Various statistics confirm the rise of freelancers in the American workforce. However, no one can deny that advances in online networking, mobile technology, and the rising cost of hiring have created new opportunities for people seeking self-employment opportunities. There are a variety of career options for those seeking either part or full-time sustainable careers as a freelancer. Here are just a few business related careers to consider.
Top 5 Freelance Sectors
The rise of social media has increased the demand for writers to produce content for blogs, newsletters, web-based articles and more that will drive readers to websites. This career is ideal for creative writers with excellent communication skills with industry experience in the topics they cover.
Social Selling Specialist
The increased cost of hiring and advancements in cloud computing is driving up the demand for independent sales professionals. Those that are skilled at social selling can tap into social networks such as LinkedIn or Twitter to build relationships and share relevant content to attract prospective buyers. Sales professionals with social media savviness combined with great interpersonal skills may have a promising career as a Social Selling Specialist.
As more people strike out on their own, so will the demand for personal brand coaches. Successful freelancers have built a brand to showcase their expertise to attract new clients and those new to the world of self-employment may need a coach to navigate them through the process.
If you like the idea of freelancing, but not sure if you have what it takes to make the leap, I recommend starting slow. Many freelancers start while working at a company while building their experience, skills, and reputation on the side. Be sure to follow industry leaders to get ideas on how to build your personal brand, and identify additional skills that you may need to develop before embarking on your next career opportunity.
Cathy Francois is a Career Advising Specialist at University of Maryland University College and a certified Global Career Development Facilitator. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Florida and a Master of Business Administration from Kaplan University. Cathy’s career began in advertising sales and customer service, after which she transitioned into higher education, working as an admissions advisor. She also served in academic advising and career services for over five years. Cathy has a passion for helping people succeed and uses her diverse experience and interpersonal skills to bring a personalized approach to career advising.