People with skills can sometimes make a living by working as freelancers or by working part-time on side projects and jobs. Shane Lowney learned many mechanical engineering and repair skills while earning his BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida. He learned how many different mechanisms worked and how they are supposed to be maintained and operated for maximum safety and efficiency. His skills landed him a job at a local factory in Tampa, Florida, his hometown, and allowed him to work on his own with other companies who need new mechanisms designed or improved to make their products or services available to all of their customers.
Shane Lowney developed skills that are in-demand in a field he is well-versed in. Developing a skill that people and businesses need is the first and most important step in working as a freelancer or getting work on a part-time basis to supplement your income, as Lowney did. The next step is to get in contact with willing customers. Small businesses are usually the clients that most freelancers have. They will only hire you if you can prove that you have useful services for them. You’ll likely have to settle for small, piecemeal projects at first until you build a portfolio and prove that you can handle specific tasks in whatever work you do.
Shane Lowney works many hours per week both for his factory job and his side clients. He is even trained as a pilot and certification and takes people on tours above Tampa Bay in his Cessna 182 aircraft as yet another side gig.