It's not a bad thing.

Maybe you've got a full-time job, but you're looking to make extra money.  Or you're a full-time parent or student that needs to make cash in the middle of all the other obligations.

It turns out, Texas is a great place to make that happen.

There are millions of people across the country who freelance, and the top cities that are freelance friendly are:

Scottsdale, AZ

Los Angeles, CA

Austin, TX

Portland, OR

and Boise, ID.

Nerdwallet figured out that the job landscape is shifting overall, and a growing number of us are now independent contractors or self-employed, and have moved away from the traditional 9 to 5 office job with a fixed salary, benefits, and work schedule.  More companies are accepting help from freelancers, which creates opportunities for outsiders to write articles, contribute to specific projects and presentations, develop websites, and more.

And freelancers thrive in Texas. Nerdwallet says we've got high rates of self-employment and income earned through freelancing, along with a low cost of living. Five Texas cities made the top 20.  They only looked at larger cities to come up with the list, but judging by all of the web developers, special projects contributors, home remodelers, and landscapers, something tells me East Texas would rank high too.

If you're looking for inspiration about the best ways to freelance, Freshbooks has some good ideas, including several websites that are set up to connect freelancers with the right opportunities.  Extra cash may be right around the corner!