Now that working from home is the new normal, you may be considering how your next career move can be purely based at home and fit around your personal life. You can do almost anything with a computer and a good internet connection! One way to do this is to use your expertise to set up as a freelancer so that you can dictate when and where you work, how many hours you do and how many clients you take on.
Here are some great freelance career ideas - note these need some qualifications and are not jobs that you can turn to overnight.
Animators bring drawings and computer generated characters to life on screen. This may mean working in animated films, TV, adverts, games, websites, or music videos, using hand-drawn, computer-generated imagery (CGI), stop-frame, stop-motion or model animation techniques.
Copywriters are responsible for generating the words, slogans and audio scripts that accompany advertising visuals, and are responsible for taking a client’s advertising brief and generating original copy ideas that grab the attention of the target audience. This can include creating straplines, slogans, body copy, jingles and scripts.
The types of projects and clients vary widely, and they may also specialise in producing copy for above the line advertising (which uses mass media like TV, cinema, interactive media, posters and radio scripts to promote brands) or below the line advertising (which used less conventional methods that focus on direct means of communication, like brochures, leaflets, press adverts and direct mail. They usually work on multiple projects at once.
Not one for COVID times, but on return to weddings and events, Wedding Planners help couples have the one they want. A wedding is one of the most significant and happiest events in a couple's life. It can also be one of the most stressful. Hiring a wedding planner ensures that all the details are taken care of and thus be less stressful for the couple.
Graphic Designers produce designs that get their clients' messages across with high visual impact. They work on a huge variety of products, including websites, packaging, books and magazines, corporate identity (to give organisations a visual 'brand'), advertising, exhibitions and displays, and computer games. Most of the graphic design work is done on computer using specialised industry-standard graphics and multimedia software packages.
Graphic Designers have to work closely with other colleagues involved in projects, such as copywriters, photographers and sales staff. They may also work directly with clients and could work with advertising agencies, design studios, publishing companies or broadcasting companies.
Social Media Manager
Social Media Managers are responsible for engaging with a company’s online customers via social media on a daily basis, with the ultimate goal of turning fans into customers. They must participate in the online and offline community of the company, and promote its brand in a positive, authentic way, which will attract today’s modern, hyper-connected buyers. As using Google and social media is now the top way for potential customers to find out about a company, having relevant content and managing content-related assets is as important as ever.
If you have a native-level proficiency in English and at leat one other language, you can become a Translator, translating written or audio documents in one language into another. There are opportunities with schools, hospitals, courts, corporations and other public and private sector entities, and it may help if you have an area of expertise such as law.
Cyber Security Technologist
A Cyber Security Technologist applies an understanding of cyber threats, hazards, risks, controls, measures and mitigations to protect organisations, systems and people. Cyber Security Technologists that focused on the technical side work on areas such as security design and architecture, security testing, investigations and response. Those focused on the risk analysis side work on areas such as operations, risk, governance and compliance. Whether the focus is on the technical or risk analysis side, all Cyber Security Technologists work to achieve required security outcomes in a legal and regulatory context in all parts of the economy. They develop and apply practical knowledge of information security to deliver solutions that fulfil an organisation’s requirements.
Travel Agents plan and sell transport and accommodation for business or leisure travel customers. They determine the destination, modes of transportation, travel dates, costs, and accommodation as required. They may also describe, plan, and arrange itineraries and sell tour packages, as well as assisting in resolving clients' travel problems.
An Accountant provides accounting and auditing services, advises clients on financial matters, collects and analyses financial information and performs other accounting duties required by management for the planning and control of an establishment’s income and expenditure.
Project Managers are responsible for the planning, management, coordination and financial control of a project. They ensure that a project is completed on time and within budget, that the project’s objectives are met and that everyone is doing their job professionally. Projects are usually separate to usual day-to-day business activities and require a group of people to work together to achieve a set of specific objectives. Project Managers oversee the project to ensure the desired result is achieved, the most efficient resources are used and the different interests involved are satisfied.
Most project managers have relevant experience in business or industry. You could work in construction, finance, law, retail, IT, manufacturing, engineering or the public sector or for a firm of consultants.
UX Designers measure and optimise applications (usually web-based) to improve the ease of use (usability), and create the best user experience by exploring many different approaches to solve end-users’ problems. One way that a UX designer might do this is by conducting in-person user tests to observe behaviour. They then refine and tweak apps, software and websites to create products that people like and find easy to use.
Counsellors help people to explore their feelings and emotions that are often related to their experiences. This allows clients to reflect on what is happening to them and consider alternative ways of doing things. Working in a confidential setting, you'll listen attentively to clients, offering them time, empathy and respect. As a counsellor you will not give advice, but help clients to make their own choices.
They may help individuals deal with issues associated with addictions and substance abuse; family, parenting, and marital problems; stress management; self-esteem; and ageing. You could work one-to-one, or with couples, families or groups. Counselling can be done face-to-face, online as well as over the phone.
What did you think about the career suggestions? Was there anything that caught your eye? Was there something that specifically married up with the skills you currently have? Let us know in the comments below.