I currently work as a independent contractor in Interventional Radiology Surgeries. I would really really like some direction as I want to move into working remotely and staying home/travel more...
This is an great question. Actually, I have working from home for almost an decade now. I do have some experience in working in the telemedicine world as well. Personally, I recommend you work for tele-medicine platforms such as Quality Nighthawk.This way, you have an great income while working from home. Good luck.
Working independently online is not a bad idea,just that it takes lot of time and finance to grow it and make good money,I have a few people I have put through working online and they are making money contact me let's talk.
You want someone to hire you. Do you want to be seen as a gig worker, someone who has side projects, or someone unemployed looking for their next job? Then apply for gig projects on the various job boards or reply to those seeking services on this site or those like it. Even Craigslist has gig or project based work. Do you have skills that will be desirable to those companies? Also check Federal and State or Regional laws... California for example has killed the independent contractor jobs (or at least is trying to). Companies aren't going to hire some random Californian anymore for side gigs or projects unless they are a legit business.
Or you do you want to be taken seriously *and paid seriously* as a BUSINESS OWNER? You need to have a niche solution. What is it that you can fix/solve/serve other people so that their needs are met? Then, create a business profile and a presence to attract people to you. Get an LLC or form a corporation. Network with people who have contacts with your ideal client base. (Do you even know what your ideal client base looks like?)
Working gigs might pay the rent. Remember - independent contracting for the most part is akin to working under the table -- no protections, no stability. But if you want all that life has to offer, you need to go bigger.
I have been working online since last 2 decades and it has its pros and cons. As they say "The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence."
Anyway if you want to start out then there are plenty of opportunities. You should make a list of things that you would love to work on and once you have made up your mind on something specific, you could acquire knowledge for that subject with online courses and tutorials. (Because working from home gets boring real soon. But that is a whole new subject for the psychologists)
For example: I love programming and all so I went into web development. It also included designing and technically I could use Photoshop but I am not artistic with colors and drawing. There will be such things for sure in any line of work you choose where some things will be better than the other. Just choose wisely.