Marian Swift

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  • Caffeine!

    Solid foods are nice, too. I can’t eat much in the way of carbs, so I keep veggies-and-dip, hard-boiled eggs, nuts, cheese and cold cuts handy.

    My husband does most of the cooking. He’s got a talent for it, and I don’t.

  • Consultants may be a new category to consider, unless they’re already covered under “Independent Contractors.” Many job-changers (voluntary or otherwise) and retirees use their skills to build consultancies, and many work primarily from home.

    Another possibility may be personal services performed at home. Pet-sitting, where the client brings the…[Read more]

  • Facebook Pages can be set up for selling; Groups cannot. In my experience, most social groups do not welcome sales pitches of any kind, and those that do, limit them. Few people search FB for stuff to buy, either.

    FB does offer promotional services … for a fee. To promote a Page, FB posts ads created by the seller. Pricing is determined by the…[Read more]

  • I’m looking around, myself. Right now, Bonanza.com looks good. Sellers can upload from Amazon/eBay ads, Etsy and their own inventory files. What I don’t know is how profitable Bonanza is to the average seller.

    DeviantArt.com specializes in graphic arts, but they have an Artisan Crafts category as well.

  • I’d like a mix of jobs and gigs, rather than just one job. Most of my work would be done on a laptop that can go anywhere, so I can stay home or not – whatever works.

    At some point I would also like to set up a crafts space away from home (my laptop would probably follow me there, too). Home is full of distractions, and and I have little space…[Read more]

  • I’d like a mix of jobs and gigs, not just one job. Most of my work would be done on a laptop that can go anywhere, so I can stay home or not – whatever works.

    At some point I would also like to set up a crafts space away from home (my laptop would probably follow me there, too). Home is full of distractions, and and I have little space for…[Read more]

  • Tried it, only to learn that I’m a very, very poor match for most surveys. The field appears to be glutted with my fellow retirees, for one thing. My consumer habits don’t help, either, as I tend to be frugal-ish.

    The time it took to find any survey that would take me, plus the fact that most of them bored me, and none of those I found paid very…[Read more]

  • Marian Swift replied to the topic Phone Line in the forum Home Office 2 years, 2 months ago

    In the current state of the art, old-school landlines are still far more reliable than any other type of connection. I use landline for phone jobs, and a cell for business calls outside of the phone jobs. For me, internet-based calling is reserved for conference calls.

    On a household safety note, I find it reassuring to have all 3 communications…[Read more]

  • I recently upgraded my former Windows 8.1 Lenovo laptop/tablet hybrid to Windows 10.

    Thanks to my ISP’s slowdown, the download took forever. After the installation, I had to do a couple of driver updates to get sound, screen auto-rotation and the touchpad to work. None of that should have been necessary, because Windows Update should have been…[Read more]

  • Does anyone here work for Newslines.org? It’s a news curation site where you can post news blurbs on a revenue share basis … or it was, anyway.

    For the past few days, Kaspersky Anti-Virus has refused to load the site on my Waterfox browser because it is (supposedly) a “phishing site.”

    So. Does anyone know if Kaspersky’s simply gone…[Read more]

  • Does anyone here work for Newslines.org? It’s a news curation site where you can post news blurbs on a revenue share basis … or it
    was, anyway.

    For the past few days, Kaspersky Anti-Virus has refused to load the site on my Waterfox browser because it is (supposedly) a “phishing site.”

    So. Does anyone know if Kaspersky’s simply gone…[Read more]

  • Apparently, TeleAssistants and Hourly Consultant are still too new to have built any reputation, for good or for ill.

    My own inclination is to keep the names in mind, and re-check periodically before making any decision. In the meantime, I would seek out other possibilities that are better established.

  • At my old workplace, we used to call IE “Internet Exploder” because of its many security issues.

    I understand that Microsoft has worked hard to improve security, but IE’s still my third choice; one used with reluctance, and only because some sites, typically older ones, still seem to prefer IE.

  • At my old workplace, we used to call IE “Internet Exploder” because of its many security issues.

    I understand that Microsoft has worked hard to improve security, but IE’s still my third choice; one used with reluctance. Some sites, typically older ones, still seem to prefer IE.

  • I once tried to work for an article site that promised to pay reasonable royalties (this was more for a source of future “windfalls” than immediate income), but their server was so slow that a 5-minute task could take 10-20 minutes – and freeze my entire system in the process. I had to give up on them. They are not around anymore.

  • The egg shortage seems to be worsening. Yesterday’s carton of eggs cost nearly twice as much as one we bought last month.

    Backyard chickens are becoming more tempting, but it’s late July. Too late in the year to start?

  • I mostly use Waterfox, which is basically a 64-bit version of Firefox developed by some folks from Mozilla. And yes, hang-ups, freezes and updates are still frequent, but I’m totally hooked on that “Foxy” interface.

    Since some sites, old and new, are designed for specific browsers, I also keep Chrome and IE on board.

  • I tried it a long time ago, and spent most of my time reporting spam. While some well written bubbles could be found, there was a lot of sloppy silliness there as well.

    I never did write enough to make any money. Sites change, however, both for better and for worse. Last time I looked, the spam level had gone down considerably. I may look them up again.

  • I recently read the Wahtip on jobs we don’t usually consider, and Internet research looked especially appealing.

    I’m checking out the professional organization linked in the article, but they appear to require members to be academically connected. Unfortunately, I don’t even have a degree, just lifelong interests in many topics, and a love of…[Read more]

  • Marian Swift replied to the topic Retiree Resume? in the forum Freelance 2 years, 2 months ago

    Many thanks, calicocat!

    My online writing presence is somewhat light, but I need to work to change that.

    In other research, I discovered the concept of a “skills-based” resume; one based more on, well, skills than dates and places. It looks like the ideas you’ve given.

    Your kick-start is much appreciated!

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