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Need Part-Part Time Work

Professor SnugglesworthProfessor Snugglesworth Registered User regular
edited January 2011 in Help / Advice Forum
No, that's not a typo. Currently I'm attending a college course (last one I need before my Bachelor's) that requires me to attend three times a week, from now until May. The drive to and back is an hour, basically taking up the majority of the afternoon in those days.

I'm also trying to find a job to try and pay off some of my debts, but it's going to be difficult getting hired from someone when I can only be available a certain portion of the time per week. Hence the thread title of part-part time.

Like most problems, I'm looking to the internet for a solution; You've probably heard me mention before that I work with a website that pays per article, although that alone won't cover all my expenses. I was wondering if you knew of any similar online "work from home" jobs that are available (and more importantly, actually legit); basically, if I can determine my own hours, that would make this balancing act much easier. But if there's actually a retail/local store that will conform to my schedule, I'm open to that as well. The important thing is that it doesn't interfere with my school schedule.

So if you happen to know any sites, publications, resources, anything whatsoever, I would appreciate the assistance.

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  • DaenrisDaenris Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Honestly, just apply for jobs and let them know your availability. Many retail jobs have a place right on the application to list your available times each day. Being unavailable for part of 3 days out of 7 isn't really a big deal for a lot of part time jobs.

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  • QuirkQuirk Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Kitchens tend to have a lot of evening/weekend work available as well

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  • MercedCGMercedCG Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    I actually do part time work for Demand Studios and it is legit. The only "catch" is that you are technically self-employed, meaning that at the end of each quarter you have to pay income taxes yourself, which typically amount to around 30-35% of your online income. That is relatively painless to do provided you keep decent records.

    DS is pay-per-article, with different formats paying either 7.50 or 15 per. Articles take about 45 minutes to an hour to research and write at the start, but that goes down when you get used to grinding them out. The work itself is pretty mindless, but there are practically no time constraints and you can write as little or as much as you want. You get paid through Paypal, which you can then wire to your bank account.

    You do need a decent writing sample to apply with, so I would suggest taking a look at some e-how articles, picking a topic that you personally like and can write a concise 450 word how to about, and send that in.

    If you have any other questions feel free to ask.

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  • Professor SnugglesworthProfessor Snugglesworth Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    That kind of sounds similar to Examiner, a site which I was "employed" by, but haven't committed to it due to problems regarding publishing articles on their end (I would submit an article like "this weeks' PSN downloads" and have it show up over 48 hours later). Since they pay based on the number of hits, I've stayed away until their issues got sorted out.

    Since DS seems to have a base pay, it sounds more appealing, but I am somewhat turned off by this tax thing; of the websites I've worked for, I've never had to pay taxes, since they're...you know, online.

    But if I can pump out as many articles as I want and make that kind of cash, I suppose it's a small price to pay.

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  • DaenrisDaenris Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Since DS seems to have a base pay, it sounds more appealing, but I am somewhat turned off by this tax thing; of the websites I've worked for, I've never had to pay taxes, since they're...you know, online.

    If you're getting paid, you need to report it on your taxes at some point or another, either by having it deducted and reported automatically by the company, or by claiming it yourself later.

    If you're getting income from a site and not reporting it on your taxes it's less than legal. And assuming the sites are set up as actual companies, they're likely reporting your income at some point.

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  • Professor SnugglesworthProfessor Snugglesworth Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Well, it never really occurred to me, as I considered online work different from "real" jobs; since it's a site owned by an individual and not some big online corporation, I chalked it up to something akin to fixing someone's yard for a weekly pay. I didn't have to sign any documents or anything of the sort, so I think I'm in the right here.

    So if I sign up for this site, can I list more than one topic to discuss? Like say, games, movies, comics, etc? If it potentially means more articles (and more money) then I'd prefer to be a jack of all trades.

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  • SevorakSevorak Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Ummm, any income you receive from a job is technically supposed to be reported on your tax returns, including "under the table" deals. The documents you fill out for a "real" job are to let the government know how much to take out of each paycheck so you don't have to pay $Texas when you file your taxes. If you're self employed or otherwise don't have taxes taken out you are supposed to report it as additional income at the end of the year, which you then pay taxes on.

    In practice, a lot of people don't do this, but if you're receiving a good amount of your income through sites like that without reporting it and get audited, you are pretty screwed, since there are going to be paypal records.

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  • AlyceInWonderlandAlyceInWonderland Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Apply for crap retail. Seriously. At one point, I just worked Saturdays because I had a lot of school work. One day, that's it.

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  • MercedCGMercedCG Registered User regular
    edited January 2011
    Sevorak wrote: »
    Ummm, any income you receive from a job is technically supposed to be reported on your tax returns, including "under the table" deals. The documents you fill out for a "real" job are to let the government know how much to take out of each paycheck so you don't have to pay $Texas when you file your taxes. If you're self employed or otherwise don't have taxes taken out you are supposed to report it as additional income at the end of the year, which you then pay taxes on.

    In practice, a lot of people don't do this, but if you're receiving a good amount of your income through sites like that without reporting it and get audited, you are pretty screwed, since there are going to be paypal records.

    Exactly this. You simply don't get any taxes taken out of each little payment like most jobs in the US do automatically. You just keep track of how much you make and then pay the full taxed amount when April comes around. It is quite simple actually, even psychologists and other doctors who run their own practices do the same thing.

    If you want an extra push for DS, I just wrote an article on "How to Exercise to Latin Music"...while I was watching V tonight. Its not too bad making money during commercial breaks :)

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