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7 Highest Paying Freelance Jobs in India

Finding the highest paying freelance jobs in India is easy if you have the skills. Yes, earning with freelancing jobs is quite lucrative and easy but for that, you need to have expertise in your niche. Whether you are a writer, programmer, video maker, or anyone else, you need to have the best quality to earn well.

What is Freelancing?

Freelancing is a way of working in which you are not committed to a single company or firm rather you offer services through any online marketplace or your own website, and work for the clients as per projects. You can work with various companies and brands simultaneously. 

Due to increasing dissatisfaction in jobs, young boys and girls are moving towards freelancing where they are not committed to a single company yet they make a pretty good income working for various clients. In a day job, especially in India, the pay never justifies the amount or quality of work. However, exceptions are always there. But, on a larger scale, and from my own job experience, I can say that most of the employees are not happy with their salaries. Thus, they are choosing to freelance. The best thing about freelancing is that you can use all of your skills to do various jobs. For example, if I know content writing, SEO, and even PPC, I can use all these skills to make money when working as a freelancer but in a company, I can either be hired as a content writer or Marketing guy where I can not use all of my skills.

The best thing about freelancing is that you can take only the amount of work that you want to do. So that you don’t feel pressured while working. On the other hand, if you need more money, you can take as much work you want. However, things are looking so easy here but finding freelance jobs is not easy all the time.

Moreover, the most important thing is expertise, and that is the reason, some writers get $5-$7 for 1000 words for content whereas some get $50 for the same work. As much experience and expertise, you will have, as much you can earn.

You will be surprised to know that James Knight – A coder at Google, left his job to go for freelancing, and he says that he is making twice than what he was making at Google. There are some interesting stats about freelancing in India in this article by TOI. As per the reports, Indian freelancers are earning lower($19 per hour for Men, and $17 Per hour for Women) than worldwide rates($21 per hour) but still they are satisfied with their freelancing jobs. Most of them find jobs from various marketplaces such as Fiverr, Upwork, Freelancer, etc.  

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In this article, I am going to list down Highest Paying Freelance Jobs in India that you check out, and see how do you want to get started with your freelancing career.

7 Highest Paying Freelance Jobs in India

  1. App/Software/Web Development

In the age of computers and the Internet, everything is being automated, and that creates opportunities for young guns to dive into app/software/web development. Since there is demand, there is a career in that, and nowadays individual clients and even companies prefer to hire freelance programmers in place of hiring a big company because a freelancer charges a lot lesser than what company charges for the same work.

However, Indian developers are still charging quite lesser than what other country’s developers do. But, still, this is one of the highest paying freelance jobs in India, and it is in trend.

Moreover, career in app development is better than software and web development because people started to use CMS for creating websites and web-based software so, there is a bit less work in that area but when it comes to developing apps, there are lot of jobs you can find on freelance marketplaces such as Fiverr, Upwork, etc.

If you have great skills in app development, and troubleshooting, you can earn a lot. Troubleshooting is important because many big app owners when get some issues with their app, they instantly find out someone who can fix it asap. That is where you may get a chance but for that, you have to be skilled enough to debug the codes and fix the issues immediately.

  1. Translation

Translation is in trend, and if you want to earn a handsome amount of money, knowing a few languages is great. Moreover, if you have certification in the language courses, you can really earn better than the ones who don’t have certifications. 

German, Spanish, French, Chinese, are the languages you should learn, and offer your translation services on freelance websites. Translation can be in different forms such as some clients may ask you to translate their book, their file, their resume or some may ask you to voice over their videos in another language.

One of my friends, who is only a graduate but have great command over the Spanish language along with Hindi and English, is earning a living by doing freelance translation jobs.

Leaving the foreign languages apart, even if you know multiple Indian local languages, you can get a lot of translation jobs online. And, this type of translation job is there because there are many websites and software that develop their system in different languages to connect well with the locals.

  1. Video Editing

If you are into blogging and online publishing, you must know that nowadays audiences are consuming more of video content than text-based content which gives rise to video creation which is also termed as Vlog or Video Blogging.

Recording a video is not tough if you are good at speaking and explaining but editing the video to make it look appealing is really a tough job for many. Therefore, not everyone is going deep in editing part as they hire freelance video editors, and get the editing done.

Since there are more video bloggers and video creators evolving, more video editing jobs are being created. Thus, it is one of the top-most trending and highest paying freelance jobs in India and even in the whole world.

  1. Digital Marketing

Digital Marketing is a vast topic, and there are so many things come under this such as SEO, SMM, SEM, TV Advertising, etc. When it comes to freelance jobs, SEO comes on top in digital marketing as the site owners always look to build backlinks for their websites to get them ranked. Thus, there is a lot of link building jobs available on online marketplaces such as SEO Clerks, Fiverr, etc. You can just go to any of such marketplaces, and type Link Building, and you will see a lot of gigs there.

Again, quality wins, if you offer the best quality backlinks, you earn more. The more is the quality, the more is earning. Many clients ask for a full SEO package, and for that again, the better service(Result Oriented) you offer, the better you get paid. SEO is a highly paid job nowadays because SEO brings organic traffic, and that is what converts. 

  1. Content Writing

Everything you read over the internet is written by someone, and that is what Content Writing. For websites, blogs, ads, there are writers who create the content. Since it is ubiquitous everywhere, and without it, the Internet cannot stand, there is a hell lot of opportunities for content writers. However, in India, content writing is still a low paying job for many but if you have the top-notch quality, you can still get paid high. You can work for foreign clients, and get paid a lot for your writing services. 

I was looking at Fiverr, and I see a lot of orders for many sellers, and one being below which has 13 orders in queue.

One thing is sure that if you are a content writer, you can easily find content writing work on various freelancing websites or marketplaces like Fiverr.

Just to give you an example, I am a professional blogger for more than 9 years now, and we have a team of 3-5 content writers, and most of them are making 5k-20k a month from my assigned jobs. Moreover, they work on other clients’ projects as well and earn apart from my work. Like me there might be thousands of such people who need content writing work to be done, in fact, there are many software companies out there which need content writers to write their software guides, and all. So, there is a lot of content work flowing on the web, you need to grab the opportunities, and again, I would say, if you have the quality, it can be a high paying freelancing job for you. 

  1. Graphic Design

Graphic Design is a creative job that not everyone can do. If you have good creativity and can design logos, book covers, flyers, business cards, etc. you can get a lot of work in online marketplaces. One of my friends gave up on his day job and started working as a freelance graphic designer on Fiverr, and now, he owns a big graphic design company.

It is one of the highest paying freelance jobs in India if you get good clients. Getting good projects and good clients is a challenge for sure, but if you get them, the results are great.

If you have good creativity, you can earn from 25k to 80k INR per month by doing freelance graphic designing but it takes time to start getting potential clients. So, don’t think that in the very first month you get this much.

  1. Content Editing & Proofreading

It is slightly different from content writing as in this, you get a book or article from the client, and you are asked to check the content, and fix all the grammatical errors, and even rewrite sentences well to make the contents look more appealing. In India, there are still many bloggers who struggle with writing great content copies. So, when they have something great to share or they write books, they hire professional editor cum proofreaders to get their book contents checked and edited in a way that the content turns out to be more appealing.

Since there are more guys who are still not able to write appealing English content, there is a lot of content editing and proofreading work available. So you can make a lot of money by proofreading and editing. Just, for example, I can write well, but when it comes to writing a book, I will surely hire a good editor to check out my book and improve the content overall.

Final Words

These 7 are just the mostly done freelance jobs with good pay. Apart from these, there are many jobs get created every day, and people do them to earn. For example, I found many freelancers offer resume writing services as well, and they are actually getting a lot of orders for the same. Look at one example. This is one, there are many with even more number of orders. 

And, check out this one, this seller has 108 orders in queue.

Every day, there are new jobs created because of demands. When there is demand, there will be supply. So, grow your skills if you are working as a freelancer, and earn a lot of money working right from your bedroom.

The examples I shared in this article are only from Fiverr, and only the ones, I found, there are many such sellers who are earning a lot more. Moreover, there are many such freelance job marketplaces where you can find jobs as per your expertise and make money.

So, these are the 7 highest paying freelance jobs in India. Choose the one that you can do, and get the expertise to earn better. When you choose to freelance as your career, make sure you are an expert at what you do because this is what can make you rich working right from your house.

About the author

Atish Ranjan

Atish Ranjan is an established and independent voice dedicated to providing you with unique, well-researched and original information from the field of technology, SEO, social media, and blogging. He has in-depth knowledge of computers and tech as he pursued computer science.


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  • Hi aatish
    It is very difficult to find. Project in the world of cms. Every second person now present himself as a developer and charge next to nill. How can you say web devlopment is the highest paying freelancing job.

    Waiting for kind attention on this issue

    • Hello Rakesh,

      As my experience and freelancers working around me, I have seen getting a project is not that tough. Yes, initial start is tough, and the highest paying in the sense, if you have good quality, you get paid well. I actually have many freelance programs sitting right beside me in the Co-working place, and they are doing great, and they are getting good pay as they have a good experience.

      P.S. The numbering in the post is not as per highest to lowest. Numbering is random. However, I found these freelance jobs are lucrative, and since I have great examples for these, I am pretty sure, that earning money through these jobs is great.

      Just the initial problem is there!

      Thank you so much for the comment.

      Thank you.

  • Excellent Post. I’ve recently been hired by Millionairetrek blog as a content writer and they are paying 50$ per 1000 word article. Not sure if it’s worth it?

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