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May 13th, 2010 at 4:01 pm

What Was The Worst Job You Ever Had….?

Let’s be honest, we’ve all had those jobs. Usually as teenagers for the summer but not always. Now I’ve had my share of lousy jobs, and I’ve had some jobs I almost enjoyed. I worked in an ice cream shop for a couple of weekends and that was a lot of fun (plus break time was delicious.) I had several jobs as a dishwasher and never really minded those. Then I worked in retail and soon realized that retail jobs could easily replace prison as a form of criminal punishment.

Once my third child was born, my husband and I decided that it would be best for me to stay home. Of course we all know what happened to the economy and before my youngest was potty-trained, I knew I had to find a way to bring some money into the house. So, like many stay-at-home moms, I turned to the Internet.

First to Ebay, I sold everything that was worth anything in my house (that I didn’t want anyway). Then I turned to trying to learn about buying things cheap and selling them for a profit on Ebay. To put it simply, this was not something I was good at. After some further research I discovered something called a Trading Assistant, someone who sold on Ebay for other people who didn’t have the time, expertise or desire to sell for themselves.

I got a couple of clients, only one had anything worth selling and I managed to make a decent living for a summer doing that. Unfortunately, it wasn’t practical for me to do with a toddler in tow. So I shut up shop and went back to the search engines for job opportunities. By sheer luck I stumbled across writing opportunities.

Years ago, in another life by which I mean high school, I had enjoyed writing and had often been told that I was pretty good at it. As a young mother with two babies and no car I had  tried to write a novel a couple of times….with no luck at all. I even signed up for a correspondence course in Writing For Children and Teenagers which I completed with mostly positive comments from my “teachers”.

So….writing on the Internet. Well what did I have to lose. I sent in some samples to some people looking for writers and sat back. I never expected to be “hired” so quickly or to suddenly be swamped with work. And while I wasn’t rolling in the dough, I was certainly making enough to help make ends meet for my family.

And then, before too long, I figured out that I had the worst job ever. Not only did editors keep increasing and increasing the amount of work, the subject matter was mind-numbingly boring. I’ll never forget the two weeks straight that I had to write 25 different 300-word articles on barcode scanners. I’m sorry whoever out there got those articles but there just isn’t that much to say about barcode scanners.

So that’s my worst job story. I would love to hear yours so leave a comment.


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