FINDING WORK

With nothing but bad news about the state of the world economy, so many people are struggling to survive with little or no income. Having just watched a documentary about my adopted country Spain , sliding into a bottomless pit of debt, it is hard to figure out if there is anything a person can do if they have searched high and low to find a job, even something menial and found nothing. The program showed a qualified Chemist who had to leave Spain and go to Northern Scotland to work in a bar, washing up. Another lady could only find two hours cleaning work a month, to support her family. These are not people starving in a third world country, but people like you and me and often very well educated. I live in a Cave house in rural Andalucía, fantastic views over Olive groves, sun and absolutely no chance of any jobs. Many days I see busloads of Peruvians turn up to work in the fields, they get paid an insulting pittance for eight hours of back bending work picking lettuce and tomatoes in the hot sun and are glad of the work. It makes me feel angry for their sake and embarrassed that I am not willing to work so hard to survive.

So what can we do? All I can suggest is what I have tried. If you are reading this then you must have at least access to a computer and therefore a bit of hope. The internet has opened up the world, it is no longer necessary to get on your bicycle and go looking, it can come to you. Some clever computer savvy people have made fortunes online, but this is not about that, this is about the average person in their home making a bit of money to help pay the bills.

Before I tell you what I do, here is a list of other ideas that may interest you. Don’t worry about being confused. During the next couple of months I am going to explain each in far more detail. The one thing you will need for all these things is a web site, but now it is very easy, there are many companies offering readymade ones for free.

Sell Amazon Products online. (You don’t buy anything, just refer possible purchasers and get a cut)

Sell on E bay

Advertise other people’s offers and get paid commission. (Click bank)

Use Social media (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest etc.) to find work, sell your ideas. If you spend hours on sites like Facebook, there are companies who will pay you to manage their pages and update them regularly.

Promote your skill worldwide (Are you an artist, musician, writer) Let the world see what you can do. What about publishing your own novel, poetry, or technical book on Kindle. (It is free to do it)

Write for others. (This is what I do) It is repetitive and sometimes the subject matter is not inspiring, but if you treat it as a job, put in the hours, then it is possible to make a steady recurring income. And it is a darn site easier than picking lettuce for eight hours a day.

So how do you start doing these things?

WRITING FOR OTHERS

It would be great to be able to write about the things you are interested in, but in reality that is hardly ever possible. I need to explain why others may need you to write about anything from wood doors to training your dog. The internet is one great linked fishnet, everything is connected and the more connections a company gets to its web site, blog or general advertising, then the more visible it becomes. The great goal is to end up on page one when someone types in relevant search words. Just imagine if you sold goldfish bowls and every time someone in the world typed in those two words, your web site appeared. To keep content fresh and updated with relevant linked keywords (i.e. goldfish bowls) writers are hired to constantly produce articles, mostly about 500 words. As it does not pay to hire on a full time basis this work is handed out to people to do from home on their own computers. Skills needed are a command of the required language, the ability to write on the subject from different aspects and to produce to a deadline.

The drawback is that payment is not great and can vary from a mere couple of dollars per article upwards. However those that get into the swing of it can accumulate a reasonable monthly pay-packet.

HOW DO I START?

Start looking on line for keywords such as SEO Article writers, writers needed, freelance writing, article managers.

Look at websites such as Freelancer.com. You will have to join, but it is free (O.desk is another one and there are plenty more)

Join writing Forums (Facebook has some) Join Linked in; they also have job opportunities and suitable forum groups.

Contact websites that fill their pages with articles about products. Send them a sample. If you can find companies relevant to your knowledge and experience that would be even better.

Once you get started and prove yourself efficient, work will come in. Take a look at my website, that I use to promote my writing. It will be constantly updated with new information and may just hold an answer to your problems.

http://www.creativeamusingwriting.com/

I also run a website that is geared towards helping people.

http://www.helpwithcoping.com/

Good luck John Moody