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No doubt the past few years have witnessed the boom of freelancing in Australia and other countries, or what’s known to us as the gig economy. As our company, Outsourcing Angel, continues to work with australian companies outsourcing overseas, we realise more and more how big this trend is. More workers are now embracing the freedom and autonomy of freelancing or remote working, and at the same time employers are seeing the benefits of hiring independent contractors to reduce operational costs.

Companies and recruiters alike are continuously on the lookout for top-notch resources in freelancing platforms like Upwork, Freelancer and Outsourcely among others. We did a quick research to determine which jobs are among the most in demand as of 2019 based on rankings from freelancing platforms. This list can help you determine the most in demand freelance jobs you can outsource.

1. Virtual Assistance

Virtual assistant jobs are among the most sought-after resources in freelancing websites. The high demand is due in part to the startup revolution happening now. As more and more would-be entrepreneurs take brave steps towards scaling their businesses, they want to focus their time and resources to more critical business matters, such as sales and management. Other tasks are delegated to virtual assistants, such as data entry, calendar management, bookkeeping, website management and writing among others.

At Outsourcing Angel, we have a roster of dependable, tech-savvy super-VAs who can perform non-critical but equally valuable tasks for you.

2. Graphic Design

Graphic designers are also consistently in demand and the need for this type of freelance job is expected to increase by 13% within a few years, according to a report by Due. Big companies and startups are hiring more designers as demand for digital design continues to grow by 61%, and these companies are specifically looking for creative, reliable talent that can be tapped on an on-demand basis.

3. Blockchain

Blockchain is now reshaping technology as we know it. It was originally created for cryptocurrency but is now evolving for other uses. More and more companies want to adopt the blockchain’s secure and distributed model and apply it in different industries like logistics, law, insurance, healthcare and governance. Freelancers with blockchain expertise on top of other skills are in demand this year and in the years to come.

4. Writing & Editing

Freelance writers are being employed to create web content, social media content, blogs, advertising copy and instructional documents among other tasks. There’s always a demand for fresh content on the web because of the ever increasing internet usage, which is why businesses are continuously churning out valuable content after valuable content. Likewise, editors and proofreaders are also needed to make sure that the content is original and ready for all the world to see.

5. Social Media Management

Small and big businesses are quick to take advantage of Internet marketing to promote their products and services by engaging different online channels like email, content, SEO and social media. Freelance social media managers are tasked to handle one or all of the company’s social media accounts. Typical day-to-day social media tasks performed by a virtual team include creating social media content, monitoring engagement, measuring performance, filtering comments and responding to customer queries.

6. Ecommerce Specialist

There’s been an increasing demand for ecommerce specialists as more people prefer to purchase goods online via their smartphones and businesses are consistently looking at more opportunities to sell their products and services to a global market of billions without the scary overhead costs.

There’s a good number of virtual professionals specialising in ecommerce platforms like Shopify, WooCommerce and Magento. Among the tasks you can outsource to ecommerce specialists include customising available Shopify or WooCommerce themes, adding product/service information and images, tracking customer analytics, monitoring promotional materials and managing customer orders.

7. App Development

Demand for app developers is not going to slow down for the next couple of years as businesses are realising the importance of having not just a web presence but a mobile presence as well. Freelance developers with the requisite coding skills and knowledgeable in programming languages like Java, PHP, HTML5 and JavaScript among others are your best resource for app development projects.

8. Accounting

Accounting and bookkeeping will always be a challenge for a great number of small business owners, thanks to complex tax laws in various countries. There may be finance apps available online but companies still need the expertise of an accounting specialist who knows how to use these tools and is aware of different tax and business laws.

9. SEO Specialists/Consultants

Websites, social media accounts, ads—with the growing online presence of businesses all over the world all competing for search engine rankings, there is a constant need for SEO (search engine optimisation) specialists who will write content that can help increase their visibility across the web. An SEO specialist or consultant knows how to properly use your keywords in the content he/she creates and make sure that your content contains all the relevant keywords your target customers are searching for.

10. Web Design

Last but not the least, web designers are the go-to resource for big companies, startups and even not-for-profits when it comes to both technical and aesthetic expertise in website creation. Web designers are not just for designing the look and feel of a website; they also make sure that your website converts users into customers and delivers a smooth user experience.

These are just some of the most in demand freelancing jobs you can easily find someone to perform for you. If you’re looking for a trusted resource or an extension of your team who can work remotely, you can find one at Outsourcing Angel. We’re here to guide you through hiring the best virtual assistant for your company so you can stay competitive and profitable while scaling your business.

Charlotte Ramos

Charlotte is a Copywriting Virtual Assistant with over 10 years of experience in marketing content creation, search engine-optimised blog articles and website copy. She's one of our most valuable Angels with vast knowledge of the digital marketing landscape and business systemisation.