I haven’t worked in a traditional “9-5” type of job outside of my own house for 10 years, but I’m still making a decent living and paying all my bills every month. Although my pay started off modestly when I first started, today I’m making well over $4,000 a month freelancing, and that’s on a part-time basis.
Honestly, if I mustered up even more self-discipline and work ethic, I could probably be making a lot more and rival some of my friends’ incomes from their 40+ hour-per-week jobs (which many of them are miserable at, might I add).
Freelancing is a fabulous and unique way to earn a living, or even just to make a few extra a month to cover your extra expenditures. Regardless, you can freelance your own services to start raking in a few extra thousand bucks a month, and it can be something that you already love doing (that you’re probably not getting paid for).
My particular gig is writing. I love writing, and always have. Sure, I have days when I have no desire to put pen to paper, but most of the time you’ll find me on my laptop fervidly typing an article about all sorts of topics. More specifically, I write web content for businesses. Believe me, people pay good money to have unique content written on a specific topic of their choosing, and I just happen to be on the receiving end of a lot of all that paid-out cash.
I have a service to offer, and people are paying me for it. I’m fulfilling a need, and it just so happens to be a need that people will pay to satisfy. I’ve used all sorts of online platforms to get the word out there about my services, including the likes of Facebook and Fiverr.
What’s Fiverr, you ask? It’s only one of the biggest online platforms for average joes like me to advertise my services to people who are already looking for them. Fiverr simply serves as the connection between me and my “clients.” I can reach thousands and thousands of people and businesses who need the help of a skilled content writer like me, and I get paid handsomely for it.
Of course, there are other ways to earn a living as a freelancer, but content writing is simply my preferred way to do it.
OK, so I’ve rambled on a bit (and maybe even bragged) about how I manage to make a few thousand bucks a month freelancing. But is writing the only freelancing gig out there?
Absolutely not. In fact, there are plenty of ways to freelance your services in order to make at least as much as I’m making, if not more. In fact, data suggests that some freelancers are making hundreds of dollars an hour. But of course, this type of money comes much easier for those who are specialized in a particular skill or field.
Now, you must be wondering how to make money freelancing (aside from content writing). Here are just a few suggestions to help get your creative juices flowing.
1) Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Specialist
In case you’re not familiar with the term, ‘search engine optimization’ – or SEO for short – is the art of influencing the visibility of a website online after a search query, without relying on paid methods of directing traffic to a particular website. When someone types in a specific search query in Google, organic search results are those that pop up on the first page of Google. Businesses want that coveted top spot and will pay big bucks to make that happen.
As an SEO specialist, you can get paid very handsomely by helping companies optimize their web pages so they can show up on the first page of Google after people type in specific keywords related to the business. If you’re already on the computer quite a bit, getting started in this biz shouldn’t be too difficult.
There are plenty of SEO training programs available that can help you acquire the necessary skill-set needed to start earning some money as an SEO specialist. In fact, you can make at least $50 an hour doing so, and much more as you become more specialized and more established.
Do you speak more than one language fluently? If so, you could market your skills as a translator and make as much as $40 an hour. There are tons of translator jobs you can consider and depending on the exact languages involved, as well as your skill level and the work itself, you can do very well as a freelance translator.
3) Internet Security Specialist
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve likely heard of all the data breaches that have been happening, some more serious and consequential than others. While such incidences aren’t exactly a good thing, if you’re a trained internet security specialist these security risks can result in great opportunities. With an increased threat of internet security breaches, the job of an internet security specialist is becoming more and more in demand.
Not only is it relatively easy to find a gig in this field, you can also make a decent profit at a minimum of $50 an hour. If you’re already well-versed in the world of internet security, consider turning your knowledge into a well-paying job. Working as an internet security manager is a great way to make money freelancing.
4) Infographic Designer
If you’ve been online lately, you’ve likely come across a number of “infographics,” which are basically visual images that are used to present content in a different way other than traditional text. They’re pretty popular these days, so if you’ve got some computer design skills, you could make up to $60 an hour designing infographics for people.
5) Computer Programmer
You can’t go wrong as a computer programmer, whether you’re working for an employer or have put your skills to work as you freelance your services. If you’ve already got the skills, training, and experience, you can easily get a gig thanks to your portfolio of past projects. Even if you’re a newbie, there’s no reason why you can’t start learning and make at least $50 to $60 an hour doing it.
And if you’re into programming software or apps, that hourly rate can skyrocket, as the services of these types of freelancers are in high demand these days. Just think about all the apps available – someone had to develop each one, and each developer probably got paid really well to do so.
6) Website Builder
Another great way to make money freelancing is to become a website builder. Every business should have an online presence, and having a website is probably the best way to do that. As such, businesses are always looking to have a website built for their brands, which is where you come in. As a website builder, you can charge per project and help companies establish websites.
With platforms like WordPress, building a website is actually pretty simple. All you need to do is spend a little time learning the ins and outs of how to use these user-friendly types of site-building platforms, and you can make a few thousand bucks a month doing it.
7) Social Media Manager
Like websites, social media profiles and pages are fundamental for businesses in all sorts of niches. Having a strong online presence should expand well beyond just having a website and should include social media pages on channels such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn, to name a few.
The thing is, maintaining an up-to-date and engaging social media profile is time-consuming, and most entrepreneurs just don’t have the time (nor the inclination) to keep up with posting new images, posts, articles, or other information on their social media pages. They also don’t have time to respond to every post or message from consumers.
That’s why many business owners pay social media managers to do all that work for them, and they’ll pay a few hundred to a few thousand dollars a month to have this done. Multiply that figure by the number of businesses you agree to help, and you could be making better than a full-time income as a social media manager.
8) Job Recruiter
Many companies are in need of good help and a lot of them look to outside help to find new employees rather than have an in-house HR team do that for them. Many times contracting this type of work out to freelancer job recruiters is a lot more cost-effective for businesses. If looking for work for others is something you think you would enjoy, you could be looking at making nearly $50 an hour.
If you’re still wondering how to make money freelancing, wonder no more. Freelancing can easily help you earn a few extra bucks a month. But it could also be a great way to earn a decent living and even replace your current full-time job. Many freelancers are earning over $100,000 a year or more, depending on their skill level, their niche, and how busy they are.
Whether you’re just looking to pad your pockets a little more or are serious about going freelance full-time, picking the right niche is important. Be sure to choose one that you’re interested in and that has the income potential you need.