Archive for the 'Money' Category

So Not Worth It: Failed Experiments in Online Income Generation

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

Let me preface this post by saying that I had fun and the customer was very happy with the finished product.

One new opportunity for making money online is called Fivver.com and it is marketed as being fun and social. Basically members are free to make several listings advertising tasks that they are willing to do for $5. As an experiment I listed a whole bunch of these gigs. The amount of time and trouble that each task would entail varied quite a bit. Not surprisingly, it was one of the hardest jobs that finally attracted my first (and so far only) sale. I said that I would write a web address or short message on a beautiful island beach for $5. Here is a breakdown of what this involved…

  • Waiting 20 minutes for the bus (which does NOT go all the way to the beach)
  • Walking 2km to the beach.
  • Spending about 35 minutes placing white stones on the sand to spell out the message.
  • Documenting the end result with photographs and video.
  • Walking ALL THE WAY HOME, about 5km.
  • Editing and uploading the video document.

So yeah, that’s a lot of time and effort for $5. Did I mention that the site take $1 off the top? Oh, and did I mention that I have to build up a minimum of $40 before I can request payment from Fivver?

Earn Money While You Get Rid of Head Lice: Doctor Offers to Buy Head Lice

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

Health care professionals a medical researchers are hard at work searching for potential ways to get rid of of head lice. One doctor in the UK recently put out the word that he wants to pay cash to parents who are willing to provide him with live lice straight from their children’s heads. He is only interested in paying parents who can provide at least 20 of the blood sucking insects. He needs at least 300 for his testing and he is paying 1 per louse.

Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/bristol/somerset/7783019.stm

Walmart Shoppers Kill Jdimytai Damour

Saturday, November 29th, 2008

Jdimytai Damour was hired as a temporary worker by Walmart for the busy Christmas season. He was apparently a pretty nice guy. The shoppers that trampled him are assholes, but they will probably escape any adequate retribution because of the nature of mob actions.

The people who run Walmart created the situation and they have a huge corporation to hide behind. Hopefully Damour’s family can get a large settlement from Walmart.