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Old 04-21-18, 07:37 PM   #1
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1. Computer Programmer - 80K, boring, not good at it, but marketable and simple to get into (though not easy)

2. Accountant - like math, somewhat dry, 70K

3. Graphic Designer - 40/50K, maybe can listen to music while working, work with annoying clients, not arty, have the opportunity to pay for classes and get certified

4. Proofreader - already doing something similar, English degree, pays about 50K a year

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It's between accountant and proofreader.

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Old 04-22-18, 04:00 AM   #3
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@sensual==I think the best would be proofreading since you got ample experience in that subject field...a job from your home computer would be ideal because you avoid getting up early in the morning(which can be a drag?)but also the commuting up/down from home to the workplace,the long hours..the getting tired...i bet being a transciptionist could give you that job satisfaction you need because you work at your own pace,when and how long at your own decision...you decide..it probably boosts the drive to get into a good performance and it increases your alone time quality of life...all one needs is a decent computer(laptop)and good typing quality,for the rest i believe becoming a translator might be possible via home work...no idea if that goes?most important is the fact you are O.K within yourself instead of getting angry and frustrated in an away from homejob due to remarks of co workers,transport issues,long hours etc..
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Don't underestimate computer programming. I'm a novice programmer. It's been too tedious for me so far.

Graphic design comes with a lot of criticism. As soon as clients are involved, all fun goes out the window. To sum it up in a couple of sentences, "they don't know what they want, they just know what they don't want when you show it to them". It can be stifling to creativity. Lots of back and forth.

Proofreading is the path of least resistance. Accounting requires more school.

Be sure to take things one step at a time and plan all the way to the end as much as you can.
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Also in regards to learning programming, starting with html/css/wordpress is a good start. Building an online blog is a great way to get practice with that. You may have already done this. It's an easy start in terms of programming, too, and it's not costly either.
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Don't underestimate computer programming. I'm a novice programmer. It's been too tedious for me so far.

Graphic design comes with a lot of criticism. As soon as clients are involved, all fun goes out the window. To sum it up in a couple of sentences, "they don't know what they want, they just know what they don't want when you show it to them". It can be stifling to creativity. Lots of back and forth.

Proofreading is the path of least resistance. Accounting requires more school.

Be sure to take things one step at a time and plan all the way to the end as much as you can.
Can you listen to YouTube/music while programming?
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Sometimes. Everyone is different. Most of the time, I cannot listen to music. I have to focus. There are different aspects of programming tho. I'll just focus on web design.

Web design is like English. To produce a good web page, the syntax has to be accurate and consistent. These skills are transferable in that way because like with proofreading, you need to be diligent. That's the tedious part, but if you are passionate about the content that you want to share, it doesn't feel that bad.

Like with any job.. it can get monotonous.. especially if you are producing something that you don't connect with. That's why I say, start doing it as a hobby and see where it goes.

I said a lot in the previous post, but I think proofreading is the best job to start with since you have experience. I know this can be overwhelming. That's why I try to mull over my plans for awhile to reduce the likelihood of me changing my mind. Otherwise, I will change my mind a lot too and then beat myself up for not having it figured out.
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