Freelancing can help any person of any age find a creative and interesting job they will enjoy. Since there are numerous job options on the freelance market, you can easily search for what suits your skills and interests the most. In case you haven’t pinpointed your passions and you’re still figuring out what your dream job is, freelancing may allow you to explore different job options until ultimately you find what you truly love to do.
So for those who need some guidance on where to start from, here’s a list of eight freelance jobs that will help you figure out where your skill-set lies:
1. Earn Money With Online Surveys
Believe it or not, taking surveys can make you money. There are always professionals and companies who need the public’s opinion to start or improve their business which creates an opportunity for you to make some earnings by answering questions.
How this works is that they usually require you to register and complete profile questionnaires so that they can send you relevant surveys. After that, you will get survey invitations sent to your email inbox, and you are rewarded with a certain amount of money, which was initially agreed upon. Sometimes they can reward you with vouchers instead of money, depending on the survey site, but work like this may indicate whether you might be suited to a career that requires being involved in advertising, focus groups, and brand strategy.
2. Work as a Video Editor
This freelance job idea might seem a little unconventional, but you should know that it can pay very well if you have enough experience in the field. If you have knowledge of video editing and have enjoyed producing a few home videos of family and friends in the past, you can try applying for a few video editing jobs online.
The good news is that there are plenty of websites, such as Udemy, which can offer video editing courses for a very low price and help you get the qualifications you need to pursue this profession. From YouTube creators to brands in need of better quality social media content, you will always be able to find a job as a video editor online.
3. Post Videos on YouTube
Do you feel like you have something relevant to share? Are you skilled in making and editing videos? If the answers to these questions are yes, then being a YouTuber might be a career for you.
Take advantage of the growing YouTube community and start uploading videos about something you are passionate about. After hitting a certain number of views and subscribers, YouTube may start paying you to post more.
4. Sell Your Photography Online
If you have a good quality camera and a passion for taking pictures, it is highly possible that you will be able to turn this hobby into a successful freelance job. You might not be aware of this, but there is a large need for unique and creative pictures for many niches.
Whether you are into fashion photography, capturing landscapes, or abstract perspectives, there are many different websites which will gladly accept your pictures and offer you a great amount for selling them to interested people and businesses.
5. Be a Writer
This is a perfect job for those girls who have a way with words and love to turn their thoughts into perfectly composed content. You can start your own blog, work as a contributing writer for a certain website, and write research papers or anything else that you feel comfortable with.
If you are bilingual, you will have even more opportunities. Besides freelance platforms, there are websites that work with translators such as freelancer-based translation service The Word Point. Translating content for websites and business will help you become more confident with translations, and help you gain valuable work experience.
6. Make and Sell Your Own Products
All you creatives out there should get to find a way to express yourselves and the internet will offer you just that.
For example, you can start a business by making and selling your own jewelry, paintings, or anything else you enjoy creating from scratch. Freelancing can give you the opportunity to turn your passion into a job with a stable income.
You can create your very own website in order to promote and sell your products or even start an Etsy page. If you also have some social media skills, you will be able to market your products online without much effort and make your small business a success in no time.
7. Manage Social Media Accounts
It has become quite clear that social media is one of the dominant tools in marketing. That is why companies are paying individuals to manage their social media accounts since their busy schedules won’t allow them to dedicate time to such activities at the required pace.
You can search for this type of job on freelance platforms, and your work would consist of posting content on their accounts, replying to comments, liking other people’s posts, etc.
8. Work as a Virtual Assistant
This has become a very on-trend job in the online community. It is important that you have good organization and multitasking skills if you want to become a virtual assistant. You can work with different companies and brands and since there are a lot of virtual assistant job postings floating about, you can easily find one for an organization that suits you.
Where to Look for Freelance Jobs?
Now, let’s address the best websites for freelance job searching. While you can find endless job offers online, it is best to use secure and trustworthy websites.
Here are some of the top-rated freelance websites you can use:
- Upwork – This website has over 1.5 million clients, so it can offer something for every type of freelancer.
- Guru – This freelance platform is designed to connect employers with millions of skilled individuals around the world.
- Freelancer – Besides offering millions of projects, Freelancer allows you to compete with other freelancers in contests to prove your skills.
- Fiverr – On this online marketplace, you can create “gigs” suitable for your skills.
- iFreelance – What makes this freelance website different from others is that it lets you keep 100 percent of your earnings.
I hope that these job suggestions will inspire some of you to pursue your independence and embrace your passions whilst offering you the chance to figure out what type of work may suit you the most. Whatever freelance job you decide on, just make sure that you do what you truly enjoy and believe in because that will keep you motivated to push on and overcome all challenges.
Author bio: Pauline speaks Portuguese, English, Spanish and Italian. She travelled the world to immerse herself in the new cultures and learn languages. Today, she is proud to be a voting member of the American Translators Association and an active participant of the Leadership Council of its Portuguese Language Division.