Once referred to as a side job, the more contemporary term ‘side hustle’ denotes sources of extra income hold the allure of extra discretionary spending or upgrades of essential items like domicile, transportation and sustenance Unfortunately as one of the oldest and wisest of the Millenials(1), when researching possible income supplements ‘side hustles’ appear to be less of a second job and more of a quick cash grab.
When I started in on some research of possible second incomes I found an article on Forbes which attempted to capture the easiest ways for Millenials to be handed money as soon as possible. They include activities like:
- Remote English Teacher
- Online Dating Consultant
- Travel Consultant
- Instagram Marketing
- Brewing Your Own Beer
- Tour Guide
- Presentation Design Consultant
- Teaching Online Courses
- Buying and Selling Domain Names
- Refurbishing Used Electronics
- Tailoring and Alterations
- Dog Walking
- Editing College Admission Essays
If Forbes is suggesting people jump into some of these jobs there are going to be some unsatisfied customers. Problems might include:
- Remote English Teacher– I pray this requires certification
- Online Dating Consultant– a person utilizing a consultant for online dating should be required to disclose that to prospective
- Travel Consultant– 90% of this hustle would be googling ‘Where to go in XX Place”
- Instagram Marketing– #nope
- Brewing Your Own Beer– is it legal to sell home-brewed beer, Forbes? Can’t you make people go blind?
- Tour Guide– the Forbes example of touring in a stranger’s stylish VW van is very unsettling
- Presentation Design Consultant- for people who can’t find the templates
- Tutoring- I would only pay to watch parents berating the hired tutors when little Johnny does poorly on the SATs again
- Teaching Online Courses- pretty sure youtube has these covered already
- Buying and Selling Domain Names- if you are looking for www.clownpenis.fart
- Podcasting- Podcaster see also– Person who like to hear themselves talk
- Refurbishing Used Electronics- aka Warranty Voider
- Tailoring and Alterations- beware the cutthroat Seamstress Union ya dirty Book Buyer
- Dog Walking- let’s call this what it really is Dog Shit Picker Upper
- Editing College Admission Essays- see #8
I don’t have anything against a person looking to make a little scratch. Boston is f*cking expensive, and I’m getting tired of hearing the bros playing Fifa downstairs while my neighbor’s nocturnal former race dog runs laps above my bedroom around one in the morning. I’m looking to buy some peace and quiet.
Since there is a fat chance of this blog making any money(2) looks like I’ll have to go back to Side Hustle School or selling Plasma
Can anybody spot me a 5?
1- Individual born between the period of 1982-2004, which seems inaccurate as someone having a kid at 18 would be a Millenial with a millennial kid… oh the horror
2- Most blogs make less than $3.50 a day according to Lifehacker, and that’s when they are trying… which I am obviously not
And away we go… Welcome to “A Failure to Communicate,” a third and final attempt at the creation of a regular ‘on the line’ outlet for thoughts. A diary of sorts, not serious enough to be a journal and without reaching enough people to be considered a blog. I feel like the person shouting in the woods with no one around to hear.
*I don’t think anyone heard me*
Twice previously I attempted to create a recurring column of musings. The first on Blogger during an extended period in Afghanistan almost a decade ago, which ended before I set foot off the plane. I think my culinary evaluation of in-flight meals garnered several mobile hits from people reading in Mother Russia, but they may have just been tracking the military movements provided by my poor sense of Operational Security (OPSEC). The second more recent failure was meant to catalog the trials and tribulations of training for a triathlon… but the excuse there is that I was too busy spending hours in the water, on the bike or yogging(1) along the coast. So here is the third and final try: CoolHandSloot’s “A Failure to Communicate.”
History is littered(2) with great minds who regularly wrote their thoughts. An exercise in selfish reflection (3), I’m considering this a long form tweet unrestricted by character counts and removed from the hustle and bustle of a too crowded space. This private affair grants me the right to kick a$$holes out of my virtual living room, and I credit Mr. Money Mustache with that perspective. It’s not that I won’t invite discussion, but there is a difference between debate and argument(4).
There are a few topics I’ve got planned to cover, but be warned I live a pretty boring life compared to world travelers. I’m constantly wanting to try new things, so I’ll record those experiences, but don’t expect anything off the beaten path. Mostly it’s a website about nothing. I love movies, books, podcasts and I plan to review some of my favorites on this site. I’ve constantly got random thoughts and questions, and the site may give me an outlet for research and findings. Most importantly I’ve got a set of goals for the year(5), and I want to regularly and publicly chart progress in an attempt to keep myself accountable.
What do you think?
1- yogging is like jogging, but slower while listening to an audiobook or podcast
2- littered is the wrong word, but a lot of people write their thoughts down… shoulda used peppered
3- while I edited this post I realized how self-interested and egocentric this all sounded, but chose to leave it as is out of laziness and figuring I’ll try to do better next time
4- specifically the amount of veins showing in the forehead
5- soon to be posted once I figure out the best way to group them