Susan Mukami,Oketch Austine, David Kiriinya, Irene Wanjiru Gichuki and Billy Muyeka Muchesia work exclusively in the cyberspace, capitalising from the ever-increasing opportunities online. They inform us so just how ‘cosy’ it is to operate through the couch, in the comfort of their homes. PHOTOS| CHRIS OMOLLO, PHOEBE OKALL AND DENNIS ONSONGO

To Sum Up

  • They don’t yearn for the office job many graduates that are young of; freelancing they say, suits them just fine
  • This discerning set of young professionals we have interviewed work exclusively on the cyberspace, capitalising on 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 selection of young professionals we have interviewed work exclusively from the cyberspace, capitalising in the ever-increasing opportunities online. They inform us just how ‘cosy’ it is to work through the couch, within the comfort of the homes.

Susan Mukami, 25

Content writer

Education: Environmental Studies and Community Development (Kenyatta University), Public Relations (Nairobi Institute of Business Studies)

In primary and school that is high Susan would write letters for classmates with their friends and family, over time, she graduated to drafting and editing scripts for plays. This is one way she started writing.

Why writing that is online?

I’ve had a long-running passion for words, and freelancing allowed us to practice the things I like. Before this, I worked as a projects coordinator in a government ministry. The role was taxing, I hardly had any moment I had to wait an entire month for my pay for myself, and. I needed flexibility, thus I quit and went into freelancing.

Share with us your experience to date…

Freelancing helps one to grow pretty fast as you have been in charge for the growth of your income and career. I write for Potentash, a blog that publishes fiction, technology, finance, entertainment, lifestyle features and product reviews. Since joining the working platform in 2016, We have grown during my writing and editing skills plus in the process that is general of creation. The experience happens to be nothing short of amazing.

Today, the audience that is largest that consumes written material is found 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 by the government, an NGO and an events-organising company. Additionally, online freelance writing has a component of freedom to it. I will be fully responsible for my schedule. I only take assignments that i will be in a position to finish, and have time to take part in my hobbies. The pay can be decent if you should be consistent and now have built a good clientele base. Most online writing jobs pay from Sh2,000 for a 150-words good article. With a substantial quantity of Kenyan graduates unable to get jobs, online writing jobs are becoming an attractive alternative. All you need is a laptop, a Internet that is strong connection willingness to master and grow. Using the right freelancing sites, you can make as much as Sh100,000 in per week. Determination and patience are key in this job. Many may not consider freelance that is online a worthwhile job, however it is, it builds your resume, cultivates your discipline and work ethics and pays your bills exactly like a ‘regular’ job would.