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$6.50 per story

Some interesting jobs can be found on Craigslist, but often not ones that pay well. There are so many lousy paying jobs for writers on Craigslist and elsewhere that I could provide daily updates on the outlandish ones.

I recently came across an ad for a website looking for comedy writers. I have a good sense of humor, so I wrote to the generic email to see what it was about and if they could use my services.

They could, but at $6.50 per post of about 200 words. I won’t say here what the website was, because I don’t want to embarrass the owner. It’s an interesting site that uses humor in short reviews of a related site that is much bigger.

I politely declined the job assignment, saying that $6.50 for one story doesn’t work for me as a freelance writer.

Here’s part of the email they sent me: Continue reading

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Adam Carrola’s career path

I interviewed Adam Carolla recently about his Hollywood home he’s selling for $1.3 million.

While we definitely move in different circles, but I thought of some similarities between us after the interview:

  • We’re both about the same age.
  • We were both laid off at about the same time. Carolla about a year ago from a high paying radio job that he’s turned into the top iTunes podcast, and me from a newspaper job two years ago that I’ve morphed into a freelance writer and editor.
  • Stay-at-home dads. He does it with the help of a nanny, but still takes care of his young son and daughter. I’ve enjoyed the past two years watching my daughter, now 5, grow up.
  • Working from home. He’s surrounded by expensive cars and owns two homes. I have a 1991 Acura and work in a home office.
  • My house needs renovation.

I’m a big fan of Carolla’s, following his work much more in the past few years. One of my first part-time jobs after getting laid off involved driving around to pick up police logs, and I’d listen to his morning radio show while driving. It was a Sacramento station, so the reception wasn’t great, but I’d always hurry back to the car to hear more between stops. I then started listening to his podcast, but stopped after awhile because he seemed to continue ranting about the same topics again and again. He’s still entertaining, and a comic I’ll continue to follow.

It’s great that his career path has done so well, from construction worker to podcast king. He found a niche and is taking it as far as he can. Good advice for anyone changing careers.

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