Some Freelance Skills to Hone This Year




Generic design, programming and developing are functions that most businesses (unless really small) have in-house. Your client base may continue to dwindle as businesses discover that technology and tools allow them to perform the functions that you perform – website design and development, videos, AR/VR experiences, etc.
If you are motivated and “up” for it, you can gain a competitive advantage with marketable skills that are and will be in high demand.
 
As we move forward over the next decade, freelancers in these high-tech areas will be in high demand. If you’re a tech freelancer, your challenge will be to develop your skills in one or more of these specialized areas. A word of caution here: focus on one area for training and development at a time. They are complex, and you want to ensure your expertise if you are to be successful.



Below Are Some Freelance Skills To Hone This Year:   

1. Robotics and Internet of Things (IoT)
From smart homes to programming robots performing basic, mundane, and repetitive tasks, the demand for robotics and IoT experts will be high. The ability to program the connectedness of IoT devices and the remote devices that control them will be in demand in almost every sector of the economy – from energy grids down to home security systems and control of appliances. Programming robots to perform basic tasks within manufacturing, healthcare, and other sectors will provide a lucrative and long-lasting source of work for the right freelancers.



2. AI and Machine Learning
Here’s another area that is moving into all sectors of the economy. New algorithms are now being developed to help machines become “smart” in terms of receiving information, learning from it, and using the obtained “knowledge” to provide businesses with new insights, ranging from customer needs to new product development, to marketing strategies, etc.
Companies are increasingly seeking to hire developers who are familiar with Google's Tensorflow – open-source software that is used to develop machine learning applications such as neural networks; and computer vision development.



3. Blockchain Technology
Blockchain has moved far beyond its original use for cryptocurrency transactions, according to INGOT Coin. Today, pilot blockchain projects are being launched by almost every industry – from the law, to insurance, to logistics to healthcare, and even the governments. Freelancers who can develop expertise in this technology will be in demand for the long-term.



4. DataScience 
Businesses are now dealing with oceans of data and data scientists are able to develop algorithms that will capture relevant data, sort it, analyze it, and report it, based upon individual business needs. This skill has been in high demand for a couple years and will continue to remain so as more businesses seek to adopt predictive analytics solutions.


As a freelancer, you have a choice to make. You can remain in your current niche of freelancing, serving existing clients, picking up a few new ones here and there. Or you can decide to meet the challenges that the future holds by developing the expertise you need to be in high demand as technology moves forward. 


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