A quick scroll through any “Economy” section of the online news or newspaper will reveal that the job market isn’t so hot at the moment. Or you could just check your wallet and find out the same thing. People live in fear of losing their jobs, or in a constant state of panic over how they will manage to stretch their paycheck once again. This bleak outlook is compounded by the infuriating fact that many of us in this situation have hard earned college degrees, as well as mountains of unforgivable student loan debt. It’s clear why many of us are looking for alternative (and supplemental) ways to earn money.
One serendipitous conversation in the teachers’ room at my school got me into freelance work. Now I work as an independent contractor on a site called oDesk. For hourly jobs, I use an application that tracks the time I work, and I get paid automatically each week. For jobs with a fixed price, say 10 articles for $50, I get paid upon completion of the job. So far my experience with freelance work has been a dream. I spend 4 to 5 hours each day “at work,” and still have plenty of time to sightsee, visit with friends and relax while on the road. I can even create a “weekend” for myself anywhere in the week.