Top 12 most valubale skills you can learn & earn as a freelancer

1. Marketing

Marketing is a widely recognized necessity for every business — 63% of business owners say marketing is the most important expense to grow their business. An effective marketing strategy will comprise of a holistic multi-channel approach including email, content, social media, automation, and search engine optimization (SEO). Freelance marketers are often skilled in most or all of these channels, are often more efficient than in-house marketing teams, and at times even for a lower cost.

2. Blockchain

Already leveraged by several major enterprises including IBM and Samsung, blockchain’s digitized, distributed, and secure ledger is said to be reshaping the future of tech.

3. Writing & Editing

The writing profession is largely romanticized as the starving artist or creative hermits, holed away from society while working on the next Great American Novel. That may be true for some fiction writers. But there’s also a massive world of commercial writing that includes everything from web content to technical manuals to journalism, grant writing, and advertising copy writing. And all of this has to be arranged and corrected by editors.

4. Graphic Design

If you are in the freelance design business, you can feel good knowing that the growth predictions are bright. Jobs for graphic designers are estimated to grow 13% by 2020, with the digital segment set to grow by an incredible 61%. Much of this growth will be specifically targeted at freelance designers with companies and startups looking for strong, reliable talent that is willing to work on-demand.

5. Web Designer

Web designers create the look and layout of web pages. Their skills are in-demand in many types of organizations, from charities to startups, giving you the flexibility to work on high-impact projects.

6. Photographer

Sure, everyone has a camera on their phones. And even though the demand for photographers in traditional media has declined, there’s still a high-demand for commercial and portrait photographers. In fact, there’s been a 37.2% increase since 2014.

7. Accountant

While there is plenty of accounting software available, tax codes and deductions remain complicated and incomprehensible for most, keeping accounting an in-demand skill.

8. Customer Service

Customer support jobs are naturally suited to remote work and moonlighting in the gig economy since the work is primarily completed via computer and phone, and many opportunities are available for off-peak working hours.

9. Excel

While most people are familiar with this Microsoft software staple, manipulating data beyond simple SUM formulas often requires the work of a professional. If PIVOT Tables and VLOOKUPs are your jam, you have a great opportunity to get hired to tutor or crunch, analyze and glean fruitful results from complex queries for clients.

10. Virtual Assistant

Business owners, managers, and entrepreneurs are using virtual assistants to help them handle tasks like responding to emails and scheduling appointments from a remote location.

11. Bookkeeper

For many small and medium sized businesses, the decision to relieve themselves of their bookkeeping tasks is a major milestone. Allowing for a qualified professional to step in and take over these tasks gives the management team an opportunity to focus more on the day-to-day activities, and more importantly, how to take their business to the next level.

12. Sales

For many brands, utilizing independent sales reps is a key part of their sales strategy. For some, it’s not cost-effective to employ in-house reps, or they simply need to get feet on the ground quickly without having to put resources into establishing a salaried team. Others recognize the depth of the existing networks and relationships an independent rep may provide, which can open up new business opportunities in existing markets, and provide access to new territories. Whatever the reason, businesses often look to hiring independent sales representatives as an alternative to way to build a sales force.

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