What to do after school? Freelance Job Ideas for Matriculants in 2019
A lot of matriculants these days are confused as to what to do after they finish school. Not everyone wants to be a doctor or an engineer, and most matriculants can’t afford to go to university or college, but don’t lose hope! Just because you cannot study does not mean that you can’t have a highly successful career.
Think about the subjects that you studied at school. Did you enjoy accounting? Perhaps you could do freelance bookkeeping for a local accountant? What about English creative writing, would you be open to learn a bit more about sales techniques and start freelance writing sales copy? If you were good at multiple languages at school, you could even offer translation services! If you excelled at math or science, you could offer to do online or face-to-face tutoring? Let’s explore some interesting ideas that you as a matriculant could use to start a successful career and earn a respectable income.
Believe it or not, as a matriculant, you possess many skills that are highly sought after in many of today’s Industries. With today’s technology, now more than ever before, you’re able to market yourself to anyone in the world. Let’s have a look at some options.
So now that you have finished matric, why not help someone else do the same?
Maybe it would be a good idea to start a website, YouTube Channel or a Facebook page advertising your tutoring services. You could record video tutorials explaining maths and science problems etc. You could even make contact with teachers and make your video’s compatible with this year’s matric syllabus. You could write explanations about the prescribed reading for this year’s English and Afrikaans languages.
Opportunities are endless for you to create an educational website or blog that provides value to matriculants, and at the same time bringing in a reliable source of income through services such as Google Adsense.
Building your own website or blog.
Building a website or starting a blog might be a great way to build a reliable and sustainable long-term income, and the sooner you start the better. There are endless opportunities for different blog types. You could have a blog about your favorite hobby, it could be about a local sport or tv show. You could even build a review blog.
Have a good think think about what types of blogs you might be interested in starting, and make use of the Google keyword research tool to see if there is enough demand for that niche.
Once you have accumulated about 30 articles on your blog you can look at monetizing your blog by using an advertising service such as Google Adsense. This is your chance at starting a well paying business while being creative and having fun.
Freelance Creative writing
Many advertising agencies are constantly looking for fresh ideas when it comes to creative writing for marketing. Having come straight out of school and with nothing to lose, why not approach these agencies and offer them freelance writing services? You could even make use of freelancing websites such as freelancer.com to find work. Find out from potential clients what kind writing they need and learn about the formats and style as much as possible. And remember the more you learn, the more you earn.
If you have taken accounting as a subject in matric, then your skills may be highly sought after. You don’t necessarily need to study accounting at University to get your foot in the door, many accountants these days are quite happy to take on young freelancers to do simple repetitive tasks. What’s more if you prove yourself in these simple tasks they might view you as more qualified to work under an accountant with more advanced tasks. As you prove yourself with time you earn their respect and in doing so you will be able to better your income.
If you are not sure where to start, simply approach a few local accountants and ask if you could freelance under them at no charge for a few weeks, giving you a chance to prove yourself.
It is highly likely that this accountant will take you up on your offer, as he has nothing to lose and everything to gain. If it all works our, you get to work from home and in your own time while he gets a no strings attached affordable service with none of the stress of employing another staff member.
Freelance Technical Drawing
Were you good at technical drawing at school? Well you’re in luck! Technical drawing is actually a highly sought after skill in today’s construction and manufacturing world. And this is especially true if you are familiar with computer aided drafting software such as AutoCAD. You already have your foot in the door in many industries, from architecture to engineering.
It is not uncommon for architects these days to have many draughtsmen freelancing for them on a regular basis.
The same is true for modern day civil and structural engineers.
While your drafting skills at this stage are still very basic, it would be wise use this opportunity to learn from an engineer or an architect. You would be quite surprised to know that most architects and engineers would be quite happy to teach you the standards required while still paying you a fair rate. They usually do this willingly because it’s beneficial for them to have someone do the work in the way that they want it to be done, leaving their time free to manage the more important aspects of their jobs.
Freelance Translation Services
In a country where we have over 11 official languages, translation services are always going to be in high demand. Take advantage of social media and websites to advertise your translation services. It doesn’t have to be complicated, it could be a one page website where people can submit the text that they need translated, and you can simply reply with a price. You could even do this using a Facebook page. You can also make use of many existing freelancer websites such as freelancer.com.
What if I can’t study, find any work and have no skills?
It’s important to realise that just because you don’t have a job or aren’t able to study at university there is absolutely nothing stopping you from learning a valuable skill. With the information age at its peak and tools like the internet and video sites such as YouTube, there are thousands and thousands of instructional videos and tutorials.
If you have the will, you are able to learn to do just about any job out there. While most of the resources like YouTube are completely free, there are also many websites that teach courses at incredibly affordable prices.
You can become professional at skills of all types, from graphic design to property management to videography to creative writing.
I’ve taking some time to make a list of some of the best resources are there, below.
We’ll there you go, no more excuses! It’s time to get stuck in find a job, lean a new skill, build a business. The choice is yours and the world is your oyster