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    Currently on the bench. Got about five years of war chest but I've been trawling for crap casual work to bring in some cash.

    I do an email shot of local companies and trawl classified ads.

    So far I have :
    - used my crap web design skills to make web sites for an accountant, a perfume importer and a travel blogger (1500)
    - used my crap javascript skills to fix a web form for a local chamber of commerce (500)
    - given an introduction to powerpoint class to a bunch of secretaries (500)
    - set up Moodle for a charity (500 + 100 per month ongoing)
    - optimised a dodgy loans website (100 per month ongoing)

    It's partly depressing/partly fun/partly f'it I'll give anything a try. Makes an interesting sideshow to updating skills and looking for the next big gig. Combined with cutting costs it's nice to live on what I make rather than use the warchest.

    The tiny sums involved really do put things in to perspective but may as well be doing real stuff and earning a little bit.

    Has anyone else done this kind of stuff or is it just me?

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    I sell my body every night but I'm finding sixpence doesn't go far these days....

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    Quote Originally Posted by DieScum View Post
    Currently on the bench. Got about five years of war chest but I've been trawling for crap casual work to bring in some cash.
    You have 5 YEARS of warchest, and you need to bring in some cash?!
    Contracting: more of the money, less of the sh1t

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingcook View Post
    You have 5 YEARS of warchest, and you need to bring in some cash?!
    That's how come he has 5 years of warchest...
    While you're waiting, read the free novel we sent you. It's a Spanish story about a guy named 'Manual.'

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingcook View Post
    You have 5 YEARS of warchest, and you need to bring in some cash?!
    Well I don't need to but it's interesting. The amount of work involved for the return is unbelievably depressing but it's quite good for the skillset.

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    Making good contacts for the future - priceless
    Keeping skills up to date - priceless
    Broadening industry experience - priceless
    Keeping CV gap-free - priceless
    Not going stir crazy - priceless
    Acting like a business should Hector come a-knocking - priceless

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    Quote Originally Posted by DieScum View Post
    Well I don't need to but it's interesting. The amount of work involved for the return is unbelievably depressing but it's quite good for the skillset.
    Why don't you buy a nice little recruitment agency to set you up for life

    Funnily enough .....
    Let us not forget EU open doors immigration benefits IT contractors more than anyone

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    I'm actually quite impressed. More people should be like you instead of just sitting around (grins and looks in mirror ashamedly)
    Brexit is having a wee in the middle of the room at a house party because nobody is talking to you, and then complaining about the smell.

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    Oddly enough during a short time on the bench, circa 2003 I did an ad in shop windows and one in the paper, phone never stopped. Just PC stuff even back then when compared to now there was hardly any.

    Trouble is I could never charge the darling little OAP's much, even as walked past their Range Rovers and down their 400 meter drives....

    Hang on....!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingcook View Post
    You have 5 YEARS of warchest, and you need to bring in some cash?!
    I am in the same boat, don't NEED to bring any cash into the business, but I want to as I am going stir crazy!
    “Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.”

    ― Marcus Aurelius

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