Susan Mukami,Oketch Austine, David Kiriinya, Irene Wanjiru Gichuki and Billy Muyeka Muchesia work exclusively regarding the cyberspace, capitalising from the ever-increasing opportunities online. They inform us exactly how ‘cosy’ it really is to focus from the couch, when you look at 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 state, suits them just fine
- This discerning selection of young professionals we have interviewed work exclusively on the cyberspace, capitalising regarding 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 set of young professionals we have interviewed work exclusively in the cyberspace, capitalising from the ever-increasing opportunities online. They tell us just how’ that is‘cosy is to get results from the couch, in the comfort of the homes.
Susan Mukami, 25
Education: Environmental Studies and Community Development (Kenyatta University), Public Relations (Nairobi Institute of Business Studies)
In primary and senior high school, Susan would write letters for classmates to their friends and family, over time, she graduated to drafting and editing scripts for plays. This is how she started writing.
Why writing that is online?
I’ve had a long-running passion for words, and freelancing allowed me to practice the things I like. Before this, I worked as a projects coordinator in a national government ministry. The role was taxing, I hardly had any moment for myself, and I needed to wait an entire month for my pay. I needed flexibility, and so I quit and went into freelancing.
Share with us your experience so far…
Freelancing helps one to grow pretty fast because you are in charge of the development of your career and income. I write for Potentash, a blog that publishes fiction, technology, finance, entertainment, lifestyle features and product reviews. Since joining the platform in 2016, I have grown in my own writing and editing skills and in the general means of content creation. The ability has been nothing short of amazing.
Today, the largest audience that consumes written material is aquired online. Writing online has therefore given me a wider audience. Secondly, being a lifestyle blogger has exposed us to a network that is large of in several industries. I have previously been contracted as a copywriter or a content creator because of the government, an NGO and an company that is events-organising. Additionally, online freelance writing has an element of freedom to it. I will be fully in charge of my schedule. I only take assignments that I am able to finish, and possess time for you engage in my hobbies. The pay is also decent if you should be consistent and also have built a clientele base that is good. Most online writing jobs pay from Sh2,000 for a piece that is 150-words of. With a significant number of Kenyan graduates unable to get jobs, online writing jobs have become an attractive alternative. All that’s necessary is a laptop, a strong Internet connection and willingness to understand and grow. Using the freelancing that is right, you are able to make as much as Sh100,000 in per week. Determination and patience are fundamental in this job. Many may well not consider freelance that is online a worthwhile job, but it is, it builds your resume, cultivates your discipline and work ethics and pays your bills just like a ‘regular’ job would.