The best freelancing jobs
Freelancing is the new black. Dubbed ‘the gig economy’, the rise of freelancing allows companies to tap into a flexible, highly skilled workforce when they need it. For workers, freelancing can make it easier to strike the right work-life balance, and the variety helps to prevent boredom. For the right candidates in the most in-demand industries, freelancing can even be a road to riches.
So what are some of the hottest freelance jobs in Australia? And how do you find them? Here’s a quick rundown.
The cloud computing boom has sparked opportunities aplenty for computer hackers. It’s possible to earn $2500 a day helping companies discover weaknesses in their IT systems. Check out cybersecurity engineering training courses such as this one.
Australia’s property sector is going from strength to strength, and someone has to build those houses. Qualified carpenters can expect to earn from about $40 to $80 an hour, depending on location – more for specialised skills such as joinery, formwork and roofing.
Big data equals big bucks for freelancers with skills in data analysis and marketing. Data scientists working in social media earn on average about $190,000 a year, according to a 2014 survey by the Institute of Analytics Professionals of Australia. That all adds up to one lucrative hourly rate.
From logo design to cartoons, caricatures, illustration and social media design, if you’re a graphic designer, the freelance world is your employment oyster. Check out online outsourcing platforms such as Fiverr, 99designs and DesignCrowd.
Despite competition from everyone and their smartphones, freelance photographers can still earn a tidy income shooting everything from newborn babies to major advertising campaigns. If you’re just starting out, build up a portfolio, create a website showcasing your work and get active on social media. With video and writing skills, you can market yourself as an all-rounder.
Aussies love a spot of e-commerce, meaning front-end programmers have their work cut out for them. Ditto web designers, mobile app developers, database gurus, IT support pros… the list goes on. And like graphic designers (above), there’s a range of online platforms to connect freelancers to jobs around the world.
Lawyers at top-tier firms can cost a bomb. Even the cost of in-house legal teams can take a sizeable chunk out of a company’s bottom line. Cue disruption in the legal services industry, as freelance solicitors accept jobs on a project basis (just like barristers have been doing for yonks). Rates start at about $100 an hour, and lawyers can bid for work on sites such as LawyerQuote.
Now this may not have the glamour factor – or the glittering salary – of other freelancing jobs, but if you work from home, need some fresh air now and then and love pooches, why not get a side gig as a dog walker? You can earn from $20 an hour: consider it your holiday savings. And you’ll bring a wag to the tail of a four-legged friend.
Bringing in a consultant used to involve paying big money to a large firm. Top consulting talent is now available on a flexible basis, through sites such as Expert360. A two-month organisational redesign for a major retailer, for example, had a budget of $52,000.
And the rest…
Few industries are immune to the freelancing revolution. From accountants to virtual assistants, marketers to public relations consultants, there are opportunities for flexible roles across the board. If the corporate world isn’t your thing, not to worry: how about freelance gardening, starting your own craft business, becoming a doodle video specialist or busker? If you’re lucky, you may even get to work in your pyjamas.
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