Finding the highest paying freelance is a wise strategy to building a profitable freelance business. After all, why not offer the services for which you can charge the most? If you don't have experience in a particular high paying freelance job, most of the time it's easy to get some basic training to list a basic gig or service and begin building a portfolio and firsthand experience.
After some quick research on both Fiverr.com and Upwork.com along with personal experience, here are six high paying freelance jobs to consider adding to your freelance services.
Don't have the skills for necessary to offer these gigs? At the end we'll show you how to acquire the basic skills to get started with each of these high paying freelance gigs.
Video Marketing / Production
These days businesses don't just want a blog and social media presence, but they want actual video marketing such as a YouTube channel. Freelancers can post gigs such as:
- Video production
- YouTube channel videos
- Explained videos
- Video editing
- Video scriptwriting
Prices on Fiverr for Video Marketing / Production services can cast as much as $2,500 for a “Fiverr Pro.” Highly rated sellers on Fiverr can charge a few hundred bucks per video.
On Upwork, there are video jobs posted that pay as little as $20 per hour, and as much as $60 per hour or a few thousand bucks per job.
If you own a business and you don't have a website, chances of you being around for much longer are slim. For that reason, businesses are in constant need of professional web developers. A few examples of web development freelance gigs are:
- Web development
- App development
- Fixing website errors
- WordPress development
- Shopify development
- Customized WordPress or Shopify websites
- Website maintenance
Jobs posted on Fiverr for “Fiverr Pro's” can cost as much as $4,500! For highly rated Fiverr sellers, you can charge as much as $400 – $700 per project.
Upwork jobs pay anywhere from $5,000 per project or as much as $65 per hour. Of course, both platforms ability to charge higher prices will depend on your reputation and expertise.
It's one thing to have a good idea, it's another thing to be able to take that and put it into easy to understand words. Businesses depend on copywriters or content creators to get their message out there in a way that is engaging and exciting. Examples of copywriting gigs you can offer as a freelancer are:
- Blog posts
- Webpage content
- News articles
- Whitepaper content
- Video scripts
- Email marketing content
- Sales letters
The nice thing about offering copywriting services for your freelance business is that most freelancers out there that write content only produce sub-par content. If you know how to write without all the extra “fluff”, with the ability to offer different tones and keep things engaging, you can make some decent money writing copy for small businesses.
Fiverr freelancers that are highly rated sellers price their projects anywhere from $75 per project up to a few hundred bucks per project, and Fiverr Pro's start at a few hundred bucks.
Upwork has multiple jobs available that pay both hourly and per project, ranging from $25 – $45 per hour up to a few thousand bucks for a longer project.
Every business needs to build a reputable brand, and it's directly tied to their logo, website, business colors and marketing material. All of which often require a professional graphic designer. Examples of graphic design jobs for freelancers are:
- Logo design
- Marketing ads
- Social media images
- Website design
- Photoshop design
- Photoshop editing
Sellers on Fiverr offer Graphic design services anywhere from $300 to as much as $1,300+ for both Fiverr Pro's and highly rated sellers.
Most jobs on Upwork are posted at an hourly rate and pay anywhere from $30 per hour to $70+ per hour.
Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
Once a business has a website and some content, no one will find that content online unless they optimize it for search engines to easily find their site. This is a skill in HIGH demand and can be very lucrative if you get the right client with a big enough project. Example freelance projects for Search Engine Optimization are:
- SEO website audits
- On page SEO
- Off page SEO
- Fix website SEO errors
- Backlink building
- General SEO services to improve website ranking
Freelancers on Fiverr.com are offering their SEO services for as much as $1,900 if you're a “Fiverr Pro.” Other highly rated sellers on Fiverr are charging as much as $500 – $900+ for different types of SEO services.
Most jobs on Upwork charge hourly for SEO work and are paying up to $300 per hour for Search Engine Optimization.
Furthermore, if you build a good reputation online and begin attracting attention from larger brands, some jobs can charge as much as a few hundred thousand bucks for SEO services. The sky is the limit!
Social Media Managers
As business becomes more and more digital, the avenue to stay top of mind to your customers is through social media engagement. This isn't just posting to social media but having a social media strategy to build major followings, get regular engagement and additional social media sharing. This is also referred to as Social Media Marketing / Social Media Optimization.
Common freelance jobs for Social Media are:
- Managing social media posting schedules
- Creating engaging social media content
- Building strategies to engage your followers
- Build social media groups & communities
- General social media ads marketing
- Optimizing social media posts to be easily found
Pro Sellers on Fiverr are charging as much as $7,000+ for social media gigs such as social media video marketing. Other highly rated sellers on Fiverr charge as little as $45 for social media posts and as much as $500+ for social media optimization and marketing.
Social Media Management jobs on Upwork are being posted for as much as $300 per hour and as little as $30 per hour depending on the job.
Learn Skills for High Paying Freelance Jobs
What if you don't have any direct experience with the above topics? How is one to start offering these services for their freelance business? Well, most likely you have at least some engagement with one of the topics, whether it be your own social media account, your engagement with YouTube, or your love for reading (giving you an edge on how to write). First, start with this and build from there.
You can also find online courses on just about any topic out there that will teach you the skills to know how to post a basic gig for a high paying freelance job. A great place to start is Udemy, an online course website that offers video courses on just about any topic!
Once you get a few orders from your basic version of a high paying gig, you'll naturally gain more experience and learn the ropes of high paying freelance gigs!