Nowadays everyone with the Internet is able to make extra money if they have the necessary skills: there are so many freelance platforms offering a number of short-term and long-term jobs for workers of different kinds. Freelancing is a great option for those who has to study, but need to earn money at the same time, for those who have to work from home for different reasons, and for those who want to travel and explore the world, while being able to work from anywhere.
However, when it comes to freelancing some people struggle to pick the right job. Some people think that they don’t have any skills (which most likely isn’t true) and some just have too many of them to choose one. That’s why today I want to give you some tips about most popular and interesting career options for freelancers.
1. Academic paper writers
Students or those, who’ve been students some time ago, are able to earn money by writing academic papers of all kinds. The only thing that matters here is your knowledge and your academic background. If you have an academic degree (or at least good grades), know a lot about academic writing styles, have a deep knowledge of various subjects, and are able to do high-quality research as well as work quickly, you should definitely try it!
2. Copywriting and blog writing
If writing is definitely your thing, but academic papers don’t seem interesting to you, you could always try other types of writing instead. Maybe you have good marketing skills that you can use to create stunning selling texts, or you are passionate about something (like design, healthy lifestyle, etc.) and so are able to write interesting blog posts about it. You can even start your own blog and try monetizing it; however, you should remember that this option won’t bring you the money as fast as possible, so it’s better to work on your blog in your free time.
3. Photography and design
There are so many interesting careers in this field! For example, you can work as a freelance photographer, you can sell photos on stocks, or do photo retouching. If you want to try your skills in design, you can try creating icons, logos and identity in general, banners and even websites. The good thing about design freelance career is that you don’t need to invest much money: all the necessary tutorials can be easily found online and all the necessary software usually has free trial versions.
When it comes to handmade, people often imagine something like knitting and embroidering. While it definitely is considered handmade, there are many other versions of it. For example, you can make handmade jewelry, create various things for interior design and even bake cupcakes for money! Think about your talents and skills: maybe something that you considered only a hobby can actually become your job!
Some people draw for ages, some just try themselves at drawing – actually, it doesn’t always matter when it comes to modern illustration. All that matters is your creativity and your ability to draw unique and interesting images (even if they look very simple).
If you want to make money with the help of illustration, you can search for job offers at the freelance platforms or sell prints on websites like Redbubble, or even start your own shop, selling postcards, stickers, posters and other things with your illustrations on them.
If you know more than one language, you can try your skills as a translator. There are always so many opportunities in this industry, and their number even increased with the development of the Internet. Moreover, creating a translator’s portfolio is easy: all you need to do is to choose some text samples of a different kind and translate them.
You don’t need to be able to make something to earn money on freelance: sometimes it is your knowledge that matters the most. You can offer people both professional and lifestyle consultation, giving them business advice, or teaching them time management, or helping them lose weight and so on.
Think about your skills: maybe you know a lot about a healthy lifestyle, or were able to build an impressing amount of followers on Instagram, or are very experienced in the field of house renting. There’s a huge possibility that other people might need your advice.
One of the best things about freelance is that you are able to choose, and the number of choices is quite big. For many people freelance is not only an opportunity to earn money, but also a chance to try their dream job – and this can happen to you too!
I wish you good luck with that!
Kevin Nelson started his career as a research analyst and has changed the sphere of activity to writing services and content marketing. Except writing, he spends a lot of time reading psychology and management literature searching for the keystones of motivation ideas. Feel free to connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Linkedin.