The concept of “freelancing” is no stranger to teenagers and young adults nowadays. Once you get into the freelancing business as a college student, the career just kick-starts in the right direction as the foundation is laid down for future growth.
This, along with many other reasons, is why we think that every Pakistani college graduate should do freelancing. Give the article below a read if you are a college graduate, looking for reasons as to why you should start freelancing – or a parent to a college graduate, who wants their child to invest their time in something productive before higher education.
Explore your skills
After graduating college, you will have plenty of time on your hands to go through different kinds of freelancing job lists, what skills the employer requires from you, websites, and offers. There is so much diversity; people look for writers, artists, programmers, website designers, graphic designers, and much more. This means that there is a higher chance of you finding something that sparks your interest rather than sticking to conventional jobs.
1- Tech Skills
In order to do successful freelancing on different freelance marketplaces, students need to learn a tech skill that can be offered online. A typical example of emerging, trending tech skills are:
- Web development
- Software development
- Graphic Designing
- Digital Marketing
- Social media marketing
- Video editing/animation
- Voice over
- Data entry
- Virtual Assistant
3- Soft Skills
One of the primary reasons why students do not succeed at freelancing is because they lack soft skills such as communication skills. If you can not convey your point of view to your client, you will not be able to win their business. Communication skill stays at the forefront of any soft skill for freelancing. Alongside communication skills, financial skills, and client management weighs a long way too.
Polish your skills
Once you have found your interests, you can begin slowly with little to no experience and then pave your way to professionally opting for it. There are websites like Upwork, Guru, or Fiverr that charge a commission fee at first, but then the more you work, the less money you pay. For example, the commission fee starts from 20% of the first $500 bill and gradually reduces as you earn more.
Work from home
That brings us to our next point, earning through working from home. No hassle of leaving in the morning for work and coming back home in the evening which anyways does not sound worth it for a college graduate. You can be independent at a young age, with less than half the effort and the best part is, you can work at your own pace.
Makes good resume
Traditionally, after graduating college, the next step would be to apply to universities. After graduating from your university, you would want to apply for a proper job. Freelancing in the time you have between college and university will help you in the long run, it’ll make your resumes and applications stand out. You will already have job experience.
You will always have job security
When you have already determined your skillset and worked as a freelancer for a while, your future will always be secure as there will always be employers and companies willing to give you tasks and jobs through freelancing. You will not have to rely on a 9-5 job to earn your bread and butter.
Be an entrepreneur
Perhaps if you keep on working, you might even be able to establish your own firm. You could work as a full-time freelancer then and you will be the one employing other teenagers who want to present their skills to the world. Isn’t that great?
The biggest reason why college graduates don’t go for a part-time job after graduating is that they don’t want their work to hinder their higher education. Time management becomes difficult when you have a job while still in academia. That won’t be a problem with freelancing because you will be given a few days to submit your work, so within the time limit, you can work according to your own schedule.