There are many things’ freelancers can do in addition to writing content. Most people assume that hiring a freelancer is only appropriate if you are looking for a writer, editor, or graphic designer.
Even though these three skills can be performed by a freelancer, there are actually hundreds of different jobs that you can hire a freelancer to perform. Listed below are a few unique industries or skill sets where freelancers can be used to expand your team’s capabilities in addition to your own.
1. Creating podcasts
Currently, 75% of the population has heard of the term “podcasting” and over 100 million people report that they listen to podcasts on a regular basis. By using podcasts, your company is able to reach a wide range of new audiences with which to share your ideas. As a result, they provide the following opportunities:
- Business growth
- Your audience will increase
- Establish yourself or your brand as an expert in your field
- Contribute to thought leadership
- Create niche-specific content
In order to launch a podcast, someone must overcome the following barriers:
- The time it takes to create content
- Sound quality should be assured by appropriate broadcast equipment
- Producing a podcast requires technical skills
All of these tasks can be accomplished by a freelance podcaster. Additionally, they are able to assist with podcast scriptwriting, podcast editing, feedback, and review, as well as the promotion of podcasts.
2. The dropshipping model
There is an increase in demand for dropshipping services as more businesses sell products online. The dropshipping industry provides fulfillment services for online sales, reducing the hassle and costs associated with maintaining an inventory and coordinating shipping logistics on behalf of retailers. Depending on where you are in the process of setting up a dropshipping business, freelancers are able to assist you with each of the five steps:
- Create a drop shipping website
- Find the best product(s) to sell
- Ensure that product pages are updated with high-quality photographs, descriptions, and videos
- Ensure the smooth operation of your e-commerce website and provide excellent customer service
- Make your dropshipping site more visible through SEO, social media, and mobile marketing
3. Filters and lenses for augmented reality
In the case where your target audience includes people, then your target audience is likely to be active on social media. There are numerous websites that offer augmented reality (AR) filters, such as Snapchat, Instagram, and Facebook, for users to have fun with and share with their friends. It has become increasingly popular to use AR filters and lenses for everything from virtual makeup to fake eyelashes to sunglasses and cartoon animal faces. Many social media platforms have invited creators and designers to develop their own AR filters and effects. It presents an excellent opportunity for brands and businesses to improve their brand awareness, engage consumers, and reach a broader audience by creating their own augmented reality filters and lenses. You may be able to quickly pivot to take advantage of this growing trend by hiring a freelancer to design AR filters. This will enable you to remain relevant to your target audience and remain competitive.
4. Online learning
While eLearning and virtual schools are not new concepts, their importance and urgency have increased as an increasing number of educators and schools use these resources to reach students. There can be a great deal of difficulty in getting eLearning up and running. Professional freelancers are available to assist with eLearning content development, video production, and animation-everything from developing quizzes and turning PowerPoint presentations into videos, to developing in-depth curriculum and interactive lesson plans.
There are more than 80 million people living in the United States who speak a language other than English at home. As much as 10% of the U.S. population does not speak English proficiently, although some of these people speak English with a high level of proficiency. That represents a significant opportunity for brands and companies to reach out to their audiences in their native language. A professional freelancer can translate your website, other customer-facing materials, and other marketing materials if you do not have someone who speaks a language fluently enough.
Whether you’re a small business or a large corporation, freelancers can help you expand your team’s abilities without taking on all the burdens of hiring full-time staff. Consequently, overhead expenses such as office space, employee benefits, and equipment are reduced. The hiring of a freelancer is therefore a more cost-effective option than the hiring of a full-time employee. The hiring of a freelancer can allow a business to reduce its operating costs without compromising the quality of its work.