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7 hours ago, ManvsMini said:

Question for January 16th:

Have you ever had a side job in addition to your regular work, or considered having one? What was it or would it be?

 

Only once, I worked twenty hours a week over 3 months to earn money for a trip one summer. It was essentially a type of data entry. Was a very long summer, 60 hours a week. Get done with the first job and go directly to the next.

 

I've considered having others (though doing them now would make them my job, not my side job): boxing/kickboxing instructor, personal trainer (had the book and everything ready to get certified for that one), online tutor, secret shopper. Always seemed to get distracted and not have enough time to pursue any of that.

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7 hours ago, ManvsMini said:

Question for January 16th:

Have you ever had a side job in addition to your regular work, or considered having one? What was it or would it be?

 

out of college I worked two jobs for a while, 40 hrs in a book warehouse -  found some interesting reads there, but much of the job sucked.

I was also working 15-20 hours doing telephone surveys from a call center.  The only reason it was doable was because the two jobs were completely different one where I was on my feet constantly and rarely spoke, the other where I sat and talked.

 

I still use the skills from the call center, but like much of my life I am not paid for it.  I did about 8 weekends of  volunteer phone banking before the last election. 

 

 

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8 hours ago, ManvsMini said:

Question for January 16th:

Have you ever had a side job in addition to your regular work, or considered having one? What was it or would it be?

The closest I've even been to that was when I was transitioning out of the military.  I was on terminal leave (where all of my leave is used at the end of my enlistment) and working my new civilian job.  I was technically still in the Navy, getting paid, but I didn't have to show up or do anything.  So it doesn't really meet the spirit.

 

Or course in the Navy, you have your normal job, in my case a Communications Electronics Technician, Submarines, and plenty of collateral duties that you either volunteer for (to get better evals to advance) or are vollun-told to do (because you can the training or you can't escape it).  I've had any of those including, Command Financial Specialist, Customs and Border Inspector, Sexual Asssault Victim Advocate, Security Manager, Quality Assurance Supervisor/Planner, Voting Assistance Officer... and the like.  They all added varying amounts of extra work.

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9 hours ago, ManvsMini said:

Question for January 16th:

Have you ever had a side job in addition to your regular work, or considered having one? What was it or would it be?

Yes, I got a job as a Computer Technician part-time on trial.  I passed the test so I quit my day job.  

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9 hours ago, ManvsMini said:

Question for January 16th:

Have you ever had a side job in addition to your regular work, or considered having one? What was it or would it be?

I have worked a variety of side hustles over the years, but I usually find myself too busy with school or other projects to devote enough time to them to be worth it.

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12 hours ago, ManvsMini said:

Question for January 16th:

Have you ever had a side job in addition to your regular work, or considered having one? What was it or would it be?

Until recently, I've pretty much always worked two jobs at once.  But I don't think that's the fun answer you're looking for.  

The more interesting side hustles:
I do commission mini painting.  Though this is typically for friend-of-a-friend situations.  I am too aware of how trying to turn my hobby into profit would kill the joy for me.

I used to do some photography work.  I minored in photography and used to take photos.  This was typically adjacent to the performing communities I frequented.  So either taking promotional photos for performers, or shooting live shows.  I lost access to a studio after graduating and I excelled at studio-photography primarily so without that I lost a lot of my motivation.  Plus the people and performers I was working with didn't have the money to spend on the quality of work I produced.  $20 for shooting a 2 hour show, plus at least 2 hours of editing just isn't worth it.

My most interesting side-hustle was as a Burlesque dancer.  Pandemic has put that one on hold, which is a shame because most of the tips I got from that supported my miniature addiction.  For the curious, there's a pretty fascinating underground performing world where Drag, Burlesque, and Variety meet - think "vaudeville".  I specialized in nerdy, comedy, strip-tease, but I shared a stage with drag kings and queens, clowns, sword swallowers, etc.  A very colorful world.  Feel free to PM me if you want to see any videos as they're a bit too NSFW to just go posting willy-nilly.

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10 hours ago, ManvsMini said:

Question for January 16th:

Have you ever had a side job in addition to your regular work, or considered having one? What was it or would it be?

Nope.

 

Any other work I did was entirely voluntary, and most likely related to house chores.

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10 hours ago, ManvsMini said:

Question for January 16th:

Have you ever had a side job in addition to your regular work, or considered having one? What was it or would it be?

 

Yes.  My day job has the job title of “chemical engineer”, and that’s what my degree is in, but my side job is/was freelance proofreader.

When I say side job, I do mean in the official “receive 1099s, fill out a Schedule C” (US tax documents for our non-US readers)sort of way.  

 

Like many things in life, I just fell into this.  My ex-wife and I married in 1987; she had been working in NYC for Bluejay Books, a F/SF publisher who went out of business about that same time.  So she was tied into the publishing world, and was doing proofreading to tide her over before the weeding.  Afterwards, she kept it going.  Looking over her shoulder, I opined that it didn’t look that difficult.  To make a long story short, I got a try out with a publisher that way, and once you’re working you can use the usual networking techniques to expand the pool of potential jobs.  Necessary skills included excellent spelling, attention to detail, and a solid commitment to getting jobs back on time.  (Typically two weeks...)

 

For those not versed in the ins and outs of publishing, it goes like this:

 

1) Author writes a book and is assigned to an editor, who makes overarching suggestions like replacing characters, adding chapters, removing extraneous plot, etc.

2) When done, a manuscript goes to a copy editor, whose job is to clean up the spelling and grammar and do basic fact checking, produceing a marked-up manuscript.

3) The marked-up manuscript  goes to a printer, who enters the text into whatever system they will use for printing and formats the pages, producing a proof copy

4) The proof copy and the marked up manuscript are sent to a proofreader, like me, whose job is primarily to ensure that the printer hasn’t messed anything up, but, the real world being what it is, one sometimes encounters problems that *should* have been fixed by the copy editor.  I mark up the final copy with those cryptic proofreaders’ marks, and send it back. The printer then makes the corrections.

5) If changes were extensive, sometimes a second proof copy goes out, to ensure that the erros were all duly corrected and no new ones were introduced.  This would usually be a different proofreader than the first, but it’s also a proofreader job.

6) After that it’s time to print and distribute.

 

I haven’t been chasing work lately, so the last time someone requested my services was late 2018.  So that’s where the Is/Was part comes in; I’m haven’t announced that I’m done, but I haven’t worked in two years either.  Judging from the books I’m reading, I’d say that companies have been trying to do away with parts of this process for a while.  Computer tools can help, but you can end up with situations where the computer introduces new errors such as turning the italics on to emphasize the word can, and then never turning it off again until you get to some other word that you needed to emphasize.  Back in the late ‘80s, when I started, errors were often of the sort of random typing issues that you’d expect, given that they were literally re-typing the books (garbled words, entire dropped paragraphs, etc.), but more recently it’s been things that the copy editors should have caught (e.g. homonyms, or other properly spelled but incorrect words that will pass a computer spell checker) , or problems introduced by computers like the italics example, or stacks of hyphenated word breaks on sequential lines.  

 

My last ten years of work were mostly done for an academic publisher and the books were supposed to meet the American Psychological Association style guide (6th ed) for things like article citations.  I feel like my gaming background was good training for remembering arbitrary rules like the one about how many authors a paper need to have before the first reference to it could be in the short form (e.g. “Smith et al.) versus spelling them all out. (6 is the answer, btw.). On the other hand, as I say, the copy editor was supposed to have dealt with that...

 

That ended up being longer than I had intended. ::D: Income was pretty variable, and I couldn’t have lived on it, but it did pretty handily finance my miniatures hobby.

 

 

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1 hour ago, Rob Dean said:

Like many things in life, I just fell into this.  My ex-wife and I married in 1987; she had been working in NYC for Bluejay Books, a F/SF publisher who went out of business about that same time.  So she was tied into the publishing world, and was doing proofreading to tide her over before the weeding.  Afterwards, she kept it going.  Looking over her shoulder, I opined that it didn’t look that difficult.  To make a long story short, I got a try out with a publisher that way, and once you’re working you can use the usual networking techniques to expand the pool of potential jobs.  Necessary skills included excellent spelling, attention to detail, and a solid commitment to getting jobs back on time.  (Typically two weeks...)

 

For those not versed in the ins and outs of publishing, it goes like this:

 

1) Author writes a book and is assigned to an editor, who makes overarching suggestions like replacing characters, adding chapters, removing extraneous plot, etc.

2) When done, a manuscript goes to a copy editor, whose job is to clean up the spelling and grammar and do basic fact checking, produceing a marked-up manuscript.

3) The marked-up manuscript  goes to a printer, who enters the text into whatever system they will use for printing and formats the pages, producing a proof copy

4) The proof copy and the marked up manuscript are sent to a proofreader, like me, whose job is primarily to ensure that the printer hasn’t messed anything up, but, the real world being what it is, one sometimes encounters problems that *should* have been fixed by the copy editor.  I mark up the final copy with those cryptic proofreaders’ marks, and send it back. The printer then makes the corrections.

5) If changes were extensive, sometimes a second proof copy goes out, to ensure that the erros were all duly corrected and no new ones were introduced.  This would usually be a different proofreader than the first, but it’s also a proofreader job.

6) After that it’s time to print and distribute.

 

Think I can have a go or an intro at proofreading sometime?::P:

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12 hours ago, ManvsMini said:

Question for January 16th:

Have you ever had a side job in addition to your regular work, or considered having one? What was it or would it be?

 

Often I do, yes. I worked construction while I worked at Wal-Mart, had side jobs when I was between projects in the oilfield and recently worked 3 jobs: my regular one; enumeration for Elections Canada, which was great because it was between work and home, so I got paid to drive back and forth; and data entry and animal treatments in the family feedlot. It was crazy, but it was only for a month. I liked working for Elections, I worked election day, too.  

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13 hours ago, ManvsMini said:

Question for January 16th:

Have you ever had a side job in addition to your regular work, or considered having one? What was it or would it be?

Nope, although my marshaling certainly takes up enough time to be considered a part time job, except for that lack of pay thing...

 

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14 hours ago, ManvsMini said:

Question for January 16th:

Have you ever had a side job in addition to your regular work, or considered having one? What was it or would it be?

 

Yes, for most of my life. I worked six days a week in a factory and then lumped trucks at a warehouse on the weekends while my wife was in college, worked part times jobs while going to school full time while I was in college, after graduating I worked some consulting gigs on the side while working a full time job I didn't want just to stay relevant in my chosen field. Now that I am where I want to be I don't work any second jobs. It's been quite nice these last five years or so, way more time for doing what I want versus what I need to do to get by/move ahead. I still do a little bit of consulting work in the form of putting together the necessary permit applications for projects I think are beneficial to my community - but that's volunteer work so it doesn't really feel like a second job. And I've got the beginnings of a research project started and a grant proposal for building a wetland on my farm that are both on the back burner while Covid does its thing. It remains to be seen if I'll pick those back up in the future as side projects to my daily job - I may just decide that I want to continue enjoying the extra free time.

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16 hours ago, ManvsMini said:

Question for January 16th:

Have you ever had a side job in addition to your regular work, or considered having one?


No and Nope.  

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9 hours ago, ManvsMini said:

Question for January 16th:

Have you ever had a side job in addition to your regular work, or considered having one? What was it or would it be?

 

No.  One job takes up enough time. 

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