Did you know that almost half of all millennials are freelancers?
To be exact, a mind-blowing 47% of millennials are freelancers and a lot more are expected to join the freelancing community by the end of this year. (Source: HR Drive)
What is staggeringly evident from this is that a lot of people are ditching their 9-5 for freelancing opportunities, defying traditional office work and exploring jobs that give them freedom – to work from anywhere and make money on their own terms.
If you’ve been thinking about working independently – full time or as a side hustle, consider these 9 High Paying Freelancing Jobs that are perfect for beginners!
9 HIGH PAYING FREELANCE JOBS FOR BEGINNERS
- CONTENT WRITER
- SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETER
- GRAPHIC DESIGNER
- WEB DEVELOPER
- VIDEO PRODUCER
- VIRTUAL ASSISTANT
As a freelance tutor, you will offer your services online and teach any subject of your choice. Unlike a traditional teacher, you’ll have the choice to work with more than one organization and take up short-term or long-term contracts. This is a highly flexible job and gives you freedom to choose projects that fit your schedule (Night, Weekends, etc.)
Some duties of a freelance tutor are –
• Plan courses for students
• Design lesson plans
• Create study materials
• Provide feedback on student performance
• Be up to date with online teaching tools
If you are interested in teaching English online, check VIPKID, iTutorGroup, Cambly and Preply for vacancies. These companies are hiring through out the year, there is no dearth of opportunities in this field.
Please Note: To become eligible for an English Tutor job, you must have a TEFL/TESOL/CELTA certificate.
You could also become an online tutor with Studypool and make up to $7,500 USD monthly. Check out their home page to see the list of subjects offered.
2. CONTENT WRITER
Freelance content writing is a great choice to earn a consistent income, especially if you have some experience in creating web content. According to Payscale.com, the average hourly rate for a freelance writer is about $24 USD.
The popular skills for freelance writers are copywriting, editing, online research, blogging, and social media marketing.
Look for content writing jobs here.
3. SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETER
As a freelance social media marketer, your job will be to use various social mediums/social networking websites to promote and grow a business/organization.
To become a social media marketer, you must have a good understanding of running ads on social media channels such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram. You should understand your clients’ audience well and create engaging social media posts. Having digital skills such as creating sales pages, landing pages, and click funnels would be an added advantage.
4. GRAPHIC DESIGNER
Many freelance graphic designers work as part of the digital marketing team. One of the best things about this job is that you don’t necessarily require a college degree. There are many self-learning courses in platforms such as Udemy, Coursera that will help you kick-start your graphic designing career.
Important skills for a graphic designer are creativity, knowledge of digital design tools (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, etc), and fluency in programming languages such as HTML and CSS (for web development).
5. WEB DEVELOPER
Did you know there is a huge shortage of web developers worldwide?
If you are a coding geek, and want to offer freelance web development services, you are certainly on the right track!
There are a bunch of courses (such as these offered by Skillcrush) you can do to learn the latest programming languages such as Ruby on Rails, Swift and Node.js, etc.
6. VIDEO PRODUCER
As people continue to gravitate towards consuming information quickly and visually, the need for video producers has seen an uptick. If you possess technical skills in video, audio, and post-production, then taking a freelancing route is a fantastic choice.
Offering your transcription services is a great way to earn extra money or even begin a new career.
To become a transcriptionist, you must have good typing speed and a basic work-from-home set up (Desktop/Laptop, Headphones with Microphone, High-Speed Internet).
You can offer transcription services in various fields such as Medical, Insurance, Legal, Education, Business, etc.
8. VIRTUAL ASSISTANT
Traditionally, virtual assistants offered administrative or secretarial services, but with rapid digital advancements, there are hundreds of services you could offer – all from the comfort of your home!
Common VA services offered are Customer Service, Administration, Finance and Accounting, Online Marketing, Email Management, Virtual Recruitment, and Translation.
If you are bilingual, you could offer translation services. Translators work in a variety of industries such as government, medicine, business, legal, etc.
Undergoing specialized training in addition to language study is highly recommended if you want to provide clear and efficient translation services. Some schools to consider can be found here – American Translators Association (ATA) and ALTA Language Services.
GENERAL FREELANCE JOBS
Interested in offering other freelance services?
Apart from the high paying freelance jobs mentioned above, you can also offer popular gigs like voice over acting, photographer, illustrators, data entry, personal trainer, etc. in these popular freelancing websites.
Author: Sneha Sadasivan