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Ready to Quit Your 9 to 5?

Are you looking to break out from your grind and quit your 9 to 5? Are you looking for top freelancing jobs? You’re not alone. According to CNN Money, freelancers make up 35% of the United States workforce. Incredible, right?

quit your 9 to 5Being your own boss and creating your own schedule are just two of the wonders of this world. Imagine checking items off your task list from lower Manhattan today and downtown Chicago tomorrow.

So, the first step (before you quit your 9 to 5) in fulfilling your dreams is figuring out which of your talents you’d like to share with the world. Are you a master social media marketer? Do you have a way with words? Are you a CPA who makes tax season seem like party season?

With a solid game plan and a tiny drop of hope, you can completely change your life AND work from home. So, say goodbye to those toxic work environments once and for all and quit your 9 to 5. Let’s take a look at the 5 top freelancing jobs.

Virtual Assistance

Believe it or not, there’s an entire market out there of individuals and companies that want to outsource their executive assistant needs. This means you could be sitting pretty from any corner of the world and getting paid to support your client with all their scheduling needs, correspondence, and more.

There’s a great lady out there named Gina Horkey. She created a wealth of resources for freelancers looking to work as virtual assistants. If you enroll in her course, she’ll walk you through every stage of the process, from starting out, to landing that well-paying client.

I followed a similar blueprint when I was looking for freelancing jobs for beginners. I enrolled in three courses run by three different women and gleaned an entire library of resources. So, if you’d like to read more about how to overcome the overwhelming process of first starting out, feel free to skim through an article I once wrote for Freelancer FAQs.

Transcription

Another possibility is the role of transcriptionist. There are plenty of companies out there, such as Rev, Daily Transcription, and Transcription for Everyone that are usually hiring new talent. I had a great experience with Daily Transcription. They train their people properly and are always available to their contractors.

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So, if you’re a fast typist, you could get paid to watch some of your favorite TV shows while you type out transcripts! But, there are many niches within this one umbrella. Legal transcriptionists are constantly in demand, too. Court hearings need to be transcribed verbatim. And all of this can be done from your patio overlooking the Smoky Mountains as you work from home.

Translation

Of course, a nod must be given to the world of translation. The medical, financial, business, and legal industry all have a high demand for translators. Some of the languages that have the highest demand include Chinese, Spanish, and Arabic. Again, not a bad way to spend your Sunday afternoon as you work from home on your balcony in Bali!

Writing

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You could become a writer, a bonafide Content Creator and work from home in no time at all. Nowadays, businesses need to run a robust blog as part of their marketing efforts. But, the primary goal of that blog is not to toot their own horn. It’s to offer industry insights and valuable information to current and prospective clients. Of course, that type of content creation takes time. And it needs to happen at a rigorous pace. So, the more content you create, the better for your brand.

With that, many companies are outsourcing their blogging needs to writers. Often, those writers need to have industry-specific knowledge. So, if there’s a niche that you’re particularly skilled in, you might want to start honing in on businesses and publications in that area. You can earn anywhere from $10 – $500 an article, depending on your niche and experience.

But, the most refreshing breath of fresh air is that these types of positions are pouring in every day. Some of the best job boards for writers include Contena, PaidToBlog, Online Writing Jobs, and ProBlogger. With a fully-formed portfolio and a couple solid pitches up your sleeve, you may be only a few days away from landing your first writing gig! And soon enough, not long when you can quit your 9 to 5.

Education and Training

This is another broad field with a wealth of opportunity when looking for freelancing jobs for beginners. One of the first areas to hone in on is lesson planning. If you visit the likes of Flexjobs, Upwork, or Fiverr, you’ll find many people reaching out for help in the development, planning, and implementation of lesson plans. You might see these roles posted as Curriculum Developer.

Beyond that, we don’t have to move abroad to fulfill our dreams of working as ESL teachers. Virtual classrooms are sprouting up everywhere, helping people of all ages learn English from the comfort of their own home. You might see these roles posted as Online ESL Teacher. And, believe it or not, Indeed is really doing wonders for the freelancing community. Along with PaidToBlog, Indeed helped me find a lot of writing leads.

Start Living Your Dreams Today

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Occasionally, so many of us get stuck in a rut. I remember driving home in tears from yet another job that seemed to be steeped in chaos and overflowing with toxicity. We’ve all been there, right? It was after that drive that I sat down at my desk and started researching the heck out of freelance writing.

In very general terms, you might want to plan for things to fully ramp up over the course of three months. So, don’t walk out on your boss or quit your 9 to 5 just yet. If you want to dream big, you’re going to have to roll up your sleeves on nights and weekends while you develop a portfolio, craft winning pitches, and lock it all down.

Today, my biggest concern is, “Should I brew some peach oolong tea in my Belleek teacup from Ireland or my Hagi ware from Japan?” That’s a far cry from the lashings of verbally abusive bosses and Mean Girl co-workers.

Truly, it’s my sincere wish that you’ll find this exact same joy someday soon. So, if you have any questions at all, I hope you’ll leave a comment down below! I’d be delighted to help you forge your own pathway into the light as you sift through these top freelancing jobs for beginners.

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Domenico Loia

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