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Getting Started With Side Hustles

July 8, 2015

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For the last few years I’ve had a pretty soul-crushing call center job. From stalkers to quid pro quo sexual harassment to fighting over unequal pay, I have dealt with more than my fair share of drama at work. This job is one of the main reasons I have crazy meds.

At the same time, I’ve been busting ass on my side hustles in the hopes of one day working for myself, at home, full-time. The big one is writing erotica for Amazon, which is starting to peter out after the Kindle Unlimited pay structure debacle.

Tomorrow I’m leaving cubicle farm life to be 100% self-employed.

It’s a great feeling.

I’ll probably pick up a decent (read: paying) internship or two in the upcoming school year, now that I have the schedule availability. But for now, I’m going to enjoy the life of a freelancer: working the jobs I want to work, when I want to work, and working for myself.

I recently did a crash course on finding work-at-home side hustles on my Tumblr, but I’ve had a lot more people express interest in working from home upon finding out that I do it full-time. So this post will be all about finding jobs, creating a work schedule, and being your own awesome boss.

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Top 5 Tips for Making Money with Swagbucks

May 28, 2015

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I get a lot of asks on the Orphan Survival Guide Tumblr from students wanting to know how they can make money without having a job, or by working at home where they don’t have to deal with human beings. I think everyone should have to work in a soul-sucking call center and wait tables at least once in their lives to have a better appreciation for the people who spend their entire lives in those jobs. But there are ways to make money that don’t require human interaction or any skills whatsoever.

You just have to know where to look, how to spot the scams, and how to play their systems.

In addition to my full-time soul-sucking call center job, I have a few side hustles and I do little things like surveys and browser extensions to accrue gift cards or points for the future. In the past, I’ve had really good luck with Opinion Outpost, and some luck with Toluna and the National Consumer Panel.

But Swagbucks seems to be the big draw lately.

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