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Laid off - looking for extra cash while I look for a job

draggar 421 199 July 27, 2016 at 05:12 AM
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Recently I was laid off from my tech support job. While I do have somewhat of a severance package (as well as nearing the end of my "two weeks" - and the job market in my area is horrible at best) I was wondering if there is a way I could earn some extra cash while at home (and looking for a job).

There are enough businesses in my area that are my former company's customers but I think it would be at risk of my severance package if I approached them for related work (very strict non-compete / NDA).

I've done surveys in the past but it turned out to be a waste of time - you spend 30-45 minutes with the promise of a few dollars but then told you don't qualify Mad.

Thoughts?

(and yes, I have some websites I plan to get going again).

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Have you filed for unemployment?
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Yes but it's about 3/4 of what I was bringing home before (to answer a second question that will come up - I am looking for jobs, especially with local employers).

The sad thing is that tech support jobs are being sent overseas left and right (and starting to be "too old" for a career change).
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Can you find some sort of contract job? Even if a short 3 or 6 month stint, at least you'd be working.
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offer tech support services on craigslist/etc. Repair PC, set up home networks. etc
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Craigslist - not a bad idea.

As for contracts, I've been looking for those, too. Frown
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I do side jobs in tech support over thumbtack. Lots of demand in my area but I'm in a major city. may be worth checking out on top of Craigslist.
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Yes but it's about 3/4 of what I was bringing home before (to answer a second question that will come up - I am looking for jobs, especially with local employers).

The sad thing is that tech support jobs are being sent overseas left and right (and starting to be "too old" for a career change).
That's the problem, don't they deduct anything you earn from your unemployment check?
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Honestly I had this conversation with a co-worker recently and mentioned that if someone needed spare cash doing office janitorial night duties may be the ticket. I was seeing how much we paid for our service and you start calculating up the hours and it really is pretty darn good pay and very flexible.

You have to do a good and thorough job consistently as ones that don't get cycled very fast. But the money is steady and the hours are extremely flexible.

An eager person could easily make 2k-3k a month doing a couple small businesses and still have time for life and/or a day job.

And based on my conversations a lot of people are not very happy with their current janitor service so there are opportunities if you put yourself out there.

As far as tech support, I don't think I have any good suggestions to pursue that level of career.
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Check out online freelance services like Upwork. Or as mentioned before, the gigs section of Craigslist.
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Check out online freelance services like Upwork. Or as mentioned before, the gigs section of Craigslist.
I was just about to suggest this. I did work on Upwork back when it was oDesk & Elance and I had decent success as a freelance proofreader.
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Do uber dude!!!
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What city are you in and what kind of support do you do and what certifications do you have if you don't have security+ I would take the time to get it.

Plaza research does focus groups, http://www.plazaresearch.com/

I have done quite a few some are online others at their office pay is 50.00 to 200+ depending. I have done several for hardware vendors online for 150-200.00 for an hour of my time.

Ingather does similar but more in person.

http://ingatherresearch.com/

I work in IT but I work on military contracts no outsourcing, only US Citizens, much better job security and pay. If my company did lose a contract I was working on 99% of the time the winning company wants to hire the IT staff unless they have done a crappy job.

With a security clearance you have much more mobility as it could take 1 yr or more to get cleared and less than that to learn a new skill.

There is even a dedicated job boards

https://clearedjobs.net/


Find a company get cleared the move up.

My first job was as a furniture mover, got cleared and within a year I was an Oracle DBA .
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Last edited by komondor August 7, 2016 at 07:57 PM
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you can check out marketforce.com
i did work for them 2 years back. you can get 2k a month plus free food if you aggressive ......but i think you should find some business opportunity rather than find a job because you may lose your job again. Good luck!!!
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Last edited by leon98408 August 9, 2016 at 10:06 PM
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If you are hard up for money you could also try donating plasma for some extra cash, it really is not a lot of money (typically about $200-$250 a month here) but it has helped me out in a jam and is really easy.
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