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About 60 million Americans are currently freelancing. Some do it to earn a little extra income, while others are contracted to a company to earn a full-time living.
Successful freelancers need the right skills. But what are they?
To create the list, Upwork looked at skills data from its own database based on freelancer income in the US from January to October 2022.
Below is a list of this year’s top freelancer skills.
full stack development
Full-stack development is the most in-demand skill for technical freelancers.
This skill includes end-to-end application development, including both front-end and back-end of the application.
search engine optimization
Search engine optimization (SEO) expertise is the most in-demand skill for freelance marketers.
A freelancer with search engine optimization skills knows how to create or modify content so that it ranks higher in search engines.
The goal is to increase the visibility of this content and increase the number of visitors to the sites that host the content.
Email, phone and chat support
Email, phone, and chat support are among the most in-demand skills for freelance customer service and administrative support.
Freelancers specializing in email, phone, and chat support for customer service troubleshooting. They are often the first line of help when consumers have a problem with a new product or service.
Accounting is the most in-demand skill for freelancers working in accounting and consulting.
This field contains records of business transactions. Those who work in accounting may also collect and analyze financial information, among other tasks.
Graphic design is the most in-demand skill among freelancers working in the design and creative skills category.
Those who work in graphic design combine text and photographs for advertisements and publications such as magazines and books.