25 insanely high-paying freelance jobs

If you are planning to move away from the 9-5 grind of a full-time job, here we have listed down 25 insanely high-paying freelance jobs for you to choose from.
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Freelance economy is booming all across the world. Within a couple of years, freelancers will make up nearly 40% of the American workforce. If you too are planning to move away from the 9-5 grind of a full-time job, this might be the right time for the plunge into a freelancing career. To help make your life easier, we have listed down 25 insanely high-paying freelance jobs for you to choose from.

Here's an infographic listing the top 25 high-paying freelance jobs. The jobs are categorized into four: technology, arts, marketing, and services related. You can also find the hourly rates for each job.

Technology-related high-paying freelance jobs

1. Information Technology Security Consulting

From ransomware to crypto mining, every year thousands of businesses are becoming targets of cyber attacks. According to Ponemon, the average cost of a single cyber attack is a whopping $5 million. And it is not just the big MNCs that are being targeted. In 2017, cyber attacks cost SMEs an average of $2,235,000. This along with privacy concerns have made IT security consulting one of the highest paid and most sought-after freelance jobs.

What do they do?

IT Security consultants are expected to identify vulnerabilities in internal networks, prevent and mitigate security breaches. Besides that, they have to help organizations frame or update information security policies. They are also responsible for conducting IT security management reviews and information security management system (ISMS) assessments.

Prerequisites

A CISSP or CISM certification. Excellent communication and project management skills. Experience with computer network penetration testing and techniques. A fair understanding of firewalls, proxies, SIEM, antivirus, patch management, and IDPS concepts. Ability to identify and mitigate network vulnerabilities.

Learn more about IT security

Average hourly rate: $80 per hour (Global), ₹5800 per hour (India)

2. Apache Kafka developer

Apache Kafka is an open source, horizontally-scalable, fault-tolerant, publish-subscribe messaging system. More than one-third of all Fortune 500 companies use Apache Kafka, including the likes of Twitter and Airbnb. This kind of popularity is mostly down to it’s exceptionally fast and stable performance. This has also lead to a huge demand for developers who are familiar with Kafka.

What do they do?

Kafka is used for building distributed applications, stream processing, website activity tracking, metrics collection and monitoring, log aggregation, and so on.

Prerequisites

A fair understanding of Kafka. Some understanding of Java Programming. Good to have knowledge about Linux command line.

Learn more about Apache Kafka

Average hourly rate: $70 per hour (Global). ₹5220 per hour (India)

3. Tensorflow Developers

With the rise in computing power, we are seeing more players entering the AI and Machine Learning niche. In 2016 alone, AI/machine learning startups received an aggregate of $5 billion in funding. And Tensorflow is one of the most widely used libraries for creating deep learning models. It is an open source library developed by the Google Brain team. It lets you build applications on a Python-based front-end API, and for executing the applications, it uses C++.

What is it used for?

TensorFlow is used for numerical computation and large-scale machine learning.

Prerequisites

Proficiency in Python and Java. Good math skills. Fundamental knowledge of data modeling and evaluation, and deep learning.

Learn Tensorflow

Average hourly rate: $65 per hour (Global), ₹4700 per hour (India)

4. Solutions Architect

Solution architecture is a critical part of the software development cycle. It is the process of identifying problems within your enterprise solutions or applications. And then developing and implementing a plan to solve these problems so that all business needs are met.

Although many companies have in-house solution architects, nowadays it is common to hire remote freelancers for this role.

What do they do?

Solution architects find the best tech solution to solve the existing business problems.

Prerequisites

Excellent communication skills. Deep analytical skills. Prior experience in project management. Ability to influence and negotiate. Experience with DevOps, IT infrastructure and cloud development. Familiar with engineering and software architecture design.

Learn Solutions Architecture:

Average hourly rate: $60 per hour (Global), ₹4400 per hour (India)

5. UI / UX designer

Although the terms User Interface and User Experience are often used interchangeably, they are not the same. Simply put, UX design involves activities like researching, developing, and optimizing how a user interacts with a product. The aim is to ensure it is meeting the user’s needs. Whereas, UI Design is more about the visual elements – how the product looks, how it is presented, and how it interacts with the users.

With the growing number of mobile apps and the evolution of virtual reality and augmented reality, there is a huge demand in the market for UI/UX designers. According to a recent study by Adobe, almost 87% of managers consider hiring more UX/UI designers as one of the top priorities for their organization.

What do they do?

UX designers have to research and identify user requirements and use that information to create sitemaps, wireframes, and prototypes. And UI specialists are responsible for designing graphics elements such as on-screen forms, menus, images, tabs, buttons, and icons.

Prerequisites

UX designers

Proficiency in standard UX software such as Sketch, OmniGraffle, and Axure. Fundamental knowledge of HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript. Good analytical and communication skills. An understanding of the importance of user-centered design and design thinking.

UI designers

Has an eye for design. Experience using tools such as Photoshop, Illustrator, and Quartz. Basic understanding of basic front-end languages: HTML5, CSS3 Javascript.

Learn more about UI/UX:

Average hourly rate: $60 per hour (Global), ₹4400 per hour (India)

6. Chef.io experts

Chef Software is an automation platform that streamlines the management of IT infrastructures (physical servers or the cloud), applications, compliance and more. It ensures the files and software on a machine are present, configured correctly, and working properly. It is used widely by the likes Facebook, GE, HP, MSN, and more.

What do they do?

Chef freelancers are expected to help companies control and manage their infrastructure.

Prerequisites

Basic knowledge of system administration and web servers. Familiar with the Ruby programming language.

Learn more about Chef.io

Average hourly rate: $54 per hour (global), ₹4000 per hour (India)

7. Blockchain developer

If you haven’t heard of the blockchain technology, you must be living under a rock. It is one of the most talked about buzzwords in technology now. The blockchain is a special database that is used widely by cryptocurrencies, especially bitcoin. And with the growing popularity of cryptocurrencies, there is a huge demand for blockchain developers.

What do they do?

Blockchain developers will be responsible for building new applications using the blockchain technology or they may be asked to develop new blockchain protocols or currencies.

Prerequisites

Strong fundamental software engineering skills. Solid understanding of data structures and algorithms. Familiar with blockchain development platforms like NEO and Ethereum.

Learn more about blockchain development

Average hourly rate: $50 per hour (global), ₹3660 per hour (India)

8. Kotlin developers

Kotlin is a new programming language that simplifies and streamlines Java and Android programming. Google had recently announced it as the official language for Android Development. Thus turning Kotlin development into one of the highest paying skills out there.

What do they do?

Develop apps for the Android mobile operating system.

Prerequisites

Basics of Java. Experience in Android app development.

Learn more about Kotlin development:

Average hourly rate: $45 per hour (global), ₹3300 per hour (India)

9. Golang developer

Golang is a lightweight, open source programming language that was developed at Google. It is heavily influenced by other languages like Oberon, C, and Smalltalk. With it being used by companies such as Google, Dropbox, Medium, Lyft, Netflix, Uber, among others, there’s a rising demand for developers skilled in Golang.

What is it used for?

It is mostly used for backend development and building the server side of applications.

Prerequisites

Basic programming knowledge. Familiar with the static type system.

Average hourly rate: $40 (Global), ₹3000 per hour (India)

10. Shopify developer

Shopify is a cloud-based commerce platform that lets you build and manage online stores. It lets you manage everything from payments to inventory from one place. It is cheap and easy-to-use, making it a great choice for startups. And with the online retailing marketing continuing to grow, Shopify developers are very much in demand.

What do they do?

They set up online shops for businesses.

Prerequisites

Familiar with how e-commerce businesses work. Basic HTML/CSS skills. Shopify themselves offers various certifications, they will improve your chances of landing high-paying contracts.

Learn more about Shopify Development

Average hourly rate: $40 (Global), ₹3000 per hour (India)

11. Web developer

In the US alone, there are 2,23,000 vacancies for web developers. And this number is only bound to increase, making it a lucrative space for freelancers.

What do they do?

Web developers are usually responsible for building the backend of websites and web applications.

Prerequisites

They have to be familiar with programming languages like HTML, CSS, Ruby on Rails, Javascript, and so on.

Learn more about web development

Average hourly rate: $40 per hour (Global), ₹2930 per hour (India)

12. Power BI expert

Microsoft Power BI is a free, self-service business intelligence cloud service that provides non-technical business users with tools for aggregating, analyzing, visualizing and sharing data.

What do they do?

Use Power BI to generate interactive reports and compelling visualizations to represent an extensive range of data.

Prerequisites

Familiar with building advanced models in Excel.

Learn Power BI

Average hourly rate: $40 per hour (global), ₹2930 per hour (India)

13. Amazon Web Services

Cloud computing jobs are on the rise because more and more companies are switching from the classic server infrastructure to cloud solutions. Amazon Web Services is one of these cloud platforms, offering content delivery, database storage, networking, and moreover 50 services in total.

What do they do?

Once you get AWS certification, you can work as a Cloud Architect, SysOps Administrator, Cloud Developer, Cloud Software Engineer, and so on.

Prerequisites

A certification from AWS.

Learn more about AWS

Average hourly rate: $30 (Global), ₹2200 per hour (India)

Arts-related high-paying freelance jobs

14. Voice over artist

Voice-over is a production technique where artists read scripts out loud in order to create a separate soundtrack for videos. It may be additional information about the clip or commentary about that particular scene, and so on. With video-consumption at never-before levels, there’s an even higher demand for voice over artists.

What do they do?

Voice over artists lend their voice to documentaries, films, video games, movie trailers, announcements, award presentations, infomercials, and so on.

Prerequisites

A clear voice. Practice reading out loud. Ability to vary your tone and pitch according to the context.

Learn more about voice over acting

Average hourly rate: $250 (Global), ₹18316 per hour (India)

15. Video marketer

We are exposed to marketing videos on every channel — Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, you name it. This surge in popularity has turned video marketing services into a lucrative niche for freelancers, with some of them earning up to $18000 from a single project.

What do they do?

Video marketers will have to create explainer videos, doodle videos, whiteboards, animated explainer videos, and short video ads for businesses.

Prerequisites

Proficiency with the video production, scripting, and editing process. Experience with Adobe CC (Photoshop and Illustrator), Final Cut, and After Effects. Familiar with professional video/photo equipment.

According to a recent report, four of the top six channels on which global consumers watch videos are social channels. So, video marketers are now expected to create channel-specific content too.

Learn video marketing

Average hourly rate: $55 per hour (Global), ₹4020 per hour (India)

16. Content writer

According to a study by Ecommerce Wiki, almost 88 percent of consumers pre-research their buys online before making a purchase either online or in-store. This figure gives you an idea about how important online content has become for businesses, especially written content. And that’s why freelance content writing is one of the most in-demand and high-paying freelance jobs out there. 

What do they do?

Content writers are usually responsible for creating compelling blog posts, white papers, ebooks, webinar scripts, product descriptions, social media content, and email copies. Mostly they work from homes or cafes.

Prerequisites

Excellent writing skills. Ability to communicate and collaborate effectively, Familiar with content management platforms like Drupal, WordPress, and so on.

Learn more about content marketing:

Average hourly rate: $35 per hour (Global), ₹2500 per hour (India)

17. Professional translator

As long as the world remains multi-lingual, there will always be a need for translators. It is as simple as that.

What do they do?

Professional translators are required to translate written or spoken material from one language to another. A translator’s performance is judged on how effectively they can retain the meaning and the context. Translation is something that can be done on a part-time basis as well.

Prerequisites

Native-level fluency in at least two languages. Excellent proofreading skills with the ability to identify grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors. Experience with content editing tools and translation software. A professional translator certification.

Become a professional translator

Average hourly rate: $30 per hour (Global), ₹2200 per hour (India)

18. Subtitling

Online video consumption is at an all-time high, and it isn’t slowing down. On an average, people spend nearly 67 minutes daily watching online videos. And producers have realized that professional subtitles can make their videos more appealing to a global audience.

What do they do?

Subtitlers add subtitles to films, TV shows, online videos, promotional and corporate videos. Most of them work remotely or from home. It is one of the most lucrative of remote jobs.

Prerequisites

Top-notch language skills. Time-coding. Attention to detail. Having a certification significantly increases your likelihood of getting high-paying freelance jobs.

Learn more about subtitling

Average hourly rate: $20 per hour (Global), ₹1465 per hour (India)

Marketing related high-paying freelance jobs

19. Pay per click executive

Almost half of the world’s population has internet access. That means businesses have to continually find new ways to increase their reach. They can’t solely rely on organic search to drive traffic or fetch customers. One way to do it is Pay per click (PPC) — online paid advertisements via platforms like Google AdWords or Bing Ads.

What do they do?

PPC specialists help clients get more out of their PPC campaigns. They set-up and manage PPC Campaigns on behalf of their clients, and are also expected to provide advice when required.

Prerequisites

Proficiency in search and internet marketing. Ability to analyze trends and making data-driven decisions. Excellent communication skills. Familiarity with platforms like Adwords, Google Analytics, BingAds, and so on. You don’t require a certificate to become a PPC specialist.

Learn more about PPC:

Average hourly rate: $45 per hour (Global), ₹3300 per hour (India)

20. Social media expert

By 2021, at least 3.02 billion people are expected to be on various social media networks. So, it is no surprise that more and more businesses are trying to build a presence on these networks. These platforms help them generate brand awareness and also, build trust. Some of the networks even let you sell your products on their platform.

What do they do?

Social media experts are responsible for setting up and managing a company’s social media profiles. They will have to proactively build and execute social media strategy through competitive and audience research.

Prerequisites

Excellent communication and copywriting skills. Fundamental knowledge of graphic designing, video editing, SEO, and web design. Prior social networking experience. Proficient with social analytics tools knowledge (Sprout Social, Buzzsumo, and so on).

Learn social media marketing

Average hourly rate: $40 per hour (Global), ₹2930 per hour (India)

21. Search engine optimization (SEO) specialist

SEO is the process of optimizing a website and its content, in order to drive traffic from the natural search results on search engines like Google and Bing.

Most of these search engines regularly update their search algorithms. So, if a website is not optimized accordingly, its search rankings will take a hit. Businesses are slowly waking up to this reality and have started employing SEO specialists a lot more.

What do they do?

SEO specialists make sure a company’s online presence is visible and accessible to potential and current customers.

Prerequisites

Critical thinking. Basic knowledge of keyword research and blogging. Proficiency in Google Analytics. Fundamental understanding of HTML, CSS, programming language. Familiar with split testing.

Learn SEO

Average hourly rate: $35 per hour (Global), ₹2500 per hour (India)

Service-related high-paying freelance jobs

22. Intellectual property attorney

Intellectual property laws protect the exclusive control of intangible assets like a story, a movie, a new product, a marketing plan, a logo and so on. The purpose of intellectual property law is to give legal rights and security to those who create and invent things. It stops third parties from copying their work and making a profit out of it.

What do they do?

Intellectual property attorney helps companies claim and register intellectual property protections. They also have to handle intellectual property lawsuits and defend against them on behalf of businesses.

Prerequisites

Experience in preparation and prosecution of patent applications is an essential requirement. Must be a registered advocate. Must have a solid understanding of the IP laws of the country they are in.

Learn more about intellectual property rights

Average hourly rate: $150 per hour (Global), ₹10990 per hour (India)

23. Corporate Law Attorneys

Corporate law is an umbrella term for all the laws, rules, and practices that regulate the formation and operation of companies. Any company that is created according to the laws of incorporation will fall under this law, be it an internet startup or a multinational company. They will be treated as a separate legal entity from their stockholders, with the ability to sue or liable to be sued.

What do they do?

They counsel clients on corporate governance, tax law, bankruptcy, lawsuits, trademarks, rights and responsibilities of directors and shareholders, laws that impact the formation and operation of the company, and so on. They also have to draft and review contracts and agreements related to legal processes such as mergers and acquisitions.

Prerequisites

Proven background on corporate law. Exemplary knowledge of business law and current trends in the domain. Familiarity with corporate and business law of other countries. Strong communication and negotiation skills.

Learn more about corporate law

Average hourly rate: $65 per hour (Global), ₹4800 per hour (India)

24. Data scientist

We live in the age of Big Data. According to a report by Domo, 2.5 quintillion bytes of data is being generated each day. More businesses are looking to make use of this data, and gain meaningful insights from it. This is why there is a growing demand for data scientists.

What do they do?

Data Scientists compile large amounts of data, analyze it, and identify relevant patterns or make logical interpretations. This will, in turn, help companies optimize their processes or gain competitive advantage.

Prerequisites

Good applied math and statistics skills. Data-oriented personality. Experience with data visualization tools, data science toolkits, and in query languages. Excellent understanding of machine learning techniques and algorithms.

Learn Data Science:

Average hourly rate: $55 per hour (Global), ₹4020 per hour (India)

25. Freelance accountant

Although bookkeeping and accounting are critical functions to businesses, it is a non-core one. So, smaller enterprises often find it hard to dedicate enough resources to do it effectively. That’s why more companies are going the freelance route. It gives them access to knowledgeable, trained staff working to help their business run better, grow faster, and make more money.

What do they do?

Freelance accountants are expected to do everything from bookkeeping, payroll management, balancing bank accounts, billing & collections, filing tax returns, to providing detailed month-end financial reports.

Prerequisites

Bachelor’s degree in accounting or a business degree. Accounting certifications would be an added benefit. Familiarity with financial Software such as QuickBooks. Proficiency in MS Excel.

Learn more about accounting

Average hourly rate: $46 per hour (global), ₹3370 per hour (India)

Conclusion

Now that you know all the jobs available, select the one up your alley, and start preparing. To make your freelance journey easier, you can sign-up on TapChief, a platform where you can find open projects, interact with companies, build relationships with fellow freelancers, and more.

 

Sucheth

Sucheth is a Content Marketer at TapChief. He is a marketer by day and an avid reader by night.