Top 25 high paying freelance jobs right now

Boost your income: Top 25 high-paying freelance jobs right now

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Thinking about giving freelancing a go, but not sure where to begin? We’ve listed down 25 of the most in-demand and high-paying freelance jobs below; go ahead and pick the ones that fit your skill set and preferences, and explore them further.

Last updated on 08-05-2019

There is a common assumption that you can’t earn enough from freelancing jobs. But, is this really the case?

No. Here’s why, according to a study by online payments giant, PayPal, 40 percent of Indian freelancers surveyed said their businesses grew ‘very fast’ in the last year. What’s more, 37 percent of the respondents said they earned more than ₹20 lakhs annually.

The bottom line is that whether you do it full-time or on the side, there is serious money to be made in freelancing. All you have to do is step out and explore a bit.

To help you get started, we have compiled and categorised 25 of the most in-demand and high-paying freelance jobs out there.


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Technology-related high-paying freelance jobs

1. Blockchain developer

Blockchain development - high-paying freelance skill #1

Blockchain is a unique database that is used widely by cryptocurrencies, especially Bitcoin.

It is easily one of the most talked about domains in tech now. Blockchain startups raised a total of $2.4 billion in 2018 alone and are expected to see even more investment this year.

What do they do?

Blockchain developers are responsible for building new applications using the technology, or they may be asked to develop new 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: $78 (global), ₹5410 (India) [Source]

2. Golang developer

GoLang developer - high paying freelance skill #2

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.

Learn more about Golang development

Average hourly rate: $64 (Global), ₹4442 per hour (India) [Source]

3. Apache Kafka developer

Apache kafka -- high paying freelance skill #3

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.

The popularity is mostly down to its exceptionally fast and stable performance. This has also lead to a massive 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 much more.

Prerequisites

A good understanding of Kafka. Some knowledge of Java Programming. Good to know Linux command line.

Learn more about Apache Kafka

Average hourly rate: $61 per hour (Global). ₹4300 per hour (India) [Source]

4. Solutions Architect

Solutions architect -- high paying freelance skill #4

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 developing and implementing a plan to solve these problems so that all the 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 existing business problems.

Solution architects have to review the technology environment in an organisation from a business and technical perspective and come up with plans and solutions for the same.

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. Familiarity with engineering and software architecture design.

Learn more about Solutions Architecture:

Average hourly rate: $60 (Global), ₹4370 (India)

5. Chef.io experts

Chef.io-expert -- high-paying freelance skill

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 correctly. It is used widely by the likes of Facebook, GE, HP, MSN, and more.

What do they do?

Chef.io 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. A certification from Chef.io

Learn more about Chef.io

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

6. Kotlin developers

Kotlin-Developers -- high paying freelance skills #6

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?

Kotlin is used to develop apps for Android and for building backend/server side applications.

Prerequisites

Basics of Java. Experience in Android app development.

Learn more about Kotlin development:

Average hourly rate: $55 (global), ₹3815 (India) [Source]

7. Amazon Web Services developer

Amazon Web Services Developer -- high paying freelance skills #7

Amazon Web Services is a cloud computing platform. It offers 50 services in total, including content delivery, database storage, and networking. At present, it is the leader in the cloud infrastructure market with almost 32 percent market share.

On top of that, we are seeing more and more companies moving to the cloud. According to NetEnrich’s survey, 85 percent of large enterprises reported either moderate or extensive production use of cloud infrastructure. Bottom line, it is very much an in-demand skill.

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: $54 (Global), ₹3800 (India) [Source]

8. Power BI consultants

Power BI consultant - high paying freelance skills #8

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

Along with Tableau, it is one of the most popular tools in the business intelligence domain.

What do they do?

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

Prerequisites

Familiar with building advanced models in Excel.

Learn Power BI

Average hourly rate: $50 (Global), ₹3470 (India) [Source]

9. Shopify developer

Shopify Developer - high paying freelance skills #9

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 an excellent 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: $42 (Global), ₹3000 per hour (India) [Source]

10. Information Technology security consultant

IT Security Consultant - high paying freelance skills

From ransomware to crypto mining, every year cybercriminals come up with new ways to attack businesses. According to Accenture & Ponemon’s annual cybercrime study, the average cost of a single cyber attack is a whopping $13.0 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, has 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 organisations 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 good 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: $41 per hour (Global), ₹2850 per hour (India) [Source]

11. Tensorflow Developers

Tensorflow Developers -- high paying freelance skills #11

The AI/ML field is growing faster than ever; startups in this domain received an aggregate of $12 billion in venture capital investment in 2017. 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 building and deploying ML models. Companies use it for recognising and classifying images, detecting objects in pictures, detecting network anomalies, verifying operation logs, predict probability rates, and much more.

Prerequisites

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

Learn more about Tensorflow development

Average hourly rate: $38 per hour (Global), ₹2650 per hour (India) [Source]

12. UI / UX designer

UI/UXdesigner - high paying freelance skill #5

The terms User Interface and User Experience are often used interchangeably, but they are not the same.

UX design involves activities like researching, developing, and optimising 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.

According to a study by Adobe, 87% of managers consider hiring more UX/UI designers as one of the top priorities. Primary reasons behind this — the remarkable popularity of mobile applications and the advancement in VR and AR.

What do they do?

UX/UI designers have to research and identify user requirements and use that information to create sitemaps, wireframes, and prototypes. They are also 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-centred design and design thinking.

UI designers

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

Learn more about UI/UX:

Average hourly rate: $38 (Global), ₹2640 (India) [Source]

13. Web developer

Web Developer

As the name suggests, it refers to the development of websites that could be hosted on the intranet or internet. With people spending more time on the internet than ever and internet penetration growing by the day, the demand for web developers is only going to increase.

In the US alone, demand for web developers is expected to grow by 15 percent from 2016 – 2026.

What do they do?

Web developers are hired to design and develop websites as per client’s requirements. They are responsible for everything the look and feel to the maintenance of the website.  

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: $33 (Global), ₹2300 (India) [Source]


Arts-related high-paying freelance jobs

14. Voice over artist

Voice-over-Artist

Voice-over is a production technique where artists read scripts out loud 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 lends 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: $35 (Global), ₹2450 (India) [Source]

15. Subtitling

Subtitling

Online video consumption is at an all-time high, and it isn’t slowing down. On average, people spend nearly 67 minutes daily watching online videos. And producers have realised 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: $30 (Global), ₹2080 (India) [Based on Upwork]

16. Video marketer

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 $18,000 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 more about video marketing

Average hourly rate: $25 (Global), ₹1800 (India)

17. Content writer

Content writer

According to a study by Ecommerce Wiki, almost 88 per cent of consumers pre-research their buys online before making a purchase either online or in-store. This figure gives you an idea about how relevant online content has become for businesses, especially written content.

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: $24 (Global), ₹1700 (India) [Source]

18. Professional translator

Professional-translator

Translators have always been in demand, but with the world becoming more interconnected and globalised than ever, they’ve become even more sought after. Geographical boundaries are no more a limiting factor in many industries, and companies are placing a greater emphasis on being multilingual than ever.

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: $21 (Global), ₹1450 (India)


Marketing-related high-paying freelance jobs

19. Search engine optimisation (SEO) specialist

SEO specialist

SEO is the process of optimising a website and its content 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 optimised 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 more about SEO

Average hourly rate: $25 (Global), ₹1750 (India) [Source]

20. Social media expert

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 businesses are trying to build a presence on these networks.

These platforms help them generate brand awareness and 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. Basic 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 more about social media marketing

Average hourly rate: $25 per hour (Global), ₹1750 per hour (India) [Source]

21. Pay Per Click executive

PPC executive

PPC is an online advertising model where advertisers pay a certain sum when viewers click on their ads. According to Wordstream, 41 percent of clicks on search results pages are on such advertisements.

With almost half of the world’s population using the internet regularly, businesses can’t solely rely on organic search to drive traffic or fetch customers. That’s why there will always be a demand for PPC executives.

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 analyse trends and to make 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: $17 (Global), ₹1180 (India) [Source]


Service-related high-paying freelance jobs

22. Intellectual property attorney

22. Intellectual property attorney -- high paying freelance skill

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: $92 (Global), ₹6400 (India) [Source]

23. Corporate law attorney

Corporate Law Attorney

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. Excellent 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: $75 (Global), ₹5200 (India) [source]

24. Data scientist

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 massive amounts of data, analyse it, and identify relevant patterns or make logical interpretations. This will, in turn, help companies optimise their processes or gain competitive advantage.

Prerequisites

Good applied math and statistics skills. Data-oriented personality. Experience with data visualisation 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) [Source]

25. Freelance accountant

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: $31 (Global), ₹2150 (India) [Source]

How to get a freelance job?

Once you have acquired the necessary skills, the next step is to seek out freelancing opportunities actively and apply for them. There are quite a few ways you can find freelance jobs:

1. Sign-up to freelancing platforms such as TapChief. You can find all sorts of gigs on TapChief from content writing to UI/UX. All you have to do is create a profile, add your details, and start applying for freelance jobs.

2. Get people to refer you. Inform your network that you are open to freelancing jobs. Create an online portfolio and share it with them, tell them what sort of work are you willing to take up, and have a reward system in place.

3. Prospect by attending offline events. Attend relevant meetups in your location, seek out potential clients, connect with them, establish a rapport, and pitch them your services.

4. Market yourself on platforms such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and email. Create content that is helpful and relevant to your target audience, share them on these channels, and build a following. Then, engage with them regularly, offer them value, establish your expertise, and pitch your services.


To make your freelance journey easier, sign-up on TapChief. We are a platform where you can find freelance jobs, interact with potential clients, build relationships with fellow freelancers, and much more.

 

Sucheth

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

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