Independence as a Freelancer: Crafting Your Online Career

Here is a closer look at some of the most popular freelancer jobs available online, and what it takes to craft a successful online career as a freelancer.

More people than ever are choosing to carve out their careers online as freelancers and take control of their own lives. Working as a freelancer gives individuals more freedom, and answers to fewer people. 

The rewards can be fantastic if you become a successful freelancer, and all you need is a decent working desktop or mobile device, a solid Wi-Fi/internet connection, and a marketable skill. Let’s dive in to discover more about the modern phenomenon of freelancing online. 

What types of online jobs are there?

The main types of freelancer online jobs that tend to pay the most are the following:

● App Developer

● Content Creator

● Web Designer/Web Developer

● Virtual Assistant (VA)

● Teacher

● Graphic Designer

● Financial Advisor/Accountant

● Editor

● Freelance Writer

If you’re considering a career as a freelance writer, it’s important to understand that much of the content you create may not be published under your name. 

I’ve heard writing reviews is an excellent job for a freelancer. What does it entail?

Some people have mastered the art of writing in-depth online reviews and highly recommend it as a job. If for example you have been tasked with writing a review about a recently established Cajun restaurant, or maybe an in-depth LeoVegas Casino review, as the reviewer you have to be honest and fair. You couldn’t just make up the information, especially without visiting the restaurant or the casino website. 

Just as you would need to visit the restaurant to check out the service, the food, value for money, the ambience and the location, you would need to visit that iGaming site to get a better feel for what the website offers in terms of games available, potential for winnings with return to player (RTP), licences held and customer service lines of communication etc. 

Only by undertaking in-depth research and fact-finding, you as the reviewer will obtain the correct information you need to include in your review. A good reviewer must be unbiased and honest in their writing and, as a result, honesty and integrity will come across in the writing. 

What other freelance writing jobs are there online?

Apart from review writing, there are many different types of freelance writing work usually available online today, including:

● Blogging – a first-person style of writing focusing on specific subjects/topics

● News writer/journalist/reporter – focused on fact-based written content

● SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) writing – news items, articles, how-to guides, reviews, blog-style pieces, crafting content for landing pages, and product descriptions. The aim is to attract readers from search engine results

● Feature writers – much longer articles that require far more research, interview skills, and greater knowledge of the subject matter

● Copywriting – writing text for advertising and marketing, mainly including content for direct mail marketing, brochures, billboards, TV scripts, and more

What do I need to become a freelancer?

It helps to be passionate about any freelance job you undertake, and you must be comfortable using a desktop computer, tablet, smartphone or laptop for work. 

Becoming a good freelancer and making a successful career out of whatever you decide to get into means you must demonstrate a range of skills.

Each employer will have different requirements and specifications, so you must also be good at listening to instructions and paying careful attention to details and what the task at hand requires. 

How to find the ideal freelance job

If you think you have what it takes to become a freelancer and work online from your preferred device, there has never been a better time than now to get into freelancing. There are so many job opportunities to suit all types of freelancers.

Today, companies are more focused than ever on keeping costs at a minimum, and one of the most effective ways to do this in recent years is to hire freelancer talent for various projects of all sizes. 

You may need to try different things to find out what you like and are good at and build up your CV and work history. Don’t be afraid to start small with slightly lower-paying jobs if you have to because this could lead to even bigger and better opportunities. 

Final note

Becoming a freelancer doesn’t necessarily mean you would have to return to college or university and get properly qualified. However, in some cases, you may need to obtain certain qualifications. It all depends on the type of freelance career you decide to get into. 

Remember to define the service you will offer and try to become an expert in that field. Understand your target audience and how you can help. 

Also, you will need to develop a fair pricing structure to ensure you always get a decent stream of work. You don’t want potential projects going to anyone else because you overprice, but you also don’t want to cut yourself short. 

Finally, keep your portfolio up to date with any past freelancer projects you have successfully completed, get good at writing great proposals, try to create a decent working relationship with your current/potential clients, and never stop learning or developing your skills if you truly want to be the best freelancer.

Sophia Anderson

Sophia Anderson is a blogger and a freelance writer. She is passionate about covering topics on money, business, careers, self-improvement, motivation and others. She believes in the driving force of positive attitude and constant development.