April 21, 2020

Freelance Jobs: Meaning, Where to find & Pay

Anshika Awasthi

It has become a workplace commonality of finding freedom and independence in the work. If you’re such a person who is wanting to have bit more control and freedom in professional life, freelancing is the option for you.

Commissioned by Upwork and Freelancers Union study suggest that 57 million citizens alone in America have opted for freelancing- an increase of 4 million people from 2014. 

Freelancing certainly is on its horizon contributing a whopping $1 Trillion economy to the US economy as of 2019. 

With such large figures it is imperative to understand everything about freelancing jobs, so let’s get started:

What do freelance jobs mean?

A freelance job is a task where a person is self-employed, not necessarily committed as a long term employer of a company. While ultimately being self-employed, a freelance job comes in the form of contractual work by a company or clients.

According to a study by Upwork, 49% of freelancer’s workforce agree that freelancing gives them flexibility, freedom which doesn’t come with traditional jobs. 

Freelance jobs do not necessarily require experience, but skills. The largest number of freelancing jobs are available in computer programming, marketing, IT, business consulting with 45% of the workforce

Where can I find freelance jobs?

There is no denying that tech has enabled freelance job more than ever. According to a study by freelancers’ union of America, 77% of freelancers can find freelancing jobs more than ever in the last 4 years in the market.

In this changing market with 57 million citizens of US migrating towards freelancing, it’s now becoming a long term career choice for increasing diverse group.

Multiple websites are offering freelance jobs in every possible sector. Let’s have a look at some of the best sites where you can find freelance work:


FlexJobs offers you categories of more than 50 freelance jobs ranging from technology to translations. This virtual job platform screens the jobs before posting so you don’t have to dig into any less than a reputed opportunity offered by a company. This virtual board hosts more than 20,000 jobs posting on its website.


Remote.co hand curates’ freelance jobs for you. The listing includes jobs in marketing and sales, HR roles, developer, IT, programming etc. You can browse job of your liking from the search bar column.

Virtual Vocations’

Virtual vocation was started by a stay at home mother who was frustrated because of the lack of less remote work opportunities. She created virtual vocations which provides telecommuting services from technical writing to paralegal. The whole team is run remotely.


Jobspresso is one platform which allows you to post your resume to be searched and seen by the potential company in need. It provides opportunities like web designing, tech jobs, marketing, customer services and many more.


Fiverr is a platform where you can find your freelancer gig starting at $5 onwards. It’s a way of building a portfolio all while collecting small cash in your pockets. Not only this Fiverr helps you land on big gigs with major projects like freelancing photography, editing, web designing and so on. 


Upwork features freelance job (remote) listings in categories: like virtual assistants, app developers, and copywriters. Companies like Zendesk, Dropbox, and Airbnb use the site to hire remote freelancers, so if you want to start work with serious big companies without entering into office, it’s about time to create your Upwork profile.

How much do freelance jobs get you paid?

According to an Upwork survey, freelancers contribute nearly $1 Trillion in freelancing income to the economy which is 5% of the GDP of America.

Let us simplify it for you:

Earning of freelance jobs differ by two factors:

  • Skilled freelancing jobs
  • Non-skilled freelancing jobs

Non-skilled Freelancers make $20 an hour compared to a median of $18.80 for the US overall. Whereas, skilled freelancers make $28 an hour.

The statistics conclude that skilled freelancers earn more per hour than 70% of workers in the overall economy. Out of all, business skills lead to more money in freelancing. Apart from this, soft skills matter more than technical skills in the field of freelancing according to 78% of freelancers.

The amount of money you make in freelancing depends vastly on your field and skills. For example, freelance writers make $10,000 a month, while a freelance programmer can make $100,000 in the same period. Let’s have a look at the fields with freelancing job growth.

Digital Marketing

A smart, well organized and dedicated freelancer can position themselves to earn more than traditional digital marketers. Freelance digital marketing has a great outlook in the next ten to twenty years.

The average salary of a freelance digital marketer in the US lands around $66,205 annually.

There were around 1.92 billion online global buyers in 2019 and the number is expected to increase tremendously to 2.05 billion global buyers in 2020. Coronavirus pandemic lockdown around the world is the whole sole reason for an increase of 130 million global digital buyer increment.

Data Analytics

According to Glassdoor, the average data scientist salary is $113,000, with a range of $85,000 to $170,000. Data analysts earn less at the entry-level, from $50,000 to $75,000. Big data engineer salaries usually start at $70,000 and can increase up to $165,000 for a domain expert.

On Upwork, a freelance data analytics scientist earns a wide range between $36 to $200 per hour or $400 per project. 

The number goes higher for more skilled freelancers. If a freelancer knows more specific languages, like Scala, Spark, and Hadoop, they can charge higher rates. The rates increase with knowledge, experience, and more specialized skills.

Graphic designing

The average U.S salary for full-time graphic designers with 7-10 years of experience is $62,000 annually. Graphic designers are between paid $64-$70 per hour depending on the project and skills. However, there is no source data on freelance graphic designer earnings.

Careers like education & training, consultants, financial advisors, web development, virtual assistance are among the other growing sectors with high earning freelancing jobs.

Bottom Line

Considering all the facts now is the best time to freelance more than ever, and I’m not the only one thinking. 64% of the global population are choosing the flexibility of working remotely and more independently. The statistics are in favour of freelancing more than ever. Given the shifts we’ve seen in the economy in recent years, this certainly isn’t surprising and it doesn’t seem like it’s only a passing trend.

About the author

Competitive, real; loves to keep working for what it wants. An extrovert who lives by her own ideas and methods.

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