Freelance job during full time masters program?
May 11, 2010 12:37 PM Subscribe
What freelance skills should I cultivate to support myself during graduate school?
posted by emily37 to work & money (20 answers total) 26 users marked this as a favorite
Hi everyone! I'm applying to full-time masters programs (architecture) for fall 2011. I've been going to school part-time in the evenings, but I'm ready to bite the bullet, get serious, and go back full time. Here's my problem - I'll be 30 when I go back, and I've been spoiled because I've been working full-time, even all through undergrad, since I was 18. I can't imagine living a lifestyle for 3 years where I'm living solely off loans and have no money coming in at all - especially if the job market doesn't rebound for a while.
My question is for those of you who took on a flexible freelance gig while you were in grad school. What's something I can learn/cultivate in the next year that I can do freelance, from home, on my own schedule to make some extra cash when I start school in a year and a half? I'm changing careers, so I'm not an architect now, but I've got decent intermediate drawing and AutoCAD skills. I've worked professionally in advertising and film as a producer for the last 10 years, and am great with anything techie/computer. I've worked freelance as a writer, but honestly you spend more time looking for gigs than working, which sucks. Any ideas I might not be thinking of?