Offices are fast becoming a thing of the past. Ten years ago, getting a steady job meant applying for countless positions, attending interviews and putting on false pretences, and commuting every day to a 9-5 only to come home exhausted to rest for the next day. Luckily, times have changed. The way in which we work and communicate has changed drastically, and many people are choosing to work remotely. In fact, in 2016 freelancers made up 35 percent of the US workforce, and this number is expected rise to 42 percent by 2020. This means that people no longer have to commute, are free from distractions and are able to use their time more flexibly and spend more time at home. With that in mind, here are some of the best freelance gigs to get into.

Content Writer

If you’ve ever browsed a website – and we’re guessing you have, since you’re here! – you’ve no doubt noticed that text comprises a large part of every page. This writing is important not only for informative purposes, but also for SEO reasons, which makes it a crucial part of helping a website easier to find via search engines. And since there are so many websites out there, skilled writers will always be in demand. If you have a flair for writing, then freelance writing might just be for you. Not only is it super flexible work, but it’s likely to be long-term, as websites crank out content to keep readers coming back.

Blogging

This goes hand-in-hand with content writing, but the major difference is that you’ll be writing for yourself rather than for someone else. A caveat before you read further: blogging isn’t easy, nor will it make you instant money. Rather, it’s going to time some time to build up a following and eventually draw in advertisers and sponsors. However, if you can pull it off, it’s super gratifying writing and working for yourself. To start, you’ll need to find a niche that you’re confident you can write copiously about. Next, you’ll need to find a website and decide on what content management system you’d like to use to schedule and organize content. After that, it’s all about posting often and consistently to ensure that your readers keep coming back.

Web Design

This one requires some prior training, but if you’ve learned to code or are learning to code, then this is definitely an option worth pursuing. Becoming a developer isn’t easy, but it is rewarding. Not only that, but freelancing as a web designer may offer you the chance to earn more money than you would do working for a company. You’re going to need to build a portfolio to send to potential clients – make sure it includes some of your best work. Once you have that it’s just about sending out as many applications as you can, and taking on as much work as you think you can handle.

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