Freelancing is getting more and more lucrative everyday with some freelance workers raking more than $100 hourly. According to Stephanie Kasriel, the CEO of Upwork, there has been a great increase in the large-scale use of freelance talent by fortune 500 companies and businesses are becoming reliant on freelance specialists. And why do you think this is happening? Because those freelance specialists can provide expertise that these businesses need and they proactively upgrade their skills.
That is why you need to sit up today, people may say there is a huge economic depression or all the money is in the hands of the rich but even in terribly bad economic situations aren’t there always people earning a lot of money? It’s time you became one of those people.
And this is why I’ve provided this extensive list of skills that are on the list of fastest growing, highest paying and high-demand skills obtained from research on online freelancing market sites like Upwork and Fiverr. Read through the list, choose a skill, make plans to learn it, take action by learning it and perfect your skill till you become an expert at it.
Here is the list of skills:
Note: I don’t understand much about some of these skills but I have written a short preview of all the skills. So you might have to research some of them before choosing them. I can’t place the skills in any particular order because I got them from numerous sources so just read the info I have provided on them. And the pictures I use as examples are examples of people making it big with the different skills so don’t start a skill with the mindset that you can rake in that amount of customers without a lot of expertise.
HIGHEST PAYING AND BEST SELLING FREELANCE SKILLS #1: LOGO DESIGN
Logo design is a hot selling item at the moment especially on Fiverr and all you need to do logo design is Creativity, knowledge of graphics software like photoshop, illustrator or Corel draw and more creativity. Of all the sub-skills under the Graphic Design Skill, logo design requires lots of creativity because your logo designs must create a symbolic image that represents your clients, their interests, and their businesses’ customers. It’s a skill that you can get customers for both online and offline but your work has to speak for you.
Check out this logo gig on Fiverr:
HIGHEST PAYING AND BEST SELLING FREELANCE SKILLS #2: BUSINESS CARD DESIGN
Like Logo design, Business card design is also a subskill under Graphic design. It’s also a high paying skill too and it even requires less creativity than Logo design and adequate knowledge and experience using graphical software. All you need to do is create a business card for people to give customers and potential customers containing their personal and official information.
HIGHEST PAYING AND BEST SELLING FREELANCE SKILLS #3: FLYER, POSTERS AND BANNER ADS DESIGNS
You’ll be surprised at how much money these designs rake for offline and online freelancers. This skill involves creating flyers, posters and banner ads for events, businesses, etc. Do you know how many events and businesses exist on campuses all over the world? Hundreds. Maybe thousands. Even if you’re not an online savvy person, you can still make a lot of money offline on your campus using this skill.
Check out this flyer design gig on Fiverr:
HIGHEST PAYING AND BEST SELLING FREELANCE SKILLS #4: INFOGRAPHICS DESIGN
Infographics design is another skill that is trending these days, it involves the design of infographics which are a mix of design, writing, and analysis that take deep data and present it in visual shorthand. It helps to communicate complex data in a visual format.
Infographics design is a popular skill today because it is easily scanned and viewed, it creates brand awareness and increases web traffic.
Check out this infographics design gig on Fiverr:
HIGHEST PAYING AND BEST SELLING FREELANCE SKILLS #5: OTHER GRAPHIC DESIGN SKILLS such as drawing cartoons, creating vectors
HIGHEST PAYING AND BEST SELLING FREELANCE SKILLS #6: VIDEO CREATION
Like Graphic Design, it’s a skill that has many sub-skills like Video Editing (which ranked #16 on Upwork’s fastest growing skills list), creating whiteboard animation videos and many others. Video creation sub-skills such as Video editing, etc are in high demand especially in 2017 when 74 percent of internet traffic was video-related.
HIGHEST PAYING AND BEST SELLING FREELANCE SKILLS #7: PROOFREADING AND EDITING
This is a skill that is useful both offline and online. As far as I’m concerned, this is a skill everyone should try and develop especially students and people in the education industry such as Lecturers with their theses, research results, and projects. Unfortunately, even though this skill is in high demand, there are a lot of people in this market and software companies have provided automated software that has reduced the number of potential customers for freelancers that offer this service.
HIGHEST PAYING AND BEST SELLING FREELANCE SKILLS #8: SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMIZATION
This is a broad skill that involves keyword research, SEO content writing service, and making people’s website and web content visible to search engines using a host of skills. It’s a highly lucrative skill and can be easily learnt.
Check out this keyword research gig on Fiverr:
HIGHEST PAYING AND BEST SELLING FREELANCE SKILLS #9: SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING
Billions of people use different social media from different parts of the world, some people even spend hours on facebook, twitter, google +, etc every day, but very few of them understand the concept of Social media marketing. Social media can’t be done effectively by untrained people because it doesn’t just involve promoting websites and businesses on the social media networks. Social media marketers determine what social networks businesses or companies should use, identify target markets, get and engage followers, increase site traffic, track results and improve their strategy. It’s a lot more than that but that’s the shortest way to explain it.
HIGHEST PAYING AND BEST SELLING FREELANCE SKILLS #10: TRANSCRIPTION
Transcribers basically convert audio and video audios into written formats. Transcription services have become widely popular because people and companies usually need written documentation of business meetings, conferences, seminars, lectures, webinars and other events.
HIGHEST PAYING AND BEST SELLING FREELANCE SKILLS #11: VIRTUAL ASSISTANT
Virtual assistants handle administrative and financial projects from scheduling meetings and taking calls, accounting and invoicing, to sales support and marketing. But most importantly, they are great proactive problem solvers and most times, there are no limits to what a virtual assistant can do for your business.
According to Upwork, Data entry VAs collect an average hourly rate of $12-20+, Marketing VAs earn $20-35+ average hourly rate and Advanced VAs (Consultants) earn $38-50+ average hourly rate.
HIGHEST PAYING AND BEST SELLING FREELANCE SKILLS #12: CONTENT WRITING
The job of a content writer seems simple enough: just create articles, website and blog contents, and other contents. But it’s beyond that, content writers are reporters, experts like SEO specialists and HTML experts, comedians, and salespeople.
This skill is what makes up the content that makes up most websites, magazines, etc so you can see why it’s forever in demand.
HIGHEST PAYING AND BEST SELLING FREELANCE SKILLS #13: VOICEOVER ACTING
Voiceover actors are performers who read and interpret people’s words. Voiceover professionals have different monikers such as Announcers, Narrators, Voice Actors, Voiceover Artists and Voice talent. This skill is needed for voice prompts and on-hold messages, animations, whiteboard animation videos, advertisement videos, etc.
HIGHEST PAYING AND BEST SELLING FREELANCE SKILLS #14: NETWORK ANALYSIS
Network Analysis involves complex datasets and virtual systems.
According to Upwork, this is the highest paid skill averaging $200 an hour.
HIGHEST PAYING AND BEST SELLING FREELANCE SKILLS #15: PHP DEVELOPMENT
PHP which means Hypertext Preprocessor is a scripting language that helps developers make web pages more interactive. PHP can be used for server-side scripting, command line scripting and for writing desktop applications.
An Hourly rate for PHP skill has PHP developers earning $24.55 per hour and Senior Web Developers using PHP earning $35.07 hourly.
HIGHEST PAYING AND BEST SELLING FREELANCE SKILLS #16: DATA ENTRY
Data entry is a skill that encompasses many occupations: Electronic data processors, typists, copy and paste jobs, word processors, and clerks. This is one skill that is in very high demand, unfortunately, it happens to be a skill that almost everyone can do and there are many people doing it.
HIGHEST PAYING AND BEST SELLING FREELANCE SKILLS #17: INTERNET RESEARCH
An internet researcher uses the internet to locate information. The job of an internet researcher might seem simple and maybe silly but they do have areas of expertise that not just ordinary people have like researching keywords and they must have access to think tanks, scholarly websites and industry publications online.
HIGHEST PAYING AND BEST SELLING FREELANCE SKILLS #19: HTML5 DEVELOPMENT
HTML5 is the latest standard of HTML (Hypertext markup language) and it’s a core component behind the structure of a webpage. Most HTML5 developers are usually front-end developers who have specialized knowledge in HTML5.
According to Upwork, basic front-end HTML5 developers earn $15-50+ at an average hourly rate, Advanced front-end developers earn $35-100+ while Full stack developers earn $30-150+ at an average hourly rate.
HIGHEST PAYING AND BEST SELLING FREELANCE SKILLS #2O: LEAD GENERATION
Lead generation involves the marketing process involved in capturing interest in a product or service for the purpose of developing sales pipeline often using digital channels. You might be wondering if Lead generators are just Marketers, no not really. In this world and age, where there are a lot of products and services in a particular niche making noise and readily available info on the net has produced “Self-directed buyers”, marketers have to focus on allowing their products and services to be easily found.
Check out these examples of lead generation freelancers on Upwork:
HIGHEST PAYING AND BEST SELLING FREELANCE SKILLS #21: MYSQL ADMINISTRATION
MSQL is the most popular Open Source Relational SQL Database Management system and the best Relational Database Management System used for developing various web-based software applications.
HIGHEST PAYING AND BEST SELLING FREELANCE SKILLS #22: ANDROID APP DEVELOPMENT
Android is the name of the mobile operating system owned by Google and it typically comes installed on a variety of smartphones and tablets from many manufacturers such as Samsung, Lenovo, Tecno and many others. Android developers develop applications for use on phones and tablets that utilize the Android operating system. With the way people use Android Phones these days, it’s a great time to have a career in Android development.
According to Upwork, Android App developers earn an average hourly rate of $15-40+, Intermediate-Advanced Android Developers earn an average hourly rate of $35-75+ and Android Developer and UI/UX Designer in one get paid $45-100+.
HIGHEST PAYING AND BEST SELLING FREELANCE SKILLS #23: iOS APP DEVELOPMENT
iOS is an abbreviated way of saying “iPhone Operating System” is the mobile operating system for Apple’s mobile devices such as iPhones and iPads. iOS developers usually know Swift or Objective-C or both languages. Basically, they build apps for iPhones and iPads, very elitist phones in Nigeria. (I can’t tell you how many jokes I’ve heard of someone falling down stairs and being afraid more for the N500,000 iPhone in his pocket than for his broken bones).
According to the typical rates charged by iOS Developers on Upwork, Basic iOS Developers earn $15-40+, Intermediate-Advanced iOS Developers earn $35-75+, iOS Developer and UI/UX Designer in one earn $45-100+.
HIGHEST PAYING AND BEST SELLING FREELANCE SKILLS #24: EMAIL MARKETING
Email marketing involves using electronic mail as a means of communicating commercial or fundraising messages to an audience. Email marketers send emails to enhance relationships of merchants with their current and previous customers to encourage loyalty and repeat business. They also send emails to acquire new customers or convince current customers to purchase something.
HIGHEST PAYING AND BEST SELLING FREELANCE SKILLS #25: BITCOIN
Okay, this surprised me too but Bitcoin occupies the first position on Upwork’s 2017 4th quarter top fastest-growing skills. I think anyone who plays around on the internet has heard about Bitcoins. In 2017, Bitcoin was the most searched Google term especially since it reached a peaking high exchange rate of $19,783 on December 17, 2017, though since then, the price has dropped by more than 60 percent, however, there is still a high demand for experts familiar with bitcoin. However, I’d warn you to be careful with Bitcoin especially since those who bet on bitcoin early like Stripe have ended Bitcoin support, with customer desire to accept the currency decreasing ever since Facebook banned ads for bitcoin. Attention is still turning towards Blockchain, the technology behind bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.
HIGHEST PAYING AND BEST SELLING FREELANCE SKILLS #26: AMAZON DYNAMODB
This skill ranked #2 in Upwork’s fastest growing skills in Q$ of 2017. It’s a fast and flexible NoSQL database service for all applications that need consistent, single-digit millisecond latency at any scale. According to Upwork, the surge in demand for freelancers with this skill came after Amazon Web Services launched a multi-platform campaign focusing on what AWS enables builders to do by depicting real solutions being worked out by builders on massive whiteboards.
HIGHEST PAYING AND BEST SELLING FREELANCE SKILLS #27: REACT NATIVE
React Native is a development framework used to build native apps which are mobile apps that use the same user interface (UI) for iOS and Android apps using React. It was ranked #3 in Upwork’s fastest growing skills for the fourth quarter.
HIGHEST PAYING AND BEST SELLING FREELANCE SKILLS #28: ROBOTICS, #29: COMPUTER VISION AND #30: MACHINE LEARNING
These three skills are related skills under Artificial Intelligence (AI) which is a skill that has been predicted to create more jobs than it will eliminate by 2020. In case you don’t know, AI is the development of computer systems able to perform tasks normally requiring human intelligence, such as visual perception, speech recognition, decision-making and translation between languages. Robotics ranked #4, Computer Vision ranked #9 and machine learning #18 in Upwork’s fastest growing skills of the fourth quarter of 2017. Computer Vision is also number two on the list of highest paying job skills released by Upwork averaging $145 per hour while neural networks, a component of machine learning ranking #4 and averaging $140 an hour.
The list is very extensive so I had to cut into two parts. The second part will be released in two days time so please come back for it. Thank you for reading and please don’t forget to Subscribe to get updates on new posts from Student Hustler.