Gone are the days that freelancing is synonymous with the unemployed. Skilled workers are choosing the flexibility associated with self-employment and employers are embracing the addition of contractors in traditional working environments around the world.
It’s no surprise that hiring managers are tapping highly-skilled workers from freelance marketplaces, such as Upwork (recently IPO’ed) and Moonlighting, to meet skills gaps in emerging technologies and traditional local employment needs.
While many freelance marketplaces specialize in a single vertical of skills, Moonlighting allows you to hire anyone from blockchain consultants to pet sitters to graphic designers, all in one place. See what skills are in-demand on Moonlighting in 2019, the fastest-growing freelance marketplace:
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.
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 flexibility to work on high-impact projects.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
13. Career Coach
Career coaching is going through a “great awakening.” As more and more people are searching to balance work they love with a healthy lifestyle, we are seeing an increase in the demand for professional advice to help professionals find their next job or switch fields, and provide guidance through job searches, interviews, resumes, promotions, and everything in between.
Local independent on-demand couriers offer a number of benefits when it comes to their services including providing the freedom to have tasks done to your specifications rather than following guidelines of big name carriers.
15. Web Developer
The world of web development experiences demand constant transformation every year, whether it’s related to tools, services, coding, languages, or designs. And with every year, new trends and technologies emerge to evolve the way developers work. Independent web developers are far more likely to re-skill, and provide expertise in emerging development trends including artificial intelligence, voice search integration, and chatbots.
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This article was originally featured by USA Today.