They say teamwork makes the dream work, but for some people, they can’t think of anything worse. There are certain types of people who as much as they try, just can’t take to working in a team and find themselves more productive when working alone.

And that’s fine – it’s a case of each to their own, and everyone works differently. 

If you find that you slot into this category and have been considering starting your own business or working freelance, there are certain jobs which are very much just dependent on you. No workmates. No team-building exercises or appraisals. Just you and the job.

Here are eight that may appeal to you:

1. Personal Trainer

If you are into fitness and health and enjoy hitting goals, a Personal Trainer is a very lucrative job. Personal trainers can set up their business purely around themselves with a one-to-one service. This doesn’t involve building a team around them or relying on co-workers to do their tasks.

If you’re interested in exercise, diet plans, and general health, you can run your business either at home or at a gym, along with offering services online.  You’ll need a dedicated qualification, ideally access to gym equipment, and first aid certificates.

2. Tradesman

The term tradesman is loose, as it can be used to describe a painter, a roofer, or a bathroom fitter to name a few. 

If you’re passionate about a certain trade and know you have the skills to do the job alone, then setting out on your own is an ideal step. People will always need handymen to carry out their home tasks. 

You’ll need to be qualified and experienced in your chosen trade, so ensure you can prove this beforehand. For any trade, insurance is also important. For example, if you’re going to be re-building roofs or fixing leaks, you’ll need roofing insurance

3. Dog Walker

As people’s jobs become more demanding, the amount of people who need dog walkers during the week is growing. A dog walker will usually work around their local area, collecting dogs at certain times of the day to take them out on walks. They can be out for 1-2 hours, assisting with feeding and cleaning them. 

Extra services related to dog walking include grooming and training them. This is the perfect job for those who don’t enjoy being around groups or in an office. You’ll also need to be insured, where the insurance will state how many dogs you can oversee at one time. It will also help if you can drive. 

4. Marketing Freelancer

Many people work for large companies and are unmotivated by being one person in a large marketing team. They want to get stuck in and take control of projects, doing a bit of social media, press outreach, and advertising. 

Those people are suited to becoming a marketing freelancer, looking after clients as part of their own marketing service. If this sounds like you, and you don’t enjoy having a team around you delegating jobs, look at keeping your client base small, so you don’t feel the need to grow your team. 

You’ll need bags of talents and passion for marketing with an impressive portfolio.  

If you do ever need a bit of people communication, all the above jobs require a client base, so you don’t need to worry about not meeting other people. Plus, there are lots of networking and freelancing groups around if you look for them, too. 

5. Freelance Writer

A freelance writer is a great way to bring in money on the side while having the freedom to work when it suits you. You can work remotely and never have to leave your bedroom, so there are very little expenses when it comes to outgoing costs. All you need is a laptop, an internet connection, and a little imagination!

6. Gardener

A gardener is a brilliant occupation for those who want to stretch their legs, get out there and make an income at the same time. This is a brilliant idea if you are green fingered but also love meeting new people, but still want to work alone. You can soon establish a client list and work the hours which you want, making a difference and keeping fit, all at the same time. 

7. Photographer 

As a freelance photographer you will have the luxury of picking and choosing what and where you want to shoot. This could be corporate events, weddings, products, food, landscapes or people. All you need is a solid website to showcase your work, and a little confidence to get your name out there. Utilize social media to make connections and build a following. 

8. Child Minder

If you love working with children and are happy to work a set amount of hours a day, then why not consider being a child minder? This role will likely involve looking after children out of school hours until their parent or guardian can pick them up. You may need to cook meals and help them with school work. This is a hands on role for those who have a natural ability to work with children, but can bring in a substantial income.