The 8 Most Common Types of Freelance Job
While many economies around the world have started to recover well after the global financial crisis, not everyone is benefiting from the headline GDP growth and there is, in fact, a huge squeeze on real term earnings as wages have barely changed and inflation has continued.
Unsurprisingly this has led to a rejuvenation of many cottage industries from the hands-on making of physical products to sell through to the more virtual services that are required by many internet ventures.
Below are 8 of the most popular type of freelance job that you might consider entering if you have the required skills.
1. Data entry
It's not a particular interesting role but there is always plenty of demand for the tedious task of data entry. A job of this type might involve finding certain bits of information by using a search engine and then putting this into a spreadsheet or other database.
Alternatively you might be given a large set of data and be required to sort through it to obtain specific records that meet the client's needs.
Don't expect to get paid a great deal but seeing as it is a low skill job, there are no barriers to entry so anyone can give it a go.
2. Web design
Every minute of every day will see new websites hitting the internet by the bucket load and if you have some web design skills then you could cash in.
You don't need to be a complete wizz at design either because with common content management systems like Wordpress, you can just find pre-made templates to adapt for your client's purposes.
Some basic knowledge of Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator is essential and basic HTML, CSS and PHP would come in very handy.
3. Content writing
Another position that has very low entry requirements is that of online content writing whereby you will often get given an article title or keyword to work from and the number of words required and then you are responsible for going away and writing it.
For those who really do know their way around writing, the potential monetary rewards are high but even with freelance writing jobs for beginners, you can expect to earn an hourly salary that is slightly higher than the minimum wage.
4. Customer service
Most businesses will have some need for customer facing representatives to address any queries and deal with any problems that might arise.
With modern technology, a person working from home can both answer customer service calls and reply to emails while also having a live conversation using instant messenger services.
A cool head and good personal skills are the name of the game here and being confident on the phone would help greatly.
5. Internet marketing
While websites are important for many companies, they don't do a great deal of good unless people see them. This is where internet marketing freelancers can come in to help.
Whether it is optimizing a website for natural search engines or managing the paid advertising on Google, Bing and Yahoo, someone with a bit of experience of the online world can clean up as many business owners or managers simply don't know what they are doing so have to hire outside help.
Business both big and small will need to submit some form of tax return each year along with other things such as payroll, dividends and bookkeeping but not all of them will have an in-house employee to do this for them.
Quite often, they will outsource to a small accounting practice or freelancer. If you have the required skills then you should be able to find work performing these and other tasks for your client.
7. Web/software development
Quite a technically demanding job but one that can yield large paydays, developers help to create bespoke software and website functionality for companies who need something that bit more than your run-of-the-mill offering.
With competition from developing countries such as India and the Philippines, finding companies willing to pay extra for US or UK based workers is becoming slightly more difficult but the jobs are still there if you are willing to negotiate on your rate of pay slightly.
As video has exploded on the internet thanks to Youtube and Dailymotion among others, there has been a similarly large rise in the demand for transcription services.
This is because, while many people enjoy digesting information in the form of a video, an equal proportion of the population prefer to read things to themselves. This is why many video producers now get what is said in their videos written down for those who prefer things that way.
The entry level is low and the work is fairly easy so be on the lookout for such jobs if you can find them.