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Freelancing: A pathway to professionalism

Published : Thursday, 8 November, 2018 at 12:00 AM Count : 798
Ashley Shoptorshi Samaddar

Back in 2014 when I had just passed my high school, I was wondering if I could get a job from where I could at least suffice my pocket expenses. So I went through news paper pages where all I could find were marketing, teaching, and other full-time jobs. Obviously, my academic qualifications were not adequate for these sorts of professional jobs as I was just a freshly high school graduate.
I had lost all hopes after seeing these vacancy announcements. There was no place for a teen ager to work besides studies. After a couple of days, I suddenly came across a colourful advertisement on Facebook. It was not an advertisement but a vacancy announcement where they were looking for content writers.
The announcement said: "Do you write your thoughts, personal feelings, and social dogmas that you see around in your personal diary? Do your friends ask for your advice while buying any new electronic device? Are you an all-time favourite shopping guide for your family members? Then we are looking for you!"
It further stated that highly credited academic certificates were needed to apply for this job. The one applying must be a spontaneous English writer and be able to meet deadlines regularly.
An e-mail was mentioned at the end of the post where interested candidates were asked to send a sample write-up for evaluating writing skills. I quickly sat down to write a small piece about a new phone I had bought for my mother recently-- what its attractive features were that forced me to pick this out of a huge range of choice provided in the market, and how does my mother now feel as she has been using it since the last two weeks.
After an hour, I had already managed to write about five hundred words. Another hour after that, I was done with proof checking for silly errors and faulty agreements. I instantly mailed them the article with a short bio of mine so that they could evaluate my profile better.  
I e-mailed them and kept waiting for their response. As it was my first job application I was very excited. I kept checking my mail every couple of minutes for their response. First an hour went off, then two, then four, and with every passing minute my excitement and hopes went down by a quarter.
With no instant response, one of my friends suggested that I should take up home tuitions for junior classes. He also mentioned as my grades were good, they will also pay me a bit more than other tutors.
That very evening she took me to a student's house. The student's name was Sikha and she was an eight-year-old studying in second grade. Her mother spoke to me and as her school timing was not in harmony with my free hours, I could not take up that tuition.
With a heart burdened in disappointment I returned home, opened my laptop and within a click all my sadness were washed away. The job recruiters had finally responded. The payment was very decent and the deadlines were very preferable.
I started working and with in no time I had learned the format they preferred. The payment was also cleared regularly. However, the best part was I could easily work from home and the payment was regularly transferred into my mobile money transfer account with the taxes.
I worked as a freelancer for the next two consecutive years and was happy. When I was in my second year of undergrad, I saw another recruitment notice under a renowned English daily newspaper where they were looking for feature writers.
I applied with some samples of my work and was called for a walk-in interview. I got recruited and have been working here since then. Even though I work part-time now, my flexible working hours enables me to attend my classes regularly. I started as a freelancer and currently am a feature journalist. From the day I started writing, I could barely remember of a night I did not work and enjoy it whole heartedly.  
I see many announcements on Facebook these days where they are looking for online sales persons. It feels good to see how e-commerce has become the new source of income for many such students as me. Having to go at an office dodging hours of traffic is a pain within itself.
Tutoring can be a good option; however, nothing could beat the joy of working from home. And let us not forget how freelancing actually works as an internship, grooming one to be a skilled professional and prepare for full time jobs waiting ahead after graduation.
Start today and give yourself a head start. Who knows, you might just find the right kind of work you are looking for!










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