5 Freelance Business Ideas You Can Start Now

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Do you want to start a freelance business and work from home?

The first step is to decide what kind of skill or service you are uniquely qualified to offer.

If you are having a difficult time figuring out what to do, here are 5 freelance business ideas to inspire you and get you brainstorming.


1. Freelance Web Content Writing

If you like to write, you can create content for the web.

Every single website you see (including this one) needs written material.

The content they need includes social media posts, blog posts, press releases, ad copy, product descriptions, and all the other text you see everywhere online.

Content writing is one of the most time-consuming tasks for internet-based businesses.

Even if an entrepreneur can write their own material, it’s often one of the first tasks they outsource as their business grows.

If you can specialise in certain topics and frame yourself as an expert in them, you can earn more and stand out in the market.


2. Freelance Graphic Design

For the artistically inclined, graphic design is a great freelance path.

Most online businesses can’t create quality graphics even if they want to, so this is a task that is often outsourced.

You can design everything from images for content marketing to logos and brand design elements.

Like content writing, you can boost business by specialising.

You can specialise in types of work like branding, designing visual content, or product packaging.

You can also get more work by mastering a variety of different tools, apps, and software for creating images and designs.


3. Freelance Web Development and Programming

Your programming and coding skills can be used to build your clients’ websites and apps.

There will always be demand for these skills.

Developer skills are among the most in-demand in the world.

Everyone with an online presence needs a developer.

You can do everything from the initial planning of site architecture to working on the details of a software program’s functions.


4. Freelance Teaching and Tutoring

In the days before the internet, a tutor had to spend a great deal of time traveling to and from students’ homes.

Now we have Skype, Zoom, and Facebook.

All these online platforms enable you to share your knowledge with eager students all around the world.

You can offer lessons in school subjects like maths, foreign languages, or geography.

If you have specific business skills, you can teach those to people who also need them.

You could teach bookkeeping, web-development or telephone skills.

New government legislation can also cause a sudden demand for information.

If you master a particular topic you can run workshops.

These can include; grant application, tax filing, privacy laws, and so on.

You just need an area of expertise that’s in demand and some basic teaching skills.


5. Freelance Virtual Assistant

A virtual assistant is a professional who can perform a variety of tasks for business owners or individuals.

You might asked to schedule appointments, handle phone calls, book travel arrangements.

Once you are trusted your duties could extend to include managing remote staff, and performing a variety of work tasks for your clients.

You can offer a bundle of services that include these tasks.

To differentiate yourself you could also include specialist skills like foreign languages, content writing or graphic design.

The more unique skills you can offer, the more valuable you will be to your clients.

If there’s any task at all you can do remotely for clients, you can build a viable freelance business.

The first step is to decide what service you’re going to offer.



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Co-Founder & CEO of Link Management Group. An Investor & Coach to Small Business Owners, for the past 30 years I have helped startup and early-stage businesses to enter new markets and achieve sustainable growth of both revenue and profits. I have experience across a diverse range of sectors including central government, information services, software, health insurance, pet products, couture fashion, entertainment and aviation.  How can I help your organisation accelerate growth and achieve its full potential? 

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