Getting into freelance work during a pandemic might seem risky, but now is actually a great time to do it. The sudden need for flexible work environments during the COVID-19 pandemic caused freelance job postings to increase by 41% in 2020, and remote work isn’t going away anytime soon.
That’s great news if you’re hoping to start your first freelance business from home. In fact, new online freelance platforms have made it easier than ever for freelancers to connect with companies that need their work. About 73% of current freelancers use these platforms to find gigs. As long as you have the equipment to work and communicate virtually, you can easily connect with potential clients all over the world.
It’s easy to see why full-time freelancing has steadily grown in popularity over the past few years. Freelancers aren’t tied down to a rigid schedule, and they can choose a work environment best suited to their needs. They also have the freedom to experiment with different clients and projects until they find a niche they work best in.
That said, it is important to know which industries have the highest demand for freelance work before committing yourself to one. Industries like CBD, biohacking, astrology, and vegan foods all saw some of the biggest increases in demand for freelancers in 2020. Since finding consistent work can be a challenge for some freelancers, working with growing industries like these can help set you up for success.
If you’re interested in diving into full-time freelance work, see the infographic for important freelancing tips and trends to know in 2021.