Perhaps the best job listing I ever saw was from a man who needed help scheduling a time for a doctor’s appointment. It read, “Please take a doctor’s appointment for us. Take 2-3 times from the doctor and check with me to see what works best. Once confirmed with me, confirm with the doctor and let us know.”
Now let’s break this down. This man needs to schedule a doctor’s appointment. For the average person, this is not an insurmountable task. He calls the doctor’s office with calendar open, figures out a time that works, then goes on with his day, almost as though this was really easy task and took almost no time. Not this guy. First, this guy wanted to filter through e-mails from a bunch of people interested in working for him and find the right candidate. Then he wanted said candidate to call the office for him, find multiple times that could conceivably work, then call him back, check in on those times with him, then call the doctor’s office back, hope those times were still available, book one, then call him back and tell him that his time was successfully booked. Presumably, sometime around 11:00 that night, he would finally have himself a doctor’s appointment without all that hassle of talking to the receptionist. (more…)
Pay: I was not paid for these hours, but this was a requirement in order to keep my job which does pay me
Someone recently asked me if doing odd jobs was my only income, which seemed like a strange question considering that my earnings from the last four weeks’ posts totaled to $79, a bikini, and 26 comic books. Because that doesn’t quite cover expenses, I have multiple jobs I do from week to week, but I’ve shied away from writing about them. Crafting blog posts about those experiences using my go-to sources of humor – criticizing my employers and expounding upon my gross incompetence – strikes me as a good way to get fired.
So when I was hired to work ten hours a week at an after-school program with 1st and 2nd graders, I kept it mostly off the site. Though, considering that my boss reads this column and so far has not objected to the picture of me in a bikini, my enthusiasm for gambling, or all my colorful sperm donor jokes, it’s not really clear just what it would take to get fired from working with small children.
I try to restrict the blog posts on this site to just my last 18 entries. But if you like what you’re reading and want to see some older material (like the time I was hired to deliver a copy of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue wearing only a bikini, the time I dressed up as a caterpillar at a night club or when I pretended to be homeless), I have good news. I will be collecting all of my blog posts into a book that I hope to have finished by the end of 2014 (still looking for a publisher if you know a guy). How exactly the book will be constructed remains to be seen, but I am expecting to clean up the columns, add in a few bonus ones, share some more of my story from the last few years that I didn’t tell the first time around and give a ton of practical tips I’ve picked up on how to save money and make money over the course of doing this.
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