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The world of freelancing is nothing new, but it is something that’s been growing steadily and quickly over the last several years. As of 2018, there were over 56 million freelancers in the U.S. alone.
Now, since the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, even more people may be looking at freelancing, either as a way to make money on the side or as a full-time career if they lost their previous job.
There are plenty of reasons to go into freelancing. It allows you more flexibility, it can be lucrative, and you can control your workload and the clients you deal with. There are also plenty of freelance jobs that can utilize your skills. While most people know about some of the more traditional freelance gigs like copywriting, editing, transcription, data entry, and translating services, there are some more unique jobs that you may not immediately think about.
Let’s cover a few of those unique freelancing professions. If you have certain skills that fit within these jobs, you just may be able to put them to work as a long-lasting career!
You don’t have to work in an accounting firm five days a week from 9 AM - 5 PM in order to have a successful accounting career. Even if you’ve worked for a company as an accountant in the past, you can branch off on your own as long as you have the right skills.
In order to be an accountant, you’ll need skills like:
● General business knowledge
● Customer service experience
● Leadership abilities
● Strong communication
As a freelancer, it’s important to remember that you’re always going to be competing against others who can do the same thing(s). That’s why staying on top of the latest technology and trends in the world of accounting is essential to your business. Consider yourself a brand, and understand the importance of marketing your skills. In order to do that, you might need to periodically take additional classes that go beyond your degree.
Because you’ll be working from home or a remote office, it’s also a good idea to stay on top of the latest tech trends and brush up your skills with web design and social media. Remember, you are your own business and brand. Having a strong Internet presence will make it easier for clients to find you and will make you appear more trustworthy.
Graphic Designer/Photoshop Expert
Do you have a knack for design? Whether you’ve ever professionally worked as a graphic designer or not, they are always in demand in the gig economy. Designers typically work with programs like InDesign or Photoshop, and both are fairly necessary in order to gain new clients and get the respect you deserve within the industry.
In fact, you can market yourself and your skills by signing up for classes and even becoming an expert in Photoshop. Some of the more intermediate skills you can master include:
● Automation features
Once you’ve sharpened your skills, share some of your work online and build a portfolio in order to start attracting clients. Most designers work with businesses to create everything from logos to website imagery. Once you’ve worked with a few clients, you can start to build up a loyal customer base by following up with those who were happy with your work, and finding your niche within the design industry.
If nutrition and health have always been your passion, you can help others to achieve their health and wellness goals. While the requirements to be a nutritionist vary by state, most areas require a bachelor’s degree and certification. If you are already licensed to be a nutritionist, doing it on a freelance basis is a great way to work more directly with clients and build your own “digital” business.
As a nutritionist online, you can help clients to develop healthy meal plans that are specific to their needs, whether they struggle with digestive issues like acid reflux or GERD, or they are trying to reach specific weightloss goals. You can do everything from helping them to develop daily menus to educating them about the importance of certain foods, while encouraging them to eat the right things to fit their needs.
The more success you have with your first few clients, the easier it will be to grow your practice. That’s especially true if those clients are willing to leave positive reviews or testimonials on your website.
There are so many additional unique professions within the gig economy that freelancers can take advantage of. The point is, if you have specific skills or even a degree that you haven’t been able to put to use, or you haven’t used it in the way you’ve wanted to, there is no better time to consider freelancing. Not only can it be more lucrative than you might think (depending on your client base), but you will get to be your own boss for doing something you love and something you’re good at.