Certainly not cleaning my house.
I’m still job hunting, which is really bumming me out. I was pretty sure I was going to get a job at the Mexican restaurant, but it seems that everyone has been on their best behaviour. I applied at a few other restaurants in town, but I keep getting the same story…we’ll start hiring in a month. The dogs and I will be living in a van down by the river in a month.
OK, not really.
As mentioned in a previous post, I’ve started transcribing on Amazon’s Mechanical Turk. It’s not highly profitable, but it keeps me in things like food, dog/cat food, cigarettes, music, and TV shows. It also pays a bill here and there.
I’m still learning, so the pay is pretty low, but I can see improvement. It used to take me the better part of a day to earn a couple of dollars, now I routinely make a little over $10 per day. That doesn’t sound like much, but (even I can do the math) it adds up to around $80 a week for sitting on my ass at home.
Taking into account all the breaks for dog bickering, laundry, coffee, TV shows, eating, and wandering around aimlessly, I don’t spend half as much time transcribing as I think I do. If I treated this like a normal 8 hour a day job, I’d probably make, I don’t know, $20 a day.
Reader Jen gave me names of some companies to do freelance work through, and I checked a few of them out, but while I’m still learning and getting my speed up, I think I’m going to stick with mturk. I don’t want to commit a faux pas with one of these better paying companies, and end up blackballed before I ever get started.
I do find transcribing compelling. Some of the audios are very boring, but others are quite interesting.
In the last few days I’ve learned a great deal about the McLaren Vale Winery in Australia.
I’ve learned more than I ever wanted to know about energy trading.
I love the style shows (or really any audios where there is only one speaker, and I’m familiar enough with there terms that I don’t have to spend a ton of time Googling for correct spelling). The style shows are great because the women speak slowly and clearly…maybe because their audience needs it.
I know somebody named Don Mattingly from the Los Angles Dodgers is on the outs with some guy named Yasiel Puig. It caused a great deal of arguing on some ESPN sport show.
Pat Riley Phil Jackson is now coaching no he’s not for the New York Nicks Knicks and the L.A. Lakers are going to hell in a handbasket. You can add that to the list of things I don’t care about. In fact, every audio I transcribe from ESPN goes on that list.
I know about the Texas Pit Crew, and all the good work they do for animals.
I’ve learned that every contributor on Seeking Alpha is a bad grammar spewing, self aggrandizing windbag who never pauses long enough to take a breath let alone think about what they are saying. These audios sound like 8-13 minutes of Robin Williams hopped up on coke, except they are in no way funny, or entertaining. They ramble on at Mach 10 with one sentence having no bearing on the one before it, or the one after it.
The only audios worse than the Seeking Alpha ones are the religious women talking about themselves and their followers as God’s People. Give me a break. We are all God’s people. Get off your high horse.
Could I see myself doing this for a living? Maybe, if I got better at it. For now though, it’s more of a hobby that pays for a few things.