There is an ever growing crowd of people who have decided that it is more enjoyable to work on their own time, from anywhere in the world – even if it means earning slightly less. With websites like Upwork, it’s now easier than ever to find work that will pay the bills with a few clicks of the mouse.
Whether you are considering freelance work for the freedom, or due to necessity, you can certainly start making over $50/hour with freelance work (depending on your field). Depending on your skills and interests, you can make decent money doing the following jobs.
Write for Businesses, Websites, and Print Publications
Writing is possibly the oldest freelance profession. With the rise of the internet, the need for professional writers has grown exponentially. Businesses need content to attract customers – and some business are willing to pay a hefty price for that content. Find a writing niche that is right for you and start earning an excellent paycheck.
Translate Documents, Websites, and Videos
Business is international. As the internet allows access to anyone, from anywhere in the world, there are very few “local” businesses these days. Therefore, if you know two languages, you can earn handsomely by translating documents, websites, and videos.
Manage Social Media Accounts
A recent news report on MSNBC stated that someone with a Twitter following of 500,000 could earn $100,000 a year – solely from their twitter account. Whether you decide to be a well-rounded social media pro or a specialist in one platform, businesses will pay $15/hr for starters, up to $250/hr for someone who can deliver results.
Enhance Search Engine Optimization
Just as social media experts can charge handsomely to keep the conversation going, SEO experts can charge tremendous amounts to make websites search friendly and highly rated on Google. Because Google is constantly changing how it ranks websites, if you spend some time to understand search engine optimization, you will find yourself with a plethora of clients.
Do Photography and Videography for Weddings and Businesses
If you enjoy capturing special moments, or if you can present something in a new way, photography/videography is a great way to earn some extra cash. Unlike the other jobs on this list, you will have to find local clients for taking photos and videos. However, wedding photographers can charge $2000-$10,000+ for a single wedding. It’s difficult to get into this field, but it is a great paying freelance job.
Help Businesses Go Mobile
If you have a knack for programming, you can make a significant amount of money from creating mobile apps, or even just mobile-friendly websites, for businesses. This year it is anticipated that mobile internet usage will surpass computer internet usage for the first time in history. Businesses are desperate to meet customers on their mobile devices.
Become a Financial Advisor
Even for someone who is not professionally accredited, it is possible to find people who want your advice and assistance with managing their finances. Particularly around tax season, it is easy to get short-term projects that pay relatively well. If you decide to go into financial advising, make sure to evaluate the legal aspects of anything you are doing. You don’t want to get sued or fined for an accident.
Do Graphic Design Work
New businesses and websites are constantly popping up. Each one of these new businesses needs a logo, a website, brochures, banners, advertisements, business cards, infographics – you name it! Therefore, a moderately talented graphic design is sure to find an abundance of work.
Transcribe for Medical Professionals
Medical transcriptionists are becoming a popular outsourced job. Therefore, with a computer, headset, and perhaps a peddle to stop and play the audio file, you can start earning as a medical transcriptionist. Starting out you can plan on spending 4 hours for every 1 hour of audio. However, as you improve in speed, your profits can grow.
Sell on EBay, Etsy, and Amazon
Whether you create your own product or resell someone else’s product, this market can provide a lucrative independent business. It’s estimated that 2.5 million people make a full-time living by selling products on EBay! From what I have heard, the profit margins are shrinking. However, if you can a great deal on a wholesale product, or if you enjoy hunting for treasures at thrift stores and yard sales, this may be a great way for you to make a living.
Although this can be a competitive field, with the use of WordPress, even someone without any programming knowledge can develop beautiful websites. Start finding businesses and professionals in your area who do not have a website, and agree to set one up for them. A basic WordPress website can take an hour or two to develop. If you also write website content, you can gain returning business from your customers.
Do you know of any freelance opportunities that I’ve missed in this article?
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