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Independent freelance ideas you can start for under DKK 1,000

Freelancing is popular as never before, and both a cold virus and increasing digitization have opened the door to freelance life as a career choice for more and more people.

Life as a freelancer comes with a wide range of benefits: You are self employed and therefore also your own boss, you decide for yourself how to distribute your time, you can work where it suits you, and then it is (often) cheap to get started.

Of course, you need time, discipline and hard work to break through, but no matter what business idea you choose to pursue, we see that you can make money from pretty much anything today.

Here you will get a number of business ideas that can help you on the way to become independent and start your own company.

Align expectations with yourself

17 Small Businesses You Can Start

When the conversation falls on entrepreneurship, self-employment, entrepreneurship and freelancing, pictures are typically painted of billion-dollar companies and well-heeled types driving around with the blob in them Lion's den.

But the ambition does not have to be unicorn food in order to have a business where you are happy and satisfied. On the contrary.

In fact, most freelancers prefer to hold onto the freedom and flexibility of being their own boss rather than being in charge of a team.

In the freelance book, Company of One, Paul Jarvis argues, among other things, for the beauty of staying small, nimble and flexible as the next big thing for business.

Before you start building a freelance career, make it clear what the success criterion is for you exactly, and consider both advantages and disadvantages of being an independent freelancer.

Not how a glittering Instagram profile shows the sweet life.

See Noah Kagan's approach to how you can start a business while sitting in a permanent position here:

What does it take to start an independent freelance business?

The big main number for freelancing is the flexibility that comes with it.

And on the surface, there are very few people who would say no to a career that can be run from a hammock in Bali as digital nomad, where you decide your time, your workload, and which ones customers you have to work with.

However, there are no guarantees in this space, and it takes time to build a customer base.

Especially at the beginning, when the amount of tasks often also goes up and down.

The first few months are the hardest, and also here where most aspiring freelancers throw in the towel and return to the office cubicle and the 9-5 life.

When you think about starting a small self employed business that a freelance business is, there are plenty of business ideas to take away.

It is of course an advantage to choose an area you already know a little about, or where you can move above average within a short time.

If you are willing to dedicate 24 hours of active learning on YouTube, you will be surprised at how far you can climb the expert ladder.

In the end, it's not about whether your idea for your independent business is unique, but about your ability to execute and solve problems for others.

Starting a freelance business is the easy part. Continuously to sell yourself, is the hard side.

Therefore, make sure to draw attention to yourself from day one, and share your work on social media and update your website at frequent intervals, so that potential customers are helped to choose exactly you.

🚀 If you want to go beyond the ramp, find our in-depth article about how to getting started as a freelancer, with everything you need to manage to land the first customer. 

Learn to love the suck

To start a freelance business is the easy part. Continuously to sell yourself, is the hard side.

And with 99% there will likely be times when you just want to say “f*ck this“, and dream your way back to the comfort of a boss who pays your salary and a job that ends on time.

The sales part never stops, and is what is a huge frustration for the vast majority of freelancers.

Therefore, make sure to draw attention to yourself from day one, and share your work on social media and update your website and portfolio at frequent intervals, so that potential clients are helped to choose exactly you.

🚀 If you want to go beyond the ramp, find our in-depth article about how to getting started as a freelancer, with everything you need to manage to land the first customer. 

Understand the journey to making your independent idea a reality

The ugly truth is that you need money on the table to get the wheels turning.

Therefore, as mentioned, there are many aspects of freelancing that relate to sales and marketing, which leaves many newly hatched solo cowboys behind.

In addition to being an expert in your field, you must both draw attention to yourself and, not least, be able to close the client meeting, when the opportunity presents itself.

  1. To start a freelance business is how you find customers
  2. To build a freelance business is how you convince clients to hire you
  3. To serve money on your freelance business, is how you convert your new clients, and makes them stick around.
Get paid with Factofly

Be a freelancer without administration

Use Factofly to invoice and get paid without having your own CVR number or registered company. We handle all the boring stuff, so you can spend your time where it's the most fun.

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What type of freelance business should I start? 17 (+4) business ideas:

Though execution is 99%, it doesn't hurt to start with a really good business idea for your independent business.

Here is a list of 17 (+4 new) small businesses that are all represented among Factofly's users today, and which you can start for under DKK 1,000.

1. Graphic designer

There is hardly a business that does not need to have original creative elements drawn up, from logos to designs for SoMe.

A good graphic designer is therefore faced with good opportunities to land freelance assignments.

Among the most important skills are typically graphic design theory, being good at drawing, as well as expertise in design software such as Photoshop, Figma, Affinity and or Sketch to name the most popular.

👋 Pro tip: Many graphic designers also offer their services as UX/UIs.

2. Translator

If you are enriched with more languages than Danish, there is great demand for your skills as a translator or translator.

You can both land tasks that require translation of websites, business ideas, documents and presentations.

You can either find assignments directly on some of the larger freelance portals, or get hired by a translation agency.

3. Teacher

Your own talents are often worth more than you might think, and people want to learn (and get better at) everything from Japanese to swimming.

Many self-employed teachers sell their expertise both physically and via online courses.

Depending on your expertise, you may have to take a slightly alternative approach to find customers here, and possibly be active in various (local) Facebook groups.

4. Developer

The demand for developers only goes one way. (It's up, in case you were in doubt.)

If you can therefore make things work on a computer and the internet, there are good opportunities to create a successful freelance career.

If you want to learn the ropes, there are a multitude of online courses you can take, especially within development. Many of them are even free. Give, among other things freeCodeCamp and Code Academy a look.

5. Shopify specialist

Shopify is one of the most used systems for many e-commerce stores, and the demand for developers and specialists who can help window shoppers to click buy is on the rise.

Get paid with Factofly

Be a freelancer without administration

Use Factofly to invoice and get paid without having your own CVR number or registered company. We handle all the boring stuff, so you can spend your time where it's the most fun.

Get paid with Factofly

6. Copy and content writer

Many do not realize how many possibilities lie behind their ability to bend words and put catchy sentences together. 

There is great demand for copywriters for everything from newsletters, blog articles, website texts, advertisements and fund applications, to name just a small selection. 

7. Digital marketing specialist

Okay, so digital marketing as such is a relatively broad category, but nevertheless there is a clamor for experts who can help companies get in front of potential buyers across digital platforms.

We have collected some of the most popular areas below:

8. Google ads manager

If you as a company do not have a strong SEO profile, then you must resort to the paid type.

Google Ads (formerly known as AdWords) is a complicated size, and for many companies constitutes a significant part of their marketing mix.

There will of course always be one-off tasks here, but many companies are looking (also here) for a specialist who can support them in the long run.

Among other things, there are many YouTube tutorials together with Google's own courses, who can help move you forward on the bus.

9. SEO specialist

Search engine optimization is a wide range of services that help with higher organic rankings on Google.

If you learn the ins and outs within SEO, you can break down your service and make money from keyword analyses, technical optimization, backlinking, and content production.

10. Social media manager

Social media is one of the things that companies cannot afford to sleep on, and is seen by many as a huge headache. 

If you have an understanding of creating content across platforms (Instagram, TikTok, Snap etc.) and engaging users, you can bring home good money by helping companies get closer to their audience.

Get paid with Factofly

Be a freelancer without administration

Use Factofly to invoice and get paid without having your own CVR number or registered company. We handle all the boring stuff, so you can spend your time where it's the most fun.

Get paid with Factofly

12. Virtual Assistant (VA)

An overwhelmed senior manager often looks for ways to lighten his/her burden.

If you have a talent for managing calendars, taking calls, answering emails and generally just making administrative tasks go smoothly, a freelance career might be waiting for you here.

13. Data analyst

The foundation of any modern organization lies in their ability to understand their users, and for that they need to understand their data. 

If you are adept at analyzing large amounts of data and translating it into graphs and other visual elements that are easy to understand, you could face a glittering future here. 

Basic Excel understanding is often a must-have skill, but I will also help you with analysis tools such as Power BI.

14. Video and image editor

As an extension of SoMe management, there is a great need to have both produced and edited video and images for use on the website, social media and video platforms such as YouTube. 

Here you can offer your skills in both recording, editing and distribution.

15. Photographer

If you can find a way to capture a mood on film, then there are good opportunities in photography.

There are lots of websites for stock images where you can, among other things, have your images lying around and receive payment every time they are bought and downloaded.

👋 See how you can be a photographer with Factofly here.

16. Meeting book

If you have access to a niche audience, there are companies that will pay big money for that access.

The lead generation industry is a lucrative field, and if you can manage to land meetings with companies looking for certain services, there are good earning opportunities for you.

17. Window cleaner

At Factofly, we are self-employed and entrepreneurs ourselves, and have great respect for people who deliver the hustle.

One of our users has invested in window cleaning gear for 350 kroner, flyers for 1,000 kroner, and has then gone door to door at smaller businesses.

Today, he has, among other things, a number of bakers as regular customers, and is on his way to establishing a very healthy business.

Starting out as a freelancer does not need to be overthought, and our friend here is a very good example of exactly that.

Get paid with Factofly

Be a freelancer without administration

Use Factofly to invoice and get paid without having your own CVR number or registered company. We handle all the boring stuff, so you can spend your time where it's the most fun.

Get paid with Factofly

+1. AI Implementation Specialist

For good reason, there is all sorts of hype around AI and how much time it can save us all.

However, the reality is that very few companies know how the tools can be implemented, and do not look far beyond the big models such as Gemini and ChatGPT.

If you are in a position where you can actually get several models to talk to each other and customize to companies' needs, you are in a very favorable position to move your freelance career into top gear.

+2. Interior designer

Let's just start by addressing the thought that also struck us. No, interior designer is not a protected title.

However, there are probably very few people who land in this space without possessing a certain flair, with an eye for compositions, atmosphere and materials.

But if it is you, then there is nothing standing in the way of the label reading interior designer, and you start out as your own boss.

+3. CV expert/job coach

In English, it is known here as Resume Writer, and is basically about helping people land a job.

As you may have experienced yourself, your entire public professional profile needs a turn in the machine: LinkedIn, CV and motivated application in particular.

You can read the case about how Summary Assasin started out. A business that today brings the solo founder, Mary Southern, $240,000 a year.

+4. Consultant

Jumping out as a freelance consultant is like diving into a sea of possibilities where what you know is your superpower.

The most popular areas where you can flourish as a consultant are typically within finance, marketing, IT, development, HR and management.

Polish your skills in project management, networking, communication and analysis - and let's be honest; a good deal of PowerPoint – and get results for your customers.

Get paid with Factofly

Be a freelancer without administration

Use Factofly to invoice and get paid without having your own CVR number or registered company. We handle all the boring stuff, so you can spend your time where it's the most fun.

Get paid with Factofly
small businesses you can start
By 13.8 min readLast Updated: 8. March 2024

Independent freelance ideas you can start for under DKK 1,000

Freelancing is popular as never before, and both a cold virus and increasing digitization have opened the door to freelance life as a career choice for more and more people.

Life as a freelancer comes with a wide range of benefits: You are self employed and therefore also your own boss, you decide for yourself how to distribute your time, you can work where it suits you, and then it is (often) cheap to get started.

Of course, you need time, discipline and hard work to break through, but no matter what business idea you choose to pursue, we see that you can make money from pretty much anything today.

Here you will get a number of business ideas that can help you on the way to become independent and start your own company.

Align expectations with yourself

17 Small Businesses You Can Start

When the conversation falls on entrepreneurship, self-employment, entrepreneurship and freelancing, pictures are typically painted of billion-dollar companies and well-heeled types driving around with the blob in them Lion's den.

But the ambition does not have to be unicorn food in order to have a business where you are happy and satisfied. On the contrary.

In fact, most freelancers prefer to hold onto the freedom and flexibility of being their own boss rather than being in charge of a team.

In the freelance book, Company of One, Paul Jarvis argues, among other things, for the beauty of staying small, nimble and flexible as the next big thing for business.

Before you start building a freelance career, make it clear what the success criterion is for you exactly, and consider both advantages and disadvantages of being an independent freelancer.

Not how a glittering Instagram profile shows the sweet life.

See Noah Kagan's approach to how you can start a business while sitting in a permanent position here:

What does it take to start an independent freelance business?

The big main number for freelancing is the flexibility that comes with it.

And on the surface, there are very few people who would say no to a career that can be run from a hammock in Bali as digital nomad, where you decide your time, your workload, and which ones customers you have to work with.

However, there are no guarantees in this space, and it takes time to build a customer base.

Especially at the beginning, when the amount of tasks often also goes up and down.

The first few months are the hardest, and also here where most aspiring freelancers throw in the towel and return to the office cubicle and the 9-5 life.

When you think about starting a small self employed business that a freelance business is, there are plenty of business ideas to take away.

It is of course an advantage to choose an area you already know a little about, or where you can move above average within a short time.

If you are willing to dedicate 24 hours of active learning on YouTube, you will be surprised at how far you can climb the expert ladder.

In the end, it's not about whether your idea for your independent business is unique, but about your ability to execute and solve problems for others.

Starting a freelance business is the easy part. Continuously to sell yourself, is the hard side.

Therefore, make sure to draw attention to yourself from day one, and share your work on social media and update your website at frequent intervals, so that potential customers are helped to choose exactly you.

🚀 If you want to go beyond the ramp, find our in-depth article about how to getting started as a freelancer, with everything you need to manage to land the first customer. 

Learn to love the suck

To start a freelance business is the easy part. Continuously to sell yourself, is the hard side.

And with 99% there will likely be times when you just want to say “f*ck this“, and dream your way back to the comfort of a boss who pays your salary and a job that ends on time.

The sales part never stops, and is what is a huge frustration for the vast majority of freelancers.

Therefore, make sure to draw attention to yourself from day one, and share your work on social media and update your website and portfolio at frequent intervals, so that potential clients are helped to choose exactly you.

🚀 If you want to go beyond the ramp, find our in-depth article about how to getting started as a freelancer, with everything you need to manage to land the first customer. 

Understand the journey to making your independent idea a reality

The ugly truth is that you need money on the table to get the wheels turning.

Therefore, as mentioned, there are many aspects of freelancing that relate to sales and marketing, which leaves many newly hatched solo cowboys behind.

In addition to being an expert in your field, you must both draw attention to yourself and, not least, be able to close the client meeting, when the opportunity presents itself.

  1. To start a freelance business is how you find customers
  2. To build a freelance business is how you convince clients to hire you
  3. To serve money on your freelance business, is how you convert your new clients, and makes them stick around.
Get paid with Factofly

Be a freelancer without administration

Use Factofly to invoice and get paid without having your own CVR number or registered company. We handle all the boring stuff, so you can spend your time where it's the most fun.

Get paid with Factofly

What type of freelance business should I start? 17 (+4) business ideas:

Though execution is 99%, it doesn't hurt to start with a really good business idea for your independent business.

Here is a list of 17 (+4 new) small businesses that are all represented among Factofly's users today, and which you can start for under DKK 1,000.

1. Graphic designer

There is hardly a business that does not need to have original creative elements drawn up, from logos to designs for SoMe.

A good graphic designer is therefore faced with good opportunities to land freelance assignments.

Among the most important skills are typically graphic design theory, being good at drawing, as well as expertise in design software such as Photoshop, Figma, Affinity and or Sketch to name the most popular.

👋 Pro tip: Many graphic designers also offer their services as UX/UIs.

2. Translator

If you are enriched with more languages than Danish, there is great demand for your skills as a translator or translator.

You can both land tasks that require translation of websites, business ideas, documents and presentations.

You can either find assignments directly on some of the larger freelance portals, or get hired by a translation agency.

3. Teacher

Your own talents are often worth more than you might think, and people want to learn (and get better at) everything from Japanese to swimming.

Many self-employed teachers sell their expertise both physically and via online courses.

Depending on your expertise, you may have to take a slightly alternative approach to find customers here, and possibly be active in various (local) Facebook groups.

4. Developer

The demand for developers only goes one way. (It's up, in case you were in doubt.)

If you can therefore make things work on a computer and the internet, there are good opportunities to create a successful freelance career.

If you want to learn the ropes, there are a multitude of online courses you can take, especially within development. Many of them are even free. Give, among other things freeCodeCamp and Code Academy a look.

5. Shopify specialist

Shopify is one of the most used systems for many e-commerce stores, and the demand for developers and specialists who can help window shoppers to click buy is on the rise.

Get paid with Factofly

Be a freelancer without administration

Use Factofly to invoice and get paid without having your own CVR number or registered company. We handle all the boring stuff, so you can spend your time where it's the most fun.

Get paid with Factofly

6. Copy and content writer

Many do not realize how many possibilities lie behind their ability to bend words and put catchy sentences together. 

There is great demand for copywriters for everything from newsletters, blog articles, website texts, advertisements and fund applications, to name just a small selection. 

7. Digital marketing specialist

Okay, so digital marketing as such is a relatively broad category, but nevertheless there is a clamor for experts who can help companies get in front of potential buyers across digital platforms.

We have collected some of the most popular areas below:

8. Google ads manager

If you as a company do not have a strong SEO profile, then you must resort to the paid type.

Google Ads (formerly known as AdWords) is a complicated size, and for many companies constitutes a significant part of their marketing mix.

There will of course always be one-off tasks here, but many companies are looking (also here) for a specialist who can support them in the long run.

Among other things, there are many YouTube tutorials together with Google's own courses, who can help move you forward on the bus.

9. SEO specialist

Search engine optimization is a wide range of services that help with higher organic rankings on Google.

If you learn the ins and outs within SEO, you can break down your service and make money from keyword analyses, technical optimization, backlinking, and content production.

10. Social media manager

Social media is one of the things that companies cannot afford to sleep on, and is seen by many as a huge headache. 

If you have an understanding of creating content across platforms (Instagram, TikTok, Snap etc.) and engaging users, you can bring home good money by helping companies get closer to their audience.

Get paid with Factofly

Be a freelancer without administration

Use Factofly to invoice and get paid without having your own CVR number or registered company. We handle all the boring stuff, so you can spend your time where it's the most fun.

Get paid with Factofly

12. Virtual Assistant (VA)

An overwhelmed senior manager often looks for ways to lighten his/her burden.

If you have a talent for managing calendars, taking calls, answering emails and generally just making administrative tasks go smoothly, a freelance career might be waiting for you here.

13. Data analyst

The foundation of any modern organization lies in their ability to understand their users, and for that they need to understand their data. 

If you are adept at analyzing large amounts of data and translating it into graphs and other visual elements that are easy to understand, you could face a glittering future here. 

Basic Excel understanding is often a must-have skill, but I will also help you with analysis tools such as Power BI.

14. Video and image editor

As an extension of SoMe management, there is a great need to have both produced and edited video and images for use on the website, social media and video platforms such as YouTube. 

Here you can offer your skills in both recording, editing and distribution.

15. Photographer

If you can find a way to capture a mood on film, then there are good opportunities in photography.

There are lots of websites for stock images where you can, among other things, have your images lying around and receive payment every time they are bought and downloaded.

👋 See how you can be a photographer with Factofly here.

16. Meeting book

If you have access to a niche audience, there are companies that will pay big money for that access.

The lead generation industry is a lucrative field, and if you can manage to land meetings with companies looking for certain services, there are good earning opportunities for you.

17. Window cleaner

At Factofly, we are self-employed and entrepreneurs ourselves, and have great respect for people who deliver the hustle.

One of our users has invested in window cleaning gear for 350 kroner, flyers for 1,000 kroner, and has then gone door to door at smaller businesses.

Today, he has, among other things, a number of bakers as regular customers, and is on his way to establishing a very healthy business.

Starting out as a freelancer does not need to be overthought, and our friend here is a very good example of exactly that.

Get paid with Factofly

Be a freelancer without administration

Use Factofly to invoice and get paid without having your own CVR number or registered company. We handle all the boring stuff, so you can spend your time where it's the most fun.

Get paid with Factofly

+1. AI Implementation Specialist

For good reason, there is all sorts of hype around AI and how much time it can save us all.

However, the reality is that very few companies know how the tools can be implemented, and do not look far beyond the big models such as Gemini and ChatGPT.

If you are in a position where you can actually get several models to talk to each other and customize to companies' needs, you are in a very favorable position to move your freelance career into top gear.

+2. Interior designer

Let's just start by addressing the thought that also struck us. No, interior designer is not a protected title.

However, there are probably very few people who land in this space without possessing a certain flair, with an eye for compositions, atmosphere and materials.

But if it is you, then there is nothing standing in the way of the label reading interior designer, and you start out as your own boss.

+3. CV expert/job coach

In English, it is known here as Resume Writer, and is basically about helping people land a job.

As you may have experienced yourself, your entire public professional profile needs a turn in the machine: LinkedIn, CV and motivated application in particular.

You can read the case about how Summary Assasin started out. A business that today brings the solo founder, Mary Southern, $240,000 a year.

+4. Consultant

Jumping out as a freelance consultant is like diving into a sea of possibilities where what you know is your superpower.

The most popular areas where you can flourish as a consultant are typically within finance, marketing, IT, development, HR and management.

Polish your skills in project management, networking, communication and analysis - and let's be honest; a good deal of PowerPoint – and get results for your customers.

Get paid with Factofly

Be a freelancer without administration

Use Factofly to invoice and get paid without having your own CVR number or registered company. We handle all the boring stuff, so you can spend your time where it's the most fun.

Get paid with Factofly