One of the most frustrating aspects of getting a degree (aside from the cost) is trying to find a job. With the current economy, it seems that even getting a degree is no guarantee that you will be able to get a job afterwards. For the last few posts, I’ve been talking quite a bit about freelancing, specifically freelance writing, and today I want to talk a bit about one specific type of freelance writing that takes advantage of skills you learn in college.
Personally, I completed a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Biochemistry and a master’s degree in Ecology. I had vaguely planned to get a job in conservation after I graduated, but as my graduation got closer, I realized that there really were not a lot of jobs available.
Regardless of the degree you take in college, the one skill that professor’s push is the ability to write and to write well. As you progress through college, the emphasis moves from just being able to write to academic writing, which includes using specific formats and referencing. Because of the amount of people going to college at any given time, academic writing is always an area where there is a lot of demand.
So, how do you turn skills in academic writing into an income?
The two things that have to consider is your target customers and what you would offer.
One example is students. There are a lot of students going to college and many of them struggle to complete their work. In the current economy, I know a lot of students who have to work full-time while they are also trying to finish a degree. Other students have the time to complete their degree, but they are no good at writing or understanding the concepts that they are being taught.
There are actually a lot of people that provide services to college students, including everything from editing and tutoring services all the way to writing academic essays. College professors also often need assistance in completing and reviewing papers, although this market can be a little harder to break into, as college professors tend to be more picky.
The first time I looked up writing services for students, I was amazed at the size of the market. When I was a student I never considered getting help, but it seems that this industry is growing in popularity.
These companies actually provide a really good way of breaking into the market of providing academic assistance to students, and they can be very profitable. Most sites that provide these services have a place or someone you can contact to apply to be a writer. Some sites have a painstaking application process while others have a relatively simple one, so you may find yourself picking and choosing which sites you want to apply for. One general rule is that companies that are more picky about their writers also tend to pay better.
The one advantage of academic writing is that it is a skill that not everybody has, so it is easier to get into the industry to start off with.