Freelance jobs have proven to be the saving grace of some smart people who had hitherto been unemployed. Billy, a 25 year old American earning over $10,000 monthly as a freelance website/landing page designer recently told me that he was jobless for over four years because he did not know about freelancing. His luck turned around when his friend who was visiting Nigeria from the US told him about Fiverr.
In the United States, around 50% of the millennial workers are freelancing. Though, Nigeria has not measured up with the developed world but we have a lot of people now licking the honey freelancing provides.
Types of freelance jobs you can do
Below are some of the top freelance jobs you can do:
A content developer is one who takes on freelancing job in the areas of writing of articles, production of video and the development of images.
You do not need to be highly educated to be a freelance content writer. I have seen a number of high school graduates earning $2,000 – $20,000 every month working as freelance article writers.
Some of the freelancing jobs you can do as a content developer include:
Article writing: You can be a freelance article writer. It is possible to earn about $5 per 500 word article if you are a starter. Some freelancers earn up to $100 pet 500-word article.
Writing search engine optimized articles
Writing blog posts for blog owners who do not have the time to perform the task
Creation of videos for people
Writing dissertation, project and thesis for people
Writing business plan and feasibility studies
Writing research and technical papers
Ghost writing for people
Acting as a freelance copywriter for advertisement agencies and other people who need the service
This is one of the most lucrative freelance jobs you can do this year.
As a freelance graphic designer, you may be engaged to design graphics like images, infographics and other visual designs for websites, magazines, business cards, logo and product packages etc.
You will need the below skills to be a great freelance graphic designer
Ability to use graphic design software well
Ability to transform your imagination to reality
Ability to pitch and convince people about what you can do
Ability to deliver your job at the agreed time or even earlier
You can also work as a website builder or developer if you want to engage yourself in freelancing jobs. Most businesses now know the importance of having a website. With a website, a business can portray its brand, products and services to a large audience.
If you have skills in the usage of wordress for building of website and basic programming, you can start earning as a freelancer.
Learning how to develop a website should not take you more than a few days or weeks.
A freelance website designer can expect to earn at least $2,000 monthly if he knows what he is doing. He can even earn far more than $2,000 every month as the opportunities in this field are limitless.
A digital marketer is a skilled person who can help people and company increase awareness about their brand, product and services on digital outlets like website, internet and the social media.
If you know how to do search engine optimization, social media marketing and website design, you can work as a freelance digital marketer.
Though digital marketing is wide, you can just pick a segment of it and specialize. I know freelancers who make decent earnings monthly by doing social media marketing for people and brands.
A lot of people and company need freelancers who can help them in doing simple data entry tasks. The skills needed to work as a data entry analyst is mainly the ability to use a computer and the basic applications like word and excel.
Some of the data entry work a freelancer can do include:
Filling data into a form
Copy and paste work
Payroll data entry work etc
In my opinion, this is one of the easiest freelance jobs anybody can do. However, I must state that the competition for freelance jobs in data entry is keen.
Virtual assistants are just like your staff except that you do not see them, they work for you remotely. If you want any task to be done, you just need to ask your virtual assistant to do it.
Freelancing jobs in virtual assistantship is becoming common because of a lot of reason. A United States company wanting to employ an accountant in the US may need to pay him about $6,000 monthly, this company can easily employ a freelance virtual assistant who is an accountant in Thailand and pay him less than $1,000 monthly.
Some of the roles a virtual assistant can take on include:
Checking and replying emails
Answering telephone calls
Social media management
Office support etc
Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) roles
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is a strategy used by people to make a website, brand, product or services have better prominence on search engines like Google.
You can work as a freelance SEO analyst by helping people and company to do the following:
Writing SEO articles
Reverse engineering SEO strategies of successful websites
Backlinks’ campaign etc
Computer Programming Jobs
If you know how to write programs using languages like python, java, HTML, C, C++, rugby and other languages, you can make a fortune working as a freelance programmer.
Just help people to automate repetitive tasks, build applications and software and see how your bank account will grow.
A Java programmer who was earning a pitiful $200 per month in Ghana resigned and joined a freelancing website, now he earns about $5,000 every month by developing applications for people he does not even know.
Learning how to code is not too tough, just go a training school or find someone who is willing to teach you. There are several online resources that can be very helpful to you if you wish to be a good programmer.
Freelancing Job sites
Some popular freelancing sites that you can join are:
- Craiglist etc
You can use foreign IP addresses and payoneer bank accounts to access freelancing jobs site that do not accept people in your country of residence.
Are you still feeling depressed that you are poorly paid or jobless? Wake up now, learn a skill and start earning from freelancing jobs.