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If you’re trying to make extra money on the side of your full-time job (or because you’ve been laid off), freelancing is one of the faster ways to make money. Freelancing is providing a service independently. Basically, you sell a service, set a price, seek clients, get paid, and repeat. Freelance jobs are in demand in several industries, which is an opportunity for us.
Freelance services can be done both online and offline. If you want or need to work from home, freelancing online is probably what you’re considering. Here are a few ways to freelance online:
Decent at writing? There are several different ways you can make money online as a writer. You can ghostwrite marketing content for businesses, you can become a contributor to online publications, you can write sales copy, you can write email copy, and you can write social media content.
The best way to attack freelance writing is by choosing a specialty. Think about it—What type of writing can you specialize in? When you become an expert, clients seek you out and refer you to other clients because you have a special skill.
According to ZipRecruiter, freelance writers make anywhere from $11,000 to $401,500 for their work. The lower end is not even bad for a part-time income. Freelancing writing is also one of my favorite freelance jobs because it’s what I do for a living!
Freelance Graphic Design
Like freelance writing, there’s a big market for graphic design because everything these days is visual. A company or entrepreneur could need a graphic designer to design product labels, banners, signs, social media content, and much more.
Same suggestions as above apply here. You should choose a specific type of graphic design to specialize in so you can attract the types of clients you want.
Freelance Web Design/Development
A graphic designer could also do website design, but there’s also a bit of a difference. Besides the aesthetics of a website, a web designer or developer puts together the nuts and bolts. A website’s functionality is more than pretty pictures. You may need to know a bit of coding including HTML and CSS to make sites for your clients.
Fortunately, many of the website building platforms like WordPress are systems you can learn online. There are plenty of YouTube tutorials on how to use WordPress and there are coding tutorials as well. You’ll have the most success in making money quickly from this hustle if you already have a bit of experience doing websites.
Freelance Virtual Assistant
Business owners are turning online more and more for administrative help. It’s often more affordable than hiring an in-house person to manage their day-to-day activities. Virtual assistants are needed for a wide range of tasks like managing schedules, sending emails, sending invoices, placing calls, scheduling social media posts, and more.
Choose what services you want to provide and start looking for clients. You can work as much or as little as you want. Once you get a few clients under your belt, your business can grow largely based on referrals.
Freelance Social Media Management
People who are good with social media can go this route. Almost every company and business has some form of social media presence. Some manage their presence better than others. The ones with a less-than-stellar online presence present an opportunity for you. Pitch to work with them for a fee. Get a few clients and you can have a part-time freelance social media management business!
Freelance Copy Edit or Proofread
Besides the actual act of writing, editing is something that a business can need. Maybe you review sales copy, print copy, or website copy.
You’ll definitely need some kind of experience and qualifications to do this job. You’re putting your stamp of approval on the copy that will be sent to stakeholders and seen by the public.
Proofreading, on the other hand, is less line by line editing and more picking up on spelling, punctuation, and grammar. You can charge a small fee to bloggers, website owners, and other business owners to give their work a once over.
Video is the NEW shiny thing these days. Everyone is doing video, but not everyone has time to transcribe the video. Transcription could be a service you offer for both videos and podcasts. Get a few clients under your belt, and you could find yourself running a transcription agency.
There’s a lot of opportunity on this list. Choose a few and start doing a bit of research. Start doing freelance jobs and you could have an extra source of income in no time.
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