For the majority of students, getting a part job is inevitable – soon you’ll run out of money, and you’ll want something to make your weeks a bit more structured.
If someone told you that you could make money from sitting in your bedroom, you’d probably laugh at them, right? This is where the magic of freelancing comes out to play.
Now, freelancing isn’t for everyone, and there are a few questions you need to ask yourself before you consider wanting to freelance:
1- Am I confident in what I am doing?
2- Am I okay with accepting lower rates to build up a client base?
3- Am I organised?
If you can answer all three with YES, then freelancing is something that you may enjoy, and reap benefits for a very long time. Why?
1 – Future employers see freelancing in a positive light on someone’s CV as it shows time management, self discipline and love for the trade.
2- Once you have a few months experience, you can freelance as an when you need to. You are not tied down to contracts and can pretty much work when you want.
3 – Starting your freelancing career whilst at university and not having major outgoings like mortgages and hefty bills each month is the prime time to do it, as you have the support of a student loan, which means you can build up a client base on cheaper rates.
4- If the money you earn from freelancing isn’t enough, you can still do a part time job alongside it and reap the benefits from both sides – a win/win situation.
So, down to the nitty gritty on how to get started. The best way to do this is by first: identifying your trade that you want to freelance in.
Are you a writer/designer/copywriter/ghost writer/PA/Admin/Technical/WebDesign – the list goes on. A great website to begin your freelancing career with is UpWork. Originally an american based site (as the currency is in $), you can sign up and get your first job fairly quickly. Set your hourly rate, fill in the gaps and begin applying.
To use the website on a basic plan is free, and actually works (we have tried and tested it already, and I’m currently doing a job on there now). You will be working with clients from all over the world, and the best thing about UpWork is that there is no chance that you won’t be paid – due to the way their billing is set up.
The only downside to UpWork is that they take a small percentage of your pay, but if you are just entering the world of freelancing, don’t fret – once you build up a client base you can leave the site and operate independently.
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