Freelancing is slowly gaining popularity in almost every industry, and the tech world is not an exception. More and more people are deciding to quit their office jobs and become a freelancer to have more freedom.
According to the report made by Porch in 2018, about 32% of roles in the tech world today are freelance, and the number is believed to grow to 45% by 2028. In Google, for example, hired freelancers outnumber the full-time employees.
So now, there is one question remaining – which is the best freelance job in the tech world to take up? Below, you will find a list of the top six freelance careers in the tech world. Maybe one of them will be for you?
A web developer takes care of a code that makes it possible for a website to function. He is the one who builds the webpage from scratch and designs it in a way that will make it easy for users to navigate through it. And it’s more complicated than it seems, as a website should be appealing to advanced users. At the same time, it shouldn’t be very complicated so that the beginner users will not get lost while browsing through it.
To become a freelance web developer, you need to know coding languages – the more of them you know, the better. You should also create a website that will serve as your portfolio – it should be engaging, interactive and designed according to current trends.
A freelance dev gets paid well for his job. On average, a freelance web developer in the United States earns $75,430 per year.
Web designer, as the name suggests, is responsible for crafting the design of the website – colours, layout, fonts and images that create the whole personality of a website. Apart from being aesthetically appealing, usability is their main priority.
When you want to become a freelance web designer, your skills and portfolio are more important than a degree. You should, but it’s not mandatory to have a basic knowledge about coding languages (if you know how to code, you have an advantage over those who don’t).
On average, a freelance web designer earns $53,609 per year but depending on their experience and location, it may reach even $120,000 per year.
Graphic designers use either hand tools or computers to create logos, brochures, posters, and many others in order to communicate information and ideas visually. That’s why graphic design is also known as communication design.
If you want to become a freelance graphic designer, you need to complete a professional course and have some experience in it. A lot of times, possible employers will not look at your education, but your portfolio and they would base their decision about hiring you on it.
There is no data about how much per year a freelance graphic designer earns, but the average hourly pay in this field is $29.18.
A software developer has a lot of responsibilities, and some of them include testing and deploying systems and programs, producing efficient and clean code based on specifications, and fixing and improving existing software.
To become a freelance software developer, you will need experience, but also the ability to learn things quickly and find pointers to the knowledge you need to get something done.
On average, a freelance software developer earns $113,173 per year.
An SEO specialist analyzes, reviews and implements changes to a website so that it will be optimized for search engines. Improving page rank within search engine maximizes the traffic that the site gets.
To become an SEO specialist, you need to know almost everything there is to know about SEO, such as link building, how Google behaves, how to rank high on Google, etc.
On average, an SEO specialist earns around $49,422 per year.
Social Media Manager
The social media manager is someone that could be considered the voice of the company in social media. They use social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest to promote the company and create a community within those websites.
To become a freelance social media manager, you need to know how the social media platforms work and have you can engage with people on them.
The average salary of a freelance social media manager varies from $14.000 to even $105.000, with an average of $48.583 per year.
To have a successful career as a freelancer, you need hard work, skills and strategy. It won’t come to you – you have to gain it. People who are successful freelancers usually earned this title thanks to the things they did before changing to freelance, not with what they did after that.
There seems to be a wrong belief that freelancing equals sitting at home and getting jobs right and left. Nothing could be further from the truth. Being hired as a freelancer is sometimes harder than finding a full-time job. However, all the effort pays off later on.