I bet there is no a single person today who hasn’t heard about freelancing. Many people, many thoughts, and many people have a different understanding of such a job. Let’s have a look at what this job really is and what components it includes:

Form of self-employment, which permits to focus on multiple topics and fields of work

Right to choose the organization for collaboration which can be a short or long- lasting

Effective combination of possibility for self-realization and professional and self-development

Engagement in expanded globalized markets

Location: The market of freelance services is already quite developed in Western Europe and the USA and is rapidly developing all over the world, attracting new participants both from performers offering their services and from individuals and organizations willing to freelance cooperation often on remote basis

Ability for competition: workers in high- and low-income countries can compete with one another and obtain a job

Numerous benefits of such type of work, including the scheduling freedom and flexibility, ability to obtain higher levels of employment in isolated communities

Chance for individual scheduling, prioritizing interests, skills and involvement

Internet collaboration with experts in the field all over the world

Niche of performing: the most popular spheres of performance are Journalism (and other forms of activity related to writing texts), jurisprudence, computer programming, architecture, design in all its manifestations (advertising, web design, interior design, etc.), translation, photography and video, various kinds expert and consulting activities.

Group work as well as individual projecting

Being a freelancer is getting more and more popular with every single day. There are numerous simple reasons for such a tendency – it is a fast and affordable way to start earning an income from any location, it is a chance to set a personalized schedule, earnings plan and express not only a professional but also a creative self –identity. The types of work freelancers perform are various. Nearly every type of service a business would need could be provided by a freelancer, including marketing, such as social media marketing, copywriting, and publicity, writing, such as articles and blog posts, technological support, such as web programming and design, creative works such as graphic design, and financial support, such as bookkeeping.

Is freelancing going to capture the business world?

The answer will probably be more ‘yes’ than ‘no’. According to the recent statistics which show that freelancing really encroaches the world today.

  •    There are 53 million people doing freelance work in the US – 34% of the national workforce
  •    77% of freelancers say the best days are yet ahead for freelancing
  •    36% of moonlighters who have a primary job have thought about quitting to work completely independently

top 8 freelancing professions

  •    There are 1.4 million British freelancers working across all sectors
  •    The flexibility offered by Britain’s freelancers is worth £21 billion to the UK economy in added value
  •    78% of the UK public think that freelancing and flexible working help promote a good work/life balance
  •    72% think freelancing has a positive effect on family life
  •    In Europe payments to freelancers increased 37% year on year
  •    29% of all graduates say freelancing is part of their career strategy for the next five years, a fact that suggests the freelance economy will continue to gather pace in the UK
  •    The opportunity to work on a variety of different projects and across sectors is also appealing, with over a third (38%) saying this is a significant pull

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Top 8 freelancing professions in 2018

Experts predict that the following 8 professions will rank as the most demanded and well-paid in the market during 2018. Please note that all of them are the best options for those, who seek self-employment.

Web Designers are highly sought professionals that create the websites and apps we look at every day. Many of these roles require ongoing maintenance of responsive websites, but other gigs are short-term solo projects.

Bookkeepers are responsible for managing the books for small businesses. This field is great for offering various packages to clients, covering items such as accounts receivable, accounts payable, creating P&L statements, reconciling accounts, making payment arrangements, filing taxes, financial analysis, and more.

Project managers possess organizational skills with a flair for working with many different people in a coordinating or leadership role. People doing this job should be able to efficiently multitask, communicate effectively, negotiate well, and be familiar with the project’s industry to succeed in this role.

Social media management is one of those easily-performed remote positions that is not going anywhere anytime soon! Small businesses and entrepreneurs need the exposure of a well-executed social media presence, but many lack the time to learn the lingo and quirks and best practices for each major social media platform.

Video Assistant. The recent researches demonstrated that the of majority people today tend to watch videos more than they read blog posts. Video assistants can help their client source stock video and do post-production with video editing software. They might contact, coordinate, and contract with actors or interviewees on behalf of their client. They could even write any necessary scripts, provide captioning, overlay text, source sound effects, or any number of other small parts that go into creating video content. 

Content Writer. Today we live in content-focused society.  Corporations need employee handbooks and training materials written. Small businesses need website copy to put their best retail face forward online. Brands need an engaging copy for all their social media accounts, while small businesses need SEO-seeded posts for their blogs.

Email marketing is still the absolute best method for engaging with customers (or followers) and making sales. Every time email marketers send an email, they’re reaching out to a curated collection of people who have already engaged with them. The clients want to be entertained or informed; they want what you’re selling, whether that’s information or product.

A virtual assistant (VA) is a person who provides support services to other businesses from a remote location. A virtual assistant is such a person whose responsibilities may vary depending on the company in cooperation. Virtual assistants are especially in demand by solopreneurs and online businesses that need help but don’t want to bring on staff in their location.

Freelancing is developing not just all over the world today but all over the web with every single second. So 2018 is promising to offer many fantastic and beneficial proposals for everyone.

Source:

ArtisanTalent, The Free Dictionary, CareerLancer, The Balance.