I know what many people are thinking, because I used to think the same way. It goes something like, “Isn’t contractor work scary?” I mean like shouldn’t you just be a W2 employee and have benefits, a 401K and job stability?
People who think this way are stuck in a never-ending comfort zone loop, sort of like living in the Twight Zone. If you want freedom of time and flexibility of your location, then, freelancing is the route you should take. If you want to be guaranteed a paycheck every 2 weeks by exchanging your time for money, then, a corporate W2 job would be best for you.
If you are still reading this, then you would want to have control of your time, location and money and live life on your own terms. Below is a list of freelance jobs that pay well.
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Average Pay: $34/hr
If you are one that has an interest in learning how the world wide web works, on a technical end, then you may want to check out becoming a web developer.
As a web developer, you would be responsible for the look, feel and design of a website and technical aspects that give it’s’s performance capabilities. Now, this would be something to brag about to your friends and family.
Average Pay: $49/hr
Are you always glued to your phone swiping through various apps for hours at a time? If so, then you may want to consider investing that time and energy into developing applications for mobile devices.
You’d be bringing digital services to people that need a more convenient life and you get to stay glued to your device all day and get paid for it.
Average Pay: $38/hr
Have you ever wanted to learn another language but never got around to it? Well, it’s not too late to learn a different language, well. Not in the verbal sense but in the digital world since with writing code.
As a programmer you can help design, develop and test software to ensure that it’s working properly and catch and correct any bugs that may be lurking around prior to the software going live to the public.
If you are thinking of going this route, you’ll want to ensure that you take the proper time learning or brushing up on your skills in the below areas:
- Good skills with programming languages
- Critial Thinking Skills are sharp
- Good old mathematical skills
- Communication & Writing skills are proficient
- Ability to pay attention to detail & Stay focused for long periods of time
Average Pay: $50/hr or more
This can be interpreted as many things. It’s a very general term, but for the sake of this blog, we will narrow it down to the below categories:
- Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
- Email Marketing
- Social Media Marketing
- Content Marketing
There are many more areas but if you want to learn internet marketing, I would recommend picking a specific niche that stands out to you and become a master in that one area. Once you do this, people will be willing to throw their money at you to help them grow their business. (Trust me, I was one of those people)
Average Pay: $41/hr
You ever get a product that you need to assemble or something to where you needed to follow a set of instructions but it was too hard to understand? Well if you become a technical writer you can help solve those problems.
A technical writer helps create easy to understand instructional guides that’ll walk the user through how to set something up until completion without much confusion or frustration. Are you up to this challenge?
Average Pay: $24/hr
If you are gifted with being multilingual, then you can make some cash using those skills to translate languages in various forms. There is writing translations, speech translations and reading translations.
With this skill, the doors of opportunity open wide up because many companies and industries need these skills especially companies that operate in multiple countries.
Average Pay: $35/hr
With the digital world exploding over the last couple of decades, video content is one of the biggest growing and most popular ways that people love to get their content and information.
As a video editor, you can market yourself and possibly gain clients, to edit their videos, that are in the below industries:
- Content creators on other platforms
There’re tons of online content out there and all of it needs a good editor to help bring it to life.
Average Pay: $36/hr
If you have a good visual eye and crafty hand, then you can consider being a graphic designer. Use your creativity and get paid doing the below:
- photo manipulations
Help people bring their ideas into reality by creating and designing what they see in their heads on paper or with using a computer.
Average Pay: $38/hr
Ever wonder why it seems that a lot of emails that you get or blog posts that you read as so well written? If so, you can be on the other side of that and help create the copy for those products or services being advertised. You may have even bought some products or services based on how the copy spoke to you.
Many creators need help to create the copy for their emails, banners, landing pages and blogs. If you are good with words, then this may be the gig for you.
Average Pay: $35/hr
Do you have a strong, clear sounding voice? Ever thought about being a voice actor? This is something that I believe is overlooked by many people, because, not too many people speak about this.
Voice acting can be a lot of fun and also a lot of long strainful hours, but what doesn’t require that from time to time?
If people always admire your voice and give you compliments, then you may want to give this a shot. Why not get paid for that beautiful cash cow of a voice you have.
Average Pay: $38/hr
Were you always the math genius in school that the kids envies because you never struggled with solving the equations most would find difficult? Do you enjoy working with numbers and get excited to do so?
If you have answered yes to all the above, then, maybe you should look into becoming an accountant. Many people need help with their financial records and books and just don’t have time to sort through all the chaos.
You can bring value to them, by helping them keep a clean, organized record of their financials and they will thank you for it countless times over.
Average Pay: The skies the limit
Promoting other people’s products without having to keep inventory or have employees is one of the best ways to start your own business from home. You can make as much as you want, depending on the amount of work you put in.
I would recommend that you only promote products and/or services that you actual use and can vouch for personally. This is a great way to build trust and bring value to other people in search of great products and services. By building trust and bring value to others, there’s no telling how much money you can make.
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Where Do I Find These Gigs?
Now that you have a good understanding of the types of gigs that are available as a freelancer. You might ask, where can I find these types of independent work at? Below are some places where you can start your research.
You may also want to ask your family and friends about where to find some of this work if they are currently doing any of it to possibly refer you to another good source.
Now, there isn’t any excuse why you can’t control your time and money. There are plenty of 1099 gigs out there, so, go apply yourself, think positively and control your destiny.