Susan Mukami,Oketch Austine, David Kiriinya, Irene Wanjiru Gichuki and Billy Muyeka Muchesia work exclusively in the cyberspace, capitalising on the ever-increasing opportunities online. They tell us so how ‘cosy’ it is be effective through the couch, into the comfort of their homes. PHOTOS| CHRIS OMOLLO, PHOEBE OKALL AND DENNIS ONSONGO
- They don’t yearn for any office job many young graduates dream of; freelancing they say, suits them just fine
- This discerning set of young professionals we now have interviewed work exclusively regarding the cyberspace, capitalising on the ever-increasing opportunities online.
The freedom and the wide range of opportunities that come with this option while a significant number of young Kenyans are freelancers for lack of ‘proper’ jobs, there are those who choose this route due to the flexibility.
This discerning group of young professionals we have interviewed work exclusively on the cyberspace, capitalising on the ever-increasing opportunities online. They inform us just how ‘cosy’ it is to exert effort from the couch, in the comfort of their homes.
Susan Mukami, 25
Education: Environmental Studies and Community Development (Kenyatta University), Public Relations (Nairobi Institute of Business Studies)
In primary and school that is high Susan would write letters for classmates to their friends and family, with time, she graduated to drafting and editing scripts for plays. This is one way she started writing.
Why online writing?
I’ve had a passion that is long-running words, and freelancing allowed me to practice the things I like. Before this, I worked as a projects coordinator in a government ministry. The role was taxing, I hardly had any moment I had to wait an entire month for my pay for myself, and. I needed flexibility, so I quit and went into freelancing.
Share with us your experience to date…
Freelancing helps someone to grow pretty fast as you are in charge associated with growth of your income and career. I write for Potentash, a blog that publishes fiction, technology, finance, entertainment, lifestyle features and product reviews. Since joining the platform in 2016, We have grown during my writing and editing skills as well as in the general process of content creation. The experience happens to be nothing short of amazing.
Today, the largest audience that consumes written material is obtained online. Writing online has therefore given me a wider audience. Secondly, being a lifestyle blogger has exposed me to a network that type a paper online is large of in a variety of industries. I have previously been contracted as a copywriter or a content creator by the government, an NGO and an company that is events-organising. Additionally, online freelance writing has a component of freedom to it. I will be fully in charge of my schedule. I only take assignments that i will be in a position to finish, while having time to participate in my hobbies. The pay can also be decent if you are consistent and have now built a good clientele base. Most online writing jobs pay from Sh2,000 for a piece that is 150-words of. With a substantial wide range of Kenyan graduates unable to get jobs, online writing jobs are becoming an alternative that is attractive. All that’s necessary is a laptop, a Internet that is strong connection willingness to understand and grow. With the right freelancing sites, it is possible to make as much as Sh100,000 in per week. Determination and patience are foundational to in this job. Many may well not consider online freelance writing a worthwhile job, but it is, it builds your resume, cultivates your discipline and work ethics and pays your bills the same as a ‘regular’ job would.