You want to earn money online. That is AWESOME! What I do today is earn money online. Actually, I’ve been doing it for years! What started as something I did for fun (and extra money) on the side has led to a career change that’s given me the freedom to earn more money and enjoy spending more time with my family.
You can learn how to start freelancing today. This involves figuring out what type of freelancer you want to become, marketing yourself, finding clients, and then continuing to build your business.
More people every year are becoming freelancers. A recent study by the Freelancers Union and Upwork showed that 57 million Americans freelanced in 2019. That’s 35% of the American workforce. Full-time freelancers increased from 17% in 2014 to 28% in 2019. Freelancing is becoming a more popular choice for side businesses and even complete career changes.
Who can earn extra money as a freelancer? Anyone. Literally anyone.
Whether or not you think you have skills to offer, as long as you have the willingness to try, you can get started as a freelancer.
What are Some Ways You Can Earn Extra Money as a Freelancer?
Almost anything can become a side hustle these days. Not every business idea is going to be profitable, unfortunately. Here are are some of the most in-demand skills you can use to earn money online:
- Content Writing
- Virtual Assistant
- Graphic Design
- Data Entry
- Internet Research
- Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
- Customer Service
- PHP Development
- Web Design
- HTML5 Development
Even if you don’t have any of the skills listed above, it’s OK. It’s not an exhaustive list. There are other freelancing opportunities out there. Plus, you can learn new skills, like the ones on this list, without having to go back to school. With the plethora of training options available online, you can pick up a new skill and a new gig in a month if you wanted.
For more ideas, check out our list of 30 of the Best Paying Freelance Jobs.
Now, let’s take a look at how to start freelancing today.
Determine Your Freelancing Business
Before you start freelancing, you need to determine what type of freelancer you want to become. Maybe you have an idea in mind already. That’s great! You are ahead of the game.
If you don’t have it all figured out, a great place to start is with what you already know. Side hustling is MUCH easier when you leverage either a strength or an experience (or perhaps both).
Identifying Your Strengths