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    I'm Courtney, my day job is a Sign and Graphics Specialist at FedEx Office, formerly Kinkos, which means i have to deal with people that don't know anything about graphic design and printing all day and I'm the only one that has a clue.
    Currently looking to break into graphic design, and get more freelance work, i do print and motion design, even though print is pretty much dead and everyone wants web designers.
    you can check out my work at RandomEntity dawt com
    I also edit a conspiracy/weird news site called Disintelligence.
    • CommentTimeJul 13th 2009
    I'm Rob. I am a Youth Support worker. It's a lot like the Big Brother mentor program, but with a goal oriented approach and I get paid.

    A typical day at work goes like this:
    -Pick up youth at their foster home.
    -Ride bikes around the sea wall.
    -Get some lunch.
    -Talk about accomplishing goals (school, work, ect.)
    -Hang out at the beach, possibly go swimming.

    I love my job.
    • CommentTimeJul 14th 2009
    Like I mentioned in the intro thread, I am a recent film school grad and I have just finished shooting a short. However, shorts usually don't make money, they get your name out. I also do location sound for whatever I can get my hands on.

    Most of my actual income comes from bar tending or waiting tables. Currently at a corporate restaurant, bleh.
      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeJul 14th 2009
    Just got a job. I now work at a book wholesaler. Haven't started yet but I'll be dealing with customer service with librarians, apparently. I start Monday. I am pleased, as this means I will perhaps be able to continue living indoors and eating food most every day. Plus, while the weather is clement, I shall have a two-hour workout five days a week. (An hour there and back on my bike.)
    • CommentAuthorkatherynne
    • CommentTimeJul 14th 2009
    CaitrĂ­ona. Full-time Certified Nursing Assistant & part-time EKG technician, moonlighting in witchcraft services when scheduling permits!
    • CommentTimeJul 14th 2009
    I am currently what my friend Amy will refer to as "funemployed". I was assistant manager/controller of all chaos at a French patisserie until the shop closed about a month and a half ago. We closed because the owners were bored of us and the town we are in. I'm most likely a "lifer" in the restaurant industry, and I've learned to become versatile. It's just hard to decide whether or not you'll settle for minimum wage after having been salaried quite comfortably for so long. But, I like baking and decorating cakes, I make a damn fine cappucino, and yes sir, we can accomodate your party of 15 on short notice!
    • CommentAuthorBluBeatle
    • CommentTimeJul 15th 2009
    I'm a full-time restaurant manager and full-time child-wrangler for my two daughters. My wife's movin' on up via the interweb, and if there's a Ba'al in Heaven, I'm climbing out of the restaurant shithole I've dug myself, sadly, it's one greasy shithole.
    • CommentTimeJul 16th 2009
    I'm Hannah, a sixth form student, although since it's the holidays my time is spent sleeping, eating, reading graphic novels (just finished Ocean and now trying to lend it to anyone I find) and playing various games. So I'm an official Slob right now.
    • CommentTimeJul 18th 2009
    now, unemployed. fuck.
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    Hotel Night Auditor
    Which is like being a vampire. Except I get a cute(read not cute) blue vest. But it's not too bad. It's low stress. It pays okayish. It lets me do and think about other things with my time. It's not a job that goes home with me. I think it's a great job for an artist.
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    I was a night auditor for awhile and I got so much homework and coding done it was unbelievable. Perfect job for any slacker. Now I'm on the day shift and these Midwest mooks are going to fucking kill me with their stupidity.
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    I write comics for a living - I occasionally still do work for the New York City Police Department.
    • CommentAuthorFan
    • CommentTimeJul 19th 2009
    > So say hello (yes, you in the corner), and, for the hell of it, tell me what you do for a living.

    Hi. For a living, I've mostly been working as a software developer (and sometime technical writer); but, I'm not at the moment quite doing that "for a living": for the last year or two I've stopped working as an employee, and instead I'm living off savings while I write some software of my own, which if I do well I'll begin to market in 2010.

    > Let's get a sense of who does what around here.

    I tend to bicycle rather than drive, and I started Tai Chi a few years ago.

    > I'm Warren. I lay in bed and sob for a living.

    Fiction, eh?
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    Business or consumer software? Does consumer software even sell anymore with the widespread piracy and all?
    • CommentAuthorFan
    • CommentTimeJul 19th 2009

    I'm not a software marketing guru: if you were to ask at The Business of Software, some other people there might have some other answers.

    There are various responses to "widespread piracy and all", including e.g. ...

    * Software as a service (i.e. where you sell subscriptions to a web site, and your software runs on your web server, and because you don't distribute the software it's therefore harder to pirate it)

    * Ignore pirates (they're not your customers), and instead concentrate on customers

    I think the Internet has made it easier (not harder) to sell software: it used to be that a person might want like a million-dollar budget just for marketing, and that software was sold in brick-and-mortar stores, or via a network of tame consultants and so-called value-added-resellers, or perhaps via mail-order and print/trade/hobby magazines etc., whereas now obviously it's easier and cheaper to 'get the word out'.

    The software which I'm developing is for collaborative project definition, and project management: there are at least several dozen existing products designed for that, at prices ranging from 'free' to 'thousands of dollars per seat'; as a solo developer, I expect several advantages (one of which is that a larger company can quickly go bankrupt if it sells only a few hundred thousand dollars worth of product).

    Anyway. It's a risk, but it is what I'm trying to do "for a living" at the moment. I'm hoping that the worst-case scenario is that I'll be 'richer for the experience'.
    • CommentAuthorsilentruth
    • CommentTimeJul 20th 2009
    every other forum i've ever been on has never had such a large variety of people with interesting careers/life.
    there must be something very grammatically wrong with ^ that sentence. and <-- that one.

    i'm still a student, but i'm also interning at John Howard Society this coming september.
    i'm not sure what i'll do specifically, but JHS helps prisoners reintegrate back into society.
    • CommentTimeJul 25th 2009
    I'm a commercial diver, working of late out of the Gulf of Mexico, but I've worked all over the world. Most of it is oil field construction stuff, pipelines, hurricane repairs and the like, but occasionally we do cool jobs like treasure hunts. I've also recovered bodies, but i don't recommend that. not all that nice, and they're squishy.

    Of late I've also taken up semi-professional lettering. I say semi-pro because while I'm totally getting paid to do work for's nowhere near enough to pay the bills. Gotta keep the day job, even in Texas where the cost of living is fairly low.
    • CommentAuthorMechanist
    • CommentTimeJul 25th 2009
    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    AI student here.

    Those who want some manner of robot sex toy get in the line. Its pretty long.
    • CommentTimeJul 26th 2009
    @Frekky - nice work if you can keep it eh? I have a few firms like you guys as clients of my company.

    General update: Just changed positions. I work for a large (maybe the largest) outsourced IT company for small business in the States (i.e., instead of having "the neighborhood computer guy" or Geek Squad come around, we send actual certified professionals). Recently I'd been through a stint as System Architect, which turned out to be more much of a sales, design and project management position. I was really running up against my limits and pretty much failing at it all through Q1.

    Things turned around, though, when our region office finally introduced a "tiger team / firefighter" role. Now my job is to keep an eye on the outages and intrusions and respond to emergencies, which is tremendously cool. All action and much less paperwork. I'm finally enjoying the job again, even if I do feel like I'm enacting the stereotypical character of the police detective who won't let them take him off the streets.
    • CommentTimeJul 28th 2009
    @Stygmata it is pretty decent work. I was luck enough to put myself in a position where it would be very silly if they let me go, so when layoffs came because of the financial shit storm I had job security. The only problem is they laid off people based on salary and not production, now im stuck with a few idiots that I wish i could stab in the eye sockets with a cattle prod.