I love testing different ways to earn extra cash. And one thing I have found that can be a stable source of extra income is freelance jobs.
However, not all freelance jobs are suitable for people who are just starting out in the freelancing industry.
That’s why if you want to dip your toes into this kind of earning method, you must start with the easy ones first.
In this guide, I will discuss the easy freelance jobs for beginners you can choose from. These are legit options that I have actually tried when I was just starting out, so all the insights I will be sharing will be based on my experience.
I will include a brief summary of each option so you can determine which job will suit you best.
Where to find online freelance jobs?
Before we talk about the actual jobs you can do, we must first discuss where you can find these online freelance jobs. But why should you go for online jobs?
Well, it’s pretty simple. Online jobs are more flexible in terms of work schedule and location. That’s why it is preferred by most freelancers today.
You can find plenty of freelance jobs from freelance sites like Fiverr, Upwork, and Latium. These are just some of the popular freelance sites you can join.
When you are evaluating freelance sites, the best tip I can give you is to look at the fees involved when getting paid for the jobs you do. You see, in order for freelance sites to earn money, you will have to share a certain percentage of your earnings with them.
Think of it as a service fee for providing you with job opportunities. Of course, I would advise you to choose the site with a low fee. But there are other factors you also have to consider and one of those is the availability of freelance jobs.
And in this regard, Fiverr and Upwork are a notch above all the other freelance sites. These sites are by far, the most popular ones and as a result, there are plenty of employers posting job opportunities on these sites. Therefore, you will most likely find freelance jobs on a regular basis.
But in the end, I would still advise you to go where you feel most comfortable. That is the most important factor you have to consider.
How much can you earn from online freelance jobs?
The next thing we need to talk about is the earning potential of online freelance jobs. The amount you can earn from a freelance job varies. There are several factors you have to consider. As mentioned above, there are fees associated when collecting your earnings.
But the determining factor will really be the employer. There will be employers that will pay a decent amount per job and there will be ones that will pay you below the standard rate. It will be up to you how to discern the better-paying jobs from the lower ones.
Fortunately, you will acquire this skill the more experience you accumulate. But the thing with online freelance jobs is, if you have the skills, it can potentially give you really good earnings. Based on my experience, the higher-paying jobs are those that are looking for a specific skill set.
The simple jobs don’t pay that much, but they require less effort and time to complete. So, it’s really up to you and the skills you have that will determine the amount you can earn from these online freelance jobs.
That being said, the jobs I will show you in this guide are a good starting point and will allow you to earn a decent amount without much experience.
10 easy freelance jobs for beginners
Now that you know what to expect from online freelance jobs, it’s time we talk about the actual freelance jobs you can choose from. As I’ve mentioned earlier, I’ve actually tried these jobs over the years, so everything I will be sharing will be based on experience.
I will keep updating this guide if I find new jobs that beginners can do, so make sure to bookmark this page and check on it from time to time for new opportunities.
#1 – Blog commenting
One easy freelance job you can do is called blog commenting. As the term suggests, all you have to do is leave comments on blogs in order to earn.
However, let me just say that you cannot just put in any random comment. Your comment has to actually relate to the topic of the blog you are commenting on. Otherwise, your comment will either be deleted or will not be accepted.
When that happens, you won’t get paid. That’s why you need to read the blog first before you comment and make sure you understand what you’ve read so you can place sensible comments.
You can typically earn around $5 to $30 from this kind of job depending on the volume of comments you need to do.
#2 – Social media shout outs
This kind of online freelance job has become more and more popular when social media became an acceptable platform to advertise on. A decade ago, this kind of job did not exist because social media platforms were not really that popular.
But now, more and more people offer this kind of service because more and more employers are also looking to promote their stuff on social media. The idea is to tell your social media followers about a certain company or brand, hence the term “shout out”.
The amount you can earn from this kind of job will depend on your social media profile. If you have a lot of followers, you can demand more since there will be a larger audience. But if you only have a few followers, don’t expect employers to hire you.
So, you also need to lay out the foundation if you want to work on this kind of freelance job. In other words, you need to grow your social media following.
#3 – Voice over
Voice-over jobs can potentially pay really good money. It does require you to have a good speaking voice and the proper equipment to do the job (microphones and recording interfaces), so it’s not a job that everybody can do.
As you can see in the photo above, the starting pay is significantly higher than other jobs because it requires a specific skill. You also need to have the confidence to execute the job properly.
But the best thing about this kind of job is, you can do it in many different languages. If you are not a fluent English speaker, you can look for voice-over jobs in your native language.
#4 – Removing background from images
This kind of job is very simple to do nowadays. You don’t need to be an expert with photo editing software in order to do this job. There are plenty of free tools (like Remove.bg) you can find on the internet that will allow you to remove the background of certain images.
Of course, it would still help if you have Photoshop skills because you can then go for the more complicated jobs. But overall, this kind of job will be relatively easy to do and you can earn around $5, which is the common rate you will find with this kind of freelance job.
#5 – Virtual assistant
Becoming a virtual assistant can actually be a full-time job. It’s one of the jobs where you can find employers who are looking for people to, for example, do some data entry or research tasks. This is by far the most common type of task you will encounter.
Overall, it doesn’t really require you to have a special set of skills to perform the job. You just have to know your way around computers and the internet to become a successful virtual assistant.
The typical pay will be around $10 to $30 per job. You can earn more if the job requires multiple tasks to be completed. And as mentioned above, it can become a full-time gig where you can earn a significant amount.
#6 – Beta reading
Beta reading is a freelance job where you will get paid to read books. Plenty of authors need this kind of service to get valuable feedback about the book they have written.
Usually, people looking for this kind of service are mostly more interested in getting feedback about the book they have written rather than the grammar errors and other technical aspects of the book. That’s why it is an easy job that any beginner in the field of freelancing can do.
You just have to be honest and share your opinion because that is what the employers value most. The typical pay will be around $20 to $50 depending on what the employer will ask from you.
#7 – Translations
The next job that a beginner can do is translation jobs. In order for you to do this kind of job, you have to have the appropriate language skills.
You have to know at least two languages in order to do this kind of job. And no, you can’t just use Google Translate to do this job. You actually have to be fluent in the languages in order to deliver high-quality translations.
And of course, you will potentially earn more if you are fluent in multiple languages. The typical pay you will receive from this kind of freelance job will range from $5 to $10 per job. You will earn more if you need to translate a lot of documents/files.
#8 – Data entry
One of the most common online freelance jobs you can do that requires no special skills are data entry jobs. This kind of job is almost considered menial because all you will be doing will be mostly copying and pasting data.
Most freelancers have, at some point, done this kind of job. While it can get a bit boring at times, it’s still considered to be one of the easiest ways to earn as a freelancer, in my opinion. The reason why I say this is, that a lot of employers are looking for people to do data entry jobs.
So, you will not run out of opportunities to earn. You can typically earn around $20 to $50 per job depending on the type of data entry tasks you need to do.
#9 – Graphic design
Graphic design, technically speaking, is not an easy job. It requires a certain skill set like photo editing skills and you have to have the creative juice to design graphics for employers. But there are plenty of tools you can find on the internet that will help you perform the tasks needed. A good example is Canva. This platform will allow you to create images from their templates.
This kind of freelance job has a higher earning potential than most jobs because as I’ve mentioned, it usually requires a specific set of skills and you have to be a creative person to do it.
There are also graphic design jobs that are simpler, like creating images for Instagram posts. This kind of job typically pays around $30 to $60 depending on the type of graphics you need to design.
#10 – Lifestyle
This kind of freelance job is a very broad category. But it is in very high demand nowadays, so you can potentially earn a lot of money from it.
The jobs you can do will range from providing tutorials and tips, as well as lessons and coaching. There are also a bunch of categories of lifestyle jobs you can choose from, so you will most likely find somewhere you will be comfortable.
The pay range will vary depending on the category as well as the job you need to do, so it’s quite hard to place an exact figure. But if you are looking for a more dynamic form of freelance job, this is the best option, in my opinion.
That wraps up my guide on the best easy freelance jobs for beginners. As I’ve explained earlier, if you are looking to get into the world of online freelancing, these are your best options to choose from.
Most of these jobs won’t require you to have a specific set of skills. You just need to know your way around the computer and the internet. All these sites are legit and you can find these jobs on most freelance sites quite easily.
I will keep updating this guide if I find more opportunities, so make sure to bookmark this page and check on it from time to time.
But if you are looking for simpler ways to earn extra cash, I would suggest you check out the top survey and GPT sites in your country instead. The sites on this list all have good earning potential and you won’t have to compete with other freelancers to earn.
If you have any comments, or questions, or you know of any easy freelance jobs for beginners that you think belong in this guide, I would love to hear from you in a comment below.