A freelancer is someone who works for themselves rather than being employed to a company long-term. Freelancers often offer their services to other people for more of a one-time event, and the customer can keep on returning if they are content with services.
For teens, freelancing opportunities may be limited due to lacking experience or an oversaturated field. However, it is not impossible to find work online.
Many teens take up freelancing work in writing (blogs, creative writing), programming, graphic design, social media management, website development, tutoring, video editing, and more. It is even better to find a niche passion that you could offer as a service; freelancing can get quite competitive, and customers will usually try and find the best or cheapest price.
For general freelancing, sites like Fiverr and Craigslist are very popular and also very simple to get started on. Online Writing Jobs is specifically for writing freelancing.
While freelancing fields may get competitive, do not get discouraged if it is something that you truly want to do. Aiming to get returning customers is a decent way to get consistent pay, as well as receiving good reviews. It is all in how you market your services and yourself. If you somehow stand out or appeal to a potential customer, they will keep you in mind.
Don’t be afraid to try it out! Seeing where something goes never does any harm, especially when there is no risk for you. Freelancing is essentially a way for you to get experience with a certain skill, improving on that skill, and getting paid simultaneously.
It is better to do your own research regarding a specific freelancing field you are interested in, as these fields differ substantially. If you have even the slightest of an interest in pursuing freelancing, look more into it! It can offer valuable experiences to potential future careers!
Written by Brian Caballo