Students: Earn Money with Freelance Writing!

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by collegelife on September 11, 2012

Looking for a way to make some extra money while you’re in school? How many papers do you have to write this week? Only two? Want to make it three? What if you could earn an extra $50 for writing an extra paper?

No, we would never suggest that you cheat! But did you know that thousands of people out there are making a little extra cash by writing? Need a creative outlet? Write some short stories! Not very creative? Write some web content! Good at grammar? You’d be shocked by how many people need a good proofreader! If you are studying another language while you’re in college, you are even more employable. Many, many people and companies out there need people to translate content for their websites.

And these are jobs you can do without ever leaving your dorm room! I know, I know, you don’t want to write any more than you have to. But let’s be real—wouldn’t it be worth it for the money? And let’s be honest—don’t your writing skills need a little bit more sharpening?

The truth is that many college students just like you are earning up to a nickel a word! (That’s about $25 per page.) Many, many websites out there advertise these writing jobs. For example, visit craigslist. Under jobs, you’ll find a “writing / editing” category. Check it out! You may be surprised by how many jobs are listed. (You can also check out sites like Indeed or Monster. You might also explore sites like Elance or Guru, though be aware that these sites take a hefty cut of your earnings!)

You may need a resume, even when you’re applying for quick and simple jobs, but don’t let that scare you—many people assume that because you are a college student, you already know how to read and write! Go ahead and play up the fact that you are a student! And if you do want to beef up your resume a little, write a few stories or articles for free, get them published in local or campus publications, and voila! You’re a published writer!

This is not a get-rich-quick-scheme, and if any employer ever tells you otherwise, run in the other direction. You will have to put in the time and the effort, but isn’t that true of any job? And if you need a little extra money, this is a great way to earn it, without a huge commitment (or a huge commute).

Robin is a freelance writer who can usually be found writing about criminal justice jobs.

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