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Don’t Be A Starving Artist; Work From Home

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As both a current college student at the University of Miami and a pop culture leader on Twitter, Emily works from home on online projects as well as freelance work.

We see it a lot nowadays; the case of the “starving artist.” It’s the same testimony, choosing whether or not to pursue a cookie-cutter career over pursuing a lifelong dream. As more and more people choose this path each day, it’s almost become common knowledge that this road almost always leads to a self-induced financial stump.

So is it a sure-fire way to fail financially? Is there a way to pursue your unstable career while remaining financially stable?

The idea isn’t an old one, but some of the solutions might be. The obvious fix might be to handle a part-time job on top of your makeshift career. But all that on top of juggling a full-time course schedule as a college student? Near impossible. Most claim they can handle it, but unfortunately these are tired and tried alternatives. Those who attempt to juggle all three almost always come to the conclusion that they need to let one of them go. The poor victim of course being the student’s dreams that there simply isn’t enough time for.

When you’re a full-time college student following your dreams, it’ll seem like time is never on your side. So here are the questions you want have to answer:

  1. Is your dream to pursue something like art, dance or music that might not be enough to pay the bills just yet?
  2. Is balancing a sterile but necessary part-time job along with school and your dreams too much?
  3. Do you want to bring in extra cash by doing meaningful work and eliminating your daily commute?

If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, great! I have good news for you: you have more options than you think. There’s a new way to pay all those college fees while living your dream, and it’s staring you in the face right now! Working from home is the new frontier for those with a busy life schedule and for companies looking for dedicated employees. More and more big-time and small-time companies are realizing that working from home just makes sense, and are allowing their employees to work remotely from their home office.

So I bet you’re wondering, how does it work? Is working normal jobs without commuting to an office even possible? The answer is yes, and here’s how:

First things first, there’s several different kinds of ways to work remotely from an office. Some careers call for employees to permanently work away from their organization. Others require that their remote workers live in the area and can occasionally put hours in at the office. There is no general definition for what remote working exactly entails, except for whatever it is each particular company deems it to be.

Surprisingly, communicating with fellow co-workers and employees while working away from the office is just as easy as before, if not easier! The only difference is that your traditional conference room meetings are now replaced with conference calls, video chats and more. Plus, small-talk over coffee at the cubicle is exchanged in emails, over text, or even via tweets!

From my experience, depending on the type of work you’ll be doing, most companies will assign you projects or assignments due on previously-discussed dates. In an effort to keep telecommuting employees on track and “in the loop,” some employers schedule weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly calls with employees to keep them updated. Most will agree that it’s a nice change of pace compared to face-to-face meetings that can sometimes be awkward and drawn-out.

So now that you know how it works, are you hooked on the idea?

A little known fact is that there is a huge variety of work available that can be done at home.  Many of these positions are entry-level and include training which is perfect for college students and great for resumes.  In fact, most industries include some aspect that can be done from home, all it takes is a little research and the right company to be hiring. One popular option for college students is writing or blogging for online publications on topics that have to do with their passions.

That being said, is there a way to turn your talent or dream into money from home? While this isn’t guaranteed, it is certainly possible. Websites like Fiverr allow you to market your creative and professional skills to people hiring for unique opportunities. This alternative allows you to get your foot in the door, and follow your dreams by working from home!

Finally, I’ll leave you with some must-read articles about working from home:

  1. How To Work Remotely And Still Be The Best
  2. 12 Tips To Stay Healthy While Working From Home
  3. 10 Tips For Working From Home

You don’t have to be a “starving artist” and you don’t have to be another subject in a failing statistic. You can follow your passions and have a meaningful job while in college. Join the ranks of millions who are working from home with great careers and making more time for the things they love.

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