Are you considering self employment, but you're not sure what to do? If so, you're in luck – because this guide is going to show you several self employment ideas which you can use to start earning some money without relying on an employer.

Given the current job climate for many people, it's no wonder that self employment can be an enticing option. But remember that is can be hard work, especially when you're first starting out. Something to bear in mind, is whether you can leverage any skills you already have.

Some of the suggestions below will require some training, while others simply require a little elbow grease along with local advertising.

So without any further delay, let's get started with the list!

Hairdressing - This requires training, but it can turn into a good self employed career. It can be busy work, travelling to people's homes to cut their hair, but it can also be very lucrative.

Manicures - Similar to offering hairdressing service, you can offer manicure services in addition, or separately.

Ebay - This famous auction website has become very competitive over recent years, and its becoming harder to compete with the powersellers. The profit margins are not easy to maintain at reasonable levels, especially if you're just starting out. The key is to find the right wholesalers.

However, there's more than one way to earn money on eBay. Another way is to set up a local service where you advertise people's goods on eBay for them, and you take a percentage of the final sale price. This is actually an attractive proposition to the vast majority or people who aren't web savvy – especially if you can manage everything for them, including listing their items, and shipping out to successful bidders. It's completely hands-off for your customer.

Freelance Writing - If you have a flair or passion for the written word, then you can set yourself up as a freelance writer online. You can charge anywhere from $5 to $20 or more per article. It requires good samples, some confidence in your ability, and most importantly – finding paying clients.

Bookkeeping - Take a course at your local college and set yourself up as a bookkeeper. Nearly all small business owners hate dealing with this aspect of business, and will happily pay you for your time if you can remove this hassle from their lives.

Start A Daycare - Setting up your own daycare business can be a lot of work, but it can be a rewarding self employed career if you enjoy working with and caring for children.

Freelance Programmer - This is another option which requires training, but it can be very lucrative. One option is to develop software and applications for internet marketers, or work on the backend of complex database driven websites.

Graphic Design - This can involve designing graphics for websites, usinf software such as Photoshop. You can create website banners, ebook covers, and more.

Dog Walking - Do you love animals? Perhaps you would enjoy working as a dog walker in your local community. With a little local advertising you can soon drum up some business, and you would be surprised at how much money you can make from this activity, even on a part time basis.

PC Repair - Are you good with computers? You can use this skill to help the vast majority of people who are clueless in this area. Simply offer to fix people's computers in the comfort of their own home, and charge for your time.

To summarize, this guide has given you several self employment ideas. Either run with these ideas yourself, tweak them to suit your skills, or use them to jog your brain into coming up with more ideas of your own!