Gone are the days of college students waiting tables on weekends or working long hours to make ends meet. Instead of taking time out of your busy schedule to work, let the work come to you wherever and whenever you want by joining the gig economy. Instead of working for a fixed rate during a set schedule, being a gig worker allows you to pick up short-term work that fits not only into your busy schedule but also into your growing skill set as a student! Companies are always looking for people to complete short-term projects and tasks, so whether you’re just looking to support your living expenses or add a little spending money, working as a freelancer can be a great way to do so.

If you’re worried you might not have any relevant experience, know that there are opportunities for students from every major to get involved! For example, valuable experience from writing academic papers for your classes can transition into a growing portfolio as a freelance article writer. Instead of having to cancel plans to make time to work, knock out contracted projects in the field of your choice between classes. From programming to graphic design, writing to becoming a virtual assistant, everyone has something to contribute. If you’re learning a new skill already, like coding in a new programming language, what better way to learn than to get paid to complete a short project. The best part is that you have the flexibility to work as little or as much as you like, so if you end up not enjoying a project, you can move on to a whole new field as soon as you’re done. Additionally, freelancing can be a great way to build a portfolio of work for future employment or to get paid for a hobby you would already be doing for free!

 Interested in getting involved but not sure where to start? Uplancer helps students facilitate getting matched with freelance gigs. Projects are always being uploaded onto the easy-to-use mobile app. If you find something that strikes your interest, submit a quick application in only a few minutes by submitting a few sentences about what transferable experience you might have to offer. After agreeing on compensation and interviewing with the organization, students are free to get to work on their terms. After submitting work that meets the standards of the gig, payment is facilitated by Uplancer, so you can avoid the work of having to navigate contracts independently. By having new postings available at your fingertips, you don’t have to deal with the uncertainty of finding more work to do since new opportunities are being added daily. The best part of all is that with their mobile app, everything can be handled on the go! To learn more about the gig economy and how you can get involved with Uplancer, check out the mobile app on the iOS app store or by visiting uplancer.io.