Recently, Slack, a virtual team communication and collaboration app acquired a corporate directory startup, Rimeto, to help employees find people inside their organization from within Slack. As companies are trying to build teams of employees in a world where so many people are working from home, Slack is betting on remote work as the present and the future with this new acquisition.
Many people have been working from home as freelancers long before the covid-19 pandemic. But the freelance economy is expanding rapidly. People are building their careers and businesses working from home or from the location of their choice as freelancers. And many of these freelance workers earn a high income, sometimes more than full-time employees. In today’s video, I’ll share with you 13 high paying freelance job opportunities to work from home. Before we get to it, be sure to subscribe to After School Africa for more insightful videos like this.
1. Online Marketing Management
There are many opportunities and specializations in the online marketing industry. The industry is growing even further due to the mass dependence on online media during the lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak. If you are looking for a freelance job opportunity with huge growth potential that offers working flexibility, you’ll want to consider these online marketing specializations:
- Ad management
This requires understanding how online advertising works. You job will be to manage and grow companies online presence and customer acquisition through advertising campaigns, optimizing conversion, and increasing visibility.
- SEO Specialist
Your job as a Search Engine Optimization specialist will require helping businesses implement search engine best practices to rank their digital properties high on the Search Engine Result Pages. This will involve analyzing web analytics and Keywords to develop content marketing and SEO strategies.
- Social Media Manager
This online marketing specialization requires managing the pages and profiles of clients’ Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and any other social media property.
You can help businesses implement any or a combination of these online marketing services to reach and engage with customers. Or you can offer consulting services. Generally, if you can get good results, you can get a constant flow of clients.
2. Data Analyst
Every business collects data, whether it’s sales figures, market research, logistics, or transportation costs. As a data analyst, you take that data and use it to help companies make better business decisions.
These are other branches and higher specialization of data analytics, like Business Intelligence Analyst and data scientist. In a nutshell, while BI helps interpret past data, Data science can analyze the past data, trends, and patterns to make future predictions. BI is mainly used for descriptive analytics whereas data science is more for predictive analytics. Regardless, these are high paying specializations ideal for online work from home jobs.
3. Content Manager
You can work online overseeing the content of websites or apps, including the blog, Vlog, Social media pages, email newsletter, and other digital content of companies. You need excellent communication skills, and experience in social media marketing, search engine optimization, and content management system like WordPress to succeed as a content manager.
4. Content Creator
Writing has become a highly lucrative skill that offers unlimited opportunities accessible from anywhere around the world. As a content creator, you can write articles, scripts, blogs, and sales copy for clients or start a blog and generate revenue from advertisements, sponsorships, and affiliate marketing. If you understand human behavioral psychology, and marketing with excellent writing skills, you can make more money as a copywriter. Your job will be to write unique content to drive sales and increase engagement with consumers.
There are also opportunities for content editors like proofreading already written work. Online proofreading jobs rely on your eagle eye to check for proper grammar, correct spelling, and text accuracy. Also, transcriber and translator jobs are available to transcribe audio content to text and to translate written or audio content to another language. If you are bilingual, transcription work can be a great option to put your language skills to commercial use.
You can work from home and earn a high income selling items online. You don’t even need to have your own product. You can collaborate with local traders and help them sell their goods online while marking up prices for your profit. This is a very common way people earn money from eCommerce; from retirees, work at home mums, to young entrepreneurs and employees looking for side income.
6. Cloud computing services
If you are looking for an edge in today’s IT job marketplace, cloud computing knowledge and skills will give you the advantage you need. Cloud computing is one of the most important investments in modern IT and it has grown to become a top priority for all organizations. That means IT professionals with cloud skills are in high demand and certifications can help make you attract more jobs by validating your cloud skills and expertise. Cloud computing specialists command high income for their services and there are tons of available freelance jobs.
7. Virtual Customer Service
If you have good customer relations qualifications and experience, you can work as a freelance virtual customer service representative. Customer support is one of the easiest-to-find remote jobs out there, and you can choose a variety of formats: customer support by email, phone, chat, social media, or video. More and more businesses are moving from physical customer service to virtual freelance workers.
8. Research and Technical Writer
Academic work requires an expert understanding of a given topic, and knowledge of how to prepare and structure the paper, which includes: understanding formatting and referencing styles, how to correctly cite sources, and the development of writing fluency, and the ability to effectively convey your message. Technical writing involves documenting processes, such as software manuals or instructional materials. These writing skills are in demand for academic and corporate services. If you have extensive research or technical writing skill, you can build a successful freelance career in these fields working from home. You can also offer dissertation editing and proofreading services for students and professors.
9. Graphic Designer
If you desire to work in the creative industries, being a freelance graphic designer may be the career path for you: it’s fun, flexible, and overflowing with creativity. The rise in digital technology and shift to online platforms for almost all traditional media means skilled designers with an eye for detail are in high demand. You can easily work on a flexible schedule as a graphic designer and work with clients from any part of the world.
10. Teaching Online
The online learning industry has been booming, even before the covid-19 pandemic. There are more and more remote teaching jobs out there, especially as MOOCs and online education are becoming more commonplace. You can create online courses on Udemy or on your own website and generate passive income. You can also offer freelance services as an online tutor helping students with classwork and studies. There are many online tutoring platforms you can sign up on.
11. Software Developer
Software development is a lucrative freelance job you can do from anywhere. Anyone with the inclination can quickly become qualified for entry-level gigs through online courses. More and more coders choose to go freelance because, for them, the benefits outweigh the risks.
On one hand, you stand to earn as much as 2x the pay of a full-time developer and work on your own terms. But you also wear more hats. You become your own boss, accountant, and marketing team. And the greatest challenge for most freelance software developers is finding enough work. App development is another lucrative aspect of software development. You can develop android and iOS applications and games for clients.
12. Video Creator and Editor
You’ve got a good eye, a powerful computer, and the knack for editing and blending video shots and raw footage. This is an ideal online work you can do from any location. Video content increasingly becomes the go-to format for online content consumers. Businesses are embracing video as the preferred marketing medium. You can build a lucrative career working as a freelance video creator and editor.
Animated video content is also becoming popular. Working online as an animator requires making animations for video games, movies, TV shows, and YouTube Channels. You can earn an even higher income if you are versed in 3D animation.
13. Web Designer and Developer
This is perfect freelance work for coders passionate about making websites faster, current, and more secure. Web design and development are some of the most common and readily-available online work opportunities. You can help businesses design and maintain their websites using best practices.
Overall, to succeed as a freelancer or self-employed person working from home, your online presence is critical now more than ever. Audit your name and brand, and get savvy with social media. Finding a job online may be tough, and the pay might start off lower than you expected. But as you build up your online presence and prove your worth, your income will measure up.
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