Help me find ways to make more money
June 1, 2014 3:54 PM Subscribe
I am unable to work because of disability. I collect SSDI and while I get food stamps, I only get $17/month, which doesn't go very far. Since I went on SSDI in 2010, I've tried various ways to supplement my income, but I have yet to come up with anything reliable. Budgeting is not the problem; there simply isn't enough money. Plus, it would be nice to improve my quality of life even a little bit.
posted by mermaidcafe to Work & Money (20 answers total) 64 users marked this as a favorite
I am unwilling to donate plasma. I have looked into medical studies and found none that seem good. I am not stable enough for a part-time job or even substitute teaching. Telecommuting jobs are ideal for me but I am willing to show up in person. (I live in Madison, WI.)
I am a writer and editor and have had various short-term freelance jobs using those skills. I have a BA and MFA in English, experience tutoring and teaching, and a ton of publication credits. I have copyedited periodicals, books, trade journals, academic writing, and other things I'm forgetting. I have written professional bios, press releases, and copy for websites, in addition to the arts journalism and creative writing I do. I frequently check craigslist in different cities as well as websites listing freelance writing opportunities. Sometimes this is helpful, but I generally just end up spending a lot of time composing professional emails to people I never hear from.
One of the niche skills I have is the music promotion stuff. As a music journalist, I have read plenty of band bios and press kits, so I started writing that kind of thing for hire by record labels, PR firms, and unsigned artists. I enjoy it, but it's hard to find reliable work. At one point I emailed about 100 different labels and PR firms expressing interest and sharing writing samples, and I only heard back from 2. I write for a small record label in town, but there isn't much work and he can only afford to pay me $30 for each bio, whereas labels usually pay around $200.
Most of my skill sets involve writing/editing, and that would be ideal for me. I will give you a idea of some of my other skills in case that triggers something. I am a photographer, though not terribly experienced or accomplished yet. Ditto that for visual art. I also happen to be very good at reading tarot cards. I worked for a psychic hotline briefly but quit when I realized the business was run in a way that was shady to employees and customers alike.
So there you have what I think the relevant info will be. Please share any and all (legal) ideas you have, and let me know if you need more info. It would be nice to find a client for whom I could do regular work. I also would prefer to go a route where I didn't have to constantly spend time posting and answering ads, though I'll do it if it's part of the game.