Home based online jobs are very in-demand especially for those who specialize in the field of development and marketing. Upwork conducted a study and released a Skills Index where they highlighted the top 20 freelancing skills that grew fastest this second quarter of 2016.
The Upwork Skills Index computes growth rates based on billings through Upwork in Q2 2016 versus Q2 2015. The top 10 fastest growing freelancing skills in this list all increased more than 125% year-over-year.
I know, there’s still a lot of people in the Philippines who want to get a job in Upwork and do this work-at-home thing. If you too are planning to apply for an online job to be able to work at home, then you might want to consider learning any of these skills. This set of skills are already proven in-demand.
Upwork’s Top 20 Online Jobs Skills that are Fast Growing
1. User Experience Design
User experience design (UX, UXD, UED, or XD) is the method of increasing the user satisfaction with a product by improving its accessibility, usability, and pleasure involved in the interaction with the product.
The end product is typically a web application, android and IOS apps, games, and many more.
The main goal is to make the human to product interaction become more intuitive, more natural, and smooth flowing. If you want to be in this field, you should address all aspects involved in the user’s experience of using the product.
Trending technologies/topics you need to learn as User Experience Designer:
- Responsive/Mobile Design
- Flat/Material Design
- Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator
Experienced UXD rate: USD50/hr
2. ASP Development
ASP.NET is a server-side web application framework for web development in creating dynamic web pages. It was developed by Microsoft for programmers for building dynamic web applications.
Experienced ASP Developer rate: USD30-50/hr
3. Shopify Development
Shopify is an ecommerce solution for you to create your own online store where you can sell your products. You can modify your site on your own, organize things, accept payments, track orders, and many more with just few clicks.
Experienced Shopify Developer rate: USD25-45/hr
4. English proofreading
Proofreading is simply the process of examining the words and sentences to find and correct typographical errors, grammatical errors, writing styles, and spellings.
This is one of the jobs in upwork where you don’t need to learn many different technical skills. Most of the knowledge you need to acquire can be learned in your grade school and high school days.
If you want to pursue this kind of job, you might want to review the following:
- Basic Spelling and Grammar
- Proper Nouns
- Verbs and Tenses
- Sentence Structure
Experienced Proofreader rate: USD20-35/hr
5. SEO Writing
If you know SEO and you know how to write, SEO writing is for you. Articles optimized for search engine are probably one of the most in-demand jobs today. Website owners use SEO writing for their inbound marketing campaigns.
SEO writing works will keep on increasing in the coming years as more and more business will use content to market their businesses.
Here are some things you need to learn in order to start with SEO Writing:
- Writing Skills
- Keyword Research
- On-Page SEO Factors
- Blog Writing
Experienced SEO Writer Rate: USD35/hr up to 90/hr
An animator creates animation and visual effects for films, games, television, mobile applications, and other forms of media using illustrations and software programs.
Some of the most common technologies animators use for their jobs are Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere, Autodesk3ds Max, and Autodesk Maya.
Animators also produce graphics, develop storyboards, drawings, and illustrations. Their typical job is to create, plan, and script animated narrative sequences, and assist with production coordination and background design.
Technologies to learn as User Experience Designer:
- Adobe Photoshop
- Adobe After Effects
- Motion Graphics
- Story Boarding
- 2d/3d Animation
Experienced Animator Rate: USD20/hr up to 90/hr
7. Virtual assistant
Virtual assistantor VA is basically a self-employed professional that does administrative, technical, creative, and other types of work for clients remotely from a home office.
Here are some of the things people do in Virtual Assistant Industry:
- Project management
- Office skills
- Web Development
- Internet Marketing
- Social Media
- other IT works
- Graphics Design
- Web Design
- UI/UX Design
Experienced VA’s rate varies widely due to the wide scope of work but the more skillful you are, the higher your rate can get.
8. Lead generation
Lead generation is the process of acquiring highly qualified leads from different sources. Most of today’s lead generation methods are through social media, paid traffic, search engine traffic, and etc.
Lead generation requires wide variety of skills. Some specialize in social media and others in content marketing.
Here are some set of skills you need to learn for this job:
- Social Media marketing
- Paid Traffic
- Brand Marketing
- Market Research
- Digital Advertising
- Data Mining
Rate for Lead Generation jobs are ranging from USD 8 to 12 per hour
9. Data mining
Data mining is part of lead generation process and requires intensive internet research.
- Google search function
- Email Handling
- Social Media
- Data Scraping
- Other lead generation skills
Rates for Lead Generation jobs are playing from USD 5 to 40 per hour.
10. Video editing
There are many different types of videos you can create. Most of the video editing jobs you can apply for online are related in marketing, educational videos, and animations.
Video editing in its purest sense is to simply produce video as per request by the client. Specializing in certain type or types of videos is something optional.
Here are some technical skills you need to enhance if you want to pursue this kind of work:
- Video Editing/Production
- Adobe Photoshop/AE/Premier Pro
Video editor’s rate can go up to around USD50/ hour.
11. WordPress development
WordPress is probably the most popular website platform people use nowadays to create blogs, e-commerce sites, portfolio sites, company websites, and many more. Because of its popularity, the demand for developers grew in number.
I, myself also am a WordPress developer and it took me around 2 years to get the right set of skills (technical and soft skills) before I get into the actual work. I studied web development while having my day job that’s why it took me that long.
You can learn the things you need in less than a year with proper guidance.
Here’s a list of technical skills you need to become a real WordPress Developer:
- PHP, WordPress API
- Photoshop Design to WordPress
- Theme Frameworks
Experienced WordPress developers’ rate varies from 30-100USD/hour.
12. AngularJS development
Many businesses now are using custom web application for many different needs. This lead to the demand for better code structure, better implementation, faster scripts, and as a result, the rise of many different web development frameworks.
AngularJS solved big problems in terms of structure and efficiency and this is why many developers now are using AngularJS as their go-to solution for many different web applications.
If you want to become an AnjularJS Developer, here are some skills you need to learn:
- The Document Object Model (DOM)
- Angular architecture ( MVC pattern )
- Angular basics ( Directive, components, view, scoping etc )
- Build a ton of AngularJS application for mastery
Rates for AngularJS developers play around 30-50 USD/ hour.
13. Java development
Java programming has been there for long but it get bigger when android operating system became a big hit in the mobile industry. The native language used for android development is Java.
One of the major things why Java has become so popular is because of its portability. You don’t need to change your code to run the exact same thing from one platform to another as compared to other programming languages such as C/C++.
There are many resources already available on the internet if you want to pursue this career path. The rates for Java developers varies from $10 even up to $100 per hour depending on your skills, experience and expertise.
The typical job of accountants is to prepare and check financial records. Accountants make sure that records are accurate and that taxes are paid properly and on time.
With online jobs, you don’t necessarily need to be a CPA to apply, although it’s a plus, but as long as you know how to do the work properly and showed that you really have the skills, you can apply for it.
Skills you need to learn:
- Accounting / Bookkeeping
- Accounts Payable Management
- Financial Analysis/Accounting/Forecasting
15. Android development
Building mobile apps are now in-demand. If you know how to build games, create social networking apps, business apps, educational apps, and etc., why not apply for it online?
Currently, playstore is now dominated by these app categories: Games, Business, Education, Lifestyle, and Entertainment.
If you’ve got the knack for programming, here are technical skills you need to learn in order to become an android developer:
- Eclipse GUI
- Java, MySQL, sQLite
- Android SDK, Android Toolkit
- Game Engines, 2D & 3D Game Development
- and many, many more..
The rate for an experiened Android Developer varies around 30 to 40 USD per hour.
16. iOS development
If there’s Android development for android mobile, there’s iOS development for apple’s mobile product lines.
Here are list of technical skills you need to learn to become an iOS Developer:
- Programming Fundamentals, OOP
- Objective-C, Swift
- Read others’ codes
- Build a ton of Apps
- Always ask questions
- Join a lot of programming forums
Yeah. I always say whenever I see people learning how to program that learning “the language” is different from “programming” and building software or applications. You might be able to master the language but building things is a a big different thing.
If you want to become a developer, always read, read, and read, and build, build, and build.
The rate for an experiened iOS Developer varies around 40 to 50 USD per hour.
Zendesk is basically a customer service solution that is made to keep things simple. This software solution is used by organizations to provide support to their customers. It’s a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) product, where an organization will pay a monthly fee for each member of the support team using the product.
Zendesk will take care of the hosting and running of the website for you, which let you to just focus on the important martter—providing support for your customers.
Rate for experienced and skilled workers are areound 15-35USD/hour.
Many organizations now are adopting MongoDB because it enables them to build applications faster, handle highly diverse data types, and manage applications more efficiently at scale.
If you know MySQL and have used it before, you might want to learn MongoDB. Being well versed with these two database technology, you have the option to choose the database technology fit for the application you’re building.
Technologies you need to learn inline with MongoDB:
- Serverside Language and Frameworks
Rate for skilled web developer knowledgeable with MongoDB can go around 50-70USD/hour
19. Data visualization
This may sound new to others but Data Visualization has grown to a point where it became a specialized field. Data visualization is simply about the presentation of data in such a way that it can be easily absorbed by simple minds.
Figures from collected data nightmare in its rawest nature. The trend of today is to let people understand what these data means the easiest way possible with the use of images and graphs and even software and applications.
If you’ve seen images they call infographics, that is Data Visualization.
If think this is for you, here are the things you need to learn to land a job in this field:
- Statistics, Data Analytics
- Spreadsheet, Presentation Tools
- Data Visualization tools
- Graphics Design
Rate for this job can vary from $25 to $100 per hour.
AutoCAD works are typically needed in civil, metal, and plastic works. Computer aided designs are very important part of product designing, engineering analysis, plastic injection molding design, casting & manufacturing processes, and many more.
During my OJT days, I applied for a QA type of work where I draw all of the dimension specifications of camera parts. I learned how to use AutoCAD in just a week and I can say that this is quite easy to learn.
I’ve also designed Printed Circuit Boards using different CAD software when I was still in my electronics design job back in 2013 and same thing, just a little dedication and things can be learned within a week or two.
All of the information regarding the skills you need to learn are based on the skills of top people in Upwork. The information about the rate of every job position are also based on the top freelancers in Upwork.
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