should i quite freelance writing??

India
January 18, 2009 10:51am CST
ok guys this is really deifficult for me to decide...and i want all of you to help me out...i will decide...what to do after seeing what response i get to this thread.. well after 3 months of wasting my time on PTCs that scam out and other such stuff...i am finally making some money online now doing freelance writing job.. I earned $70 in last 7 days that comes out to be RS3500 here which is a handsome amount...moreover my client like my work very much and infact they are paying me some of the highest rates in the industry. now my problem is i am an engg student and i have to attend classes 9 to 6...now after that i have to study a bit (i know u will say engg students donnot study but still we do atleast a little) than after doing this free lance writing is really making me tired and is living no space for entertainment... i really need the money..but i donot want it to effect my studies either...i donot know what to..should i quite it?? please suggest me...
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@siomaiii (238)
• Philippines
18 Jan 09
Are you a self supporting student? I'm an engineer so I know that the subjects are very demanding when it comes to time, especially if you are in your higher year. As much as possible, please don't give up schooling. It is for your long-term goal and that is your future. Education is really important.
• Philippines
18 Jan 09
i agree with you, siomaiii, that it is not easy to be pursuing an engineering course in college. there are so many things to do. i can still remember those years when i spend the nights doing projects and assignments until the wee hours of the morning. then there were those days when we had to be doing surveying work in rain or sun, regardless of what the climate is like and regardless of the soil condition while conducting the job at hand. then there were building inspections yet to be done. we had to learn how to supervise actual building constructions during the last two years of school.
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• India
18 Jan 09
i am not completely self supporting...i have taken education loan to feund the fees...i am in 2nd year know..i will never quit schooling...i just cannot decide...should i quit freelancing../
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@browneyed (2526)
• United Kingdom
18 Jan 09
I don't know about $70 being 'some of the highest rates in the industry', but anyway... Couldn't you write at the weekends instead?
• India
18 Jan 09
well i $70 is what i earned for a total work of around 15-16 hours... Here in india free lance writer are paid RS 80/500 words which is around 1.5$/500 words and i can say i am getting more than twice of that...
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@browneyed (2526)
• United Kingdom
18 Jan 09
When you mentioned 'some of the highest rates in the industry', what was I to think? For me, I thought you were referring to the writing industry. However, now you've clarified what you meant, I understand. If you feel the money's good and that it's helping you financially, then look for ways to organise your study and social time so that you can spend 5-6 hours on Saturday and 5-6 hours on Sunday writing. Friday evenings could be your time to relax, socialise and recuperate from a hard study week. If you write early on weekends, then you could have the rest of the day to do your own thing. Good luck and take care...
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• India
18 Jan 09
well i hope i am clear now... well yes it looks nice idea to me aswell...i will work on weekends...and fulltime on holidays
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@suman2008 (671)
• India
19 Jan 09
Wow Ankit,hats off to you.You are a brave student.I have also completed engg.I did not do any thing in those days apart from study and enjoying with friends.You have already done a great job.But my suggestion is do not keep your study aside.If possible just try to reduce your workload a bit.AS you are a terrific writer you will always get that freelancing job..You can continue your job this year as you are in second year.But from next year you will just study because you have to face campusing in next year. Wish you all the best.And once again I wish to say you that you are brilliant.
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• India
19 Jan 09
buddy thanks a lot for appericiating my effort...yes i will take your advie into considearation and ask my clinets to reduce work load a bit.. tahnks again..
@redberry (178)
• Philippines
19 Jan 09
hmmm... I am freelance writer myself and also experienced earning around $80 for just 5 days. That felt really great, especially when your clients like your work. But I stopped writing after several months because I felt like it was draining the energy out of me. Thinking about writing articles aren't as easy as it sounds, it takes so much of your time and effort. The only thing that I can advice you right now is to think more about your priorities. rank your priorities then think on which ones comes first. If you really want to do good in your studies, you could try telling your clients the number of articles you can finish in a day and see how it works out for both of you. In my experience, I tell my clients that I can only finish 1 or 2 articles in day and they were ok with it. Time management will also play a great role for you. That will enable you to do a more things than you could imagine. Good Luck!!!
• India
19 Jan 09
obviously study are my first priority..i cannot let other things effect it... i will try to manage my time more properly as suggested by you.. thanks for responding...
@annjilena (5621)
• United States
19 Jan 09
don,t quite school if you must quite something quite freelance writing,your education is more important then anything you have a lot of responibilty on you.make time for yourself so you can be the best you can be in your studies.
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• India
19 Jan 09
i am never going to quite schooling...just i was not able to decide should i continue free lancing?? now think i should do that in weekends and other holidays...
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@dropofrain (1168)
• India
19 Jan 09
Freelance writing assignments - Since you are in urgent need of money, I do not think you should quit your freelance writing
It is really nice that you are doing freelance writing along with your studies. Since you are in urgent need of money, I do not think you should quit your freelance writing. what you can do is try and utilize your weekends more. You ahve spare time in the weekends which can be very well utilized in these extra chores. Also, you can be more attentive in the class and thus reduce your burden of studies in the later half.
• India
19 Jan 09
these really some nice suggestions..i will take that into account..
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• India
19 Jan 09
Hello ankit I am also a freelancer, can u help me where you have written articles? i am alsi interested to write and earn that much amount in a week.my email is seemamshr702gmail.com kindly email me about that site. thanks, seema
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• India
19 Jan 09
hi seemamishra, intially you can face problems while starting free lance writing but if you are good at it, you can easily make some handsome amount...there are many sites out there such as Helium and AC but you need to make a good readership for yourself if you want to earn something...i prefer working for indivisual clients...
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@echomonster (2227)
• Greenwood, Mississippi
18 Jan 09
Can you scale back on your writing so that you can still earn some extra money but also devote sufficient time to your classes? The way I see it you will only be a student temporarily. If you think you have a future career in engineering, you should make the most of your time and make school your priority for the time being. After you graduate you may be able to write more again as you look for a job or perhaps even after you find a job. Then you'll really be cashing in. I know it sucks not to have money now, but most students are poor -- you make sacrifices to get your education, but you profit in the long-term. Anyway, it seems like you shouldn't give up on freelance writing entirely, just don't let it impact your studies.
• India
19 Jan 09
i love writin but i have never thought of it as an carrer option...its great as a supplementary income...but i will still go with my engg carrer as a primary option..i will keep writing on weekends i suppose for the time being...
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@gracie04 (4555)
• Philippines
18 Jan 09
I guess you need to know how to balance your time.. But of course, you need to prioritize your studies first before anything else.. you can do your free lancing work on weekends..or during your free time.. but please don't sacrifice your education for the sake of earning money..
• India
19 Jan 09
you are right...even i donot want it to hamper my studies...
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• United States
18 Jan 09
It is a very hard balance to make. I would say, focus primarily on your schooling and if you get a really stellar idea for a freelance article, write it somewhere you can remember it for when you have a break - or need some cash. Freelance writing is feast or famine as a career but awesome as a supplemental income. Plus, you have a great amount of information to pull from for your articles as an engineering student. New innovations, new technologies....always something to report on and being a student now you will be exposed to the beginnings of some of those technologies in a couple of years.
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• India
18 Jan 09
that is the problem...i like this work very much...i am learning so many new things doing this job...i think the best deal would be to concentrate on studies first and than on weekends...do the job...
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• United States
18 Jan 09
To be honest, i dont think it is difficult for you to make a choice, i mean, you need not to worry about whether you should quit or not. Cuz if i were you, i i would know myself better than anyone esle, i mean you can control yourself cuz you are an adult already and manage your private time perfectly. If you have time to earn extra money on condition that not influencing your study, you can continue, or i advise you to quit. I believe you could make a good decision so trust yourself. Good luck.
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• India
18 Jan 09
well actually you are right...and i also belive what you said that one should always take own decisions...but you know some times in life you face situtation...when just cannot decide yourself no matter how smart you have always been...
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@lockheart (1406)
• Philippines
18 Jan 09
You dont really need to quit if you really want it. . But in your case, what you need to do is to budget your time. .if your current freelance writing company or site demands to you to work full time, then leave, of course you can find others that dont require you to work full time. . I myself, is also a fulltime student, im not taking up engineering but i find my course demands a lot of my time. . What i do is that i schedule one hour to work in the net every school days and half of my day for the remaining days.
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• India
18 Jan 09
i used to work full time but now i am not working full time..i need to spend around 2 hours daily... well working on weekends is a nice option i think..
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@di1159 (1580)
• United States
19 Jan 09
I don't think you should quit, because you obviously do it quite well. Of course, studies are a priority and must take preference over writing unless you absoulutely have to have the money. Perhaps you can cut back a bit on the writing. It is a tiring job and sometimes your brain needs recharging so you can write well and study at the same time. Good luck to you.
• India
19 Jan 09
i think you reaally understand how tiring this job can get...many a times you are given topics on which you dont enven have slightest of the ideas..you need to spend so much time on research before writing...at the same time you can learn a lot of new things..which alternatively you could never have learnt...