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10 freelance business ideas to start right away

10 freelance business ideas to start right away

With the advancements in technology, we now have the freedom and opportunities to start freelancing in many digitally achievable work areas. With our existing skills or simply by upgrading or expanding them through online courses, we can equip ourselves, start a freelance business, and find clients today.

Working for yourself gives you more satisfaction than any day job can give according to most freelancers. Endless benefits of freelancing such as being able to control your time, workload, and work location are making the transition to a freelance business even more appealing.

Starting a new business can be a bumpy road. Before you quit your day job, you may want to experiment freelancing on a part-time basis and look for potential clients by word of mouth. You can either be an independent contractor and work for a client on a regular basis or seek project-based jobs to serve multiple clients at a time.

Finding the perfect fit for your expectations and skills can take some time. Considering that coming up with a job idea tailored to your competences can be tough, we have selected some freelance business concepts (all enabling you to work from home) for you to bear in mind as you do your further research.

Here is a list of some prominent and remote freelance business opportunities for you to consider:

#1 Online tutoring

Are you a good listener and a speaker? Do you define yourself as a patient individual? If you are an expert in a specific subject, language, or industry and you have the necessary side skills to deliver your knowledge well, you can consider teaching online. 

Depending on your personal experience with different age groups, you can give students assistance on some school subjects. You can also consider working with adults to help them boost their second language or professional skills. 

#2 Audiobook narration

Audiobooks have become very popular over the last couple of years. If you have professional speaking or diction training, or you feel like you possess the right skills to be the voice of a book, you can try becoming a voice actor. By narrating books, you can also contribute to the library of the visually impaired. 

All you need for narrating will be:

  • A clear voice

  • PC or laptop

  • Microphone and a microphone stand

  • Headphones

  • Recording software 

You may be asked to audition for certain jobs or to share a sound clip introducing yourself. If you haven’t tried voicing yet, practice talking and recording your voice before you apply for any narration jobs. 

#3 Interpreting

If you are fluent in more than one language, interpretation may well be your next career. Most interpreters come from a translation and interpretation studies background, but you can become one with the right self-training, too. 

You don’t necessarily have to jump right into interpreting conferences. You can practice and specialize through smaller jobs, such as assisting clients during online meetings or interpreting interviews for a researcher.

#4 Transcription 

Transcription means turning speech into a written document. This service is used widely in legal, medical, entertainment, and academic domains. Today, with the aid of a range of transcription software that can slow down speech, reduce background noise, and playback the audio, writing down what you hear has become much easier. 

From movies to be subtitled to academic interviews to be published, you can find many jobs for transcription. If you are a speedy typer, it is a nice and easy job worth giving a try. 

#5 Translation, proofreading, and editing

Translation is and always will be a job in high demand. In a globalized world, products, services, books, contracts, and any other materials you can think of will need to be conveyed in another language. No matter how good machine translation gets, a keen pair of human eyes will be required to verify the quality. 

If you have mastered at least two languages, you can specialize in language services and start your online business as a translator, proofreader, or editor. You can provide these services manually, but keep in mind that acquiring a CAT (computer-aided translation) tool could make your life much easier. 

#6 Selling stock photographs

If you are a professional photographer or you have the skills and equipment to work as one, you can consider creating themed stock photographs to sell. You don’t necessarily need to have a professional DSLR camera to do this. You can simply take photos using your smartphone and enhance the details through photo editing apps available to you.

Ads agencies, brands, web designers, and many other entities need images that illustrate certain scenes, products, and services for various purposes, such as content marketing or social media. Instead of taking new pictures or commissioning photographers to do so, they simply turn to the vast collections of stock photos that can already serve the purpose.

Not all photos are handy though. Especially localized imagery is very limited. Look through some stock photography websites such as Shutterstock or iStockPhoto to see what is already offered and what novelties you can bring in.

#7 Copywriting

If you are a master of words and you have a creative personality, you can enter into the world of copywriting and write content for websites, social media, offline ads, or other promotional materials. 

As a freelance writer, you can either work directly with clients or with PR or advertising agencies. SEO content writing is in great demand as brands lay high importance in attracting searchers and increasing traffic to their websites.

#8 Graphic design and illustration

Freelance graphic designers and illustrators are offering creative services to many brands and agencies in need. By designing logos, business cards, brochures, flyers, memes, infographics, book covers, social media images, ad campaigns, and many other items, you can serve plenty of clients that seek creatives for various purposes.

You can find temporary or one-time projects online or if you are lucky, you can also end up working regularly with an agency or directly an account. If you are new in the game, start contacting small businesses to ask if they need any design-related services.

#9 Social media management

Today, social media is increasingly becoming an indispensable platform that is a part of brands’ marketing strategy. Just as individuals do, brands are communicating and interacting with their bases through social media channels. Quality and consistency in engagement matters. 

By offering freelance social media management services, you can help clients drive traffic to their online accounts. If you are experienced in the field, you can offer strategic consultancy too. Or as a starter, you can make sure that the strategy proposed by your clients is implemented correctly and on time. 

If you want to gain experience in the field, you can start by contacting any business owners you are acquainted with. Once you have several accounts in your portfolio, it would be easier for you to find other clients. 

#10 Consultancy 

If you are well up on a certain field of work and you had the chance to observe the related industry thoroughly over the years, you can consider offering services by sharing your expertise with businesses or individual professionals.

From language services to business development or marketing, there are endless fields you can give your expert opinion to clients that are looking for solutions to their problems. 

Consulting business ideas 

  • Marketing

  • Business management

  • Human resources

  • Leadership

  • Advertising

  • Business finance

  • Research

  • Team building

Found anything for your taste? Or are you still looking for options? 

Other online and freelance business ideas

Content

Marketing

Design

Citizen journalism

Influencer

Video editing

Data analysis

Paid ad specialist

E-book character illustration

Ghostwriting

Affiliate marketing

Game design

Podcasting

Vlogging

VR design

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Deniz Öksüz Fer

Deniz Öksüz Fer is a freelance translator, editor and content creator based in Istanbul, Turkey. After serving in different positions in the fields of... Read more...

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