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Maths freelancing

Woman working from homeWant to work for yourself? Find out how you can go freelance with maths.

Whatever path you take, working for yourself means you have more to do than just your work. You also need to find work, manage your accounts and work out things like how much to charge. Find out more about working for yourself.

Tutoring

The most obvious way to work for yourself as a mathematician is maths tutoring. Many people struggle with maths, and a good one-to-one tutor can help them succeed as well as helping you put food on your table.

As well as your knowledge of maths, you’ll also need to be familiar with the syllabus for the people you tutor. For example, if they’re doing A-level maths, you’ll need to know what is covered by each module and what concepts they will already be familiar with.

Tutoring can be a good option while looking for other work, as you can do a small amount of tutoring work at a time. However, you probably won’t be able to charge as much if you don’t have much experience.

Software development

Software development is a popular career path for mathematicians, and it can be done freelance. However, you’ll need to pick up skills and experience outside your maths knowledge!

Find out more about working for yourself as a developer.

Consultancy

Consultancy simply means offering your expertise to people and organisations that need it but don’t want to hire someone to do the job full-time.

Businesses might not be clamouring to pick mathematicians’ brains about enumerative combinatorics or the Riemann hypothesis, but they are interested in things like statistics and data analysis. It can help to complement your maths skills with another specialism - for example, medical statistics or maths education - to give you a more specific way to sell yourself.

Journalism

Many people think that journalism doesn’t need maths, but if you’ve ever seen a dodgy statistic in a newspaper or on a TV report you’ll know that’s a dangerous idea. Mathematical skills are especially important in areas like science reporting, where they can help you to work out whether a study is worth reporting, but they’re also useful for everything from fact-checking political claims to explaining the results of opinion polls.

Find out more about journalism and media careers.

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