There are thousands of freelancing jobs on Elance, with more being added every day. Whether you write web content, do telemarketing, or are a Ruby on Rails programmer, you will find something to fit your skill set. Here are the ten hottest freelance jobs according to Elance's Online Work Index.
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The Ten Hottest Jobs For Freelancers on Elance

There are thousands of freelancing jobs on Elance, with more being added every day. Whether you write web content, do telemarketing, or are a Ruby on Rails programmer, you will find something to fit your skill set. But how do you know if there is enough work available to keep a hungry freelancer busy?

Here are the ten hottest freelance jobs according to Elance's Online Work Index. Freelance writing is the up and comer, with three spots in the top ten, all up from last month. Web developers and coders are still in high demand as well. If you're looking to expand your skills, or thinking about branching out, this list should give you a great starting point.

1. PHP development: In the last six months, PHP experts have earned over $860,000 from freelancing jobs on Elance, and there have been more than 2,000 new jobs posted in the last 30 days. PHP development is holding steady in the top position.

2. Article Writing: Article writers have earned more than $460,000 in the last six months, and more than 1,400 new jobs were posted in the last 30 days. Article writing is trending upward.

3. MySQL development: Database developers are cashing in at Elance, taking home $1.2 million dollars in the last six months, with 1,300 new jobs posted in the last 30 days.

4. HTML coding: HTML coders made just under $300,000 in the last six months, with 1,782 new jobs posted in the last 30 days. Demand is pretty steady for freelancers with a passion for HTML.

5. CSS coding: If CSS is more your style, never fear. CSS is on an upward trend, and the freelance CSS experts at Elance made over $130,000 in the last six months. More than 1,000 new jobs were posted in the last 30 days.

6. Photoshop: If you know your way around photoshop you could stand to make a portion of the nearly $200,000 photoshop gurus made on Elance in the last six months. With 782 new jobs posted in the last month, you'll surely find something to help you pay the bills.

7. Web Content: If you're a freelance writer with a good grasp of writing for the web, you're in luck. Web content providers took home over $350,000 in the past six months, and this area is definitely trending upward with over 1,000 new jobs posted last month.

8. WordPress: WordPress developers are in high demand, and it's getting higher. In the last six months they've earned almost $225,000 on Elance, and this month they have 677 new jobs to choose from.

9. Flash development: Flash development remains strong in the number nine spot, bringing in just over $235,000 for the freelancers in this niche. 1,199 new jobs posted last month as well, so lots of potential there.

10. Content Writing: Elance doesn't seem to track total dollars earned just in content writing, perhaps because this dark horse is up 11 spots from previous reports. Clearly, it's a hot niche and savvy freelancers can potentially get in on the ground floor here.

Even though there are millions of dollars to be earned on Elance, you're competing against over 91,000 freelancers. The real test of your skills is not in finding the jobs, but in landing them.


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