College Student by Day, Writer for Hire by Night
Students in college have things a bit easier than they were 25 years ago. Now, when applying for financial aid, student parents’ net worth isn’t counted, making far more students eligible for grants and interest-deferred student loans than before. The Internet is available along with amazingly fast computers, versus having to use a manual typewriter and share a computer lab to write reports. Everyone has a cellphone and can easily be found; it was almost a scavenger hunt to find someone if meetings weren’t prearranged ahead of time. And students today have far more ability to find flexible work today as an online writer for hire than ever before.
While tuition and basic boarding might be taken care of with parental help or financial aid, students often find they have to pick up a spare job to pay for gas, spending money, books, clothing, and general costs of living. Years before, a part-time job for a college student often meant working as a waitress, a grocery store clerk, a fast-food restaurant employee, or doing lots of odd jobs through the school temp job placement office. It wasn’t fun, and students at the time often felt they lost lots of hours to minimum wage work that didn’t mean much. Plus the tasks were rarely something that could be put on a resume and taken seriously.
Today’s student, however, has multiple options available. With the demand for written content online, whether it be articles or books, a college student can easily make as much as a minimum wage job if not more. Those same funds can pay for all the same things needed, plus contribute to actual school expenses. The fact is, a good writer working two or three hours a night can easily earn $25 to $40 a day and more than $1,000 a month. And given the way article writing is paid, it becomes ready cash a student can use via a Paypal account and a connected bank account. Plus, the amount earned is often far below anything that is taxable, so end of the year tax return reporting is not likely to be impacted by writing earnings.
What college student couldn’t use an extra $1,000 a month while in school? The flexibility of being an online writer allows a student to easily manage classes, other commitments and study time along with producing work that can be transmitted and paid for electronically. As long as a student has a good computer and an Internet connection, the possibilities of earning are endless. A number of students are taking their time in college even further, starting their own businesses and earning far more, whether it be in writing or other avenues.
With the potential earning power in online tools, college student writers can easily generate extra income without much effort. Further, the work performed can easily find a place in a resume or interview, often providing concrete examples of what a student can produce for an employer when given a chance. That can make a big difference as a hire fresh out of college.
Tom L is a freelance writer available on WriterAccess, a marketplace where clients and expert writers connect for assignments.