There are plenty of reasons for students to get a job during their college years. It helps them pay their tuition fee, save some extra money for things they need, build various skills, and look more appealing to the employees once they graduate.
But if you think that the only job you can find is a waiter or a nanny, think twice. These days students don’t have to settle for working a part-time job somewhere outside their college. Instead, they can choose freelance and enjoy all the perks of earning money online and saving more time for studies.
Why should you consider freelance writing?
Even if you decided that you want to try freelance, you might still struggle with choosing the right job for yourself. It might seem that you don’t have any special skills that could help you create things you can sell. However, you do have them.
Even if you don’t craft designs or code, you can still write. That’s what all students are taught to do at school - and that’s what you can turn into a career. Moreover, it’s a very diverse job as you are able to work in various niches and craft different types of texts, starting from articles and ending with ads.
So what exactly do you need to do to start working as a freelance writer?
1. Choose a niche or the niches you specialize in.
Sure, you are able to write about anything. However, writing on a topic which doesn’t seem very familiar means that you’re going to need to spend hours on research. Why make it harder if you are able to write about things you know well and earn money quicker?
Choosing a niche doesn’t mean you have to be an expert in it, though. It only means that the niche is familiar to you and while you still might need some additional research sometimes, you don’t need to research the basics.
To choose a niche, think about the things that interest you, the things you know well, the classes you like the most, and so on. You are able to choose any niche but if you pick the one you actually like, you’ll enjoy your work much more.
2. Find out how long you can work.
Being a student, you aren’t able to afford to work full-time. However, you still need to estimate how many hours a week you can work - and you have to do so before you start looking for your first project.
Why is it so important? Because you need to know whether you’ll be able to meet a project’s deadline or not. It would be sad to get negative feedback on your first project only because you didn’t count hours you are able to spend on work.
You also need to make sure that your work won’t affect your studies - otherwise, you might find yourself overloaded with work projects and narrative essay topics you need to write quickly.
However, estimating your working hours isn’t all you need to do. You also need to find out how many texts you are able to write during these hours.
3. Find out how many articles you can write.
It might seem easy to some students, but actually, it’s not. First, you need to decide what type of texts you want to focus on - as the ads are quicker to write than the articles, for example. Second, you need to remember how much time it usually takes for you to finish a written piece, be it an essay or an article for a college magazine.
If you still find yourself unable to do so, try writing a couple of texts while keeping track of time. Most likely, you’ll be able to use these texts during the next stage of a preparation process.
4. Create a portfolio.
A portfolio is crucial for any freelancer, especially for a beginner. If you don’t have an impressive resume and a list of stunning work projects to support you, showing your strong writing skills is all you can do to get your first project.
How to create a portfolio if you didn’t have any real clients yet? Come up with some topics for your texts and then write these texts or start a blog related to your niche.
Lucky for you, many clients don’t really care whether an article was written for another client or not - all they care about is how you write. The portfolio can demonstrate that.
While creating a portfolio, remember that you don’t need to fill it with dozens of texts. Fewer is always better - and easier for the clients to read. Just make sure to fill your portfolio with high-quality texts only.
After that, you can start looking for your first project. Check out famous freelance platforms like Upwork and Fiverr, blogging platforms like Probloggers and BloggingPro, and search on Google to find websites that pay their authors.
Come up with a strong pitch, don’t forget to add the link to your portfolio, and don’t stop pitching clients. It might take a while before you get your first projects but once you do, it’ll become much easier.
Freelance writing requires a lot of dedication and work, just like any other job. However, it allows you to work flexible hours, to try different projects, and to earn decent money while still studying. Moreover, strong writing skills and freelance experience can help you land a great job in the future. So if you ever considered freelance writing, you should give it a try.