There are more Uni graduates than ever entering an increasingly diminished job market in Malaysia today. With opportunities in the technology and media as more as they’ve ever been, graduates today are required to be more creativity in the ways they earn money and gain experience in their chosen field. Although for many, freelancing is seen as living in your pyjamas and rejoicing you’re not stuck in a 9-5 job, however, for those with a good skills for the written word, freelance writing jobs in Malaysia can be worthwhile.
Everyone’s path to getting freelance work may be different, but as long as it leads to some income in the bank account, they’re all just as viable. When starting out, many people turn to part time jobs and social media to get jobs. These can be great for building some experience and a portfolio while getting paid for doing it. Just make sure the employers are verified to avoid getting cheated and seeing then disappear once the work is completed.
When looking to get work for online business, keep proposal short and interesting. Even if you’re sending your rejected proposal, be polite and professional. If your writing and ideas are interesting and relevant, then you will eventually get a feedback.
Whichever way you get into freelancing, the absolute key to success is persistence. Chances are you’ll get knocked back a fair bit but keeping going is the only way to ensure that you get noticed. Once you’ve managed to get your foot in the door with a good idea, things should get a little bit easier and more work should start coming your way. Building contacts and maintaining a good relationship is important in any profession but when you’re responsible for finding your own work everyday this is even more essential.
The positives of freelancing as a graduate are numerous. It’s incredibly satisfying to be working for yourself and having the responsibility of determining your own workload. Making a living doing what you love is hugely rewarding, and of course it’s extremely flexible work. New graduates are generally used to working unusual hours thanks to Teh Tarik and 24/7 mamak shops. So, if you’re most comfortable working late at night or at the weekend, then freelancing may be the way to go. Depending on how much work you manage to get, which can vary wildly, especially when you’re just starting out, it also leaves open the possibility of working part-time in something which might pay you a steadier wage.
It is not steady and it is not always a money making machine. Graduate writers are notorious for always working for free, and it’s because there are so many people willing to do it that companies simply choose not to pay. This is often wrapped up as a “great opportunity” but it’s important to be wise about what’s an opportunity to get some great experience, and what’s an opportunity for them to get some work done for free. Websites and magazines which don’t make a profit but have a wide audience are usually worthwhile writing for, as you’re likely to get bigger exposure for your piece than on your own blog or online platform. However, any commercial publication worth its salt should be paying professional writers, just like they pay their designers, printers and publishers.
Freelancing is probably not for people who lack self-motivation. If you don’t go looking for work, spending your days shooting off emails and writing pitches on projects, then it is very unlikely the work will come to you. For most people, freelancing does not provide regular work at the beginning. So if you find it stressful not having a steady income then it’s worth looking at other options, or indeed getting a second paid job for some initial security.
Graduates should not be afraid of freelancing, in the field of writing it’s a fantastic option. It may take a while to break into but this world isn’t as closed as you might initially think. The key is to write constantly, pitch all your ideas clearly and concisely to the appropriate publications and don’t give up when you get knocked back.
Freelancing.my is the Freelance job marketplace in Malaysia. You can post any freelance jobs and hire freelancers who meets your job requirements. Freelancer are also free to pitch their proposal to win a project work.