Last Updated on July 18, 2021 by Rebecca
Offering freelance services can be one of the best ways to make money online from home.
There are an estimated 53 million freelancers in the U.S. The freelance workforce includes stay-at-home moms, single parents, students, retirees and people working full-time jobs who want to make extra money on the side.
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Earning an income as a freelancer starts with assessing what money-making skills you already have.
I started my freelancing business with nothing more than a laptop and some writing skills. And I’ve since grown it to a six-figure business.
If you’re interested in how to make money online as a freelancer, you might have questions like:
- What are freelance services?
- How to get started as a freelancer
- Which freelance services pay the most money
This post breaks down everything you need to know to start making money the freelance way!
What Are Freelance Services?
Before we dig into which freelance services to offer, let’s talk about what freelancing is for a minute.
In a nutshell, freelancing means you work for yourself but you hire your skills out to other people or businesses for money.
As a freelancer, you’re an independent contractor. That means you’re not an employee of whatever company you’re working for.
That’s important to know because unlike employees, freelancers don’t get health insurance benefits or a 401(k).
But as a freelancer, you do get some things that are even better like:
- Flexibility in how you plan your schedule
- Practically unlimited earning potential
- A chance to do work you enjoy that’s creative
As a freelancer, I can tell you those are all great things.
Sure, being self-employed isn’t always a picnic. But I’d take freelancing for myself over working for someone else any day.
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What skills do freelancers need?
Being a freelancer takes certain skills just like any other job.
But the great thing about freelancing is that you can choose the kind of work that matches your skillset.
So for example, some of the skills you need to succeed as a freelancer include:
- Creative thinking
- Good written and oral communication skills
- A strong grasp of English if you’re working with English-speaking clients
- Excellent time management skills
- An ability to focus and stay on task
Notice I didn’t say anything about a degree or years of experience running a business.
Those are good to haves, sure. But they’re not must-haves to make money (and lots of it!) freelancing.
And I say that from experience.
I don’t have a journalism degree or a business degree. I’m not certified as a financial planner.
But I make well over six figures every year freelance writing about money. So if I can do it, you can do it!
How can I become a freelancer?
The great thing about freelancing is that it’s so easy to get started these days!
The first step in becoming a freelancer is deciding which freelance services to offer obviously. And we’ll dig deeper into that in a minute.
But other things you can do to get your freelancing career off the ground include:
- Getting active on social and letting your followers know that you’re venturing into freelancing
- Building up your profile on LinkedIn and highlighting your freelance services
- Looking for freelance jobs
Finding freelance jobs is usually the hardest part of getting started as a freelancer.
The good news is, there are lots of ways you can do it if you want to make money freelancing.
Cold pitching is one option. It just means emailing people you don’t know and pitching your freelance services to them.
Scary, right? If you’re a total introvert like me, then yes.
So that’s where freelance job boards come in.
You can find tons of freelance jobs listed on job boards. There are always, always going to be companies looking for people who offer freelance services.
Some of my favorite freelance job boards include:
Those are all sites I used to find freelance jobs when I was just starting so I can vouch for their quality.
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How to Choose Which Freelance Services to Offer
Okay, so this is where we get into the how-to-make-money-freelancing bit.
When it comes to choosing which freelance services to offer, there are three rules to follow:
- Pick something you’re good at (or can get good at over time)
- Choose something that will MAKE MONEY!
- And make sure it works with your schedule
When I was a brand-new stay at home mom looking for ways to make money online, I had no idea how to get started with freelancing.
So I just experimented with different freelance services to see what worked.
I spent some time as a virtual assistant before I locked in on what I was best at: freelance writing.
It’s worth pointing out that one of the more popular freelancing services right now is blogging.
It’s possible to make money (and a lot of it if you’re able to grow your audience). But blogging is a long game and for most bloggers, it takes time for money to start rolling in consistently.
Freelancing, on the other hand, can put cash in your pocket much faster.
So, are you ready to see what’s on the list? Let’s dive in!
28 Lucrative Freelance Services to Offer to Make Money
1. Freelance writing
Any time I’m talking about freelancing, side hustles or business ideas you can do from home, freelance writing goes at the top of the list. Here’s why:
- Being a freelance writer doesn’t require a big investment. I started my business with a laptop and an internet connection.
- You can make a lot of money from freelance writing if you establish yourself as an expert in your niche.
- You don’t need a degree or fancy education to get started. Solid writing skills and determination can take you far.
So what kind of freelance writing services can you offer as a stay at home mom? There’s a pretty long list actually and it includes:
- Blog writing
- Content writing
- Grant writing
- Resume writing
I mostly write blog content and reported stories but you can build your freelance services around the kind of writing you’re best at or most interested in.
2. Virtual assistant services
Virtual assistants can do a little of everything but their main job is making life easier for the clients they work with.
If you’re organized and great at time management, being a VA could be a great fit. And like freelance writing, you can niche down and specialize in the kind of freelance services you offer.
For example, you could be a Pinterest VA and manage Pinterest accounts for bloggers.
Or you could be a real estate VA, helping real estate agents run their businesses.
Some VAs take a more general approach and work with lots of different clients. It’s really up to you which route you take.
Gina at Horkey Handbook is an expert on all things VA-related. If you’re ready to give launching a VA business of your own a go, she’s got an awesome course you’ll want to take a peek at!
3. Pinterest template design
As a beginning blogger, one of the first lessons you learn is how important Pinterest is.
While SEO can help your blog get noticed, it’s your Pinterest game that can make or break you.
I’m still working on my pinning strategy and my pins are constantly evolving as I figure out what works and what doesn’t.
One tactic I’ve tried is using pin templates from other people.
Pin templates are great because they look amazing most of the time and I don’t have to spend hours and hours trying to make them.
I just pop in some text, add an image and voila! I’ve got a new pin. Easy peasy!
If you’re a mom with an eye for design, this is a freelance service you could offer. Kristin of Applecart Lane, for example, has built her business around selling amazing pin templates.
The best part about this kind of freelancing business? You don’t need a lot of money to get it going.
Considering how many bloggers use Pinterest, this could be one of the more lucrative freelance services for moms.
I always proofread my articles and blog posts before hitting publish but sometimes typos or spelling errors slip through the cracks. What are you gonna do, right?
A freelance proofreader’s job is to pick out the grammar errors, misspelled words and typos we writers don’t always notice.
So what will you need to build your freelance services around proofreading?
You’ll need to be detail-oriented. And obviously, you need to know the basic rules of writing.
Also, decide whether you want to be a general proofreader or specialize in a niche. General proofreaders can work with a wider client base but specializing could unlock higher-paying gigs.
Caitlin Pyle is the authority on freelance proofreading. She’s got a free webinar you can check out on how to get started making money as a freelance proofreader!
And while you’re here, be sure to check my detailed guide to getting paid to proofread:
Click below sign up for the free general proofreading webinar!
Editing is similar to proofreading but there’s a little more to it.
The editors I work with, for example, look for spelling and grammar errors but they’re also looking at the content as a whole.
Their goal is to make sure everything I’ve written makes sense, that I’ve covered all the points the story should include and that it flows well overall.
The process for becoming a freelance editor is a lot like being a freelance writer:
- Choose a niche and the kind of editing services you want to offer.
- Establish your social media presence and start building authority as an expert.
- Set up a website or start a blog that highlights your skills and experience.
- Network with other freelance editors and writers.
- Apply to gigs on job boards and through cold pitching.
If you’ve never done any editing before, consider trying your hand at freelance writing first to get familiar with the basics.
Then, expand your freelance services to include editing as you master the ins and outs of creating killer content!
6. Stock photography
I so appreciate a gorgeous stock photo. And I’m super jealous of photographers who know how to put a great shot together.
That’s just not one of my skills. But for some moms, taking great photos is second nature.
If that’s you, your freelance services could revolve around taking and selling stock photos. To see what I mean, here are some of my favorite stock photo sites:
Their photos are all very different but they’re all beautiful and eye-catching. And kind of like Pinterest templates, there’s a huge market for selling stock photos.
Tons of bloggers, myself included, use stock photos for their blog graphics, pin graphics, social media graphics — anything and everything visual.
And again, there doesn’t have to be a lot of startup costs involved.
You need a good camera, obviously, and a blog or website to sell your images on. But otherwise, that’s all you need to start making money from your stock photos!
7. Logo design
Logo design also falls under the freelance services umbrella.
You don’t need a blog or website to sell your services to start; you can do that through a freelance platform like Fiverr or Upwork.
But I will say that starting a blog or developing a website can help you level up your client base once your business starts to grow.
Another place to find work as a freelance logo designer: Facebook groups.
I spend a lot of time in Facebook groups for freelancers, bloggers and mompreneurs. And you know what? There are a dang lot of moms out there asking for help with their logo design!
It’s definitely worth putting on your shortlist of potential freelance services if you’re interested in doing something design-focused.
8. Translation services
If you know a foreign language or two, that’s a skill you could put to work as a freelancing mom.
Translators can take anything from textbooks and technical documents to sales brochures and website copy. And you can do all of it from home.
Platforms like Gengo connect translators with well-known brands like Etsy, YouTube and Airbnb. The price you earn per word for translating gigs increases the more proficient you are in a particular language.
Like freelance writing or editing, you can specialize in translating certain types of documents or working with certain types of clients. And since it’s a highly specialized, in-demand skill there’s certainly money-making potential.
If you want to learn more about being a freelancer translate, check out this guide from Zippia.
Tutoring has become big business online.
If you’re already spending time helping your kids with their homework or homeschooling, then why not turn that into a freelance business?
There’s a mom in our homeschool group who teaches English as VIPKID tutor. She tutors in the early hours of the morning so she has the rest of the day free to spend with her kids and spouse.
If mornings don’t work for you, or you’d like to offer freelance services beyond tutoring English, there are tons of other tutoring platforms you can try.
Here are a few I recommend:
Make sure you check out the guidelines for working through these platforms. And take time to compare what tutors in your niche charge so you know where to set your rates.
10. Blog and social media management
Blogging is super time-intensive because there’s just so much to do.
You have to write posts, create pin images, schedule posts, respond to comments. Then you have to promote your posts on social media and send things to your email list. It’s a lot.
I’m trying to do it all myself, while still running my freelance writing business. But dang, is it tough some days.
That’s why blog and social media managers exist. They take care of all the behind the scenes stuff so bloggers can focus on creating content and building their brand.
If you’re intrigued by blogging but aren’t ready to start a blog of your own, blog and social media management could be an awesome fit!
11. Video editing
I haven’t tried my hand at video as a blogger yet, but there are plenty of companies using video to attract clients and customers.
Video editing is more than just cutting and pasting sections of video together; you also need to be able to tell a story for the brand you’re working with.
In other words, it’s a freelance service that relies on creativity. But it can pay well if you’re the creative type.
According to GoDaddy, the average freelance editor makes $200 a day. Pretty sweet, right?
ProductionHUB has a great post on how to get started with freelance editing. It covers all the basics of how to find clients and manage the business side of freelancing.
12. Facebook ads management
Facebook ads are another selling tool bloggers and brands use to get eyes on their products.
I haven’t tried Facebook ads to promote my blog or my writing services. That’s one more thing to learn about as I continue my blogging education. 🙂
But from what I’ve heard in the different freelancing groups I belong to, there’s a certain amount of skill that goes into creating the perfect ad.
Maybe you have a background in marketing or sales, or maybe you’re just good at convincing people to buy products you use and love.
If so, you could add Facebook marketing to your freelance skillset.
Don’t know where to start? Latasha from Arts and Budgets has a great interview with a Facebook ads manager that covers all the basics.
13. Coaching and consulting
As freelance services go, coaching and consulting can cover a whole lot of things.
Coaching, consulting, mentoring — whatever you decide to call it — means helping people with problems or challenges.
The kind of coaching or consulting services you offer depends on your background, what you’re skilled at and what you’re passionate about.
Here are some ideas for coaching and consulting services moms can offer as freelancers:
- Blogging coach
- Etsy shop consultant
- Productivity coach
- Budgeting coach
- Pinterest consultant
- Career coach
- Life coach
- Homeschool consultant
- Relationship coach
You don’t need any kind of special degree or training to be a coach or consultant. But you do need to be an expert in the topic you’re coaching.
Starting a blog is one way to gain expert status. It can also help you build an audience of people who need your services.
You can read all about how to become a freelance consultant here. This is an excellent and highly detailed post for beginning coaches and consultants.
14. SEO strategy and consulting
SEO or search engine optimization is huge for bloggers and freelance writers.
It’s what helps your writing get noticed through search engines so people can find your blog or website. And if Google can’t find you then you may as well not even exist.
But it’s more than just plugging in keywords. SEO strategy goes a lot deeper than that.
It’s about finding the right keywords to help drive traffic and make a piece of content stand out from the competition.
Freelance SEO strategists make nearly $60,000 a year on average; the really good ones make over $100,000 annually.
What, what !?!
That’s crazy, right?
If you’re looking for a solid resource on SEO freelancing, take a look at this guide from Location Rebel.
15. WordPress theme design
WordPress is what many a blogger (myself included) build their websites on.
And part of starting a blog means having a theme that draws in your readers and keeps them coming back.
WordPress developers create and sell themes and their freelance services can also include website design. At the bottom, WordPress developers typically make around $50 an hour, although some make a lot more.
This type of freelance gig is skill-intensive. You’ll need to know how to write HTML code and have an eye for graphic design.
But if you can master the basics, this is a highly-valued service you can offer from home.
16. Transcription services
When I think of transcriptionists, I always think of court reporters for some reason. But there’s a huge market for freelance transcribers who work online.
You have to be good at typing and you’ll need a quiet place to get your work done. So this one could be more challenging if you have younger kids at home.
There’s also specific software you’ll need to do your transcribing work. And it’s probably a good idea to have a niche unless you’re comfortable with general transcription.
Some of the niches you can choose from include legal, corporate, medical and finance transcription. If you’re looking for jobs as a newbie transcriber, here are 20 options for beginners.
And if you’re interested in learning how to become a transcriptionist, I’ve got something for you.
Are you good with numbers? Do you manage your family finances?
If you said yes to either one, then you might consider hiring yourself out as a freelance bookkeeper.
You could make $60 an hour or more keeping the books for small businesses. And you don’t need to be a certified public accountant either.
You do need to know the basics of bookkeeping and how to use the most popular accounting software programs, like QuickBooks. And you’ll need a computer and internet to start finding clients.
Once you’re ready to look for paid bookkeeping gigs, you can start by checking out freelance job boards.
And you can learn more about how to build a profitable bookkeeping business with this free webinar!
It’s offered by Bookkeepers.com and covers all you need to know about making money as a bookkeeper so go sign up!
18. Website and app testing
One of the most important steps in launching a new blog or app is getting feedback on it.
I’ve asked people in various Facebook groups to review my blog for free but some people get paid to do the same thing.
Freelance website and app testers help individuals and companies weed out any bugs or glitches in a site or app before it officially goes live.
Compared to other freelance services, website and app testing may not take as much of your time. If you’re working through a site like Tester Work you can more or less set your schedule.
That’s awesome if you’re a busy mom and you want to squeeze making money into your daily routine!
If you’re looking for sites that pay for user testing, here are 17 places that offer for cash for your reviews.
19. Data entry
Data entry jobs require strong typing skills so if you know your way around a keyboard, you could be set.
Industries and companies that hire freelance data entry specialists include medical offices, accounting offices and government agencies.
Some freelance data entry gigs may require a college degree but others are open to beginners.
You check out some of the best sites for finding freelance data entry gigs here.
Aside from typing, you’ll also need to know your stuff when it comes to word processing software and spreadsheets. Plus, you’ll need to be organized and good at keeping track of small details.
20. Voiceover work
I have a weird special skill that really annoys my kids. Any time we’re watching an animated movie or show, I see if I can guess which actors are providing the voices.
Voice-over work is something you can do from home if you’ve got a flair for acting and an interesting voice.
You need a good computer and a quality microphone but if you have those things, you can start auditioning for voice-over work online.
Similar to transcription, this is one of those freelance services that requires a quiet place to work.
But if your kids are in school, you could clean up doing voice-over work for commercials, TV shows, YouTube videos — you name it!
21. Brand strategy and consulting
Branding is huge for bloggers and freelancers of all kinds.
With blogging, your brand is what sets you apart and makes you recognizable. It’s how your color schemes, logo, fonts, writing style all pull together to create a memorable and cohesive picture of who you are.
Branding strategists help bloggers and website owners create and shape their brands.
They can help with things like pin design or graphic design for products, marketing and promotion, blog and social media content.
A brand strategist has to be able to wear a lot of different hats. If you’re looking for inspiration on how to get started with brand strategy as a freelancer, give this podcast interview with Jenni Heffernan Brown a listen.
22. Online research
Freelance researchers spend their time researching specific topics.
The kinds of tasks you can do as a freelance researcher include:
- Compiling statistics
- Researching trends
- Doing market research for brands
- Reviewing products and/or services
If you’re trying to get a freelance research business off the ground, you can find gigs through freelance job boards. Sites like Wonder also pay people for their research skills.
Just make sure you’re setting your rates so they reflect the amount of time you’re putting in.
23. Project management
Freelance project managers help keep bloggers and business owners on track when there’s a major project in the works.
You have to be awesome at time management and organization to make this kind of gig work. And it’s also helpful to know how to use different project management platforms, like Asana and Trello.
But if you can nail down your skills, you can make serious money as a freelance project manager.
It’s possible to make over $100,000 a year, depending on how much time you can put into helping with project management.
That is crazy!
So if you’re interested in freelancing from home, definitely put this one on your to-think-about list!
24. Email marketing
Email is one of the most powerful marketing tools around. And if you’re good at writing persuasively, you could make money freelancing as an email marketer.
This type of freelancing job involves creating email campaigns, setting up funnels, writing email copy and scheduling campaigns.
Email marketing or email management could be a great freelance service to offer if you’re highly organized and know how to write a sales email that converts.
25. Freelance blogging
I mentioned freelance writing as a lucrative freelance service to offer but freelance blogging is a little different.
As a freelance blogger, you get paid write posts for someone else’s blog.
This is a big part of how I make money as a freelancer. I write for blogs and websites like Forbes, CreditCards.com and Investopedia.
If you’re not sure how to start freelance blogging, setting up a blog of your own can be great practice.
You can use your blog to develop your voice and writing style and create some killer writing clips to win over prospective clients.
26. Pinterest management
Pinterest management takes Pinterest template design one step further.
As a freelance Pinterest manager, you might be responsible for:
- Creating pin designs
- Scheduling pins with a tool like Tailwind
- Setting up Pinterest ad campaigns
- Managing and analyzing Pinterest analytics
Pinterest managers can easily make $100,000 a year or more working from home. So if you’re skilled at Pinterest, this is definitely one of the best-paying freelance service ideas.
27. Podcast editing
Podcasts are becoming an increasingly popular way for businesses and brands to build an audience.
If you know the ins and outs of what makes for a great podcast, you could try freelancing as a podcast editor.
This course can help you polish your podcast editing skills so you can start making money.
28. Photo editing
In addition to getting paid to take stock photos, you could also make money as a freelancer by editing them.
Knowledge of a photo editing tool like Lightroom, PhotoShop or Canva is good to have. But if you’re a pro at cropping or background removals then you could have an easy way to make money on your hands.
Learn more about the basics of photo editing and how to create a great image.
Final thoughts on how to make money with freelance services
Being a freelancer and a mom is the best of both worlds.
I get to make money and be home with my kids. It’s total freedom + financial security!
If you’re a stay at home mom or a working mom who wants to trade your day job for an online business, there are tons of ways to make money freelancing. The key is figuring out what works best for you.
Do you have any idea for freelancing that I didn’t mention here? Tell me about it in the comments!