Freelancers must constantly look to upgrade and expand on their skills if they want to remain competitive in the marketplace. The job landscape is changing all the time, and the key to remaining in-demand is to be adaptable. A new study released by Upwork showed that the dynamics between freelancers and businesses will change in the coming years. The study highlighted the skills that will remain in demand. The study found that most of the respondents faced difficulty in finding great talent, particularly in specific areas. The requirement for skills has become specialized and businesses aren’t in the market for a sub-standard developer. They are after candidates that have developed specialized skills. These include the likes of top freelance skills like robotics, blockchain technology, and data science.
Businesses have also developed a flexible attitude when it comes to using freelancers, remote workers and teams for their long-term and short-term needs. It was found that 59% of hiring managers prefer using ‘flexible’ talent i.e. freelancers. This trend is expected to increase in the next decade as businesses start to think ‘outside the box’. If freelancers want to remain competitive, they must rise to the challenge of meeting the new demands of enterprises and businesses.
So, without further delay, let’s look at some of the most in-demand freelance skills that you should be learning to become a better freelancer:
There are mountains of data that businesses must deal with now, and data scientists have developed algorithms that collect the data, analyze, report, and sort it to meet the needs of the business. For example, businesses like ImmVRse, a virtual reality platform based on blockchain relies heavily on data to simulate realistic environments instantly to meet the needs of the business. This skill set has been in demand for several years and will continue being in demand as more businesses look to adopt data solutions.
The blockchain is no longer being used for its main purpose of cryptocurrency transactions. Nowadays, there are numerous projects being launched for blockchain in every industry, from insurance to law, to healthcare to logistics and even the governments. Therefore, freelancers that have developed expertise in blockchain technology are going to be in demand for a long time.
Another area that is being moved towards all sectors of the economy is machine learning and AI. There has been an increase in the development of new algorithms that are designed to make machines ‘smart’ when it comes to learning from it, receiving information and using the ‘knowledge’ acquired to give businesses new insights. These insights help in creating new marketing strategies, developing new offerings, and meeting customer needs.
Whether programming robots, performing basic tasks or setting up smart homes, there is going to be a lot of demand for IoT and robotics experts. Programming the connectedness of IoT devices along with the remote devices controlling them is going to be in demand for all sectors of the economy, including energy grids to control of appliances and home security systems. Skilled freelancers will have a long-lasting and lucrative source of work by programming robots in the healthcare and manufacturing sector to perform basic tasks.