More British workers than ever are going freelance, with around 15% of the working population classing themselves as self-employed, including around 2 million freelancers. Considering the benefits this type of employment offers, from having autonomy over which jobs you pick up, the ability to be your own boss, and flexible working hours, it’s clearly an attractive career path.
However, one of the main drawbacks of being a freelancer is that it’s not always a reliable way to earn money, and many can struggle to make ends meet. Yet, there are a few career paths out there where this flexibility can actually be beneficial. In this article, we’ll outline some of the most stable freelance careers you can embark on.
- SAP contractor
Those with with an IT background may want to consider a freelance career in SAP. The corporation is currently one of the most in-demand cloud computing vendors in the world, with its products used by businesses around the globe. Particularly popular is its long standing enterprise resource planning software SAP ERP, which helps organisations manage and control their various departments by automating core processes and facilitating the flow of real-time information. This is just one of SAP’s numerous products, with software like database management system SAP HANA also seeing widespread popularity.
In order to implement these products properly, the companies using them need to employ individuals who understand SAP inside out. This is where freelance contractors come in. With the rising usage of SAP software, the need for those with SAP expertise remains high, making it a very stable freelance career path. With growing adoption of one of SAP’s newer products, the S/4HANA, the demand for those with S/4HANA skills specifically looks likely to increase. More companies now require SAP consultants with experience working with these more up-to-date products. As a result, businesses are becoming increasingly dependent on specific SAP recruitment agencies like Eursap in order to find contractors that know the ins and outs of the latest updates. Recruitment sites like this are also a great way for SAP specialists to find jobs themselves.
SAP contractors can typically command extremely high rates of pay—sometimes up to twice of that of full-time SAP employees. Combined with the abundance of jobs and bright future prospects, it is one of the stablest freelance careers out there.
- Web developer
If you’re qualified to build and code websites, a freelance career as a web developer could be the way to go. Web development has long been a highly popular career path, perfect for expert problem solvers who relish the opportunity to get their creative juices flowing. It’s also a highly paid role, and a future-proof one, since web development skills will always be in need. Just as importantly, web development doesn’t necessarily require formal qualifications, which makes it ideal for self-taught self-starters—key qualities of freelance workers.
Considering that almost all businesses want their own website, yet most don’t have the time or skills to build one themselves, the demand for web developers is massive. There has been a huge surge in demand for web developers in London alone, with a 45% rise in the number of Web Design and Development Professionals from 2015/16 to 2016/17, according to the Office for National Statistics.
In terms of viability as a freelance career, web developers have one of the highest rates of hourly pay for any freelancer role out there. According to Career Addict, they earn a cool £42 an hour on average, meaning those who can readily find work will never have to worry about not making enough money.
- Salesforce consultant
For any freelance IT and business professionals out there, a Salesforce consultant role is also looking like an increasingly viable option. Widely considered the best customer relationship management (CRM) system available, and with a subscriber base of over 3.75 million, Salesforce is the clear leader in the CRM world. Consequently, those with experience in these systems are in particularly high demand. According to research by Burning Glass, Salesforce is now the 7th most in-demand software skill, with more businesses than ever hiring consultants to leverage the platform for their benefit.
There are so many different roles Salesforce consultants can go into, such as administrator, developer or project manager positions. According to Alexandra Neuenfeldt, national sales manager for IT recruiting and staffing firm Mondo, clients need talent for everything from low-level reporting roles to high-level developer and architect positions. With demand for so many specialists, regardless of expertise or experience, a Salesforce consultant role can be a suitable career for many.
These roles also pay the big bucks. Salesforce Developers and Architects typically earn a salary of up to £70,000 and £120,000 respectively, whilst freelance consultants are generally able to fetch anywhere between £38 to £91 an hour. It therefore represents a very stable career path, and there are plenty of training courses for individuals to learn the necessary skills to build a Salesforce career.