Best ‘Gig Economy’ Side Jobs For 2017

By Laura Woods

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) From accounting to carpentry even translating, there are plenty of freelance, part-time and contractual jobs out there for the taking. So, if you’re ready to get your side hustle on, the “gig economy” is waiting for you.


In the past, holding a permanent, full-time job was the main way to earn a living. But the times are changing. If you’re craving increased career flexibility, you’re in luck; the “gig economy” is on the rise.

CareerCast has released a new report detailing the top freelance, part-time and contractual jobs for 2017. Whether you’re in the market for a side job or a full-time freelance career, there are plenty of ways you can work on your own terms.

“In this digital age, the workforce is increasing mobile and work can be done from anywhere, resulting in a rise in short-term job opportunities,” said Kyle Kensing, CareerCast online content editor. “Opportunities to work on a contract or freelance basis and make a great career of it are growing across a variety of occupations and sectors.”

Learn more about 2017’s best jobs that make the best side hustle.

If you’re good with numbers, taking on a side job or even going full-time freelance as an accountant will definitely help you pay the bills. The median hourly wage is $32.30 and the field is expected to see 11 percent growth through 2024.
Of course, you can’t just decide to be an accountant. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, most employers will require you to have at least a bachelor’s degree. Obtaining additional certifications, such as becoming a certified public accountant, will make you a more competitive candidate.

Radio programs, television broadcasts, concerts, sound recordings and movies need broadcast and sound engineering technicians to make sure everything sounds and looks great. Put your skills to work setting up, operating and maintaining electrical equipment to earn a median hourly rate of $20.09.

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