Freelancing is a very vast field. You do not need to go to the office or report to your boss. According to statistics, about 35% of the US workforce is doing freelancing. You can do work at your own convenience. You get paid when you finish the order.
There are many freelance marketplaces across the world. Millions of people register them to showcase their skills. Similarly, employers across the world register to explore skilled talent. Some of the most popular and big freelance markets are Freelancer.com, Upwork.com, and Fiverr.com.
Ever since the coronavirus has broken out, the whole world now recognizes the importance of freelancing. Companies across the world are now close and working from their home. Although it is getting hard for companies to adapt to this new model, this is the only option in these crises.
Even after the COVID-19 pandemic, companies may continue to work with this model. Many companies have either laid-off employees or thinking to lay off employees. The financial burden may force companies to work with limited team members with working from home model.
One of the main important motivation factors for employers is freelancers’ work with no extra benefits. Many companies pay extra benefits to their full-time workers that put a huge financial burden.
As many people have lost jobs due to coronavirus. There is now more concern and anxiety among people about their job security and dependents on a single income source. In freelancing, you work for various clients and you are open to many opportunities. Coronavirus pandemic is expected to have a positive impact on the freelance marketplace.
Views of CEO of UpWork
The President and CEO of UpWork, Hayden Brown shares the same view. She says, ” We’ll be seeing more and more workers as the pandemic continues. The reason is dependence on more than one income source”. She further added that there we have witnessed an increase in freelancing since 2009. Many people had lost their jobs during that recession. After that many people switched to freelancing to secure their future. Another recession is coming again after this pandemic. We expect more people to come into this industry.
The new increased number of sign-ups will make freelancing a norm in the near future. According to estimates, the majority of US workers will do freelancing by 2027.
Skills Needed to be a successful freelancer
Those people who are thinking to join the freelancing profession, it is important to learn and polish their skills. Freelancing is different from full-time work. Here your future income depends on your past work, experience, and satisfaction of your previous clients i.e. reviews by your clients.
Many employers want to find talented freelancers quickly. For that, they quickly go through the portfolios of freelancers and after negotiations award that project. It is therefore a bit difficult for new freelancers to make their firm position.
However, Upwork, which is one of the largest freelancing platforms has put a list of 20 best freelancing skills that are on high demand in the USA. You can learn these skills from Coursera, Udemy, and Linkedin Learning.
Coursera gives you the opportunity to learn courses from top universities. Udemy has 65,000 courses and 15 million students. You can take courses in programming, data science, and marketing. LinkedIn Learning gives you the opportunity to learn courses in Softwares, creatives, and business skills. Here is the list of top 20 skills:
- ServiceNow (LinkedIn Learning & Udemy)
- DeVinci Resolve (LinkedIn Learning & Udemy)
- Social video marketing (LinkedIn Learning, edX, Coursera)
- Highcharts (Udemy)
- PyTorch (edX, LinkedIn Learning)
- Keras (edX, Udemy)
- Caspio (Udemy)
- LearnDash (Udemy)
- Kendo UI (Progress)
- Technical recruiter (LinkedIn Learning, Udemy)
- Neo4j (LinkedIn Learning, Udemy)
- Statistical modeling (LinkedIn Learning, edX, Coursera)
- Salesforce Lightning (Udemy)
- Relational databases (LinkedIn Learning, Coursera)
- d3.js (LinkedIn Learning, Udemy, Coursera)
- Motion graphics (LinkedIn Learning, Udemy)
- MATLAB (LinkedIn Learning, Udemy, Coursera, edX)
- Packaging Design (LinkedIn Learning, Udemy)
- SEOMoz (Udemy)
- Microsoft Azure (LinkedIn Learning, Udemy, Coursera)