Can Freelancing Be Done On Phone? (In-Depth Explanation)

Well, freelancing is great, but not all individuals who want to get into it or provide freelancing services start in good standing.

Many people or aspiring freelancers start with just the skill and a smartphone or mobile phone. I clearly remember the times when I had nothing but my phone and yet I wanted to start freelancing.

So, what’s the answer? Can you do freelancing with your phone? Is it okay if you work as a freelancer using your phone? What are the pros and cons? Which freelance platforms allow you to work on a phone? What freelancing services can be offered via phone? Should you get a laptop?

Well, if you are in search of in-depth answers to all of these questions, it’s the perfect place that you have come to.

So, let’s get straight into the article and find out the most suitable answers to the questions that you might have in mind.

Can Freelancing Be Done On Phone?

Yes, freelancing can be definitely done on phone. In case a new freelancer doesn’t have the availability of a laptop or a desktop device. However, not all types of freelancing jobs can be done on mobile and there are a lot of functional limitations to it.

Well, what I meant was that you can use your mobile device for completing freelancing jobs but there are going to be a lot of limitations to that.

Whether you talk about the mindset, the speed of completing a task, productivity, usability, or skill…all of them will depreciate (in most cases) when a freelancer uses a phone for work.

But using your mobile phone for freelancing should not stop you at all when you are just starting out.

There are a lot of people who can’t make an investment and buy a laptop in the beginning. You can actually start out with your phone and then later upgrade to a laptop or a desktop as you grow further.

Even some of the most successful digital nomads and freelancers out there got started with little to no resources and gradually upgraded as they moved forward.

You can do a number of tasks or jobs that don’t require you to use big screens or highly operational devices. Let’s now talk about the jobs then:

10 Freelancing Jobs That Can Be Done On Mobile

Now that you know that it’s possible to become a freelancer with your mobile phone, let’s come to some of the jobs that you can start doing via your phone.

Here’s the list and then I will talk about each properly:

  • Graphic Designing
  • Video Editing
  • Social Media Management
  • Content Writing
  • SEO Keyword Research
  • Copywriting
  • Virtual Assistance
  • Translation
  • Customer Support
  • Voice Over

Graphic Designing

Not talking about highly professional graphic designing here but there are a lot of clients online that are looking for simple design solutions like:

  • Logo design
  • Facebook cover design
  • T-shirt design
  • etc.

As a beginner, you can easily create and design amazing graphics with your phone by using applications like Canva and others.

You can easily charge anywhere from $5 to over $50 for a single design depending on the client’s requirement and get going as a newcomer.

Video Editing

Video editing is counted among one of the best skills that a person can sell without even having a laptop or a professional device/software.

The vast majority don’t know how to edit videos and are willing to pay freelancers to do the same.

You can create a Fiverr account (or simply create an account on any other popular freelancing site), start completing gigs, and use free mobile applications to do work at scale as well as with ease.

Social Media Management

Social Media Management is also a job that doesn’t require you to have a complete setup to get started.

All you have got to have is access to the social media accounts of the client’s profiles and a free designing application!

You can provide active service to companies/individuals by handling their social accounts and helping them achieve growth.

Content Writing

While it can be a bit difficult for you to write content using your mobile device but it’s definitely possible and once you get used to it, your productivity will slowly increase.

You can become a freelance writer and start providing content writing services as a way to get started. Later when you have made enough to purchase a laptop, you can definitely upgrade and scale from there.

SEO Keyword Research

Frankly speaking…! I use my mobile phone to do keyword research for my own blogs and that’s how I know it’s definitely possible for others too!

All you will need to do this is a strong hold and knowledge about SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and that’s that!

A lot of people out there are willing to pay good sums of money for doing keyword research (including me). It’s a really high-paying skill and can be easily done on phone.


Just like you could use your phone for content writing, copywriting is something very similar. All you will have to have additionally is your creative mind and its thoughts to carry out these jobs.

Copywriting is one of the best careers you can choose as a newbie. You are not bound to use a particular device or something else to become a copywriter. Everything is going to be in your control.

Virtual Assistance

Virtual assistance is for sure, a quite low-paying job but it’s something that can be done on your phone and that too very easily.

If you just want to get started and build a budget to start professionally, you can tap into virtual assistance and kickstart your journey.


Not everyone out there knows all the languages and being a translator can put you in an extremely ‘in-demand’ position.

Translators are paid very well all across the world and the best part about becoming a freelance translator is that you can do it with your phone, tablet, or computer!

Customer Support

In today’s online world, even a small dropshipping store has to have a customer support agency that can continuously talk to customers and answer their questions.

You can use your phone and get started by providing customer support service at reasonable charges. It’s easy and doesn’t require a whole lot of knowledge or skills other than the company you’re working for.

Voice Overs

It’s not the ‘last’ freelancing job that can be done on phone but it’s the ‘last one’ that I know about.

You can also commence doing voice over projects for clients via your phone and actually generate a decent revenue every single month.

I personally know quite a few people who only use their phones for completing voice overs and it’s totally possible. If you can do it, you should definitely give it a try.

Freelancing Platforms/Applications That Can Be Used On Phones

Well, I won’t waste your time by writing paragraphs that don’t make any sense at all and will just list the apps/platforms/companies:

  1. Upwork
  2. Freelancer
  3. Fiverr
  4. Toptal
  5. PeoplePerHour
  6. and others

Pros Of Using Mobile For Freelancing

  • Freelancing on mobile can help beginners get started and help them make the initial amount.
  • Various jobs like video editing and graphic designing are easier to complete via phones instead of laptops/computers.
  • Removes barrier-to-entry in the freelancing world.
  • No time and place boundation.

Cons Of Using Mobile For Freelancing

  • Not very comfortable for most people.
  • Decreases the overall speed and productivity of a freelancer.
  • Not good for health and the elongated hours can get a person under stress.
  • Can’t be used for all kinds of freelancing jobs (especially the high-paying ones).
  • Many functional limitations like storage, performance, etc.

Why A Laptop Is Better Than A Phone For A Freelancer?

Well, we’ve already discussed the pros and cons of using a phone for freelancing tasks, but still, here are some of the vital points why a laptop is always better for freelancers:

  • Extremely easy to use and increases speed + productivity.
  • Good for having meetings with clients.
  • Can be used for multiple tasks at a time.
  • Has a lot of storage and can run heavy software programs.
  • Creates a mindset and a working environment for the user/freelancer.

In Conclusion

Well, so, the answer to your question is that a mobile device can actually be used for freelancing but it is recommended to have a bigger and more functional device (laptop/computer) if you want to pursue freelancing seriously.

You don’t have to start off with a laptop and can use a phone but at some point, you are going to want to switch to a desktop because that’s when things will get smoother, professional, easy, and exciting for you.

That’s it for now. I hope you found this post helpful and informational. In case you have got anything else to ask, please use the comment section down below.

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