8 Highest Paying Freelance Jobs

8 Highest Paying Freelance Jobs
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Updated: November 28, 2019

Thinking of quitting the rat race for good? You’re not alone. There are approximately 2.7 million freelancers in Canada that work at various freelance jobs.

And with over 54 million Americans starting a freelance business that provides them with more flexibility to create a lifestyle they like, we are seeing an unprecedented shift in how companies function around the world.

Many businesses are now hiring freelancers and paying them significant amounts. This creates a fantastic opportunity for people with skills to strike out on their own while earning impressive incomes. If you also want to work in your pajamas, and create a lifestyle you love, take a look at these highest paying freelance jobs.

1.    Web Designer and Developer

Web developers are high in demand, and this demand is expected to grow even more, driven by the growing popularity of e-commerce and mobile devices. As a result, web design and development is one of the highest paying freelance work.

It’s never been easier to become a web designer and developer in this day and age, and you don’t have to go to graduate school to learn the skills required to work as a freelance developer. There are short courses available both online and bootcamps offline that should teach you the basics as well as the nitty-gritty of development.

2.    Software Developer

As artificial intelligence, IoT, and blockchain technologies are expected to take center stage in the next few years, we would see significant growth in the demand for software developers.

If you can sharpen your coding skills and learn more advanced programming languages, you would be able to earn a six-figure income by working from the comfort of your couch. Coding skills are difficult to master, and great developers are always in high demand.

If you want to become a software developer and earn a high amount, invest some time and money into learning and practicing to develop advanced skills.

The ultimate pay-off of this investment would be high. Avoid taking free courses online as learning software development skills requires serious work.

3.    Content Writer Freelance Jobs

Content writing is one of the most rewarding freelance professions in the world, thanks to the boom in digital marketing trends. Over 5 billion searches are made on Google every day.

Over 500 million tweets are sent each day, and more than 4 million blog posts are published every single day. You don’t have to go anywhere to find proof of how great freelance content writers are doing.

It is worth noting that content writing isn’t easy, and not everyone can become a skilled writer. You need to read a lot, write a lot, and most importantly, you must have a creative mind to write interesting articles that pay well.

4.    Legal Advisor

Many lawyers are now working on their own to keep more of their earnings. It is a high-paying job because not everyone can be an expert on the law. However, unlike web design and development, this isn’t the kind of work that needs just basic skills.

You must go to law school to get the necessary education, and only then can you become a freelance lawyer whose advice people would seek. Moreover, your chances of success are higher if you have some experience working with firms. 

5.    Social Media Managers

Over the last decade, social media marketing has grown from an overlooked niche tactic into one of the most powerful marketing techniques. Almost every business is now using social media platforms to promote their products and build brand awareness.

As such, there is a massive opportunity for freelances who understand the nitty-gritty of social media marketing and have the skills and expertise to promote a brand through social platforms.

6.    Security Specialist

Website hacking is on the rise, with several high-profile attacks reported in the past year or two. As such, business owners are on the lookout for experts who can protect them against cybercriminals.

 As a freelance security specialist, your job will be to help keep data safe by looking for vulnerabilities in content management systems and websites and by advising best practices.

7.    Video Editors

By 2022, online videos are expected to make up over 82% of all consumer internet traffic. As video continues to grow in importance and popularity, demand for freelance video editors is increasing and currently experienced video editors are making around $122,000 a year.

If you are good at editing videos, you could put these skills to great use and earn a lot of money. You could also start from scratch and take courses to learn video editing skills. Marketers and influencers would be willing to pay you thousands of dollars for your services.

8.    Graphic Designers

Graphic designing is a fast-growing, high-demand creative industry. Some graphic designers are making up to $85 per hour by working from their homes.

Infographic designing has higher demand, while icon designing and logo designing also pay well. You could consider becoming a freelance graphic designer if you have the required skills and a creative mind.

Final Thoughts

These are some of the highest paying freelance careers, but this doesn’t mean that you have to go for them. There are several other excellent options that you can choose from. The important thing is that you should do what you love.

If you pick a high paying freelance job that you aren’t happy with, you will struggle to work. You may not be able to meet the requirements of the client and won’t get as many projects as you would like.

Another vital thing to keep in mind is that freelancing isn’t about working in your pajamas and making six-figures a month. It requires hard work and perseverance, so don’t get into freelance thinking that it is going to be easy. Work as a freelancer only if you are passionate about what you plan to do.   

<a href="https://wealthawesome.com/author/christopher-liew/" target="_self">Christopher Liew, CFA</a>

Christopher Liew, CFA

Creator of Wealth Awesome

A Canadian CFA Charterholder with 11 years of finance experience and the creator of Wealthawesome.com. Read about how he quit his 6-figure salary career to travel the world here.

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