Types of Freelance Careers

There are many different types of freelance careers available for you to pursue. It all depends on your skills and interests. Leave the 9-5 behind and become your own boss.

Freelancing continues to grow and become a popular way to earn money. Its popularity has even created a brand new economy, known as the gig economy. So whether you’re looking to pursue it full-time or make it your side hustle, there are many different types of freelance careers available to you.

Types of Freelance Careers

Freelancing has opened many doors and it can do the same for you. To get started, all you need is to identify your skills, choose an industry and have a positive mindset! The types of freelance careers are actually endless, so here are just a few of the ways you can earn with your professional skills: 

  • Photographer
  • Make-up artist
  • Writer 
  • Bookkeeper
  • Interior designer
  • Social media manager
  • Tutor
  • Virtual assistant

Photographer

Take your love for capturing memories and turn it into a profitable career. Freelance photographers take pictures for various clients and work on a project-by-project basis. You’ll be able to work in every field, from weddings and baby showers to photographing the latest iPhone before its release.  

Make-up Artist

The beauty industry is fast-paced and continues to grow each day. With viral trends popping up all the time, no one wants to be left behind. If you find yourself easily reproducing these trends, you could start a career as a freelance makeup artist! 

Writer 

Writing remains one of the most popular freelance careers. Many companies pay good money for people to write for their blogs, social media or even speeches for important events. To be successful in this field, you need to have excellent spelling and grammar, as well as a true passion for writing. 

Bookkeeper

A freelance bookkeeper has to help a company keep track of their finances. They do this by monitoring all the business’s expenses and filing taxes. These professionals are also responsible for creating financial statements so that organisations have records of how their money has been spent.  

Girl sitting at desk with laptop looking at the camera. Types of Freelance Careers

Interior Designer

Your job as a freelance interior designer will be to design and decorate indoor spaces. You’ll need excellent people skills as you’ll be meeting clients and helping them bring their vision to life. If you are employed by an organisation, your role will also involve making sure that your designs match their brand.  

Social Media Manager

Not everyone can call themselves social media savvy. We’ve all seen how one wrong tweet lands an entire company in hot water. This is why many organisations prefer to hire professionals to run their accounts. As a freelance social media manager, you don’t have to be confined to working for one business. Just be careful not to get those tweets mixed up!

Tutor

Did you score top marks in matric? Well why not help others do the same by tutoring in your spare time. Get students exam ready outside of traditional classroom settings. This is especially a great option for those who are students themselves, as the schedules are so flexible. 

Virtual Assistant

Virtual assistants help companies with their admin from the comfort of their own homes. They can work for one or many clients at the same time. Some of their duties include making travel arrangements, making phone calls and managing emails

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