The Wonders of Craigslist

Here’s the thing, you should never be completely unemployed when there are opportunities around every corner to make an extra buck. Even if the pay isn’t lavish, I’ve learned it can get you by.

Look through Craigslist and you’ll find a plethora of people hiring others to do things for them. If you’re like me and have a resume that fails to impress the norm, then take advantage of the odd jobs. Maybe this has been my mentality all along though since one of the first things I ever got paid to do was fill honey jars for an old man in my hometown. Years later I cleaned rat cages for another lady there. The pay wasn’t great, but it was something – and that’s what matters. I had enough to buy a few of my books for school at the end of the summer with rodents. As an adult I’ve used Craigslist to find make my way through. When my laptop of five years went out, a few clicks and I was in a group study that paid $400 for two days. A couple of days in a mock jury and I was swimming in a new HP.

So when people say they have a hard time finding work – I get it. Finding that dream job isn’t as instant as some coffees, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t any work out there to be done in the meantime. Odd jobs found in the outskirts of Craigslist not only put some cash in your pocket – but they can often guarantee a good story to recount later when you need an anecdote to share. With that, my unemployed brethren – I suggest heading over to the “Gigs” section of your local Craigslist when you have trouble finding steady work, click “Paid” and look around. People are always looking for someone to clean their house, watch their kids, write their term papers and more.

Plus, doing these odd jobs here and there may just lead you down a new path you never knew you wanted to travel down. I took a once-a-week job filling and grading papers for an adult education teacher and I found that I wouldn’t mind that job at all. I love the organization of teaching, but the actual idea of talking to students – ugh…people are too much. I found the behind the scenes work was more my speed. So I started applying to more of those jobs. Haven’t heard back from any – but it opened me up to spread my wings a little. You never know what you’re going to love until you get out there.


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