Well, Job Stalker readers, I made a semi-Herculean effort to get this book feature done for you today … I'd hoped to have had the book finished by this past weekend, but “stuff happened” and I found myself this afternoon looking at having to a) finish reading the book, b) writing a review for my book review blog, and c) writing a post here about the review about the book. Which, as you can see, I managed to get done.
This was a book recently sent to me from the folks a Wiley … as I note in my review, it jumped to the top of my reading list as my job search has returned to my #1 time block (after having come very close to having “a real job” a couple of times over the past few months, and having periods where my freelance and consulting gigs were keeping me much busier than is currently the case). I figured that reading Steve Gillman's“101 Weird Ways to Make Money” might give me some ideas!
The full title of this is 101 Weird Ways to Make Money: Cricket Farming, Repossessing Cars, and Other Jobs With Big Upside and Not Much Competition, and, as one would expect, focuses on jobs and businesses that might not exactly be “top of mind”. Most of what's in the book is more along the lines of “businesses to get into” in specific niche markets rather than “weird jobs” (although there are a few of those … who knew you could make a career out of diving for lost golf balls?).
As the title indicates, there at 101 of these considered in the book, and one of the nice things here is the regular structure, with each job/business getting two pages, with a brief overview, an analysis of what one might expect to be able to make doing it, a look at what it would cost to get started in each, and some resources (books and web sites) for more info. Fortunately, the writing is “light” enough so that it never feels like one is reading through some government book of career listings, yet there's enough material on each that you get the sense that you've at least been familiarized with that particular option.
The book's broken down into a dozen “categories”, each with a half a dozen or more jobs, which range from “Dirty and Ugly Jobs” to “Creative and Artistic Work”, with opportunities as obscure as being a “demolition worker” or as “out there” as selling used t-shirts at flea markets. One section sounded very familiar to me, the “Internet Opportunities”, and I've probably considered (or made half attempts at) most of the things in that area.
I'd really hoped for something to jump out at me (preferably not the crickets or other creepy-crawlies discussed here) while reading this and provide me with a “light bulb moment”, but nothing really did. Most of what's in here isn't exactly leading to “corporate” suit-and-tie positions (the author keeps highlighting things that would let one work outside … and most of the time I never even go outside!), although there are a few “dealmaking” gigs which could be office work.
Anyway, if you're “stuck” and can't seem to get any traction in your preferred area of productivity, this might give you some ideas … heck, I tried the bartending thing about a decade back when I felt like I was never going to get another PR job, and that's in here! As always, more details are to be found over in my review!
Filed under: Uncategorized