Studies show that 1 in 5 Americans work from home. What’s not only interesting and shocking about this statistic is that recent predictions expect that number to jump to 40% by the year 2020.
You might be thinking, it’s time to consider a career as a self-employed freelancer, but what exactly are the benefits? Elance’s freelance report shows that people’s favorite aspects about being self-employed are: being their own bosses, following their passion on a schedule that works for them, and no commute to work. These are some of the life-changing Pros to working from home. Here’s another statistic for you, new freelance workers have increased their income on average by 30% and about 19% of these new freelance workers have seen their income double. Fascinating right?

Here are the highest paying work from home freelance jobs :

1. Frontend developer (Web development)

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Annual US Salary: $97,000 – $102,000
Hourly rate: 100$-300$

As a Frontend Developer, your main responsibility is for the production, modification and maintenance of websites and web application user interface. This involves working closely with the designer in order to turn their static designs into working browser based web pages. As a Frontend Developer you will be responsible for providing accurate time estimates on your work, contributing to the product documentation (instructional, pitch and technical specification), and training other non-technical staff.

Required skills by importance:

• jQuery
• AngularJS
• Backbone.js
• Agile Methodologies
• Php
• Java
• Node.js

Become FrontEnd Developer

2. iOS developer


Annual US Salary: $101,000 – $107,000
Hourly rate: 90$-250$

iOS developers design and develop applications for the Apple OS platform. These developers have strong working relationships with design and development teams and usually have continuous connections with clients. iOS is a mobile operating system developed by Apple Inc. and distributed exclusively for Apple hardware. It is the operating system for iPhone, iPad and other mobile devices made by Apple.

Required skills by importance:

• iOS development
• Xcode
• Mobile Applications
• Objective-C
• Agile Methodologies
• Swift
• Git
• Architecture

Become IOS Developer

3. Android developer


Annual US Salary: $100,000 – $108,000
Hourly rate: 90$-250$

Android developers use a comprehensive set of development tools to create applications for the Android platform. These developers have strong working relationships with design and
development teams and usually have continuous connections with clients. Android developers also contribute to the planning and debugging processes of existing products. They are also required to have experience in various Android programming languages.

Required skills by importance:

• Android Development
• Java
• Android SDK
• Mobile Applications
• Agile Methodologies
• Eclipse
• Git

Become Android Developer

4. SEO Specialist


Annual US Salary: $61,000 – $74,000
Hourly rate: 40$-150$

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is the process of affecting the visibility of a website or a web page in a search engines “natural” or un-paid (“organic”) search results. A SEO specialist is responsible to perform research and suggest site enhancements in order to reach a higher ranked website in search engines. SEO may target different kinds of search, including image search, local search, video search, academic search, news search and industry-specific vertical search engines. SEO specialists are incredibly metrics-driven, and are proficient with web analytic tools such as Google Analytics and SEO management platforms such as BrightEdge.

Required skills by importance:

• Social Media
• Google Analytics
• Digital Marketing
• Advertising
• Link Building
• Web Analytics

Become SEO Specialist

5. Writing and Content

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Annual US Salary: $64,000 -$80,000
Hourly rate: $20 -150$
Writers can produce a wide variety of content for the Web. Anything from articles and reviews to game scripts. Most Web content writers are self-employed and work as freelancers. Since 99% of them produce content on the web for SEO purposes, it is important for the writer to know the basics on page optimization guidelines. A great content writer knows how to adapt his/her writing style from assignment to assignment. Being able to write fun and easy to read game reviews is crucial to engage readers.

Required skills by importance:

• Proficient writing ability
• Paraphrasing
• Research
• Keyword research
• CMS (Content Management System)
• WordPress

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  • basictech

    Outsourcing and places like Fivver have really put the squeeze on the freelancer. I find it hard to believe that some of these companies actually have the nerve to offer $3-5 USD an hour for a freelancer with a 4 year degree in thier profession. Sadly there are far too many people taking these jobs. Most live in countries that have a very low cost of living. Some savvy freelancers that are hired in the higher paying positions use these people to do thier work for them. They may have to do a bit of editing, but what a racket? This leaves guys like me with a lot of student debt scrapping to get by. Yea, I know this all sounds a little negative, but the reality is that I feel I have wasted my time and money on a formal education just to starve. I recently had an experience where a guy actually told one of my customers that he would have done it all for free, really? I did not make much money off the job anyway, but then to have the customer come to me like I ripped him off? This really sucks!! (Note; this is a non-spell checked rant)