Freelancing and independent consultancy is catching up among today’s workforce. A growing number of talented individuals enjoy the freedom of working at own timings without having to deal with a boss. With lots of businesses coming up and the tough competitive scenario in the business space, an increasing number of businesses are relying on freelancers and outsourced workforce to keep their business running at a lower cost.
Whether you are looking for an additional source of income or want to break free from the 9-5 job, freelancing offers a great opportunity to work at flexible timing and earn a decent income without the troubles that come with a job.
Here are top five of the most sought-after skills in the outsourced employment or freelancing space.
Content Writing & Blogging
With more businesses, blogs and websites being launched, there is a huge demand for content ranging from simple articles, press releases, product descriptions and much more. If you are good at expressing yourself through written words, you can start as a freelance content writer. Just hone your writing skills, brush up your grammar and start marketing yourself. An average freelance content writer in India can earn Rs 10,000-25,000 (US $200-400) per month. If you are a good writer, your monthly income can be a substantial amount.
Blogging is a cool job nowadays. You can start a blog or freelance for any established blog or a company blog. With a huge array of niches such as technology, Internet marketing, fashion, entertainment and personal finance, you can almost always find a topic that you can easily write about. You can always can learn about the subjects that are in demand. Bloggers can easily make $300-1,000 per month. Many successful bloggers earn $10,000+ per month.
Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
Any website that wants to survive needs to stay on the top in search results to get visitor traffic and find new business opportunities. Most companies and small businesses that depend on online lead generation seek services of freelance SEO experts to boost their website ranking in search engines. If you can rank websites on top of Google, there is plenty of money and business for you.
Social Media Marketing
Social media has become an important medium for influencing and finding customers. Most businesses rely heavily on social websites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin. With the importance of social media, most companies hire social media managers and freelancers for social media marketing. If you are good at social media, you can start making money managing the social profiles of companies.
With websites, blogs and social media such as Facebook & Twitter, online businesses need graphics and illustrations to jazz up their websites. Most small companies prefer to hire a freelancer rather than hiring a full-time graphic designer. Digital marketing agencies, websites and blogs are hiring graphic designers who can design graphics and social media graphics & banners. One must have a good understanding of the software tools such as Photoshop and Illustrator.
Website & App Development
A growing Internet means there are more and more websites and mobile apps being developed and maintained. If you are good at creating websites, Android apps and iOS apps, there is plenty of work for freelancers. Many companies prefer to hire freelancers and outsource their work. Even new start-ups require websites. Web development can help you earn a good living. Start by looking for work in your social circle and scour freelancing websites.