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Interwub Employment

MufasaJoeMufasaJoe Registered User regular
edited March 2010 in Help / Advice Forum
Moving to Japan in few months, employment prospects are iffy. My thoughts turned to making money off the internet. Should I fill out surveys for cash? Do people really do that? Is there anything out there on the internet that provides income that is not a scam? I checked out this thing "project payday", holy shit, totally a scam WTF. Has anyone ever filled out a survey and gotten money for it? Anyone ever made a dime off the internet? I'm curious.

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    DemerdarDemerdar Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    Uhh.

    No.

    Get a job; or maybe secure one before you move to fucking Japan.

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    EliminationElimination Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    Yeahhh moving to an entirely different country without any job prospects at all is a really bad move.

    Do you at least speak Japanese?

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    MufasaJoeMufasaJoe Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    I'll be able to pay rent for long enough to make the trip worthwhile, I have ESL and ToEFL ceritification, friends there I can fall back on and 2 years worth of Japanese under my belt (not that that means I can carry on a basic conversation). But it would be nice know I could pad my income enough to not live at my folks when I come back.

    So no one has ever gotten any cash for a survey? Not surprising.

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    Funguy McAidsFunguy McAids Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    My brother and his Japanese wife tried living in Japan for the last 6 months and had couldn't find any employment. Apparently the country has been hit hard by the economic crisis and jobs are few with insane competition.

    You had better hope you can speak Japanese if you want even the slightest chance of finding anything.

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    RaneadosRaneados police apologist you shouldn't have been there, obviouslyRegistered User regular
    edited February 2010
    i don't think 2 years of japanese is enough just to move there and expect to be competitive

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    th3thirdmanth3thirdman Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    www.mturk.com the internets sweat shop. I have made about 500 bucks on there but I am good at it and have no job and that took me a month.

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    MufasaJoeMufasaJoe Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    Raneados wrote: »
    i don't think 2 years of japanese is enough just to move there and expect to be competitive

    I know for a fact it's not. After 3 years of study they teach you 750 kanji and it takes 2000 to read a basic newspaper. I'm not going to be competitive in that regard, but my teaching english prospects are pretty good.

    Let's assume that I'm not real worried about gainful employment while I am there, and that I was just wondering about some side money.

    Thanks th3thirdman, that looks pretty legit, I will check it out.

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    NargorothRiPNargorothRiP Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    I heard from a friend that they are sorely in need of english voice actors to make dubbed anime in japan. Like top dollar pay to talk over anime is every weaboos dream.

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    SamSam Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    I heard from a friend that they are sorely in need of english voice actors to make dubbed anime in japan. Like top dollar pay to talk over anime is every weaboos dream.

    don't american localization companies just find cheap "talent" domestically for these purposes?

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    MufasaJoeMufasaJoe Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    Whoa,
    th3thirdman, define "good at it". I've made a few bucks so far, but uh, that shit sucks. Any advice? Should I be trying to get qualifications? Just grinding 3 cent jobs? Help me out here.

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    EshEsh Tending bar. FFXIV. Motorcycles. Portland, ORRegistered User regular
    edited February 2010
    MufasaJoe wrote: »
    Whoa,
    th3thirdman, define "good at it". I've made a few bucks so far, but uh, that shit sucks. Any advice? Should I be trying to get qualifications? Just grinding 3 cent jobs? Help me out here.

    You are not, I repeat, not going to fund a trip to Japan filling out Internet surveys. Wait, get a real job, put together a little nest egg, THEN consider it.

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    Shorn Scrotum ManShorn Scrotum Man Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    Yeah, he was getting $500 a month, that'll get you like 4 beers in Japan (I'm exaggerating a little but seriously Japan is expensive as hell).

    Wait and come up with a better plan. It's a way better plan than ending up homeless in Japan and only having 2 years of the language.

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    MufasaJoeMufasaJoe Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    Guys, guys, guys,
    The trip is already funded, I just know that I am going to have a shitload of free time and maybe I'd like some money to buy pornographic anime statue or two. I am not looking to live off the internet, I just want a little cash to buy a book for my kindle now and then.

    Any tips on how to mTurk effectively?

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    CygnusZCygnusZ Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    What does "moving" to Japan exactly mean for you? If you're not American, get a working holiday visa and I'm sure you can do manual labor somewhere. Forget about getting a job in the ESL industry if you don't plan to stay around for at least a year, and realize the days of people just walking off the plane and into a job are over. Working on a tourist visa is illegal, although some people try to do it.

    I don't know exactly what you're thinking, but if you're in such bad financial shape, maybe you shouldn't be taking trips to exotic countries? Or hell, I hear that you can have a ton of fun in SE Asia on a budget. Why go to one of the most expensive places in the world?

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    SzechuanosaurusSzechuanosaurus Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited February 2010
    There is no 'trick' to mechanical Turk. The entire model is built around the idea of extremely menial jobs broken down into discrete tasks so that virtually anybody with an Internet connection and a conscious brain can complete them. The work is of such low value that the recruiters can and will pay next to nothing to have it completed. You will make a fraction of a percentage of minimum wage no matter how fast you can work through the tasks if only because of the laws of physics. I'm sure the chap who describes it as an online sweat shop can tell you better but to make $500 in a month I would wager that at minimum you would have to be working 9-5 weekdays non-stop and quite possibly longer. During which time you could probably have earned 4x as much at a low-salary proper job. I would honestly recommend online poker over mturk as a method of earning money online and I wouldn't recommend that at all.

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    SamSam Registered User regular
    edited February 2010
    what do you mean by funded? first you say you're moving, now you say it's a "trip". do you have accomodation figured out? do you know what you're going to eat?

    most importantly, what do you gain, materially or spiritually from doing this?

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    FallingmanFallingman Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Do you have a degree?

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