Freelance Categories & International workers Day

Freelance Categories & Workers Day

Freelance Categories Book

The Following Freelance Categories List includes all the possible work can be done remotely.

We have collected the following list from more than 4 freelance websites.

Please note that some work might belong to more than one Category. In this case we list it under the category we think is best fit.

Each item in the list will be linked to:

A] A definition post from our blog.

B] Freelance websites specialized in this category.

C] Online Courses posts in our blog.

International workers day and freelance

This Spring holiday dates back to May 1886, when thousands of US workers went on strike across the country in support of the 8 hour working day.

Now with the rapid evolution in outsourcing and freelance. Workers nowadays decide how many hour to work per day and how many days to work per week.

Statistics shows that freelance will even Flourish even better in the next few years.

The Freelance Categories List

Admin SupportData Science & AnalyticsBusiness, Accounting, Human Resources & LegalEngineering & Architecture
Data EntryA/B TestingAccounting3D Modeling & CAD
Personal / Virtual AssistantData VisualizationBusiness AnalysisInterior Design
Project ManagementData Extraction / ETLERP Mechanical Engineering
Web ResearchData MiningRisk ManagementProduct Design
Article SubmissionMachine LearningHuman ResourcesElectrical Engineering
Customer ServiceQuantitative AnalysisLegalChemical Engineering
Customer SupportMatlab and Mathematica FinanceArduino
Email HandlingNatural Language Processing (NLP)Recruitment Circuit Design
Microsoft OfficeScientific ResearchPayrollMicrocontroller
Data ProcessingStatistical AnalysisFinancial Analysis Structural Engineering
ExcelSPSS StatisticsContractsMaterials Engineering
Google spreadsheets RInsurancePCB Layout
Google FormsWekaLegal consulting Solidworks
Fill-able PDF Forms Robotics

Freelance Categories 2 (Graphic design, Programming, Writing, & Marketing.

Graphicsprogramming & TechWriting & TranslationDigital Marketing
Logo DesignData Analysis & ReportsWeb Content

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
Business CardsWordPressTranscriptionSocial Media Marketing
Cartoons & CaricaturesWeb ProgrammingArticles & Blog PostsMarketing
FlyersWebsite Builders
Slogans Web Traffic
Book CoversEcommerceResearch & SummariesContent Marketing
PackagingDesktop applicationsCreative Writing Video Marketing
Web designMobile AppsProofreading & EditingEmail Marketing
Mobile UI DesignDatabasesResumes & Cover LettersLocal Listings
Social Media DesignSupport & ITPress ReleasesDomain Research
Banner AdsUser TestingBusiness CopywritingSearch & Display
PostersConvert FilesLegal Writing
Marketing Strategy
T-ShirtsGame DevelopmentProducts DescriptionWeb Analytics
InfographicsERP / CRM SoftwareReviewsMobile Advertising
InvitationsInformation SecurityGrant Writing Influencer Marketing
Vector TracingNetworkingWord Processing Link Building
Presentation DesignC Programming eBooksMailchimp
Photo EditingC++ ProgrammingForum Posting Search Engine Marketing
3D & 2D ModelsC# ProgrammingMedical Writing Google Adwords
Sticker DesignWeb ScrapingGhostwritingGoogle Adsense
Business CardsSwiftMedical Transcription

Market Research
Corporate IdentitySystem AdminLegal TranscriptionClassifieds Posting
Icon DesignSoftware Architecture General transcriptionAffiliate Marketing
Advertisement DesignShopify Real time TranscriptionBranding
Label Design Regular ExpressionsCRM
TypographyRaspberry PiAdvertising
Vehicle SignagePinterestSales
Adobe InDesignnode.jsSinging
Brochure DesignMySQLLead Generation
Fashion Design Microsoft SQL ServerFacebook marketing
IllustratorMicrosoft Access Instagram Marketing
Greeting CardsMac OSGoogle+ Marketing
Email footer designLaravelTwitter Marketing
Letter Design Java
Envelop Design HTML & HTML5
Notepad designDatabase Administration
CD & DVD CoverDatabase Development
Wedding invitationComputer Security
All the main and subcategories of freelance work
MediaTranslation & LanguagesTeaching & online CoursesOthers
3D Animation ArabicCooking & RecipesArts & Crafts
Adobe Dreamweaver English (US) LanguageRelationship Advice
Adobe LightroomFrench Education & Tutoring Health, Nutrition & Fitness
Animation GermanFreelanceAstrology & Readings
Flash 3DHindi Personal TrainingGaming
Video Editing Italian Brain StormingTravelling
3D Rendering JapanesePostcards
Video ProductionPortugueseMagic
Voice OverSpanish
Audio ProductionTurkish
After EffectsVietnamese
Audio ServicesYiddish
Whiteboard animation

If you find any work not listed or if you have suggestions please leave a note bellow.

This is not only a static list of work categories, but it is a dynamic list with links to hundreds of practical info about each work category in the list.

Within a few months Each single item in the list would have a link to posts that covers everything you would need to know about it.

So we would appreciate your help if you send any useful links to freelance websites, online courses, Facebook groups, and social media pages and groups.


Wish you the best Luck


Advantages of specialized remote work platforms with examples

Specialized remote work platforms


Disadvantages of general remote work platforms VS the advantages of specialized platforms.


First of all most of those who have an account on Upwork definitely noticed the very rude account and skills verification system for freelancers. The system is not applicable only on new members, but it also included talented members with years of experience and highest rates. Further more Upwork suspended thousands of freelancers accounts permanently. The excuses Upwork team said to the suspended accounts holders are very weak and silly as many of them said. Even Freelancer platform itself has its disadvantages.

Disadvantages of general remote work platforms (Upwork, Freelancer, . etc )
1- Low work quality

Very big platforms like freelancer can’t guarantee the quality of work delivered to clients. Actually clients are responsible for testing the freelancer skills before the hiring process. For instance in graphic design field, any new member can register graphic design as a skill he got. At this point the freelancer is not forced to have any sill tests by the platform to verify his skill. As a result, when talented freelancers submit on work they are lost in the crowd of untalented freelancers.

some might argue that most of general remote work platforms have skills tests freelancers can take. Although this is a good practice, but it is not reliable for the following reasons:

1- The skills test are not mandatory so freelancers with very low skills still can submit to work without passing any tests.

2- Some platforms provides skills tests for a price which discourage new members to take them.

3- Mostly only experienced freelancers take skills  tests. Experienced freelancers usually cost much more than inexperienced. So, as a client with low budget it might be perfect to hire a freelancer with little experience. But in this case the freelancer should at least have some good skills. In this case with bids from inexperienced freelancers  mostly haven’t passed any tests, the client will not be able to distinguish those with good skills from others with no skills.

2- Wrong job categories

New clients usually have difficulties in using remote work platform. Thus they might submit a job under the wrong category. For example, a web development job under graphic design category. As a result, freelancers who have registered the right skill for this category will not see that job. On the other hand, the client in this case possibly will not find a good hire.

3- Technical support

Although technical support team is not supposed to understand the nature of the work they are solving an issue for, but in some cases the issue can’t be solved unless the tech rep got some background about this work. In a platform of 900+ skill like freelancer the tech support rep is not aware of the nature of most of the skills.

4- Pricing is lose

Definitely general platforms like Upwork and freelancer can not set a minimum price for each skill. This is one of the biggest issues in general remote work platforms. As a result we see a very low bids on jobs of skills that should have a very high price. This is a disaster in fact for talented freelancers because they will always have junior competitors ready to do the job almost for nothing.

Specialized remote work platforms

The advantages of specialized remote work platforms are  the solution for all the mentioned issues.

  • Talking about work delivered quality most of specialized platforms tests the remote worker’s skills before allowing him/her to bid on jobs. So there is no worry as a client to have a low talent bids and no worries for workers to have  untalented competitors.
  • Also it is almost impossible to imagine a job of the wrong category in a platforms specialized in only one skill category.
  • Technical support might also don’t have any idea about the work category in specialized platforms but in some cases they do and this would be very helpful in solving client-worker issues and disputes.
  • Finally, we can see that most specialized platforms usually sets a minimum price for the work. So both the client and the remote worker are committed to this price. As a result talented workers bids are not scrambled by low price junior’s bids as in general remote work platforms like Upwork.

There for we encourage remote workers to search for and work in specialized remote work platforms.

Fortunately, most of the major remote work categories have a specialized platforms. Bellow we will mention an example of some:


Graphic design platforms:



Writers and Bloggers

digital marketing




Transcription work: 17 freelance transcription job websites for beginners



Established in 2002, AccuTran Global is a full-service Canadian transcription company providing services to clients around the world.

With our established network of North American transcriptionists and editors, AccuTran Global is a proven and reliable partner for all your transcription needs. Our high level of accuracy and ability to meet tight turnaround times make us the right choice for all your outsourcing projects. Whatever your requirements are, AccuTran Global takes pride in providing personal service to meet your individual needs.

Pay rate is by the word ($0.005 to start).

2- Appenscribe 

Appenscribe offers global transcription jobs online. So if you are fluent in multiple languages, you will have more work available to you. To get started, you will need to create an account and pass two small transcription tests. Contractors report different pay rates, but you can expect a rate of about $0.005 per word. Payments are made twice a month. Work is not always available through Appenscribe, but when work is available, you can claim it any time day or night!

Rate of about $0.005 per word

3- Bam!

We have openings in our transcription department for high quality corporate and legal transcriptionists, doing audio files for Social Security, Veterans Affairs, Immigration, as well as legal and corporate clients. We do not do any medical transcription.

Rates of pay depend on the job, turnaround time, and the quality of your work. The upper range of the scale will be given to those with 99% accuracy consistently.


4- CastingWords

CastingWords has two ways for transcriptionists to find work: The CastingWords Workshop and Mechanical Turk. Through their Workshop, they offer has transcription jobs online in 66 countries. Through Mechanical Turk (MT) you’ll never know what you will find–sometimes there are a ton of HITS (MT lingo for jobs) and other times, there is hardly anything. The pay rates vary from job to job, but all you need is $1.00 in your account to request payout.

5- Crowdsurf

CrowdSurf is a dedicated community of freelance transcriptionists working to create video captions for deaf, hard of hearing and second language viewers.

We offer short transcription tasks, available day and night, so that you can work anytime, anywhere! It’s free to sign-up, you’ll be paid instantly, and we offer several opportunities for growth and promotion.

Once your Work Market account is set up, apply to join CrowdSurf as a new CrowdSurf transcriber, review the guidelines, and take a brief assessment to join the CrowdSurf group.

Once you’ve passed the assessment, we will create a new account for you on the CrowdSurfWork platform. This usually takes 3-5 business days. When your account is ready we will send login instructions to your Work Market email.

Just follow the instructions in your email. All of your work will be available on the CrowdSurfWork platform.

6- Daily Transcription

Daily Transcription has been providing quality transcription and translation services for over a decade. Our history shows the thoroughness with which we work for our clients, accomplishing their needs. We have transcribed millions of hours of footage for thousands of clients.  In fact, you might say we have perfected the art of transcription and translation.  So much so that our competitors have tried to copy our systems.

What sets us apart is we don’t outsource overseas, we use real American transcribers and we pay a living wage. We don’t use bots or voice recognition software either. This enables us to have the top transcriptionists and translators in the country.

We pride ourselves in providing the highest level of customer service to every client. Our goal is to provide you with excellent customer service and the highest level of quality – no matter how big or small the job.

7- Get Transcribed

Get Transcribed offers transcription jobs online and reviewer positions, too. Of course, you have to work your way up to the reviewer/QA positions, but if you do, you can earn $0.12 per minute you review on top of the $0.23 per minute you transcribe. Payments are made once a month via PayPal, but you need to have earned at least $100.00 otherwise your earnings rollover to the next month.


8- GMR Transcription

GMR Transcription was founded in 2004, and we’ve been fortunate enough to experience tremendous growth since then. Our driving mission is delivering high-quality transcription and translation services at affordable prices. We provide a unique personalized service to ensure your every need is accommodated.

9- Neal R. Gross 

Neal R. Gross & Co. is a Washington, DC based court reporting and transcription company. We have been in business over 35 years and provide verbatim court reporting and transcription services to a broad range of government and private clients.



If you type over 60 words per minute and need to work from home, you may be what we’re looking for in a legal transcriber. No transcription experience necessary, but you must be willing and able to work on overnight delivery. Timeliness is a must, as are excellent English language skills. Please apply only if you can transcribe at least 5 hours of audio per week.

10- RNK Transcription

For over 10 years, RNK Productions has taken pride in providing quality services at competitive prices. With over 20 combined years of experience in both production and post-production, we are aware of the importance of accuracy, timeliness, and attention to detail when it comes to our clients’ needs.

We specialize in entertainment related transcriptions, including but not limited to one-on-one interviews, OTF interviews, reality show transcriptions, field tape transcriptions, B-Roll logging, As Broadcast Scripting and Continuity Scripting. We can also accomodate psychiatric as well as legal transcriptions. See our Transcription Services page for complete details.

11- Scribie offers a great opportunity to augment your income by transcribing audio files for us. The work involves listening to the audio files and typing or dictating it as accurately as possible. You just need to go through a test process and get certified as a transcriber. Once certified you will be paid for the files you transcribe on an audio hour basis. For each submission, your account will be credited with the appropriate dollar amount. Your earnings will accumulate and you can transfer it to your PayPal account anytime. From PayPal, the funds can be transferred to your bank account. There are no monthly commitments or minimum withdrawal limits. Payments are made once a day.

If you are an experienced transcriber and have spare time, then can help you to fill that up. If you are starting your career as a transcriptionist then you can gain valuable experience and hone your skills on

We have transcribed more than 1,979,277.18 minutes of audio since 2008 and have paid around $869,450.46 to our certified transcribers. Around14076 home-based freelancers from all around the world have have successfully cleared our transcription test till date.

12. Tigerfish

Tigerfish offers flexible transcription jobs online. They have a ton of different project types available (focus groups, interviews, law enforcement, documentaries). You will have to complete three five-minute tests in order to be considered for paid projects. These five-minute tests should take you about 20 minutes each to complete (if you are going way over the 20-minute mark per test, transcribing may not be worthwhile for you).

13- TranscribeMe!

TranscribeMe! posts transcription jobs online for English and Spanish typists. The first step is filling out a form. After that, you will be directed to take a test. If you pass, someone from their Operations Department will contact you within 48 hours to discuss the next steps (don’t worry, if you fail, you can retake the exam in 24 hours). Transcribers get paid per audio hour. Payments are made every week.

14-  Ubiqus

Ubiqus is a global leader in language, transcription, and event services with industry-leading divisions in the fields of translation, language interpretation, transcription of audio and video, audience polling, audio recording, and event badges. Through the integration of more than 16 companies across North America and Europe, and the ability to extend service coverage and flexibility globally, Ubiqus has been a partner to more than 21,000 clients worldwide.

biqus is continuously searching for qualified, talented individuals to join our team of language, transcription, and event professionals. Whether you are seeking to start your career or interested in changing your current path, Ubiqus offers a range of opportunities. To be considered for full-time or freelance opportunities, submit your CV and cover letter per the instructions for each opening.

15- 1-888-TYPE-IT-UP

Formerly, Verbal Fusion, 1-888-TYPE-IT-UP pays the best starting rate for transcription jobs online for beginners. You must be a U.S. resident and fill out a short questionnaire to be considered. When they are hiring, you will be contacted and asked to take a short transcription test. If you pass, you can be hired on as a contractor. Keep in mind, it might be weeks or months before you are invited to test. So even if you think you might be remotely interested in this opportunity, it is best to get your application in ASAP!

16- Verbal Ink

We’re always looking for highly skilled linguists to add to our growing team. If you’re interested in applying to work for Verbal Ink as an English language transcriptionist, please email us at Here’s an articlethat covers in detail what we’re looking for in a transcriptionist. If you are applying as a proofreader, copywriter, or editor, please indicate that in your email as well.

If you’re interested in applying to work for us as a translator or foreign language transcriptionist, please email us at along with the language you are applying for.

In both cases, please attach your resume in Microsoft Word or PDF format. Resumes without cover letters will not be considered. We’re eager to hear from you and keep all resume submissions on file, but we may not be able to respond to you right away. No phone calls, please.

17- 3Play Media

We are looking for contract transcriptionists/editors to transcribe recorded audio and edit imperfect transcription using our proprietary internet-based software application. Since all transcription work is performed remotely, you will need a good computer and a high speed internet connection. As a contract transcriptionist/editor, you would decide which projects to accept, how much you work, and when and where you perform your work. To be a good candidate, you need to be able to provide expert transcribing services independently and be able to provide a quick turnaround on a finished work product (as a given project may require). In addition to the qualifications below, you are required to take and pass a series of proficiency tests to demonstrate your transcription skills prior to being engaged as a contract transcriptionist/editor.

You are required to have Typing ability of at least 75 wpm

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What is online outsourcing? what it means for freelancers?

online workers

Online Outsourcing

What is outsourcing?

“Outsourcing is the strategic use of outside resources to perform activities traditionally handled by internal stuff and resources” Dave Griffiths

Online Outsourcing

“Online outsourcing or freelancing platforms match employers (firms and individuals) and workers to perform work online. The process of finding a job, performing the job and being paid for the job all take place online.”  SAORI IMAIZUMI

In 2013, at least 145 online outsourcing marketplaces or platforms were identified globally, although the true number is likely to be higher. Some of these platforms are very large: 17 million registered users at Freelancer and 9.7 million at Upwork. About 10 percent of registered workers are active.

The United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Israel are the top five hiring countries on oDesk (now part of Upwork)—the largest online freelancing platform. the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Israel are the top five hiring countries on oDesk (now part of Upwork)—the largest online freelancing platform.the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Israel are the top five hiring countries on oDesk (now part of Upwork)—the largest online freelancing platform.

Why Outsourcing?

The benefits of online outsourcing for workers:

1- They can access jobs with higher wags than many can access in their home countries.

2- They can work flexibly from home.

3- It enables workers to earn extra money besides regular jobs.

4- Workers can always select only the work they love to do.

5- Most online freelance platforms doesn’t require education certificates, unlike traditional hiring process for internal workers.

Figure 1: Main advantages and disadvantages of online work: Results from survey on

online workers

Source: Survey of online workers on, where the majority of workers are from developing countries, especially South Asia. The survey was done as part of the background work for the World Development Report 2016.

The benefits of online outsourcing for employers:

1- Outsourcing reduce costs.

When internal stuff performs the work, the company will have to afford the costs of the facilities in which internal stuff will work. The rent of the office, electricity bills, … etc. Where as the costs to outsource the activities can be relatively way cheaper.

2- No long term commitments required with workers.

3- The ability of finding a high talented workers from any where in the world.

4- Fastest work turn over.

Many freelancers work even in holidays and any time of the day. This actually makes hiring a freelancer for a task is better than giving it to an internal worker. The internal worker will only work during the work time of the day and will not work in holidays absolutely.

5- Faster hiring process.

Employers can get an online worker hired, and start working on the job in literally a few minutes. While hiring a new internal worker to do the job might requires a few days in the best scenario.


Challenges of online outsourcing.

For employers

There is many challenges affects the success of the hiring process. There are also many challenges affects the quality of work they get. For example:

  • Well, lets face the fact that most freelancers in the world are from developing countries. Actually a study done by Payoneer shows that 40% of freelance jobs offered worldwide is taken by Indian freelancers only.
  • Although freelance platforms adopt different ways to verify the freelancers skills. It is too difficult to make sure online workers have the enough skills to have jobs done with good quality. In fact it is a big challenge for employers to test and verify the freelancers skills before using them.
  • Also the work turn over is a challenge it self because outsourcing work online can’t be directly supervised.

For online workers

there is challenges too, for example:

  • Inexperienced freelancers might be a victim to fraud because they are not aware of how to guarantee that employer is willing to pay.
  • Time control is not easy at all. So it is a big challenge for any freelancer to control his working hours especially for those who work from home.
  • Distraction elimination is another challenge. When you work from any where you are your supervisor so you probably wouldn’t be able to avoid distraction.
  • Marketing your work. When you work for others as an internal worker you never care about marketing. But working for your own, you have to market for your services in order to sell them, and this is a great challenge.




The workforce in the biggest economies are rapidly heading to online outsourcing because its great benefits. So there lies a very promising opportunity for freelancers from all the countries to hunt.

Although we listed a long list of challenges or disadvantages of online freelance, it doesn’t make full time local work any better. Actually all the challenges discussed earlier can be easily beaten. For example employer can always ask the freelancer to do a sample work to make sure he got the required skills to do the job. Also freelancer can always manage their time and learn how to promote their services.

Finally, there is a lot of tips written by experienced freelancers and clients to help others overcome these challenges, we are listing some bellow:




The Changing Place of Britain’s Workforce (by PeoplePerHour)

UK freelancers

Across Great Britain, the South West of England had the highest rate of home workers

Great Britain Workforce

The Changes in UK Workforce

The Office for National Statistics reported last year that there are now 4.2 million ‘home workers’ in the UK, which is almost double the number in 1998 when these figures first started to be recorded. This means that almost 14% of the UK workforce now utilities one of these more ‘flexible’ options.

In fact, according to research we conducted in August 2015, this new generation of self-employed workers chose this type of role due to the flexible hours it offers, the freedom to be one’s own boss, along with the creative challenge and potential for success/satisfaction being key drivers.

The growth in ‘home workers’ has also given rise to a dramatic change in where the UK’s growing ‘Creative Economy’ is able to reside. Gone are the days where freelancers flock to London in order to build up a network of contacts to ensure a regular stream of work. Meaning that workers are increasingly able to move from the shadow of the UK capital to live wherever they want.

The UK’s Anywhere Worker

The growth in the ‘Creative Economy’ has sparked a movement of workers from London and the South East to liveThe UK’s Anywhere Worker and work further afield around the UK, while still being able to provide their expertise to the capital’s economy – as well as extending their support to other areas of the country too.







Most productive cities outside the capital

Most productive cities outside the capital