i may or may not have just applied to this…
Wanted: Obsessive “The Bachelor” Viewers/Writers
Date: 2010-01-04, 5:46PM EST
Reply to: email@example.com
Don’t lie. All you do is watch TV. Yes, you have a job, but it’s not a priority. The Bachelor? Now we’re talking priorities. So how about this? Earn the right to say, “I’m a Bachelor-viewing professional,” and earn some money at the same time. We’re looking for a talented writer and pop culture junkie to become the expert for The Bachelor – blogging, recapping, highlighting fashions, and otherwise leading web users to what they need to know about your show. Send us a writing sample – approximately 300 words – recapping an episode of The Bachelor. Then, let’s talk.
- Compensation: $15/hour
- Telecommuting is ok.
- This is a part-time job.
- This is a contract job.
- Principals only. Recruiters, please don’t contact this job poster.
- Please, no phone calls about this job!
- Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.
working for yourself when you can’t work for others
it seems like a lot of recent grads & young people associate terms like “consulting” and “freelancing” with 40-something suit & tie execs or stay-at-home moms. but the truth of the matter is, anyone can do freelance work, and it’s a fantastic way to earn some money, work on your own schedule, and a great resume booster if you’re in the process of hunting for something full-time.
for example, i found a listing shortly after i graduated college in 2008 on journalismjobs.com, looking for freelance writers for the new hampshire visitors guide. i applied, and ended up getting a gig writing for two of the state’s tourism guides- awesome because it not only allowed me to still interview for jobs, but i also think it helped me tremendously when i interviewed for my current position as a copywriter in the travel industry.
so, where to look? it takes a little digging, but depending on your industry, a good ol’ google search for “freelance ____ jobs” will probably yield some helpful results. here are some of the more popular sites (and ones i skim frequently):
freelance writing jobs
craigslist (GASP! i know. but you can occasionally get lucky. check in the “gigs” section for potential projects)
also, check with friends & family – you’d be surprised how many people have some extra work they’d be willing to pay $ to get done!