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Maximizing Earning off of COVID

By joshuatrio follow joshuatrio   2020 Oct 6, 10:32am 336 views   9 comments   watch   nsfw   quote   share    


So, I know there's a lot of people struggling financially due to COVID, but I'm also seeing a lot more opportunity for remote work with the ability to double dip by working 2 or more jobs at the same time. For anyone in IT, this could be the chance of a lifetime to bank up. When my primary position went remote this year, I picked up a second remote job + I am building a business on the side. There's plenty of times where I've considered quitting one, but I've been able to continue grinding out weeks and the checks continue rolling in. Some days are better than others, but overall, it's really not that difficult, and could likely handle a third job if it's a cake walk position.

Anyone else double dipping? I thought the job market was slowing down, but I've recently gotten a rash of emails and inquiries through LinkedIn again, so I'm wondering if things are picking back up.

If Trump wins this again, I have a feeling there are going to be a ton of opportunities.

1   Tenpoundbass   ignore (16)   2020 Oct 6, 10:40am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

There's a huge void, I have said there are going to be endless opportunities. Over the next several years, if you see anyone crying a sob finance story, are just sorry shits, not interested in being self efficient. They are waiting for hand outs, bail outs, and every social freebie they can get.

I'm trying to gracefully decouple from the company I've been working for. Their technology is trying to go another way, mostly on the cloud. Which they need a data entry and cloud based ERP end users more than a developer like me. The last CEO, got rid of everyone but me, now I'm the only person left that knows anything for certain about what's going on. Spite the endless parade of know it all Millennials and Indian consultants, that THINK they know everything. The owners keep me around, because in spite of their side deals they have with the Indian consultants, that promised they know everything. They keep having to wrangle me into meetings, to tell the idiots trying to talk over me, to shut the fuck up and Listen.

At this point I'm making six figures a year to sit at home, and wait for one of the three times a week meetings, or to get wrangled into to one of the meetings for their plans to take over the world. Is starting to go off track. I suspect it will be like this for two more years if I let it.

I would move on today, but I don't want it ever said, I left them with a mess that not even a team of 11 Indians could figure out. And the company went bankrupt after the Indians took them for a ride.
2   WookieMan   ignore (7)   2020 Oct 6, 10:51am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

joshuatrio says
Anyone else double dipping? I thought the job market was slowing down, but I've recently gotten a rash of emails and inquiries through LinkedIn again, so I'm wondering if things are picking back up.

I'm not personally. My neighbor is though. Just finished up a big project for a big bank in IT/app development. He gets done what he needs to for that and then starts his work on side jobs. He frankly seems overwhelmed with the amount of work available. He asked me for help, but I'm out of my element in his word. Wordpress sites, sure. But not the work he's doing.

We're not hurting, but wife's job is heavily reliant on local government spending. Lots of them tapped the brakes this year and next year could be rough, though her product could actually do better even with cuts in spending. Services everywhere reliant on government funding (sales tax specifically) are going to be cut by 20-40% in 2021. It's going to hit GDP for sure, just not sure how hard. Hopefully it leads to reform. If the money isn't spent that day, sales taxes is useless and cannot be recovered. Which is what Covid did.
3   KgK one   ignore (0)   2020 Oct 6, 11:01am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

I am in operation of supporting enterprise level 2 complex databases on business side. Trying to get 2nd gig but hard to get anything part time.
What IT jobs are in demand n worth getting into these days and for next 10 years .

I see most salaries near 100k to 130k for IT. Which area will be in demand for next 10 yr.

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4   Patrick   ignore (1)   2020 Oct 6, 11:05am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

I worked with a contractor at Schwab back in the dot-com bubble, and this guy had three "full-time" contracts going, none of which knew about the others.

Triple-dipping!
5   joshuatrio   ignore (0)   2020 Oct 6, 11:18am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Patrick says


I worked with a contractor at Schwab back in the dot-com bubble, and this guy had three "full-time" contracts going, none of which knew about the others.

Triple-dipping!


Boom, that's what I'm talking about. Most of the work is so silo'd nowadays, that an engineer may only work a couple hours a day per gig. As long as that person can keep things online and stable, there's no reason to maximize that time and pick up more work.
6   joshuatrio   ignore (0)   2020 Oct 6, 1:30pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

Tenpoundbass says
I'm trying to gracefully decouple from the company I've been working for. Their technology is trying to go another way, mostly on the cloud. Which they need a data entry and cloud based ERP end users more than a developer like me. The last CEO, got rid of everyone but me, now I'm the only person left that knows anything for certain about what's going on. Spite the endless parade of know it all Millennials and Indian consultants, that THINK they know everything. The owners keep me around, because in spite of their side deals they have with the Indian consultants, that promised they know everything. They keep having to wrangle me into meetings, to tell the idiots trying to talk over me, to shut the fuck up and Listen.

At this point I'm making six figures a year to sit at home, and wait for one of the three times a week meetings, or to get wrangled into to one of the meetings for their plans to take over the world. Is starting to go off track. I suspect it will be like this for t...


Yep - I see that stuff all the time in IT.

I have a hard time with those H1B Indian visa guys. Very few are worth getting paid. Between the language/dialect issues, and sometimes a shit ton of attitude from them, they really aren't worth the hassle. Then when stuff breaks, they come running back to you, begging you to fix it and then throw you under the bus when the whiff of cutbacks pop up.

The last few guys I hired had little to no experience, but great attitudes. Within 3 years they went from making 50k/yr to over 100k+ and all of them knew their shit.

Meanwhile the same H1 guys were still hopping from gig to gig because their lack of effort/skillset became apparent.

WookieMan says
I'm not personally. My neighbor is though. Just finished up a big project for a big bank in IT/app development. He gets done what he needs to for that and then starts his work on side jobs. He frankly seems overwhelmed with the amount of work available. He asked me for help, but I'm out of my element in his word. Wordpress sites, sure. But not the work he's doing.


Yeah, the riches are in the niches. Last guy I worked with knew some old coding language that Wells Fargo needed and they picked him up on a project paying big bucks. He made a living on that archaic skillset, but no one knew it. Probably similar to your neighbor.
7   GreaterNYCDude   ignore (0)   2020 Oct 6, 1:30pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

IT is a different world. As a chemical engineer in the CPI realm its a mixed bag right now. Some jobs have gone remote but you still need someone on the plant floor to go fix a valve when its stuck in the wrong position.
8   Hircus   ignore (0)   2020 Oct 6, 4:29pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

I should be double dipping, but haven't. I only spend a few hours a day on work, and have been doing other things with my time instead.

I might try to pick up a 2nd gig in a few months though. It's such a golden opportunity to get it while the gettins good.
9   Patrick   ignore (1)   2020 Oct 6, 6:16pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag      

joshuatrio says

Yeah, the riches are in the niches. Last guy I worked with knew some old coding language that Wells Fargo needed and they picked him up on a project paying big bucks. He made a living on that archaic skillset, but no one knew it.


Yup. I worked at Wells Fargo contract for a year, and there were two old guys would would do contract Cobol programming for a year each, swapping jobs each year between Schwab and Wells to stay under the "permanent employee" limit and keep the big bucks rolling in as contractors. They were pretty open about it. It became obvious to me because I also worked at Schwab so I knew them both.

BTW, Wells is a miserable place to work. Not worth it. Schwab was pretty good though.

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