[Guide] Staying Busy on oDesk (Part 1)
I see many Linkedin group discussions in which new oDesk contractors express difficulty in finding…
There isn’t much that I would change about my college experience. But if I could go back and do it all over again, I would make sure I discovered oDesk much sooner. Being able to earn money from anywhere is perfect for the college lifestyle – for many reasons.
In this article, I’ll offer 5 compelling reasons why every college student should be working online asap.
With oDesk, you determine your own work schedule. If midterms are next week and you’re swamped, don’t apply for new positions. If you’ve got a little downtime between big projects, use it to make some extra money. If you’re a night owl and want to work at 3 in the morning and nap between classes, you can. Studying abroad next semester? No problem, you can continue your work from anywhere in the world.
Sure, you can spend hours slinging coffee and making just above minimum wage at the campus café. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. But if you don’t have the opportunity for an on-campus position, oDesk is a great place to start.
College classes tend to focus on the theory behind what you’re learning to do. Bosses, on the other hand, want you to know how to do stuff that adds value. If you don’t have the opportunity to do an internship, you might be in for a rude awakening when the job search begins. However, if you’re already active on oDesk, your work shows that you are a self-starter with time management skills. And, as an added bonus, you may be able to use that website, email campaign, or logo design you created through oDesk as a portfolio of your work for potential employers.
You may want to start working on oDesk even if you already have a part time job on campus. Spring break isn’t going to pay for itself, and neither is your tuition. The ugly truth is that those student loan payments eat up a lot of your “fun money” post-graduation. So why not start a savings account to help you transition to the “real world”? Or, better yet, start making payments on those loans now before interest starts to make an impact!
When the time comes for you to apply to internships or post-grad positions, you will have honest evaluations of your past work to share with potential employers. You may even be able to ask oDesk employers to serve as a reference.
The job search can be difficult in today’s tough economic times. By getting some work experience on oDesk, you’ll stand out to potential employers and likely spend less time having to search for a full-time job (if that’s your goal). The beauty of oDesk is that there is no down time while you’re applying and interviewing for jobs. Continue to work your freelancing gig and get paid while you figure out your career plans. By building your reputation on oDesk throughout your college years, you’ll be a step ahead of your competition upon graduating. And who knows – oDesk might just turn into a full-time career for you!