With unemployment rates expected to remain high through 2021, many may seek jobs they can do on a part-time, freelance basis that allow them to earn income while also giving them time to continue searching for more permanent, full-time employment. To highlight the variety of side jobs available to professionals, FlexJobs has identified 25 freelance jobs that can be used for supplemental income.
“When the market is uncertain or struggling, companies often turn to freelancers as a more economical solution to build up their staff, especially when it’s not financially possible for them to take on regular employees,” said Sara Sutton, CEO and Founder of FlexJobs. “If the past is any indicator, it is likely that a healthy amount of freelance jobs will continue to be available across industries and career levels, despite the economic downturn,” Sutton concluded.
Freelancers allow companies to fill a need that may be temporary, or project-specific without having to take on the added expense of a long-term employee, such as benefits and office equipment. Freelancers, in turn, can often command a higher hourly or project rate because of this. Overall, this helps at a time when companies’ operating budgets may be drastically impacted and future revenue remains uncertain.
Below are 25 jobs that can be done in a freelancer role on a part-time, flexible schedule, alternative schedule, long-term, short-term, seasonal, and/or occasional basis. Most of these jobs also offer remote work options. The average hourly wage from Payscale is included. These jobs cover a variety of career fields, such as education, healthcare, writing, and human resources.
- Bookkeeper: $17/hr
- Career Coach: $14/hr
- Curriculum Writer: $27/hr
- Consultant: $59/hr
- Copy Editor: $19/hr
- Customer Service Representative: $14/hr
- Editor: $20/hr
- Executive Assistant: $21/hr
- Graphic Designer: $17/hr
- Health Coach: $20/hr
- Interpreter: $20/hr
- Lead Generation Specialist: $14/hr
- Medical Coder: $19/hr
- Online ESL Teacher: $20/hr
- Photographer: $17/hr
- Project Manager: $26/hr
- Proofreader: $18/hr
- Quantitative Market Researcher: $19/hr
- Recruiter: $18/hr
- Resume Writer: $20/hr
- Social Media Manager: $16/hr
- Transcriber: $15/hr
- Tutor : $18/hr
- Virtual Assistant: $16/hr
- Writer: $20/hr
Historically, the career fields below are most likely to hire for freelance jobs, and remain solid industries for job seekers to consider even during this time.
- Computer & IT
- Accounting & Finance
- HR & Recruiting
- Editing, Proofreading, and Writing
- Project Management
Earlier this spring FlexJobs determined the top 25 companies that posted the most number of remote freelance jobs. According to HR.com’s “State of Free Agent Nation & Contingent Workforce 2020” report, staffing and temp agencies are most likely to be sourced for acquiring contingent workers.
FlexJobs has also compiled key advice for anyone that has questions regarding freelancing. For example:
- Strategies for Finding Freelance Work During the Pandemic
- Landing Your First Client as a Freelancer with No Experience
- Tax Tips for Freelancers for 2020 and Beyond
- The Pros and Cons of Freelancing
FlexJobs is a premium online job service for professionals seeking flexible work, specializing in full-time and part-time remote jobs, employee and freelance jobs, and on-site jobs with flexible, part-time, and alternative schedules. Since its start in 2007, FlexJobs has helped more than 4 million people in their job searches and has created the largest vetted database of legitimate flexible job opportunities in over 50 career categories. In addition, FlexJobs provides robust career support, including curated expert resources and career coaching services, to partner with job seekers in all phases of their journey. A trusted source in the media, FlexJobs has been cited in top national outlets such as CNN, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, CNBC, Forbes, and many others.