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Online Freelance Job Figures - What’s The Impact For Students?

30 Jan 2013

Online Freelance Job Figures - What’s The Impact For Students? We just spotted some interesting findings on the Freelancer website about current trends in the freelance jobs market. And, it got us thinking about what the figures might mean for students in the UK who are interested in freelance work...

The good news for students is that the number of freelancer jobs as a whole is increasing. Freelance work, by its very nature, tends to be highly flexible - and that means it is good for students who are looking to earn money while trying to gain qualifications at the same time.

So, any increase in the freelance pool of jobs being posted, either online or offline, has got to be a positive thing for students as a whole.

But, there are some areas where things don’t look too good for students in the online freelance world unfortunately...

Social media and internet marketing jobs should, in theory, be one of the best ways for students to make money online as a freelancer. You’ve all grown up with the internet and social media, you use it every day, you live and breath it - so you know exactly how it works. Companies should be falling over themselves to sign students up for jobs like that.

However, disappointingly, the Freelancer figures show that those sorts of position are actually declining. We know that some companies sometimes recruit students on "internships" (often unpaid) to setup or run their social media accounts, but it seems that even options like that are drying up in the wake of the infamous algorithm updates by search engines like Google.

On a much more positive note for that particular sector, though, some firms appear to be moving back from internet marketing jobs and there seems to be a resurgence in the number of freelance jobs available in the email marketing sphere. Jobs in that particular area were up over 180% in the latest period studied by Freelancer.

Similarly, another great area for students in the freelance job internet realm has also seen a massive increase. We’ve been advertising jobs as website testers for a long time now - so it’s great to see an increase of over 2000 per cent in the last quarter of 2012 for those sorts of student jobs.

If freelance work is something you might be interested in, then check out our starter guide to some of the ways you can make money online freelancing. There are tons of ways to make money online if you have skills that are in demand.

As well as looking for opportunities on the Freelancer website you should also try searching for relevant freelance work with some of these guys:

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For a full in-depth look at the Freelancer findings of risers and fallers in the online freelance world, visit their latest press release.

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