The world of work is undergoing a constant change, including how people do their jobs. With the advancement of technology, everyone can work anywhere and anytime without having to be present at the office. Days when you have to wake up every morning and work from 9 to 5 in your cubicle have long gone. Thanks to the internet and digital technology, remote working has never been easier.

This flexibility and freedom to choose your own working hours opens a great opportunity for college students who want to earn extra money by working as freelancers. Aside from the perk of earning additional cash, working as a freelancer will give you valuable experiences to build up your portfolio that can be used for applying a real job after you graduate.

However, as the old adage goes, ‘there are two sides to every coin’. While being able to make your own money sounds like a great idea, the practice might not be as easy as it sounds. It is a challenge to balance your duties as a student and your responsibilities as a freelancer. Here are some guides to be successful both as a freelancer and student:

Be consistent  

At some point, your college and work life will collide. There will be times when you have an important assignment from your lecturer while having tight deadline from your boss that it can be overwhelming. Maybe you will start to sacrifice your college assignment to finish one of your job deadlines. If this keeps spiralling, it can be confusing and damaging your schedule in the long run. Therefore, you should set your priority and make a to-do-list. Consistency is needed so you can manage your time wisely to complete all things on your to-do-list. Consistency will help you accomplish all your goals and maintain your schedule as stable as possible.

Have self-motivation

There will be days when you feel exhausted while juggling between doing your role as a freelancer and student. To overcome such situation, you should build your own self-motivation to keep you on the road. There are many ways to get a self-motivation. One of them is by reminding the goals that you want to achieve in both your college life a student and professional life as a freelancer.  

Enjoy what you do

First of all, when you want to be a freelancer you should ensure to pick only a job that you love doing. Loving the job that you do will help you complain less when times are rough and help you enjoy every task assigned for you. When you find the fun and enjoyment in  your work, it will encourage you to give the best performance too. Therefore, it is important to choose a job that you are passionate about, something that you will enjoy doing even when deadlines are tight.

Take some break

Become a freelancer and a student at the same time can put you in a hectic schedule that sometimes it stresses you out. To prevent a burnout, you should take some break for a while. You need a quality time for yourself as it can refresh your mind and body so you will get ready to finish your duties. Having a slice of sweet chocolate cake, licking a scoop of your favourite ice cream flavour, or drowning yourself in a fragrant candles will help you relax a bit. A little treat for yourself will help you increase your performance afterwards.

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How do you spend your weekend or holiday? Be it trying out a new cake recipe, planting your favourite flowers in the garden, or bringing your camera for a photoshoot, there are good chances that you want to use your spare time to engage in something you’re passionate about. Not only a good and positive way to let off steam from your weekday work, you can also turn your hobby into a side hustle that allows you to earn additional income.

A side hustle does not have to be something big and ambitious. For a start, you can begin with simple ones, such as making regular vlogs on culinary trip and uploading them on YouTube, or selling items related to your hobby on eBay. If taken seriously, all these little things will eventually take you to a bigger place.

Picking up a side gig does not only give you an opportunity to make more money, but it also widens your knowledge and experience, especially if you deal with something completely different from your primary profession. Moreover, the advancement of internet and technology has made it easier for you to have two or even three jobs at the same time. Many opportunities allow you to work remotely from home, which means that you can be arrange your schedule more flexibly as you do not have to stay at the office all the time.

Still doubtful whether you should have an extra job or not? Worry no more. Below, we share five good reasons why you need to start a side hustle. Hint: it is not necessarily about the paycheck.

  1.    Gain valuable skills

Doing a part-time job can help you hone and grow valuable skills. For example, you have a main profession as a financial consultant in a finance company. If you want to share your knowledge while learning for more, you might want to start making a blog or website where you can write useful articles about financial management for your readers. This way, you can hone your writing skills while contributing for more people.

  1.    Learn and discover new things

At some point in one’s career journey, there are good chances that you will end trapped in a job role with boring and menial tasks that make you unable to make full use of your utmost potential. For example, you are a senior web developer for a giant company. While you are happy with your current role, it is rather discouraging that your boss is not really interested in exploring new ideas. If you want to try out new things outside your niche, a side gig is a good opportunity for you to learn and discover new arena while revealing your hidden talent you never know before.

  1.    Build a sense of purpose

Do you find your current job no longer give you a sense of purpose in your life? If the answer is a ‘yes’, you should not rush sending that resignation letter right away. Instead, getting yourself a side hustle can help you find more meaning from your day job. Even when it seems that you are more passionate about your side gig, it does not mean that you should necessarily let go of your stable, full-time job. You can use the excitement from your side hustle to come to your office with a new zest and energy, thus help you do better at your main job.

  1.    Expand your network

Having more than one job gives you the privilege of getting to know more people and expand your professional network. Building a network base with people from your area of expertise is proven to be handy not only when you are in the process of job search, but also a good strategy to maintain a solid personal brand.

  1.    Get paid for doing your hobby

Earning extra money from your side job is nice. It is even better when you actually love doing it. This will not only give you a sense of fulfillment, but also a financial security as you do not have to always rely on what you receive from your day job. Not to mention, a side gig can open a new career opportunity when you decide to pursue it further.

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