Blockchain and Google Cloud Platform are among the top 20 fastest-growing skills for freelancers all over the world.

The two skills top the Q2 2018 Skills Index in the 20 fastest-growing skills for freelancers by the global freelancing website, Upwork.

Stephane Kasriel, CEO of Upwork and co-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Council on the Future of Gender, Education and Work, said, “As technological change and the knowledge economy continue advancing, so will work requiring more skills.

“Many of today’s jobs will change as the world’s needs change and automation progresses, but shortages in local talent pools and the skills businesses need can be overcome with freelance talent, who are nearly twice as likely as traditional employees to proactively upgrade their skills.”

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These are the 20 fastest freelancing skills you should tap into:

1. Blockchain

Blockchain technology was developed in 2008 by a person or group of persons (no one knows for sure) simply known as Sataoshi Nakamoto. It was invented to serve as a public ledger of cryptocurrency bitcoin but has since bloomed to inspire several other applications.

The ability to work on and with blockchain (known as blockchain development) is now one of the most in-demand skills. It is also an advantage for you if you understand how the whole thing works as many people still don't get it yet.

2. Google Cloud Platform

It is a suite of cloud computing services offered by tech giant, Google. If you are able to build products and create things, this gives you access to a million other opportunities.

3. Volusion

Simply put, Volusion is a platform that lets you create your own e-commerce store easily.

4. Risk management

Every project and venture comes with risks and uncertainties, but who determines what these risks are and what impacts they will have? That, in simple terms, is what a risk manager does. Risk managers identify, evaluate and arrange risks according to their priority levels.

5. Product photography

This is photography, but for products. It is a skill very useful for ecommerce and social media commerce platforms, online fashion stores, etc.

6. Rapid prototyping

This is used to create 3D models of a product or parts of a product.

7. Google App Engine API

This includes using Google App Engine, Google Cloud Endpoints, and Android Studio to build backend applications.


According to Tech target, "SCORM is an XML-based framework used to define and access information about learning objects so they can be easily shared among different learning management systems."

It shows programmers how to write their codes so it can integrate well with other e-learning software.

9. GitLab

Used by over 10,000 organisations around the world, GitLab is an application for development operations that can be used from project planning, to source code operations using an open-source license.

10. Go development

This is simply programming in Go, a programming language created by Google in 2009.

11. Apple UIKit

This includes the ability to develop applications for Apple's iOs and/or tvOS.

12. Enterprise architecture

According to tech Target, enterprise architecture "is a conceptual blueprint that defines the structure and operation of an organization. The intent of an enterprise architecture is to determine how an organization can most effectively achieve its current and future objectives."

13. Tensorflow

Tensorflow is an open-source software library for dataflow programming. It can be used for machine learning applications, for example, neural networks.

14. Atlassian Confluence

Confluence is a software programme developed by Atlassian, an Australian software company. It is written in Java.

15. Apple Xcode

Xcode is a developer toolset for macOS. It includes everything you need to create apps for iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, and Apple TV.

16. eLearning

eLearning is accessing educational and informative materials via the Internet.

17. Customer retention

This is simply helping your organisation or company reduce the amount of customers that defect after coming in contact with your product or services. It requires you to deploy certain campaigns and strategies to keep your customers coming back.

18. Articulate storyline

This is simply the ability to tell coherent and interesting stories that engage audiences and move them to action. In business, storytelling always has an end game, which includes commercial returns.

19. Node.js

Node.js is an open-source JavaScript environment that runs on various platforms like Windows, macOS, Linux, etc.

20. Scala development

Scala is a programming language that combines object-oriented and functional programming. It is primarily designed to address the criticisms facing the Java programming language.

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