If you are a military veteran in search of a few clients who will work with you on a freelance basis, you’ll be happy to know that contrary to popular belief, it is not too difficult to find work as a freelance agent no matter where you live or what your skills may be. The difficult part is weeding through the numerous online marketing schemes that make scammers look like real opportunities when they’re not worth your time at all.
Whether you are firmly planted in one location or you plan to pack up the house and car and do a little traveling around the world, you should know there are quite a few freelance opportunities out there. If you are moving around, be sure to hire a company with dedication to military veterans like A-1 Auto Transport to move your vehicle for you.
Our military members, whether active or retired, should not have to face falling prey to online work scams no matter where you live in the U.S. or even overseas. This is why it’s best to have access to a comprehensive list of brick and mortar employers that hire military as well as freelance opportunities that offer work with a wide range of interests for veterans.
As a veteran, you might want to check into companies that offer flexible schedules or steady work such as these companies:
There are many veterans however that prefer to do a little freelance work from the comfort of their own home. If this is you, then you are in luck if you are dedicated to working hard to find the time to submit your applications, resume or emails to find a client to freelance for. Many freelance opportunities may help you earn a little while some will keep your income flowing steadily over time. Here are some of the top listed freelance positions that tend to work well for veterans as well as others in search for steady online income.
Amazon– Amazon is well known for offering goods for lower prices than many of the big box stores, but did you know that the company offers veterans part time as well as full time employment in their warehouses and offices? They also offer virtual career paths that allow people to stay home and earn a decent living. Be sure to check out the opportunities they have.
Tutoring– There are numerous websites set up to hire online tutors for all subjects and education level. If you are a whiz at elementary mathematics or college Literature, you may want to consult with websites such as tutor.com or vipkid.com. A quick online search will net you with hundreds of other sites that allow people to freelance as tutors.
Call Center– Companies like Citi and liveops.com offer everyday people work online as call center representatives. These are just a couple companies, so be sure to check around to see other websites you can sign up on to work as a call center agent and earn a little money.
Article Writer– There are many websites that will let freelance writers earn money by writing articles. One company, textbroker.com, offers writers an opportunity to write quick articles for clients from many varying industries. While these companies often do not pay much at all for the work they supply, you also don’t need to be a professional to find work through them. Don’t expect to make the big bucks when working for these writing sites. Most clients do not pay well since the work they receive is often less than professional. If you are a quality writer however, you can always email your resume to companies to see if they need new content writers. Be prepared to show published work samples and write an article quickly to show your skills upfront.
Blogging- Most people earn little or nothing at all from a blog, but the opportunity is there to make money by starting a blog. Be sure to use Google AdSense or even reach out to companies to see if they will advertise on the blog.
Translator– If you can speak a language other than English fluently, you may want check into working as a translator. Freelance translators have been known to earn up to $50,000 or more annually by working with the military or with civilian groups.
Meal Prep- Do you have a passion for cooking and no one to share your dishes with? If you have neighbors, now may be the right time to start whipping up a gourmet meal in the kitchen and having your neighbors sample your creations. You never know when you might be able to start preparing meals for money for the people in your own neighborhood. This could especially work well for you if you happen to live near a large company or an industrial park where workers might not have time to go home or out for lunch, but they surely have time to run to the parking lot to get a hot lunch for a low cost.
Small Tasks- Can you design a logo, laugh for a few minutes on camera, draw a picture or write a poem? Websites like Fiverr are great to check out when you can offer a skill and sell your services for a low price to those who need them the most.
Photographer- Are you a Picasso behind the lens of a camera? Ever thought about taking your talent and putting it to work as a freelance photographer? Sure, just because someone owns a nice camera doesn’t mean they are a photographer, but if you truly are good, you could market a little on social media and charge a little to snap some great pics of other people. Use your talent and see where it may take you!
Web Design- If you have access to a local tech school and feel like taking a class for a few months, you could be well on your way to web design and earning a living right from your living room.
Medical Transcription- Have you worked in the medical field or taken classes to learn how to transcribe messages or medical documents? If so, there are many opportunities out there to work from home as a medical transcriptionist and earn money. Companies like Athreon hire people to work from home. Be sure to check into companies like this to see what opportunities you can find.
Extra Ways Veterans Can Freelance a Little Money
Maybe you already have a steady job or you’re already working online but you want to find ways to make a little extra money just to have some cash here and there. You can always sign up to complete surveys online to earn money, although this tends to only net a few pennies or so per survey and can be time consuming. Other things to earn a little extra cash include:
Selling Online– Have things laying around the house that are in the way and need to go? Set up an eBay account and sell them! With little effort on your part, you can start a small shop on eBay and start selling unwanted items online. You can also use websites like Craigslist to sell, but be careful when setting up local meetings to sell to people you don’t know.
Online Shopping– We know, shopping means you are spending money, right? You can sign up with sites like EBATES and make a little money each time you buy specific items when you shop online. You can shop online or even in person at your local stores and earn a small amount back on your purchases.
As you can see, there are numerous freelance opportunities out there for veterans to take advantage of. Be sure to check things out and see if the work suits you before committing to a new project but know that if you work hard, even the smaller online jobs can help pay the bills.