Skills for Freelancing

Freelancing is one of the most widespread ways to make money online and has been my preferred method of income over the past couple of years. After a pretty rough first couple of months spent drumming u business and taking quite low-quality and low-paying jobs, I finally started to get some decent projects.

If you’re currently employed or have been in the past, it’s likely that you have some skill that people will pay you for. If not, you can learn one! I started as a freelance writer and learned to code in my free time, eventually giving up my writing for coding. I already had some writing skills but had no prior programming knowledge, yet it took me just a few months to have a shot at beginner project.

Here are some of the skills most commonly desired in the freelance market.

Writing

  • If you enjoy any sort of writing, be it creative, educational, informative, or whatever, this may be for you.

Writing is a very common skill to have, though to varying degrees of expertise. It’s most definitely one of the more in-demand skills today, as nearly every project requires some form of writing. It’s not too hard to pick up and practice. Plus, there are lots of different routes to go down if you decide writing is for you. There are plenty of people looking for Ebook writers, article writers, bloggers, editors, and more.

Marketing

  • If you are persuasive, concise, and you understand what people want, this may be for you.

There are a lot of different kinds of marketing, including email marketers, content marketers, and landing page and ad copywriters. Much of it involves writing, but a very specific type of writing. Marketers need to understand how to make people want something bad enough that they’ll pay for it.

Design

  • If you enjoy painting, drawing, or just being creative, this may be for you.

There are designs everywhere you look on the web. Logos, graphics, and websites themselves all employ designers to form an idea and create it using tools available on computers. Companies, especially startups, are always on the lookout for a designer to help them establish a brand identity, and in some cases, they’ll pay extremely well for it.

Programming

  • If you enjoy learning how things work, operating computers, or maybe even just making things, this may be for you.

This may be the most lucrative and most in-demand skill on this list, assuming you’re skilled enough. Everything on a computer is programmed. Every app, every site, every game, needs programmers to make them. If you know how to program well, be it in HTML, Ruby, PHP, JavaScript, or any of the other many languages, there is somebody who wants to hire you. It takes a lot of practice and perseverance, but anybody can become a coder using free resources all over the web.

Translation

  • If you are fluent in more than a single language, this may be for you.

Many companies are in need of translation services to help them expand and stay relevant in the global world of today. Those that are in need of translation often need it on a large scale, and so projects can be very large and very well-paying if you prove to be a dependable worker. Many people who know multiple languages don’t even have this line of work crosses their mind, which is a real shame.

Pretty Much Anything Else, really

That should give you a few good ideas on what you could do, even though I left some of the most popular skills off of this list, such as virtual assistance, sales, and data entry. The truth is, almost any skill is translatable to the freelance market, you just need to find the clients that need it.

 

If you have the skills or the time to learn said skills, you can begin a freelance career working from home or working from wherever you’d like and make money. Also, you can work for whoever and on whatever you want. It can take quite a bit of work to build up a reputation and acquire clients, though. If you’d like to learn how to start freelancing, check out our article on How to Start Freelancing.

 

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