If you’re just starting out as a freelancer, you’ll want to get started the right way in the career path that generates the highest income, right?
Many new freelancers think that way. And it makes sense, doesn’t it?
But, it’s a lot more complicated than that. Just because a skill has a higher demand or pays well than the others doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best path to follow.
There’s a reason why some writers get paid $5 on Fiverr to write a 1000-word article while others make $100 for the same job somewhere else.
Getting paid well depends on your skill level, experience, and quality of work.
Having said that, it’s also important to know your market and see which type of jobs and skills get paid the most so that you can maybe start learning a new skill or plan for a future freelancing career.
Here are some of the top skills that pay the most.
1. AI Prompt Engineer
This is one of the newest jobs that’s seeing a rapid rise in the freelance marketplaces.
Prompt engineering is all about writing prompts for AI (Artificial Intelligence) tools to do the work for you. As a prompt engineer, your job is to control these tools by writing the correct prompts or giving commands to get the most out of the AI tools.
For example, popular AI tools like chatGPT will likely replace most of the jobs on this list very soon. It can already write articles, write code, design websites, and so much more. But it still needs humans to operate. You have to write a prompt to give the commands to chatGPT in order to get the right results. This is what writing prompts are all about.
Freelance job boards like Indeed and SimplyHired already have dozens of jobs for prompt engineers that pay well over $100K per year.
2. Social Video Marketing
In a surprise turn of events, a new skill is born—”social video marketing”. The skill was ranked in third place on UpWork’s Q2 2023 fastest-growing skills list. And for good reason as well.
A quick search on the platform showed that this skill pays over $150 per hour for marketers. s no surprise that this skill is in high demand. Especially given the rise of video content marketing. The booming social media channels such as TikTok, Instagram video, and YouTube, will keep this skill relevant for years to come.
3- Web Design & Development
According to UpWork’s most in-demand skills list for 2022, Web Design ranks at number one with the highest demand. WordPress ranks at the 2nd spot.
There’s great demand for web designers. But, it’s worth noting that the freelance web design industry is pretty crowded right now because it’s easy to learn web design and start coding websites