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Top Earning Freelance Careers of 2016

It’s no secret that traditional jobs are no longer as secure as they used to be. Work flexibility and an uncapped earning potential are just some of the many reasons professionals like you are now choosing to become self-employed. Here, you’ll discover some of the top earning freelance careers of 2016.

1.        The full-stack digital marketer

Organisations are now looking for versatile marketers who can take care of all their needs, including content marketing, search engine optimisation, PR, and social media outreach. And, since organisations know they’re saving more by hiring one generalist in place of four or more specialists, you’ll be able to set competitive price points for your services – and with the right amount of networking you may find yourself living large.

2.       The software entrepreneur

As the software industry continues to expand, the demand for highly-proficient developers is on the rise. Professionals who are competent with CRM platforms, fluent in JavaScript and other programming languages, and familiar with new data visualisation programmes such as Tableau, are now being heavily recruited by both startups and established companies alike. If you’re an experienced coder, you may want to consider freelancing in this industry, as it’s predicted to become one of the best paying jobs of 2016.

3.       Accountants and auditors

Everyone needs to file taxes, and every company depends on top-notch auditors to keep their financial records in check. The globalisation of business has also streamlined the demand for leading financial expertise. Freelancing as a tax or audit manager gives you the opportunity to work in a range of exciting sectors, as every business is in need of skilled accountants. Plus, for those without any relevant experience, you can easily progress onto chartered accountancy and open your own business by studying for your qualification online.

4.       The mobile app developer

Got a problem? There’s probably an app for that. These days, everything has gone mobile, and the rise of mobile banking, Apple Pay, and mobile marketing suggests that there is going to be a huge surge in the demand for mobile app development. Case in point: Snapchat, a video messaging application, has over 6 billion daily video views, and has made an estimated $50 million in 2015. And with over half of mobile phone users in the world projected to own smartphones by 2018, organisations are now giving freelancers a chance to develop innovative, game-changing applications for iOS and Android systems.

5.       The data scientist

A new, on-demand role for 2016, data scientists are IT professionals who perform data analysis on big data platforms, which, despite its name, is infiltrating businesses of all sizes. What makes data scientists different from data analysts is their ability to effectively communicate how to combat challenges with innovative solutions. They advise corporate leaders and regularly take on a speculative approach to their work. Due to their high demand and scare supply, freelancing as a data scientist will put you in a position to charge top dollar for your services.

6.       The multilingual translator

Are you fluent in a second language? Better yet, are you multilingual? The global business arena is calling for linguistically talented professionals to translate web pages, legal documents, marketing media, and much more. The demand of the language greatly affects your pay, but highly articulate language buffs who are fluent in both common languages such as English, French, and German, as well as less common, yet challenging languages such as Korean, Hungarian, or Danish, can expect to find lucrative opportunities.

Choosing to go freelance can help you discover new talents while also expanding your skillset and referral network. Freelancers also enjoy a better work-life balance, and with so many flexible options, you’ll be able to start your own business with confidence.