If being able to express your creativity and having a flexible work schedule are the main criteria for you when you look into a career, you may consider looking into interior design. It's true that most interior design companies look for some kind of college experience when seeking employees, and if you don't have that, it can be difficult - luckily, you can earn college credits in interior design online. In any case, you can start your own interior decorating/design business as well.
This is a guide to the simplest path to interior design success.
The first step is to do a bit of research about the job you desire so much. Perhaps there is more to it than simply decorating a room. The basic day to day dealings of an Interior Designer include knowing how to read blueprints, and knowing how to do basic room alterations, such as putting up walls (or knocking them down), rigging up light fixtures, and laying carpet or wood flooring. If you start your own business, you will also need to know how to sell your ideas to potential clients.
The next step to becoming an Interior Designer is to complete whatever schooling or classes will qualify you for the position you seek. Most Interior Design companies like to see a Bachelor's Degree with studies focused on the arts and business. There is the option, after six years of combined schooling and experience, of becoming a licensed Interior Designer. This license is not required to do this kind of work; it simply makes you more appealing to your clients.
While you are at school, or shortly thereafter, you should take classes to learn Interior Designing software. Often abbreviated C.A.D. for Computer Aided Design, this software is available at any well-known electronics store and allows the user to create computer generated models of what a room will look like when finished.
After you have taken your classes and learned how to use the most important tools, you can begin to look for a job in this field. Work of this sort is needed just about everywhere, but like any job, there are more opportunities for success where there are more people, so living in a well-populated area may be helpful to you. You should have prepared an impressive portfolio of related art, be it actual designs you have created, photos of furniture you have altered, or illustrations of ideas for what you know you can create.
Any employer will be impressed if you follow these steps, especially if you keep your education fresh by taking continuing education classes online whenever possible. After you spend a few years in the business working for someone else, you may even feel prepared to step out and create a wonderful interior design business of your own. Good Luck!