The Sims 4 Freelancer Career Guide

In Sims 4, you have the option to be self-employed and be your boss. In the freelancer career, you will mainly sell items that you create or obtain. Most players confuse it with the Freelancer career in Sims 4, but it’s a little different.

This guide will cover all the details you need about the freelancer career in Sims 4 like its skills, traits, work options, and tips.

How to become a freelancer in The Sims 4?

To become a self-employed Sim, the first thing you will need to do is register with the Department of Labor. Because even if you earn money, your job status will be jobless.

To do this, you must phone the Department of Labor and choose a career title. You are not obliged to do this if you are a Freelancer because, in this case, you have an employment status according to the chosen profession.

In the Freelancer career, you will sell items that you create or obtain, which will be available in your inventory. Just click on the item and drag it to sell it to earn money.

If you have any gigs like licensing your music or publishing books, you need to go to the mailbox and select it from there.

Best Skills and Traits for Freelancers

The best skills and traits for freelancers depend on the profession you have chosen. Traits and skills for all professions are covered in our separate guides, so you can check that out based on your chosen profession.

Freelancing options in The Sims 4


The Self-Employed career allows you to choose gardening if you have a garden. You can sell almost anything you grow in your garden, but some items that can earn you a good profit are listed below.

  • orchids
  • blackberry
  • Grapes


Fishing is another profession you can choose. In this freelancer career, you can sell the fish you caught before it gets dirty. Drag the fish from your inventory to the Sell box to sell it.


Investing is another great freelance career that lets you invent and sell new things. Once you’ve invented something, it will appear in your inventory and you can sell it by dragging it to the Sell box.

It can earn you a lot of money, depending on the quality of your invention.


Selling photos to make money is another freelance career for you if you love photography. Although it can’t make a lot of money, you can open your photography shop and earn a lot of money with this skill.


Painting is a great career option for the self-employed if you want to sell your designs for a higher price. All you have to do is paint it and then sell it to earn money.


Another form of art that can earn you a lot of money is sculpture. But carving takes a lot of time and requires you to have great carving skills to sell your pieces at a higher price.


You can also write books to earn money. You can either publish your books or sign up with a publisher. After that, you’re all set to sell your books and make a profit. In addition to money, you will also receive royalties.


You can choose music as a freelance career option and make a lot of money out of it. You can either play music for tips in public places or license it to get a decent amount of royalties. You should do both to make a lot of money fast.

But to license your music, you will need to reach level 9.

Best Mods for Freelancing in The Sims 4

Like skills and traits, the best mods will depend on the freelance career you’ve chosen for your Sims. The best mod for painting would be different from gardening. Once you’ve selected a career path for your Sim, you can find the best mods in our guide for that career.

The Sims 4 Indie Career Cheats

You can access these cheats by heading to the cheat console by pressing Ctrl+Shift+C.

If you are playing this game on Mac, you can use Command + Shift + C. For console, you can use R1 + R2 + L1 + L2. For Xbox One, you need to press all four shoulder buttons to access the cheat console.

Once the cheat console appears, type Test cheats True or Testingcheats and press Enter to enable cheats. For a quick promotion, you can type careers.promote Self Employed, and the self-employed will take it to the next level. You can use this cheat until you reach the required level.

To upgrade some specific skills required for a freelance career, you can use the following tips.

  • Writing:set_skill_level Major_Writing 10
  • Photography:set_skill_level Major_Photography 10
  • Paint:set_skill_level Major_Painting 10
  • Gardening:set_skill_level Major_Gardening 10
  • Fishing:set_skill_level Major_Fishing 10
  • Invent :set_skill_level Major_Inventing 10
  • Sculpture:set_skill_level Major_Sculpting 10
  • Music:set_skill_level Major_Music 10

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