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I need money

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by moonlight, Mar 26, 2008.

  1. moonlight

    moonlight Member

    I'm making $28K at my paper. Could be better; could be worse.

    Other than looking for a new job, can anyone give me an idea or two on making more money? I do stringer work when I can but I'm not in an area where stringers are needed a lot. I'm just looking for suggestions to make some more cash on the side.

    Oh, and please don't tell me to get a part-time job at McDonalds. That's not what I'm asking about.
  2. JayFarrar

    JayFarrar Well-Known Member

    Sub at the local schools.
    If you work in the evenings and days off during the week, you can make some decent side job money. Most places pays at least $75 a day.
    Make sure your boss is okay with it first, but it likely won't be a problem as long as you don't bang one of the students.
  3. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    Some friends of mine run a court-reporting firm. I've been proofreading the transcripts for 'em for 10+ years. It pays 25 cents a page. I can do 60 pages an hour on average. Not a bad side gig, depending on how much they need me to do.
  4. Tom Petty

    Tom Petty Guest

    dealing crack still is profitable, isn't it?
  5. Jeremy Goodwin

    Jeremy Goodwin Active Member

    I hear there are some great house by the Bakersfield airport ;)
  6. Tom Petty

    Tom Petty Guest

    four star, my friend. four star.
  7. spaceman

    spaceman Active Member

  8. hockeybeat

    hockeybeat Guest

    In all seriousness, see if you can hook on as a temp proofreader. Where I am, proofreaders can pull in $15 to $28 an hour, and you can pretty much work around your newspaper schedule.
  9. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I do mine at home! Just pick it up, they tell me when to bring it back, and I do.
  10. Rhody31

    Rhody31 Well-Known Member

    Crack is so 1990s.
    Meth is the best and most profitable. You can buy everything legally over the counter, then cook it up and make huge profit.
  11. MU_was_not_so_hard

    MU_was_not_so_hard Active Member

    Just don't blow up your house.
    My suggestion -- buy an old U-Haul truck and cook it up in the back of that. Should it blow up, you only lose whatever you got in the truck.

    Seriously, what kind of companies do some of you guys proofread for? I've heard of some trade mags paying pretty well.

    I'm in the process of going over a children's book, but it's not paid. Maybe it will lead to something else.
  12. BigSleeper

    BigSleeper Active Member

    Pimpin' ain't easy, so that's out.

    It may not be for you, but I always suggest contacting a temp agency (express, Kelly, Manpower, etc) in your area to explore options. I've turned to them many times over the past 15 years, and have always found something, at least for me, decent. Last part-time gig I had was working weekends as a mold technician for four months in a kayak plant. That was a blast.
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