Back in the old times of 9-5 jobs, with conventional schedules and even more common routines everything seemed to run smoothly; however, truth is that a good percentage of people sought their way out of the office for the most creative myriad of reasons: having children, comfort, avoiding public transport, feeling trapped at the office and so on.
Freelancing has not only given an opportunity to those who wanted to try something different, but also to those who couldn’t find a job that matched their skills for an adequate income.
1. Mobile Development
With advancements in social media and the constant thrive for new promising means of mass audience engagement, many companies put their bets in developing smartphone or tablet applications. Besides having a broad knowledge of software development, it is also essential to count with a background in graphic design to make the different stages of the app creation process a smoother one.
2. UX Designer
User experience design, shortened as UX Design, is the name given to the process of enhancing user satisfaction with a named product, improving its usability, accessibility and overall interaction between user and product. Perhaps the most valid example of this is how mobile devices have considerably improved web browsing over the last 3-5 years in comparison with the first approaches to this behalf.
3. Web Designer (or Front End Web Developer)
4. Back End Web Developer
Another stage of web design is back end, which is working server-side, developing the application and database for the website, while also fulfilling the process for hosting. For putting this with an easy example, whenever you read an article in a blog, you are interacting with the frontend, but the data contained in such post or the comments added afterwards are stored by the application in a database that is contained in a server.
Coding languages knowledge required for this stage are PHP, .Net, Java, SQL, Ruby or Phyton; therefore, the reason why even if both stages are needed for crafting a site, sometimes working backend is seen as a different qualified job.
We can then question the value of setting a foot at any of these development oriented careers to date, and fortunately for us, ZeoLearn can contribute with a very clear infographic showcasing the prospects of working as a software developer.
However, there are many valid alternatives to what’s commonly expected for tech lovers to work on, with creativity becoming an essential element for coming up with something innovative to an ever demanding audience.
5. Product Reviewer
Here is something that we cannot label under a sole profession. From photographers to chefs, passing through gamers, scientists and more, all of us have reached a point in which we want a compelling insight prior getting our hands on a new product: mostly if the referred product happens to be innovative and with a broad technological background.
Product reviewers have found their niche on YouTube or Vimeo, recording videos of the latest developments in technology; some of these reviewers getting as much publicity as to be taken as proven references by authority websites on the topic they are covering.
All that’s needed is a good video camera, secure internet connection, putting away shyness, and sharing worldwide your knowledge and experience with the latest advancements in technology to date.
6. Freelance Instructor
Ever wondered why so many people are offering a variety of courses through platforms like Coursera, Skillshare, etc.? The reason is simple: with an initial big effort you end up earning a passive income from people that buy your courses.
Yes, it’s true that you only earn a percentage of money if you work on said platforms, but also you are guaranteeing a certain amount of audience coming to visit what you have to offer, even if you are a new player in this field.
You can always sail on your own by creating a website and selling your course through there: there are many inspiring stories of people who made up to six-figure income by selling their courses and helping users worldwide.
It is not needed to teach some NASA-tech related issue but to provide an interesting point of view and to teach about something you know you ace. Creativity is a must if you decide to engage at a crowded niche such as Photography, Graphic Design, etc. – but in the end? Worth the effort no doubt.