If you’ve been laid off, work part-time, or have been economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, finding new work opportunities can be emotionally taxing. Having your financial world flipped on its head can cause fear or anxiety about making ends meet and planning for the future. Thankfully, through technological advancements such as the Internet and online education, income opportunities are more plentiful and flexible than ever before. Here are six financially viable freelancing opportunities to pursue from home.
Content Writing and Editing
One of the most prevalent work from home (WFH) opportunities today is content writing and editing. Sizeable businesses in multiple industries are looking for blog posts, white papers, technical manuals, and social media copy, as a few examples. Many companies recognize that they need consistent output of fresh digital content for both existing customers and prospective clients.
Another pool of opportunity consists of digitally based small businesses and specialist firms, many of which need help producing and finalizing content like eBooks, service pages, and articles. If you have quality examples of previous work and a can-do attitude, firms will be interested in working with you.
Market research, medical, and legal firms often need assistance producing written versions of audio recordings. That’s not to mention the growing number of digital radio hosts, podcasters, and course producers who also benefit from transcription. If you love listening to audio tracks and ironing out all the pesky details, transcription freelancing could be a great fit for you.
Tutoring and Teaching
As more educational institutions become reliant upon Internet-based platforms, the tutoring and teaching market has grown with it. A home Internet connection is commonplace for the vast majority of families, which means you can charge for your expertise in specific subjects. Do you work in a math-related field now, and love helping youngsters learn? There are students out there looking for help. Are you fluent in more than one language and find it a personal passion? You can make a nice side income (or more) providing guidance for students and classes in need. As the age-old industry of education adapts to new industries, jobs, and consumer trends, educational prowess has never been in higher demand. If you love coaching others and find joy in celebrating the individual achievements of students, this is a significant opportunity for you.
If repetitive tasks help you get into a flow state, data entry opportunities could be an excellent fit. As more companies shift their data processing and evaluation to the digital landscape, many need help simply documenting and organizing all their data. Browse freelance listings on sites like Glassdoor, Craigslist, Millo, and Workable or other online job boards to find companies who can use your assistance. Remember that positions like these tend to be rather plentiful, but any that promise big bucks right away are usually scams.
Ever since the Internet became mainstream a few decades ago, there’s one asset every business needs: a website. If you’ve completed web projects recently or have the know-how for modern web development trends, this field is one of the most lucrative to enter. Web-based businesses and eCommerce have grown incrementally year after year, and it doesn’t show signs of stopping. If you reach out to businesses who could use a hand with their web presence, it’s easy to see how quickly this skill can pay off.
With the rise of social media, video streaming platforms, and new forms of advertising, many businesses find it difficult sifting through all the noise. If you have a penchant for attention-grabbing language, visuals, and content, freelancing as a digital marketer could be your forte. Evaluating a company’s online marketing needs before pitching them is vital, as it shows you care about them personally, and really know your stuff. If you spend time researching local businesses and reaching out to them with tangible recommendations, you may be surprised at how many respond favorably.
Whether you’re looking to supplement your income until a new full-time job comes along, or want to take your passion to a new level, these niches have been steadily growing for years. Avenues for pitching your portfolio and making bids include platforms like Upwork, LinkedIn, Fiverr, Craigslist, and Freelancer.
Commit to excellence in your actions and words, and any of the above opportunities can take you far.
Written by Financial Stewardship Volunteer Brad Johnson.