Thursday, October 8, 2009

Keeping Your Chin Up

Let's consider our current economical status, shall we? I recently quit my job, and with no way to pay the bills, I'm looking for some alternatives. So here it is:

Making Money While Unemployed: A Tentative Plan

Hustle: Everyone has some sort of skill, but not everyone knows how to use it. Cute little girls that know how to play poker or shoot pool well may find it to their advantage to convince an unsuspecting opponent to put money down in his own favor. men are especially vulnerable to this, due the fact that many of them are convinced to be of the stronger sex. If you find yourself in a situation that you can easily weasel your way through with the use of your charm and dulling down your demeanor, don't hesitate to show an over-confident nobody what you're made of.

Seasonal Yardwork: Whether it's raking leaves, shoveling snow, or trimming hedges, someone will need it done. Take advantage of the elderly, for example. If you don't have the tools to do this sort of thing yourself, keep in mind that they're inexpensive and not hard to come by. Consider borrowing the necessities.

Spanging: We've all done it at one time or another - spare-changin', or "spanging." Though not the proudest of practices, a little can add up to a lot with enough charisma on your side. If you have some difficulty finding a fairly generous crowd, there's always the option of giving them something back and attracting them with one's bardic talents. In opposition to being an annoyance and asking for change, playing an instrument out on the street with a hat laid out for tips, although storybook stereotypical, will grant you more adoration than disgust.

Fluid Donation: Not so much a donation if you're recieving money for it, but this kind of gesture may just get a few extra on-the-spot dollars in your pocket. Although blood is widely accepted, consider plasma or sperm donations if you're focused on money for your generosity.

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Selling Your Goods: No, we're not talking prostitution here! Maybe you've got a bit of a knack for crafting, or you've just come across some old junk in the attic. Don't be a pack-rat - there are plenty of places to get rid of what you've got for a profit. Consider your local classifieds, craigslist, eBay, an Etsy shop, or a local pawn shop, for example.

Freelancing: Maybe the rason you need a little extra is because your job wasn't so fulfilling, or because you simply can't do what you want to do with your life. Perhaps you have the skill it takes, but not the recognition. Maybe you just lack all the right connections. The only way to grab life by the horns is to put yourself out there. Start by donig favors for friends in order to get someone to testify for your work. Look online for websites like GAF that are looking to connect freelancers with potential employers. One may have to take on small jobs at first, so be sure to use this as an opportunity to start a portfolio to prove your worth. Remember also that advertising, when done correctly, is more effective than costly. If you think you need some preactice before you try to sell what you've got(as far as the entertainment business goes), keep an eye out for casting calls and amateur nights. Most importantly - and I can't stress this enough - put yourself out there.

Blogging: Although it has yet to make any profit for me personally, with decent penmanship and excellent grammar and creativity, you may have what it takes. Google offers advertising services which may gain you a few extra dollars here and there. Of course, if you're not the type to fill your site with ads, you may want to resort to writing about what people want to hear about. Yes, I'm getting a little mainstream here. I'm talking journalism. As unsavory as it seems to me, if sports, how-tos, or traveling is your thing, you might find your calling by writing on a specific topic week after week, issue by issue. If something interests you, write away!

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