I'm an artist. Please help me find a day job that makes use of my bizarre love of spreadsheets.
. I was an English teacher for 7 years. I quit recently because I was burnt out. I've been pursuing theater more fully. I got a job working in development for a midsize theater company in Chicago. It's two days a week and the pay is minimal, but I'm learning a ton and having a fantastic time. I've also had some freelance copywriting work to help supplement my tiny income, but it's not steady enough at this point.
So what can my other day job be? I am utterly useless waiting tables. I still love working with kids and have gotten some catch-as-catch-can babysitting gigs, but in my attempts to get nanny jobs I've found that people are generally looking for somebody willing to make a multiyear commitment. Tutoring work has been tough to get.
Here's what I think might be my secret weapon: I've learned, since leaving education and working more with fundraising and box office issues, that I am -- to many of the artsy types with whom I spend my time -- terrifyingly good at spreadsheets. Given the fact that I have always worked in the humanities, this comes as a complete surprise to me. I derive some sort of primeval, lizard-brain pleasure from making an elegant, workable spreadsheet. This amazes me because I was always pretty disorganized as a teacher. I was lousy at sorting hundreds of kids' poorly-labeled hardcopy homework assignments, but I'm great at working with computer files.
What sort of part-time/freelance work could I get/make with this skill? I had the realization (after April 15th) that I should maybe become a tax preparer, but I've heard that the pay is lousy if you're working for H+R Block or the like. Hive mind, do you have any other special snowflake ideas for me?