Freelancing sites such as Upwork and Fiverr have taken off in popularity in the past couple of years. The reasons for that are simple. Finding work is easy and although not the best, the money is decent. More to the point, you get the freedom of working from home with flexible hours. For struggling college students who just need some extra cash to get through college that sounds just about perfect. The term freelancing is pretty broad, however, and it encompasses several categories. Here are some of the most popular and profitable.
If you’re good with words and have immaculate spelling/grammar you can try to apply for a position as a writer. Lots of companies are constantly on the lookout for content creators, whether that’s writing articles for blogs, websites, or even paper magazines. You can even get a job as an editor. You have to be passionate about writing and have to love the niche segment you want to get into, however. Otherwise, it’s going to get tedious quick and pretty soon you’ll be fed up with typing.
If you’ve got decent Photoshop skills you can create a gig on Fiverr offering photo editing services. You don’t have to be an expert but you do need to be relatively good at it and be able to accomplish tasks the client wants. Learning Photoshop isn’t that difficult though, especially if you’re familiar with computers and get along with them. There are plenty of online courses to get you started on Photo editing.
Got a good voice? Give voice acting a try. You’ll need a decent microphone but that’s about it as far as equipment required goes. Find what works best for your voice and advertise it accordingly. For instance, if you’ve got a particularly deep, manly voice, make sure to capitalize on that by applying for jobs where you think they might be looking for someone like you. After all, it doesn’t hurt to try, does it?
Although not strictly a freelancing opportunity, signing up for OneClass and posting class notes can earn you plenty of desirable prizes and even cash wired directly to your PayPal. Plus, you’ll be helping out fellow students.
There are plenty of ways to earn some extra money as a college student, you just have to know where to look. If you’re willing to sacrifice some of your free time and still find a way to balance college and work, then freelancing just might be for you.