The UK is home to 4.2 million home workers, and freelancers are now the fastest growing group in the UK labour market.
It seems a combination of the economic downturn and a change in work patterns is pushing more and more of us to take matters into our own hands.
If you’re thinking of going it alone, make sure you never miss a meeting by staying in touch via conference call – and check out these five highest paying freelance jobs in the UK.
‘How to’ videos and online guides are big business these days, and adverts have always been big business – the one thing they all have in common is they need a good voiceover artist to get the message across.
So if you’ve got a silver tongue or a velvety voice you can read scripts from a home studio and send files electronically, though some employers may want to get you in their own studio.
Hourly rate – £68
Data is the new currency in business now – as we’ve all become more and more accustomed to offering up all sorts of information online, so companies have more data at their disposal than ever before.
There’s no point having a load of raw data and not knowing what to do with it though – and that’s where infographic designers come in and help present complex information in an easy-to-read and shareable way.
Hourly rate – £45
If you’ve got some financial know-how, you can use it to seriously add to your bank balance.
As a financial writer you’ll do everything from compiling analysis and market commentary for industry publications, to penning blog, scripting videos and even writing up annual reports.
Hourly rate – £38
The world of business never stops, meaning deals are being done and contracts are being signed 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week – and as a contract drafter you’ll be in charge of penning contracts behind these deals.
It’s a highly-skilled role that requires an in-depth knowledge of the industry you’re working to make sure the deal is sound and the contract is watertight.
Hourly rate – £35
Although more and more are turning to freelancing, many businesses still prefer to have their own staff in place, but hiring can be a real chore – and so they may outsource the job of recruitment to someone external.
If you’re a freelance recruiter you’ll take over the whole process of attracting, selecting and appointing the best candidates for vacant positions.
Hourly rate – £32