How To Find Freelance Work Through College


Find Freelance Work

College is an important step in life that many people undertake. That said, it is rare to find a student that can go to college, cover all of their bills, eat, and pay for classes without working. The issue often comes from that fact that balancing a busy college schedule alongside a part-time, or even full-time job can make college even more difficult.  So how do you make an income while also making sure you have time for college? The easiest way is the growing need for freelance work.

Finding Freelance Work

One of the easiest places to find freelance work is in the writing sector and there are a few sites that will help you to get started without any investment. Textbroker and Elance both offer you different ways to find freelance writing work based on your particular areas of expertise.

Freelance Work

With Textbroker, you set up an author profile and will start out at a base rating which qualifies you for a certain level of writing. You may write, for example, 500 word articles for around $5 for a while and then earn a higher rating, which leads to higher paying jobs. The advantage of Textbroker is that you choose what to write based on a subject. Once you head into the subjects “hub” you can choose the specific articles you wish to write. As long as the client accepts your work, you are able to withdraw the payment weekly. Clients may even contact you personally to write for them more in the future. If that does occur, you actually negotiate a rate per word with the client and can earn a very sizeable income.

Freelance Work

Elance is the other side of freelance work and is set up slightly differently. Instead of just picking an article and writing it, you find proposals from clients for work. Once you find one you like, you make a bid for the job based on how much you would expect to be paid per hour or per article. Once the client accepts your bid, you work with them until completion, which may lead to extra work in the future.

Elance can be a little slower to get started on, but the income potential is much higher than Textbroker. The best idea is to use both sites to find the most freelance writing work you can.

Not a Writer? No Problem!

If writing isn’t your forte, look for other freelance sites for your specific skills. There are plenty out there, you just need to search for your specific field. For example, if you are a programmer, you can do a quick search on Google for freelance programming work. You’ll find some people looking directly for freelancers which you can contact, but you’ll also find sites that are designed for that particular field. This is true for most fields and a little searching will help you find the right site for your skill set.

An important note for freelancers that wish to really grow their client base is to make sure that their LinkedIn profile is always up to date. Clients will often scour LinkedIn to find freelancers that they have worked with in the past, or they may look for someone new to contact. Textbroker and Elance both take a tiny cut of the fees and payments that go through their site and most clients won’t care about the fee, but some will need high paying, high volume work and will prefer to work directly with you as their writer.

In most cases, PayPal is used as the preferred payment source since it is easy to track invoices by the client and the freelancer, so make sure you have an account set up before you start pursuing this path. You may be surprised how much you can earn working as a freelancer. Many graduates continue to freelance on the side after they start their careers because of how lucrative the field can be. Freelance work is growing quickly and there are not enough good freelancers out there to fill all the positions available. Start taking the steps to become part of this field and you’ll be able to work on your schedule throughout your education.

Are you currently studying and working as a freelance at the same time?  If so, which sites have you found to help you find work?  Let us know by leaving a comment below!

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  • Andi the Minion

    Very interesting post, writing content is big business in the blogging and online world, from simple articles to free reports. It is worth trying to look for those freelance jobs, they might start out at $5 articles but once your skill level, portfolio and reputation grows you will be charging a lot more for your quality articles.

    Being paid to write is a great way to earn money while you go through college or Uni, but not it doesn’t just stop there, for anyone building a blog it is a great way to fund the costs of the growing business..

    Great post.

    • I’m always surprised when people say that it’s not worth working for so little money. They never seem to think of the bigger picture. Yes, $5 might not seem like a lot, but that is for 1 job (say an article), you can earn more by doing more jobs.

      Of course there is an even bigger picture as well. Freelance work can be a stepping stone to better things. Think of it as work experience. The more you do, the more experience you can offer to future employers, which leads to an increase in what you can charge, etc. These days, graduates are having to do free work experience in supermarkets or other menial jobs, just to get some practical experience on their CV’s. Surely freelance work in your chosen field would be more beneficial?

      You make a good point as well Andi. This doesn’t only apply to students, anyone can do freelance work. It can be a great way to, not only fund your new website start up costs, but also grow your online reputation as well.

      It’s all about the bigger picture!!!

      • The Secret Insider

        That is an excellent point Matt, we have a society where youngsters will work for free and often do an internship simply for the experience but the idea of writing an article for $5 seems to horrify some of them. It might sound cheap but if you can write a couple of articles a day at $5 for 5 days then that is $50 a week, over a month then a year it will soon add up.

        Apart from any research that might be required, writing a couple of 500 word articles can take a couple of hours. could do it while watching ‘I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here’ or some other TV programme that doesn’t need much attention.

        Every new article that pays $5 becomes experience, it won’t be long before they become $10 posts then $25 posts so on and so on.


        • Unfortunately we live in a society where people (young & old) want something for nothing. The idea of working your way up from the bottom was something to be proud of in past generations, I don’t know what changed! I probably sound like some old geezer saying that, but that does seem to be the way of the western world at the moment.