Are you having a hard time picking the right skill to jumpstart your freelance career?
After reading this article, you’ll have no excuse anymore! That’s because I’ve compiled the 19 of the most in-demand online freelance jobs in 2020.
Having said that, I know you’re excited to know which jobs are HOT right now in the freelancing world, so let’s dive right in.
Before that, take note that the figures below are based on Filipiknow.net.
1. Mobile App Development
Mobile App developers make apps for iOS or Android. They are some of the most in-demand freelancers today because of the increase of smartphone usage.
Unlike other jobs, you don’t need a degree to become a mobile app developer, you just need skills and portfolio.
Ideally, you have to at least have built apps in the past. But if not, similar programming experience is enough.
Top sites to get jobs: UpWork, Onlinejobs.ph, Freelancer, Periodix, Twine
2. Graphic Design
Graphic designers create logos, website images, illustrations, brochures and more. Basically, anything that needs designing, a graphic designer can do.
This is an in-demand job because there are always a lot of businesses online that need designs. There’s also a lot of categories under these such as vector, shirt designing, web design and more.
Contrary to what most people know, you don’t need a diploma or a high-drawing skill to be a graphic designer. Your desire to learn and your creativity are moer important in this field.
In-demand Skills/Proficiency: Adobe creative apps, Canva, Typography, HTML, UI/UX
Top sites to get jobs: Fiverr, UpWork, Onlinejobs.ph, 99designs, DesignCrowd
3. General Virtual Assistance
Perhaps one of the most popular online freelance jobs in the Philippines, virtual assistants are everywhere!
Virtual assistants are like a personal assistant, only online. Think of them as generalists, meaning they can do a little of almost everything.
As a virtual assistant, you are expected to handle emails, booking, content writing, bookkeeping, or cold-calling. It all depends on the needs of the clients.
Virtual assistance is a broad category. As such, there are a lot of freelancers who specialize in one or more skills.
Ex. Amazon Virtual Assistant, Real Estate Virtual Assistant and E-commerce Virtual Assistant
In-demand Skills/Proficiency: Researching, GDocs, Microsoft apps, Cold-calling, Bookkeeping, Asana, Trello
Top sites to get jobs: UpWork, Onlinejobs.ph, Freelancer, Guru, Peopleperhour
Programming is a broad skill. Mobile app developers are considered programmers but they specialize in making apps.
Programmers are tasked to build all sorts of things from websites to apps.
Without a doubt, if you want to be one, you need to have experience coding and building programs. But most importantly, your ability to solve problems is the most important skill to have.
Top sites to get jobs: UpWork, Fiverr, Peopleperhour, Workana, Freelancer
5. Social Media Management
Social media managers are the ones responsible in marketing a business online.
Filipinos are already familiar with most social media platforms that’s why many freelancers choose this path.
Although there’s much more things to do than just post on Facebook, social media management are one of the most lucrative online freelance jobs you can pursue!
In-demand Skills/Proficiency: Posting, FB ads, email marketing campaigns, Canva, Hootsuite, MailChimp, Content writing, Hashtags
Top sites to get jobs: UpWork, Freelancer, Fiverr, Guru, Onlinejobs.ph
Have you ever wondered how some websites rank higher in Google?
If you did, those are mostly the work of SEO specialists. SEO or Search Engine Optimization is the process of increasing the visibility of a webpage.
This will ,in turn, increase the number of traffic it gets which allows it to rank high in Google searches.
Overall, there are many more factors and steps to this but this is just an overview of what an SEO specialist does.
In-demand Skills/Proficiency: Data analytics, writing, marketing, html, link building, competitor analysis, keyword research, Ahrefs, Moz
Top sites to get jobs: UpWork, Toptal, Onlinejobs.ph, Guru
Accounting/bookkeeping isn’t really a digital job. But due to technology, more and more accountants are finding freelance jobs online.
However, most clients/businesses prefer Certified Public Accountants (CPA) over others. But even if you don’t have a license, you can still find plenty of accounting jobs online!
In-demand Skills/Proficiency: Quickbooks, XERO, Excel, ERP, SQL, Analytical skills, Financial skills
Top sites to get jobs: UpWork, Onlinejobs.ph, Freeeup, Fiverr, Freelancer
Copywriting is the art of advertising with words. Everything you see outside that promotes something, it’s probably written by a copywriter.
In the freelancing world, copywriters are some of the most highly-paid individuals today. This is because they are responsible in bringing sales to the business/client.
But you can’t become a good copywriter overnight. This requires tons of practice, experience and many trials and errors. Once you become good at it though, you’ll be able to get a 6-figure salary in no time!
In-demand Skills/Proficiency: Email marketing, research skills, writing skills, headline creation, social media knowledge
Top sites to get jobs: UpWork, LinkedIn, Guru, BloggingPro, Onlinejobs.ph,
9. Web Designing
Web designers are the ones who design the overall web interface of websites.
These can include interface design, authoring, user experience design and SEO.
Most websites and clients today want a website design that is clean, functional, minimal and responsive. It’s your job as a web designer to achieve all these while conforming to the style that the client wants.
Top sites to get jobs: UpWork, Fiverr, 99designs, DesignCrowd, Onlinejobs.ph
10. Video Editing
Video editing is as straightforward as it sounds. It simply means editing videos.
But there are many types of videos a client may require you to edit such as commercials, YouTube videos, vlogs, and more.
Video editing isn’t as hard as programming but there are advanced software that takes much practice to learn. Although most clients only need basic editing, you’re creativity is what matters.
In-demand Skills/Proficiency: Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe After Effects, Final Cut Pro, DaVinci Resolve, Edius, Sony Vegas Pro
Top sites to get jobs: UpWork, Onlinejobs.ph, Behance, LinkedIn, ProductionHub
11. Content Writing
Almost everything you see on the web except for the images and the websites, are all types of content writing.
The most common ones are articles and blogs. There are also other types of writing that a client may need such as eBooks, landing pages, technical writing, and more.
Because there’s such a vast amount of websites today, there’s no shortage of jobs for content writers. Although your pay rate depends on your skill level and your client.
In-demand Skills/Proficiency: WordPress, Grammarly, Hemingwayapp, research skills, SEO, writing skills
Top sites to get jobs: UpWork, Onlinejobs.ph, LinkedIn, 199jobs.com, guest posting and applying to websites directly
12. Online English Tutor
The demand for online English tutors have increased over the years.
This is because more and more Chinese families are seeing the importance of English in their children’s learning.
The job of Online English Tutors are to teach students how to read and write in English.
To help with this, ESL tutors are provided with a lesson set and trainings conducted by the tutor companies such as Acadsoc and 51talk.
The beauty of this job is you don’t need a teaching license (although preferred) to get started. And since Filipinos are naturally inclined to English, this isn’t a heavy job at all.
In-demand Skills/Proficiency: Excellent English spoken and written skills, clear diction, patience, lateral thinking, confidence, and passion for teaching.
Top sites to get jobs: Acadsoc, 51talk PH, UpWork, RareJob, Funnyedu
13. Customer Service Representative
Almost every company needs customer service representatives to take care of customers complaints and needs.
And now that everything is online, more ex-employees from BPO companies are transitioning to being a CSR freelancer now.
You don’t need to learn a lot in this field, just your patience, English speaking and problem-solving skills.
In-demand Skills/Proficiency: Excellent English speaking skills, patience, adaptability, empathy
Top sites to get jobs: UpWork, Onlinejobs.ph, RemoteStaff PH, Bizmates Philippines
14. E-commerce Specialist
An e-commerce specialist’s job is to manage e-commerce stores/websites. Their duties can range from posting products to strategy formulation to increase sales.
With the rise of e-commerce platforms such as Amazon, Alibaba, Lazada and the likes, more and more people are setting up shops online.
It’s unlikely that this will change in the future so being an e-commerce specialist is a wise investment you can do today!
In-demand Skills/Proficiency: Product listing on Amazon, eBay, Shopify, PPC, SEO, writing and social media marketing
Top sites to get jobs: UpWork, Fiverr, Freeeup, Toptal, Guru
15. Human Resource Management
Every company needs a human resource personnel. It’s their job to make sure everyone’s interest are met.
In the freelancing world, most clients with large medium to large businesses are in need of these services.
If you have corporate experience woring in the HR department, there are a lot of online freelance jobs out there for you!
In-demand Skills/Proficiency: Management, Communication skills, Organizational skills, Decision-making skills.
Top sites to get jobs: UpWork, Onlinejobs.ph, Rarejob PH
16. Voice Acting
Voice actors work on bringing a script to life. They are the ones you hear on the television, internet and everywhere else.
There are a lot of businesses out there in need of high-quality voice-overs for their projects whether personal or for business.
Of course, you need to have a good voice, diction and pronunciation if you want to be in this field. That’s why voice actors have found success working as a freelance voice actor because they reach more potential clients now than just local ones before.
In-demand Skills/Proficiency: Voice clarity, cold reading, cleanliness, coordination
Top sites to get jobs: Fiverr, UpWork, PeoplePerHour, Voices
Even in the online world, the demand for telemarketers are plenty.
The job involves selling a product or service using a telephone to generate leads for the company. They usually follow a script and provided with a list of potential buyers.
Some businesses pay telemarketers in commission-based only others have a base par plus commissions.
In-demand Skills/Proficiency: Excellent sales skills, English skills, great negotiation skils
Top sites to get jobs: UpWork, Onlinejobs.ph, Guru, Toptal
18. Data Entry
Perhaps the most popular online freelance job, data entry is still in-demand today.
Data entry jobs usually involve collecting data from websites and transferring them to excel sheets. Because of this, these jobs do not involve much thinking but the volume is heavy.
In-demand Skills/Proficiency: Excel, Google Sheets and docs, Word, Fast typing skills
Top sites to get jobs: UpWork, Onlinejobs.ph, Clickworker, Freelancer, Guru
A transcriptionist’s job is to convert audios and videos into text formats.
The videos and audios are usually podcasts, recorded interviews and YouTube videos. Alternatively, their job can also be creating subtitles for YouTube videos, movies and tv shows.
Salary: Starting from P10,000-P27,000/month
In-demand Skills/Proficiency: Fast and accurate typing skills, MS Word and Excel, English listening and comprehension skills
Top sites to get jobs: GoTranscript, Scribie, TranscribeMe, UpWork, Speechpad
The Bottom Line
Freelancing is a lot like fishing. You can’t catch a fish with just a stick. You need a rod, your rod are your skills.
Above all, be sure to polish it before throwing it in the waters so you can pick perfect clients for you!
Those are the most in-demand online freelance jobs today! Are you already a freelancer with one of these skills or a newbie? Let me know in the comments below!