By Gladys Mae
Gladys is the Associate Director of Admissions & Student Services with over 10 years of experience at the International Career Institute.
Between economic uncertainties and the rise of the gig economy, freelancing has become an attractive and popular career option for many people. The vast number of free online tools and virtual courses has made it quicker and easier to develop freelancing skills. With experience and practice, many people who go into freelancing find it a viable complement to their full-time employment; however, more people are turning to freelance positions as a means to make a living. Because freelancing covers a variety of fields, there is immense potential for increasing your marketability and income.
Increased remote work is gaining popularity for many reasons, especially its opportunities for job diversity, flexible hours, and working from home. The emphasis on a better work-life balance and steering away from the repetitive and routine nine-to-five office job makes freelancing appealing to many people looking to change careers. Other reasons for switching to freelancing with remote work include:
Freelancing also provides an excellent source of income. In many countries, freelancers make more money per year than the average worker.
What skills do you need to be a successful freelancer? While you do want to find a niche to focus on, it’s helpful to develop a variety of skills to give you an expansive portfolio of experiences. Hard skills are those that are learned, while soft skills are aligned more with personality traits. While you don’t have to possess all of these top skills to find success working remotely, a mix of hard and soft skills will make you appealing to potential clients:
Having both hard and soft skills, gained through study and experience, will make you stand out from other freelance candidates when you apply for remote work positions.
There are an unlimited amount of freelance gigs out there, but if you want to make a career out of freelancing, focus on the best industries to build your professional future. Here are some career fields that can be ideal for a full-time freelancer:
Web designers are in high demand in every industry. However, there is a shortage of web designers and developers, making this field perfect for freelancers looking to begin or advance their careers in web design. Additionally, web designers command an average salary of $51,000 in Australia, but can also earn up to six-figures with experience.
If you have writing ability and strong communication skills, you can find freelance work virtually anywhere. Companies, online newspapers and magazines, blogs and affiliate marketers are always in need of talented writers. Plenty of opportunities exist for freelance writers in television, radio, and podcasting, as well as in public relations, marketing, advertising, and publishing in general. With journalism and writing skills, you will be an in-demand freelancer with your choice of clientele.
Arguably the most popular field for freelancers, graphic design is a must for business and nonprofit websites worldwide. If you are creative, imaginative, and enjoy working with computers, you can make a good living as a freelance graphic designer. Junior designers can make $50,000 yearly in Australia, with experienced designers able to earn closer to $85,000.
Freelancing in e-business allows you high levels of flexibility in a remote working career. This field includes but is not limited to aspects of marketing, sales, customer service, budgets, security, website concepts and content, e-business systems management, website promotion, and legal issues. As a freelancer with any of these skills, you will have little trouble finding business clients who want you managing their projects.
All businesses, companies, and organisations require marketing consultants to succeed in developing and promoting their brand. Every sector of industry needs marketing leaders, including research and analysis, strategy, communications, trade, product development, and direct marketing. Creatives who mine data, develop plans, and enjoy seeing a project through from start to finish will enjoy the flexibility involved in marketing consulting.
Do you view photos as works of art? Would you like your job to make an impact on the world? Consider becoming a freelance photographer. Whether you choose to work with clients or you go into business for yourself, there are numerous opportunities to make a living with your camera. With talent and experience, a freelance photographer can earn up to $4000 a day for a wedding or business photography or hundreds of dollars for single photos in newspapers, magazines, or websites.
Whether you want to become a freelance writer, web designer, or marketing consultant, ICI’s range of distance learning courses will give you the hard and soft skills you need to make a living in your chosen field. Do what you enjoy, set your schedule, and leave the daily office grind behind. Enrol today and start your freelancing career.