Working online is now a serious consideration for millions of people compared to a decade or so ago. More and more people are joining the ‘gig economy’ and, in some cases, seeing better financial returns than if they were at a regular 9 – 5 job.
One of the biggest challenges facing many people who are thinking about becoming freelancers is choosing suitable services to offer online. This is especially hard to decide for people who have never worked before or those who struggle with the idea of freelancing.
If you are interested in earning an income online but not sure what services to offer, there is good news…lots of it. The truth is that you can offer almost any skill you might have, to anyone, anywhere around the world. As you read this, there are clients hiring freelancers to do everything from complex tasks, such as building websites, to simple stuff as checking email responses. People are also being hired to do graphic design, to make phone calls, to manage social media pages, and even to take pictures.
The possibilities are endless. However, there are some services that are more in demand than others. Here are 7 of the top services you can offer right now.
- Virtual Assistance
As a virtual assistant, you will be playing the role of a personal assistant; the only difference is that you will be doing it remotely. You basically have the opportunity to be the eyes, ears, and hands of people who are too busy to do many simple tasks. Whether it is answering customer calls, scheduling meetings, managing a Facebook page, or even doing online research, there are many things a client can hire you to do as a virtual assistant. Thousands of virtual assistants are hired daily on top freelancing websites such as Fiverr, and the demand keeps increasing.
- Voice Acting
If you have a really clear voice and can speak properly, you could easily land jobs as a voice actor doing voice-overs. Voice-over artists are needed to do a wide range of tasks, including scripts for TV and radio commercials, IVR recordings, voicemail, animated films and whiteboard animations. You can do general voice acting or you can fit yourself into a niche, such as speaking in a particular accent.
- Content Writing
Content is king, so writers are constantly in demand. People hire writers to provide content for websites, eBooks, blogs, technical documentation, and even marketing material. If you can write well and have exceptional grammar and spelling skills, you could easily land yourself a continuous stream of jobs online. In fact, writers are among the quickest to get hired and once you prove yourself to be good at what you do, you could have a stream of repeat clients.
- Graphic Design
If you are good at creating art and can use programs such as Photoshop, you can offer your skills to be a graphic designer. Actually, you can break down this service into numerous niches, including logo design, web design, photo editing/retouching, business card design, and book cover design, among others. Companies and individuals are constantly looking for ways to improve or create their branding identity and create eye-catching visuals, so you can be sure of a constant stream of jobs once you can prove yourself as competent in this area.
- Web Development
You can also be hired to create, edit and improve websites if you are skilled in web development. People are constantly building new websites or looking for ways to improve the ones they currently have, so you can be sure of constant work.
Have an eagle eye for picking up flaws in writing? You could easily find work as a proofreader and editor. People need to polish written content for their print and eBook material, website content, articles, social media content, and other written material. You need to be quite good at English in order to be successful in this area. However, there are many software and tools you can use to enhance your efficiency and thoroughness.
If you have a good listening ear, you can also find work online as a transcriber. Transcription is the task of converting audio to text and you can either be asked to do it verbatim or within strict grammar. It is a high demand service because businesses and individuals are constantly looking to turn audio presentations, videos, speeches, podcasts, and even lectures, into text that they can then convert into books and other material. There are a number of tools that you can use to enhance your skills as a transcriber and which can make it easier as well.
As more people head online to accomplish their next project, it’s never been easier to find work online. You can check out these and other popular services, whether you want to become a full-time or part time freelancer.
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