How Can I Self-Learn into a Freelance Career?
November 8, 2012 9:11 PM Subscribe
In a roundabout and hair-pulling sort of way, I find myself a historic preservation grad school drop out (yes, thank you, I dropped out) and with family logistics, pretty much need to stay home with our child full-time.
What sort of skills can I develop on my own time that may lead to a well-paying freelance/at-home career?
I have a degree in art history, and a very varied work past that included lots of food service and administrative assistant positions. I've applied to many of the higher paying jobs around town to justify spending hundreds on childcare, but to no avail. Personally, I would rather stay home with my child.
posted by ohmansocute to Work & Money (9 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I lack a little bit of direction here, so please excuse my floundering.
First off, I like to write, and feel that I am decent at it. I have no idea how to find clients outside of content mills. Copywriting sounds kind of... fun, but I don't necessarily know what kind of background a person would need to find gigs with that role.
I was a photographer, and actually am really good at it. It was the first thing I really wanted to do, and put my soul into it until I went to art school for a few years and had the passion beaten out of me (I believe I was struggling with the film to digital transition, and art school was horribly expensive with a curriculum and instructors that could not match the community college I studied at since age 15.) It was honestly the only thing I've ever fiercely and confidently gone after in my life, and have been struggling ever since to find a viable career choice. The market, however, seems absolutely flooded and I would need to update my gear (I shoot... um film with a 75 year old camera. Still looks better than any digital photograph I come across.)
I'm learning HTML and CSS to help my web developer brother out with work. I don't know if I should prioritize self-teaching coding at the moment, but this of all options seem the most feasible. I will be creating my own webpage for my photographs, and to experiment with newly acquired skills.
Ideally, whatever path I choose, I would like to have lots of opportunities and room for growth. I know this is a pretty heavy wish list, and may never be satisfied. My undergrad loans are maxed out, so if I were to do more schooling, it would need to be at the graduate level or at a super, super inexpensive community college. Does mefi have any other ideas for me? Thanks for your patience, always.