The Hungry Writer

An unemployed writer keeping sane during The Depression II.

Posts Tagged ‘freelance’

Posted by The eDater on March 30, 2009

So much to be sorry about.

So much to be sorry about.

Well, to both of my readers, apologies. I’ve gotten busy with actual paying work – freelance one and all – and this blog has suffered the consequences.

Over the next few days or weeks, I’m going to reassess what, if anything, to do with the blog. Will it continue? Will it shift focus? Stay tuned – sometime, the answer will come.

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Keeping ’em at bay

Posted by The eDater on February 20, 2009

Want a, hehe, job?

Want a, hehe, job?

Well, they’re coming out in full force now. I just got a “job offer” to work as a “legal representative” performing the duties of accounts receivable, or something like that. All I need’s a bank account and a desire to succeed!

I do wonder how many people fall for these scams. I mean, these are now becoming fairly highly targeted, so the success rate has to be pretty high for it to be worth the scammers’ time. I once heard that regular scam emails only need to hook about 2 people out of every million to be profitable – but this particular one is just going out through Careerbuilder. How many active unemployed can there be on Careerbuilder, anyway?

Ok, don’t answer that. Too depressing.

Then there’s another one I’m getting over and over – offering me freelance writing gigs. All I need do is buy their list of gigs! Then I’ll be paid $450 for every story I come up with!

Now, maybe they’re sending this out to everyone… but I suspect they’ve already got a good idea I’m a writer, and they’re targeting me. Again, how many of us out-of-work writers can there be, to make this profitable for the scammers?

All part of the mounting evidence in the case that needs none – this is a serious depression.

Speaking of serious, I’m seriously considering a slide down the Degree of Desperation ladder. I’ve been headhunted – because I can speak some Japanese. The job – phone tech support, in northern Baltimore, for Japanese folk (and during Japan’s business hours – otherwise known as the graveyard shift). The headhunter even repeatedly stressed – this could be something you can do just until you find something else. He was almost apologetic about presenting this suck-ass position. But there ain’t many Japanese speakers in the greater Baltimore metro area.

And I just might do it. It’d screw with everything else, but it would be, well, something. Tho the jury’s still out – the freelancing is actually coming along pretty well, and I wouldn’t want to mess with that… I’ll keep you posted.

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Another week down

Posted by The eDater on January 25, 2009

Apps today: 3

Projects worked on: 2

Fun for “freelancers” – try to guess the day! I figured it out when the post office door just wouldn’t open, no matter how hard I leaned. And I get out so little these days, I woulda been disappointed if there hadn’t been a 7-11 to browse nearby. Out in VT, things like 7-11 are exciting. Can’t wait to get to a city again – I mean, I love the nature and all, but in winter, most everything outdoorsy costs quite a bit of money.

Oh, I could go snowshoeing. But, honestly, I don’t know that I’m up for it. Nor that my snowshoes could really, actually, support me in the four feet or so of fluff out there now.

Tomorrow, though, I’m going to hit the slopes. I’ve still got two freebies left from my brief stint as a ski instructor – hadta quit when I found out that, 1, I was fired from the day job and would thus have to move, and 2, anything I earn from part-time work gets subtracted from my unemployment checks. Work for free? Hell no!

Randomly: I’m going through a bit of an MGMT phase. Mostly because my iPod has randomly chosen their albums with statistically improbable regularity. That, and they’re good.

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Someone’s gotta say it.

Posted by The eDater on January 25, 2009

Careerbuilder sucks. I forgot just how much it sucks. Soon’s you activate your account, they bombard you with emails and updates. (They’re bad enough my mail program automatically thought it was spam.) Spambots start writing you, ‘begging’ you to work for them, from home, for thousands of dollars a day. Stores want to give you $1000 to shop there. All you need do is pay $60 – or $90 – or $115 – to register. And get 6 friends to do the same, or something equally appalling, you’ve seen these scams. Now, I’m seeing them a lot more. A LOT more.

Sadly, the navigation is better than Monster’s, and the job posts don’t cross over that much. Indeed, for writers and media types, there seems to be more on Careerbuilder. So we’ve gotta just suck it up, I suppose. My delete trigger is fast – and I’ve nothing better to do, right?

And while we’re on the topic, those freelance bidding sites are soul destroyers. You go on there, and a project looks good… until you see someone’s willing to do it for $15. I mean, come on. Who’s that shmuck? And who’s the shmuck who trusts a multi-day project to someone working for 30 cents an hour?

Well, they’re the employed, I suppose. Fear them, my brethren.

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