7 Uncommon Freelance Jobs for Millennials and Gen Z

Modern technologies keep advancing all the time. Therefore, career opportunities are immense nowadays. It is worth mentioning that freelance work is becoming increasingly popular.

Currently, the number of self-employed workers among Millennials has extremely raised and by 2020 around 40 percent of workers in the United States are expected to be independent contractors.

If you want to have a steady income, there are plenty of freelance jobs for you right now. Here is a list of the best freelance jobs that potentially pay a high salary.

1. Social Media Celebrity

With the help of social media, you can easily make money. If you have a life full of adventures, or you have a perfect fit body, then you should definitely consider the opportunity to get paid for Instagram photos.

Your income depends on the number of your followers, but starting with 10-25K, you can get at least $200 per sponsored post. Instagram celebs with 100K followers can command $5 thousand per one partnership photo. A great example is Jen Selter.

She started making posts of her fit body, and now with more than 11M followers, she can get as much as $50,000 per post. A YouTuber with 1M subscribers can make at least $300,000.

Felix Kjellberg from Sweden has 60+ millions of subscribers on his YouTube channel “PewDiePie”, and he is on Forbes’ top paid YouTubers list with a net worth of $15 million.

7 Uncommon Freelance Jobs for Millennials and Gen Z

2. Animation and Design

Jobs in animation and design have the best earning potential. A freelance animator is supposed to have knowledge and understanding of some basic principles, methods of animation and much more.

Graphic design is all about the creation of graphic content for special needs, e.g., logos, movie/CD covers, flyers, invitation cards, posters, banners, etc. Most in-demand skills required for graphic design jobs include experience with Adobe Photoshop, CorelDraw, and Illustrator.

The importance of personal websites has also grown; respectively, web design has a lot of potential as well. The main responsibilities include creating graphic design elements for a website. Freelance professionals get at least $30 per hour, and this figure will grow by up to 5% over the next decade.

3. Writing and Blogging

Writing and blogging are among the hottest lucrative freelance jobs. In fact, these are the best paying jobs which you can do from any spot of the world. Dreaming of sunny beaches and palms over your head instead of sitting in the office? Then this work is just for you.

Achieving work-life balance never was so easy. There are plenty of freelance writing jobs that you can find online. Freelance writing is the most common job type that includes content writing or editing for web pages, blogs and creating high-quality descriptions for services or products.

The salary depends on the qualifications of copywriters and can vary between $25 and $50 per hour. Writers are paid according to the number of words, pages or articles finished. But the most productive ones earn six figures per year.

You have to be prepared that your texts will be checked for plagiarism, so it’s better even not to try to copy some information from other articles. In order to be a successful writer, you have to polish your writing skills and improve grammar.

Starting a fashion, travel, entertainment or business and marketing blog is one of the ways to earn money for passionate writers. Being a blogger won’t bring you tons of dollars on the spot, but if you manage to attract many readers, you’ll be able to make a fortune.

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4. Social Media Manager

Social media manager is the right choice if you want to have a steady income as a freelancer. It’s a high-paying job with an annual income between $65,000 and $95,000.

If you are a talented person familiar with all modern social media platforms (Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Reddit, etc.) this job is certainly for you. The main duty of SMM is to increase customer and user engagement, implement various activities for social media sites campaigns by monitoring, guiding and measuring clients’ social media preferences.

5. Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

Our nowadays economy relies more on short-term freelance relationships rather than on full-time employment. As the latest studies found, 160 million US workers already earn their income by working freelance. So if you want to make money online, then you should definitely consider a career in Search Engine Optimization.

In fact, career consultants state that this job will ensure you a decent freelance salary that is $50,000 on average. Freelance SEO experts are responsible for helping diverse websites become more popular and visible on search engines like Google or Bing. SEO professionals review and analyze different web pages in order to improve their ranking.

They know how to create engaging keyword-optimized content. If writers are strategic about the use of keywords that people input while searching, it will increase the chances for a website to be visible on the net.

6. Photography

Lately, the demand for photographers has increased by 22% and for video editing by 19%. Nowadays companies realize the importance of high-quality pictures and videos. A freelance product photographer can make on average $25 per hour.

You are supposed to have some experience in photography and show excellent knowledge of photo/video editing software such as Photoshop.

7. Voiceover Artist

If you have a smooth or unusual voice that can grab people’s attention, it is a great opportunity to make money. Voiceover artists can get $72 (or more) per hour. The job is not only well paid, but also quite fascinating.

You can record radio advertisements, corporate videos, audiobooks, e-learning instructions, video game voices, animation dialogues and so much more from virtually anywhere.

Author: Alice Berg

Alice Berg is a blogger and a career advisor at Skillroads, who received a degree in Social Work and Applied Social Studies. Now she helps people to find their own way in life, gives career advice and guidance, helps young people to prepare for their careers. View all posts by Alice Berg