle-making and want to check out other craft-based businesses that you can do totally from home, check out this guide I wrote about making and selling crafts online, the crafts that are easiest to sell, and hobbies that make money.

60 Side Hustles for Men in 2022

If you need extra cash but cannot commit to another full-time job, these 60 side hustles for men can be the perfect way to get the funding you need.

Of course, since every person has their own life, profession, needs, and preference, this big list should give you at least a handful of options.

Side Hustles for Men Online

1. Get paid to listen to musicIt’s the dream job of music lovers!

2. Create cool stuff and sell it on Etsy – Etsy is the haven for creative people who creates all kinds of stuff from movie replica weaponry to paintings, sculptures, music boxes, pottery, jewelry, and much more.

3. Sell your services on FiverrFiverr is a good marketplace to dip your fingers into the side-hustling economy. You can start small here (yes, you can offer any service for $5…hence the name of the site). But once you decide to go big, Fiverr can also accommodate your growth.

4. Test sites for cashIf you have a background in web development, this seems like an easy job. Visit sites, observe errors, and report them.

5. Get paid to watch NetflixWho says being a couch potato won’t get you anywhere? These days, you can earn cash even while relaxing and streaming shows on Netflix. Note that you might not have control over what TV show, movie, or documentary you have to watch.

6. Lend your voice to advertising and other workIf you have a unique voice that you feel would sound good in ads, cartoons, YouTube videos, and other content, you could have a career in voice-acting.

7. Get paid to watch TVHere’s another watch-for-cash gig you can do if you want something that doesn’t need you to exert much effort.

8. Play games for cash – If you love Fortnite, go here. If you’re not picky with the game title you play, there are plenty of video game testing jobs you can do for side cash.

9. Write for someone elseIf you have a flair for words, beginner writers can expect to earn around $.10 to $.20 per word written.

10. Sell preloved items on eBay, Craigslist, and other online marketplaces – From baseball cards to VHS tapes and everything in between, as long as the stuff you have still has value, you can sell it online and earn cash.

11. Manage social media accounts of other people or companies – Almost every business these days has an online presence on major social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. And behind those accounts are real people who write posts, edit photos or videos, and answer inquiries from people. This could be you.

12. Create courses for teachersUdemy lets teachers and other educators help fellow teachers with ready-to-follow courses. If you’ve got the experience, apply with Udemy and enjoy its revenue-sharing model. You can get paid again and again as long as new teachers pay for your course.

13. Get paid for your musical abilitiesIf you’re a musician, you can use your skills to earn some serious cash.

14. Create memes for cashAre you always up-to-date with the latest memes? If you love pop culture and want to get a good laugh while earning extra cash, learn how to create memes in exchange for cash.

15. Make unique fonts to sellFor those with graphic design skills, making fonts is easy money these days because of technological advancements like drawing tablets and pens.

16. Get data entry gigsThis is a very in-demand job since it doesn’t really require a lot of brain power. But if you’re interested, click on the list of legitimate companies that offer data entry gigs.

17. Make up songs and get paid for themIf it’s easy for you to make a jingle or makeup songs, this is your chance to take your skill to the next level and earn from it.

Side Hustles for Men via Phone Apps

18. Drive kids around via HopSkipDriveEarn up to $40/hour + bonuses as a Care Driver who drives kids around on behalf of families who need assistance with picking kids up and driving them to and from school, doctor’s appointments, sports practices, events, and other afterschool programs.

19. Use Cashback Apps like Ibotta and eBatesSometimes, you don’t need to “work” to earn extra cash. You just need to change some things with your online activities and shopping habits.

20. Become a mystery shopper – The task is similar across market research apps like CheckPoints, Mobeye, Streetbees, Shopkick, Field Agent, Roamler, and EasyShift. You just have to check in-store products, check prices, inquire about promotions, grade customer service and perform other tasks requested by the business partner.

21. Get paid for your uploaded photosFoap and Snapwire let users upload photos and earn from them when someone buys the pictures. You can earn from $5 to $20 per photo this way.

22. Become a GigwalkerDownload the app, wait for gigs near you and accept the job. You have control over how much work you want to accept or not.

23. Share your personal info, shopping history, location, etc. to get paid – Market research apps like MobileXpression, Neilsen, and Panel App pay you in exchange for specific user data.

24. Traveling somewhere by car? Download Roadie and get paid to transport itemsEarn $50 for local deliveries, but if you’re crossing states, you can earn hundreds of dollars to deliver heirloom furniture or other valuables.

25. Answer surveys on SurveyJunkieThis is the most popular survey app around. It’s an online market research community wholly owned by consumer insights platform DISQ. With SurveyJunkie, you earn $0.50 to $3 for each survey you take, and you can cash out via PayPal when you reach at least $5.

26. Do small tasks for points via InboxDollars and SwagbucksThe tasks here are easy, from watching videos to playing new game apps, anyone can do them during their spare time. The earnings aren’t big, but it’s cool to know you’re earning something even if you’re just fooling around with the app.

27. Got a truck? Become a Lugger and help other people move large stuff – If you have a larger-sized vehicle like a van or pickup truck, you can offer moving services to people who are moving houses. Apply to become a “Lugger” and accept gigs via the app.

Quirky Side Hustles for Men

Are you open to trying new things to earn money? These side jobs aren’t as traditional, but it could be a fun (and legal) way to earn cash on the side.

28. Get paid to lose weightMaybe you’re already planning to get rid of the last couple of pounds. This can be the push you need. Earn cash while losing weight.

29. Sell Feet Pics – This isn’t exclusive to women. If you have the confidence to model your feet, you can make big bucks selling pictures of your feet.

30. Get paid to cuddle other people – Not a gig for everyone, cuddling strangers for cash may sound weird, but it’s a legitimate side gig that some people enjoy.

31. Sell hair for cash – Got a long hair now that you wouldn’t mind cutting for cash? If you answered yes, click the link to learn how to sell your hair for cash.

32. Donate plasma for money – Save someone’s life while getting paid for your valuable plasma. (Warning: Not for those who faint with the sight of blood)

Side Hustles for Men in the Real World

For those who are willing to go out into the real world to earn cash on the side, these jobs (traditional and modern) are up for the taking!

33. Walk dogs via Rover – You can get paid up to $20 per dog, so it’s best to find as many as you can physically handle to maximize your walk.

34. Deliver Cannabis with Eaze – This California-based company hires delivery specialists to deliver cannabis products from a licensed retailer directly to consumers. You can make over $30 per hour across hourly wage, mileage reimbursements, and tips.

35. Flip furnitureDo you have carpentry, upholstery, and other similar skills? If so, you can buy old furniture, fix it up and then flip it for cash.

36. Get in line on behalf of other people via SOLD – Same Ole Line Dudes (SOLD) is a New York-based professional line sitting service, which charges $45 for a minimum of two hours of waiting in line and an additional $10 for every 30 minutes added to the wait.

37. Deliver Food for DoorDash – Most drivers can make about $20 an hour working for DoorDash.

38. Get paid housesitting – You take care of another person’s house while they’re gone. How easy can this job get, right?

39. Drive for Lyft or Uber – Here’s a guide specific to making money with Uber, and other ways you can make money with your car.

40. Get paid to drink beer – Go bar-hopping and try out beer at an assigned location. Check out other jobs that you can do that involve drinking beer.

41. Deliver Amazon packagesWith millions of orders being processed in and out of Amazon warehouses daily, you could deliver goods to Amazon customers and earn about $18 to $25 per hour. Download the Amazon Flex app to join and receive bookings.

42. Offer mobile car detailing – You can do it on the weekend, or by schedule. Cleaning other people’s cars can give you up to $200/car, depending on the location and other factors.

43. Share your organizing skills – Do you have exceptional organizing skills? Become a personal organizer for people who need help and earn $55 to $100 an hour.

Business Side Hustles for Men

The following side hustle ideas can be turned into a full-scale business if you want to. You can also keep it small. It totally depends on how much you want to commit to these money-making opportunities.

44. Blog as a businessBlogs can have multiple revenue streams if you do it right. This guide should help you if you want to be your own boss and if you’re OK with earning months or years after all your hard work.

45. Open a travel agency Get to work from home and earn commissions by becoming an independent travel agent. You can also plan trips and earn money as a travel consultant or tour planner.

46. Become an online personal trainer – Although traditional personal trainers that go from one home gym to the next still exist, the potential of an online personal trainer business can be super-tempting for people who understand how they can diversify earnings this way.

47. Become a bartenderBartending skills can be learned after a workshop and practiced on the job. Earn up to $30 or more per hour. If you own a mobile bartending business, then your share would be 100%.

48. Turn your Dance skills into a businessFrom offering choreography services to opening up an online dance lesson program, your business opportunities as a dancer have never been better thanks to the internet.

49. Open a Pet-sitting businessPetSitter.com connects pet owners looking for pet sitters, who are experienced in walking, feeding, and taking care of pets.

50. Become a Virtual Assistant – If you pride yourself as the Jack of all trades, you can be lucrative as a virtual assistant. There are different kinds of VAs with varying pay grades and job descriptions, so check here before embarking on this job.

51. Turn your car into an ad space – Car wrap sites like Wrapify, Carvertise, Nickelytics, or MyFreeCar will pay you up to $400/month if you end up wrapping your car with an ad.

52. Try your luck as an Influencer – There is no age or gender requirement to influence people online. If you’re an interesting person, you’ve got a unique skill and talent, or can entertain people on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, you may have a chance at becoming an influencer.

53. Create YouTube or TikTok videos – Earning money from both platforms does not come overnight, but once get rolling and produce engaging content religiously, you can turn this into a lucrative business. Check out my YouTube or TikTok guide to get started.

54. Start a podcast – There’s a reason more and more celebrities are launching their own podcasts: if you do it right, your business can revolve on the podcast alone.

55. Build an agency from home – If you’re a copywriter with awesome editing skills, build a content company, hire other writers and offer your team’s services to clients. If you’re a web or app developer, hire programmers to help you with jobs you find for the team. Find the niche based on what you know and turn it into a full-scale business from home. It’s possible.

56. Turn your place into an Airbnb – If you can rent out your place to tourists and other people who need accommodation every weekend or every time it’s free, you just need to keep your home guest-ready and post your home on Airbnb.

57. Invest in learning Affiliate marketing – This is a massive business that requires a lot of reading, planning and “doing.” The good news with affiliate marketing is that if you commit to making it work, the rewards you reap will equal to the work you invested.

58. Sell services on UpworkUpwork is similar to Fiverr, except most Upwork jobs are more long-term that you can actually make a killing doing it full-time.

59. Begin a Beekeeping businessIf you have a lot of free space at home, you can start a beekeeping business and earn from honey and other byproducts.

60. Start your own brewery The rise of craft breweries and brewing communities all over the country has made this business an exciting one to start. You have to be passionate about brewing first, so you can enjoy your brewing experience every step of the way.

The Bottom Line

The cool thing about the side hustle ideas above is that you can mix and match them to fit your schedule.

Need more ideas? Here are 100 more no-gender side hustles for everyone.

If you’re financially stable, but need a side hustle that would bring rewards in the long run, you’re looking for passive income opportunities.

30 Age-Appropriate Jobs for 10 Year Olds

It’s never too early for kids to dream big, learn new skills, or find passion projects on the side, so if you’ve got a pre-teen kid, these 30 age-appropriate jobs for 10-year-olds should help you guide your kid.

But before we tackle these jobs, please be reminded that the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) strictly regulates the employment of minors in the country.

Under the FLSA, it is legal for employers to hire workers 14 (or above), but they cannot work in offices, storefronts, restaurants, mining, manufacturing, and other hazardous jobs.

In addition, each state has its own child labor laws, so it’s best to check them out.

The good news is that FLSA allows kids to work unrestricted hours in a business that is solely owned and operated by their parents.

If you have a teenager, check out this post instead. For parents of 10-year-old kids, this post is for you.

30 Jobs for 10-Year-Olds

The following jobs can be part-time or full-time (during summertime).

They can also be paid and unpaid.

After all, both paid and unpaid jobs could teach your kids valuable lessons. It will totally depend on a case-to-case basis and your kid’s disposition – Are they looking for experience? trying to save up on something they want? Networking for future jobs?

PETCARE

If you have pets that need caring, many 10-year-old animal lovers could easily help feed, take care and clean the mess of domestic pets like cats and dogs. Even neighbors would have the need whenever they go out of town, or for older neighbors who may find it challenging to clean the backyard.

1. Dog or Cat Cleanup

Clearing out the cat’s litterbox or picking up poop of your dog from the backyard can be done even by 10-year-olds. And the neighbors would often pay top dollar for others to pick up pet droppings, especially when snow begins to melt.

2. Feeding the pets

Maybe your neighbors are going on a month-long trip overseas and would need someone to feed their birds, cats, dogs, and any other pets.

3. Dogwalking

10-year-old kids would do well walking the neighborhood dogs, but only if the breeds they’re responsible for are suitable for their size and weight. Remember, every dog counts as 1 fee, so the more dogs these kids can handle, the bigger income they can earn.

4. Pet Sitting

Pet sitting services for friends and family can be lucrative for kids.

5. Pet Grooming

This can be a regular weekly or monthly gig for 10-year-olds, but adults should be around to assist particularly for unfamiliar pets. Compare the prices of pet clinics to see how much to charge.

YARDWORK, CLEANUP, AND GARDENING

If your kid would prefer to work outdoors, here are some jobs they can do in your own backyard, or for the neighbors.

The good thing about these kinds of jobs is they could also be a good exercise for kids.

6. Mowing lawns or raking leaves

Once you teach your kids how to handle a rake or lawnmower, yard work can be a fulfilling side gig for 10-year-olds.

7. Shoveling snow from driveways

This job is only available a few months a year in some states, but it can be a fun job for kids who love snow.

8. Pulling weeds

It’s an intro to gardening and landscaping for kids who are into playing with soil and growing plants with their hands.

9. Cleaning garbage cans

A kid actually turned cleaning garbage cans of their neighborhood into a business, so why couldn’t your kid do it for your neighborhood, right?

10. Collecting Recyclables

If your kid is passionate about the environment, this job is a good hands-on experience for kids to bring their passion into reality.

11. Gardening

Give your 10-year-olds a summer job and maintain your veggie garden in the backyard or the community garden. They can also help elderly neighbors in de-weeding, planting, watering, or fertilizing plants.

12. Carwash

Kids who grew up helping out their parents wash their cars at an early age would be ready to tackle this chore by themselves by the time they turn 10.

13. Fruit-picking or farming

If you live near a farm, kids can work picking fruits and helping around the farm.

INDOOR CHORES

If you’re a parent of 10-year-olds who want to earn some cash, but you prefer them to stay indoors, they could turn chores into cash.

14. Doing the Laundry

Washing dirty clothes and folding the laundry happen once or twice a week in every household. Parents can tick this chore off from their to-do’s and give 10-year-olds this responsibility for a fee.

15. Sweeping and mopping

These chores may seem easy for 10-year-olds, but they can offer kids a routine and a sense of responsibility at an early age.

16. Doing the dishes

Loading and unloading the dishwasher will be super easy for young kids. Parents can turn this daily chore into something they’ll be excited to do if you pay them some change every time.

17. Cook simple meals

Cooking is a useful skill for any age and no one is too young to learn to cook simple meals.

TEACHING AND COACHING

If your 10-year-old kid is an old soul, mature enough for his/her age, and loves teaching other kids, they can do it on the side to earn cash.

18. Sports Coach

Maybe your 10-year-old is good at basketball, chess, or other sports that another neighbor kid would want to be coached on. Maybe someone in your community needs a tennis partner. Whatever your kid’s beloved sports could be made into a side gig.

19. Babysitting

Most cities make babysitting classes available for 11-year-olds and above, but if your 10-year-old kid has been caring for younger siblings and would gladly take on babysitting duties for your neighbors, assist them with this guide on how to start babysitting.

20. Tutoring

Is your 10-year-old good with math? science? programming? If they are skilled with a particular subject in school, your kid can offer tutoring services to younger kids.

Entrepreneurial Jobs for 10-Year-Olds?

Maybe you’ve got a kid who’s a fan of Shark Tank, or you were inspired by my feature about millionaire kids, but the modern society supports 10-year-old business owners (and it’s perfectly fine to support your kids too!)

These businesses are the perfect intro to entrepreneurship for kids:

21. Lemonade Stand

No business-minded kid should ever skip running their own lemonade stand and a 10-year-old is the perfect age to try one.

22. Bake Sale

For the little bakers, a weekly bake sale or pre-order baked goods can be a good-paying business.

23. Face Painting

If your child is a fan of makeup tutorials and face painting, he/she can offer face painting services at children’s parties in the neighborhood.

24. Newspaper Delivery

Even if most readers prefer to read their news online these days, there are still many people who get their papers traditionally, so the demand for newspaper delivery boys and girls remains.

25. Soap and candle making

Kids can experiment and make candles or soap on weekends, then sell their products to neighbors, in school fairs, or even online.

26. Inventor

If you have a kid who never runs out of good ideas, he/she might just be the next big inventor. Encourage them to create, create, create, and join contests to showcase their inventions.

27. Children’s Book Author

Got a child whose vocabulary and imaginations run wild? They might love to write their own book! Help them put it together and decide if self-publishing online or getting a publisher is the right way to go.

28. Jewelry and clothing designer

Got a little fashionista with an eye for style? Your child can become a clothing or jewelry designer even if they’re just aged 10. You just have to assist them in finding collaborators who would sew or create their designs for them.

29. Print-on-demand Designs

Any child with design skills could print his/her work on clothing, shoes, framed prints, mugs, pillows, keychains, and other items if they join a print-on-demand service.

30. Artwork

It doesn’t matter what kind of art your child specializes in, whether it’s a caricature, painting, sketch, landscape, or others, if your child has a passion for art, he/she could turn this into a business.

Online Jobs for 10-Year-Olds

For 10-year-old kids who don’t want to go outdoors, they could embark on an online adventure instead by becoming a photographer, video game tester, TikToker, blogger, a model, YouTuber, social media influencer, podcaster, and voice artist (check out how people are paid for ASMR.)

Of course, the payments for online jobs aren’t as black-and-white as traditional jobs, so if you’re the parent you might need to explain to your kids that their earnings from online gigs could come months or years after they’ve done the job.

If this is a problem for your kid, it’s better they stick to the 30 jobs for 10-year-olds listed above.

30 Different Jobs Where You Work Alone

Interested in jobs where you work alone?

Embrace your inner introvert! Our economy has space for all kinds of personalities these days, so you don’t need to sacrifice your energy in socializing to be able to earn an income.

If you came from my post about jobs for introverts, consider this a continuation. Read on to learn more types of solo jobs where you work by yourself.

Real-World Jobs Where You Work Alone

You love dressing up for work, your scenic drive to/from the office, and the ability to run errands on your way home from work, but you don’t like the gossiping or office politics involved in your office-based job.

Fortunately, some professions do let you work alone.

Here are some you can check out:

  • Accountant – With a salary that starts at $50k a year, most of the tasks of accountants are done independently. There really is no need for a team or assistant for regular accounting work, unless you’re employed by a big corporation.
  • Actuary – You can earn at least $115k a year from this high-paying field, but you’ll need several years to master the job.
  • Petsitter/dogwalker – For animal lovers, pet-sitting and dog walking are two jobs where you’re not expected to work with other people. This job pays per dog, per hour, so you can maximize your earning potential by scheduling properly.
  • Housesitter/Housecleaner – This is similar to petsitting and dog-walking, only instead of pets, you take care of other people’s houses.
  • Driver – Whether your experience gets you a job as an Uber driver or a professional truck driver, you can enjoy peace during most hours of your workday.
  • Photographer – The best thing about most photographer jobs is that you can work almost anywhere in the world. Of course, you still have to communicate with teams, especially if you’re doing photoshoots, but you can pick a niche that doesn’t require a team, such as nature photography.
  • Park ranger – Some people find being embraced by the forest quite alarming, but for those who love jobs where you work alone, the park ranger job is perfect. The salary of park rangers can start at $40,000 and go as high as $75,000.
  • Research scientist – This is another high-paying profession (that starts at $110,000) and allows you to work by yourself experimenting and exploring specific studies, recording data, and analyzing findings.
  • Electrician – Depending on the company you work for, electricians are sent to customer houses to fix appliances, or you handle repairs at the company garage.
  • Home stagers – Staging homes may involve a lot of heavy lifting, but planning, designing, and organizing do not really need a team of people.
  • Market researcher – With about $75,000/year salary, market researchers gather and analyze data on consumers and competitors – a job that doesn’t really need teams to be successfully completed.
  • Butcher – Butchers can be a satisfying career for people who want to be alone and just focused on their jobs. This job pays about $30,000 to $50,000 a year.
  • Architect – There will be team and client meetings involved in this job, but the chunk of an architect’s work is completed alone.
  • Economist – Often hired by big companies, economists spend most of their work hours alone, studying the economy and reviewing available data to prepare reports that predict consumer trends.
  • Personal shopper – Yes, you’ll have a client or company to work for, but shopping for the client or account is done mostly by yourself. You’ll need your budgeting skills, creativity, and foresight to do the job, even without a team backing you up.

Home-based Jobs Where You Work Alone

When it comes to home-based jobs, you have the option of becoming employed by a company remotely full-time, wearing the hat of a consultant, or becoming your own boss (and controlling your work hours and everything else involved in running the business).

Check some of the jobs that fall under this category:

  • Translator – We’ve talked about online translation in the past before, so you’d probably have an idea that this gig is perfect for people looking for solo jobs.
  • Music editor – Music editing tools are no longer exclusive to big music production companies. Even freelancers can invest in them for their own computers and perform editing jobs virtually anywhere in the world.
  • Software developer – Many programmers work in teams, but the actual writing of code is divided into phases or specialization. As such, software developers are able to work independently for periods of a project and enjoy working by themselves.
  • Transcriptionist – Paralegals and closed captioners fall under this category. You’ll be doing most of the work with your transcribing skills to fulfill your role.
  • Voice acting – Many people these days begin their voice-acting careers on YouTube and expand to bigger horizons. Like voice actors of big-budget animated films, you don’t really need to work with other people when you’re hired to do voice work.
  • Animator – This is also the case for modern animators. You can collaborate with anyone online these days and the need to go to the office to draw and animate has become less and less of an option for creative professionals.
  • Digital graphics – Instructions for graphic design jobs are often in written form and forwarded to artists for execution. Whether you work freelance or own your graphic design company, you’ll likely be working solo on these projects (except if it’s a big-named account like Nike, Coca-Cola, and so on).
  • Medical coder – Medical terms can be hard for the ordinary man/woman, which is why medical coders are such an in-demand role with an attractive salary (of about $25 to $40 an hour). The job also doesn’t require you to socialize with co-workers or brainstorm with a team.
  • Video editor – Like music editing, video editing is a profession that thrives on working solo. As a video editor, you’ll be able to zoom in on the smallest details when you have zero distractions.
  • Chefs – The income potential of chefs is in the evergreen category, so you can get hired as a personal chef and manage another household’s meal plans, or open up your own food delivery with your specialty.
  • App developer – Many app developers on Android and Apple stores have invented their apps by themselves. If you’re interested in this career path and you’ve got an introverted personality, you’ll be glad to know that this is one of the jobs where you work alone and still have the potential of succeeding on a global scale.
  • Affiliate marketer – This profession is highly in demand and highly paid, which means you can decide to be employed or create an affiliate marketing empire for yourself. The job also doesn’t involve group thinking, since decisions are made only by you (the affiliate marketer).
  • Blogger – Blogging/writing requires a different kind of concentration. Many writers work well alone because the train of thought does not get interrupted by outside forces like people, background noise, and other similar distractions.
  • Therapist – The qualifications to be a therapist isn’t simple (it would require several years of study and practice to be qualified to be one), but once you’ve finished all the requirements and licensure, you can be your own boss and work by yourself most of the day.
  • Travel agent – You can build your own travel agency at home, or work for an agency remotely. It’s totally up to you. Either way, you get to enjoy your space at home and be able to help people plan their trips more effectively.

The Bottom Line

Jobs where you work alone give some people more comfort and flexibility with their schedule.

It’s been proven to increase productivity and improve making independent decisions for other people.

But if you’re like me, who works more effectively alone than surrounded by groups of people, then I hope the list above helped in choosing career paths.

If not, check these posts about all the jobs that pay 15 an hour, making money online fast, passive income ideas, and legit paid online surveys if you’re looking for something else.

12 Best Paying Jobs in Real Estate Investment Trusts

If you’re familiar with the real estate industry, it’s understandable why you’re researching the best paying jobs in real estate investment trusts (REIT).

After all, REITs are publicly-traded companies that own, operate, finance, and manage income-generating commercial real estates, such as apartment complexes, office buildings, shopping centers, warehouses, hospitals, motels, hotels, condominiums, and even commercial forests.

REIT jobs focus heavily on real estate investing, which means these professions are highly-skilled and trained in commercial real estate and high-value investing.

What Can You Expect from the Best Paying Jobs in Real Estate Investment Trusts? 

People who work for a real estate investment trust (REIT) are going to be managing rental properties or be involved in real estate investing without using their own money.

As a worker for REITs, you will be involved in: 

  • Analyzing investment opportunities
  • Overseeing the development of commercial real estate projects from start to finish
  • Managing rental properties on behalf of multiple owners/investors

REIT jobs require applicants to have a bachelor’s degree and work experience in finance, accounting, or real estate with extensive corporate real estate knowledge and corporate finance expertise.

12 Best paying Jobs in Real Estate Investment Trusts

The following jobs in REIT are just some of the highest-paid jobs in real estate investment trusts and do not include ALL possible jobs within the industry.

1. REIT Analyst

  • Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in economics, finance, real estate, or related field
  • Salary: $80,000 to $92,000 per year

REIT analysts work under the finance department. They’re responsible for researching, analyzing, and monitoring real estate market trends.

They also produce reports and help companies make informed property acquisition decisions, and use tools to continuously assess existing assets and acquisitions of the company.

2. Property Developer

  • Requirements: A master’s degree in real estate or an MBA with a real estate concentration, or a bachelor’s degree in management, business or engineering with comprehensive real estate background.
  • Salary: $85,000 to $94,000

Property developers have a crucial role in any commercial real estate project.

They are responsible for managing contractors from start to finish and collaborating with the planning and inspecting with all subcontractors involved in the project.

3. Real Estate Property Appraiser

  • Requirements: A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in any field of study is also required.
  • Salary: $60,000 to $80,000

As an appraiser in the real estate sector, you have to calculate the market values of assets.

Depending on the REIT the real estate property appraiser is employed with, a background in the medical field, hospitality, warehousing, and other industries could be necessary.

4. Property Manager

  • Requirements: high school diploma or a GED with extensive real estate experience, or a bachelor’s degree in real estate, business administration, public administration, accounting or finance.
  • Salary: $80,000 to $124,000

One of the best paying jobs in real estate investment trusts, becoming a property manager for REITs means overseeing the daily operations of REIT-owned properties and assets.

Depending on how big the REIT is, a property manager may handle just one asset, or oversee an entire portfolio with numerous properties.

The REIT property manager job involves everything from collecting rent, enforcing lease paperwork, ensuring property maintenance, dealing with evictions and security, and a whole lot more.

5. Real Estate Investor

  • Requirements: A bachelor’s degree in finance, economics, business administration, computer science, statistics, mathematics, or a similar field.
  • Salary: $124,000 to $150,000

Real estate investors are the go-to person who does the actual purchasing of assets.

They weigh the pros and cons of whether a particular property is worthy of development or not. Real estate investors also decide if an asset is ready for resale and dictate pricing based on existing market values and other factors.

Some investors work for REITs, while those with their own funding work for their own portfolios instead.

6. Investment Analysts

  • Requirements: A bachelor’s degree in real estate, accounting, business management, finance, statistics, or a related field.
  • Salary: $100,000 to $120,000

Investment analysts work in the finance department of REITs and work with financial analysts in maximizing property and asset acquisitions into income-generating real estate assets.

They weigh financial factors, conduct a cost-benefit analysis and prepare market reports to help in deciding if an asset is prime for development, improvement, leasing or resale.

7. Foreclosure Specialists

  • Requirements: Associate degree in legal studies, finance, or a real estate-related subject
  • Salary: $65,000 to $90,000

Foreclosure specialists are experts in the process of foreclosure. Either they lead a team in all the foreclosure stages or they are responsible for acquiring or selling foreclosed properties.

Sometimes, these specialists may also be assigned to help clients in avoiding foreclosure, find potential buyers for a foreclosed property, or assist in loan modifications for both buyer or seller sides.

8. Real Estate Attorney

  • Requirements: A bachelor’s and Juris Doctor degree, plus a license to practice in your state.
  • Salary: $119,000 to $125,000

This kind of attorney is one of the best paying jobs in real estate investment trusts.

As a real estate attorney for REITs, you handle million-dollar property ownership, transfers, foreclosure, and a plethora of paperwork that involves documentation, title issuance, transfers, and other real estate legal issues.

REIT attorneys serve as the mediator between the company, buyers, and sellers with the goal of coming up with the most lucrative ending for all parties.

9. Asset Manager

  • Requirements: A bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting, real estate, business management, or a similar field
  • Salary: $84,000 to $124,000

Jobs in REIT asset management deal with the financial and operational performance of all properties and assets of the REIT.

As an asset manager, you’ll be collaborating with other department heads such as accounting, finance, acquisitions, and real estate development.

Many REIT asset managers begin in the industry as a member of the acquisitions department or property management associates until they get promoted to this leadership role.

10. Real Estate Acquirer

  • Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in economics, finance, capital markets, real estate, or related field
  • Salary: $120,000 to $200,000

REITs trust your judgment as a real estate acquirer that you source new investment opportunities and decide which of them have the most potential.

As such, this position is rightfully one of the best paying jobs in real estate investment trusts.

11. Leasing Consultant

  • Requirements: a Bachelor’s Degree in real estate, business, communications, psychology, or a similar field
  • Salary: $96,000 to $147,000

Leasing consultants employed with REITs help clients or the company find properties for leasing that fit their budgets and preferences.

Because you will know the market values of a given city or state, real estate trends, legalities involved in leasing, and fair pricing for a particular type of asset, the REITs will seek your judgment for such assets.

12. Investor Relations Manager

  • Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, law, accounting, business management and other similar fields with a comprehensive real estate background
  • Salary: $86,000 to $115,000

Investor relations managers are great communicators.

They have one of the best paying jobs in real estate investment trusts because they handle the communication of the REIT firm on their behalf.

You can be their spokesperson in front of all the investors and portfolio owners under the company.

The role isn’t just a communication role. Investor relations managers should also be well-trained in executive management, accounting, real estate law, and marketing.

You are the go-to person for shareholders and investors under your REIT company.

Not Looking for Best paying Jobs in Real Estate Investment Trusts?

Interested in the real estate sector, but not a fan of stocks, bonds, and investment trusts?

You can still join the real estate industry with these professions:

Starting a real estate firm is doable from home. I covered it as part of the many ways you can start a business and operate it completely from home.