In the fall of 2017, a survey released by the Freelancers Union and freelancing platform Upwork showed that over half the U.S. population will be freelancing by 2027 if the uptick continues to grow at its current pace. These days, it’s easier than ever to land a freelance job, and oftentimes it doesn’t matter where you live, whether it’s Charleston, New York City or a tiny town in Mississippi, as work is available online. If you’ve been wondering which freelance jobs are the very best for earning some extra money, these are among the cream of the crop.


If you know more than one language, consider becoming a freelance translator. There are opportunities for translating from English to Spanish and vice versa, to and from Korean, German, Italian, French or just about every language combination out there. You can make quite a bit of money doing this depending on your skill level, the task at hand and languages involved.


There are a wide variety of freelance writing jobs out there, from copywriters who write for businesses to help promote their brand to article writing and social media content creation. If you have the skills and experience, you can make $50 or more per hour. Just be aware that there are many very low paying jobs for freelance writers out there, so you’ll have be willing to do some digging to find them in addition to having the ability to promote yourself in the best light possible.


There are lots of online tutoring sites, including TutorMe, Skooli, Stutorialz and Vnaya, that look for creative, patient people willing to use their knowledge and skills in a particular academic area to help students, both children and adults, master a subject. You’ll have to fill out an application, take an exam and go through a mock session with an experienced tutor who will evaluate your teaching skills, empathy and creativity, but if you can communicate well and know your subject matter, this can be a great freelancing gig. Typically, you’ll be matched with a student who you’ll work with in an online classroom, setting your own hours. Pay varies anywhere from $10 to $35 an hour or more depending on the site, your experience and the subject taught.

Play Games

While in most cases it won’t be the most lucrative, getting paid to play games is something many people fantasize about – who wouldn’t want to have fun and get paid for you? Bananatic will do just that – it pays you to play games and to test apps, earning reward points by completing tasks within each game and leaving honest reviews. The points can be redeemed for gift cards, merchandise and game credits.

If you’re all about the cash and believe you’re highly competent when it comes to testing games for glitches (and have the consoles necessary for playing the games you’ll test), check out The site will pay you to work from home testing games, with the hourly pay ranging from $50 to $150 an hour. That includes games from leading companies like SEGA, EA and Activision among others.