I guess every student in the world craves for two most complicated things, 1) To get a better grade 2) To make some extra pocket money! Go ahead and have a laugh & remember your good old desperate study days! Luckily for my generation there are lot of avenues to realize the latter but the former is still a tough nut to crack!
Living in Norway is an expensive business and finding a part time job at Trondheim is another shot in the dark! I was wise enough to explore the online job requirement around the world. And being an Indian one surely knew that outsourcing is a lucrative business. I had no greed to make money, all I wanted was to help my parents by earning some money and helping my study at NTNU. So, I assessed myself and knew what I wanted to work on. I wanted to be a freelancer with services in article writing, photoshop, 3D animation & guitar e-books. Thanks to google, I got some hits on online job market not to mention the random type-2 error hit me time & again! But finally, I came across a genuine platform for freelancers called “www.freelancer.com”.
As usual every person is skeptical of his/her first approach towards doing something new. I shall quote “Lesser the degree of control, more is the fear of failure”. I had my fear of things like online theft, non issue of payment. So, I kept searching for possible loopholes in the website. I found out it to have a very good feedback in various blogs. Later that day I opened my own freelancer account. The jobs are posted every minute but the requirement of client range from website designing to baby-sitting ! I found my niche in article writing and I was targeting on those jobs alone.
The website has a system called bids. A freelancer can bid on 30 jobs in a month to find a job. If one wins the bid then he gets to work for the client and procedures of submission and payment follows. The client will ask you to write articles about various field. I remember my first job, I was asked to spill out a sample article on “Cheap Cruises out of New York”. The client liked my work and she asked me to write 2 more articles that day. The articles were roughly about 600 words each. I was again lucky enough to score a good client who payed me the due payment the very next day. GBP 3 is what I earned for the job and that was one of the happiest moment of my life “My firs online cheque”. Oh that’s too little you think? Thanks to the research I did to write those articles. I now know how to get a cheap deal for a New York Cruise! Interesting eh?
Call it crazy, the freelancer bug had bite me deep! All this was 3 days before my semester exam! I guess I was crazy enough to do all this at that time. I had no other go but to stop work for 2 weeks of exam time. After my exams I searched for another job but I think the basic instinct of a human greed for more money was starting to grow. I started to think 600 words article deserved more that GBP 1.5. All I could do is to start a new job which would push me back into work mode and remove this greed inside me.
I found job posted by guitar teacher who wanted to distribute an e-book for his student to learn some new guitar songs. This was exactly the fresh project I wanted to work on. The sample work was liked by him and he allotted the work to me. I worked hard on the e-book and submitted it within the deadline. This job helped me learn 5 new guitar songs isn’t it cool? to work on something which you love doing and then get paid for it?
I think every student who likes writing articles should give this approach a try. It sure improves a student general knowledge while providing him some extra cash. The purpose of work is to make one feel good about himself. Forget the societal perspective for a while, be proud of whatever work you are doing in life. Remember that not all can do what you can do.
“Feel special about yourself, and everything will fall in place”- Jeevith Hegde