You Get Paid For This?

When you take a break at work today, think of ways you would’ve rather spent your morning; perhaps you wanted to get out of bed and just play video games all day, eat ice cream or lounge around on a beach in a tropical paradise. Maybe you weren’t looking for a job that is so seemingly laid-back, and instead would’ve preferred to have expressed your opinions for cash.

Well, you could do any of these things – and get paid for them. That’s right, you can get paid to watch TV, play video games and eat junk food – it’s like a 12-year old’s dream job. That being said, the pay for these jobs usually fits the expertise needed to perform them – except in one case. We’ll look at some of these jobs and find out how you get them, and what they pay once you’ve gotten there.

Pro TV Watcher

Yes, this is a job where you get paid to watch television, just like it says in the description. However, there’s a lot more work involved than just passively watching your favorite show. Pro TV watchers usually scan through different shows and news clips, and find the right clips that can be used on a television show or news program. Television shows like “The Daily Show” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live” have these positions where people get entertaining or important TV clips to be used throughout the show.

When Jimmy Kimmel was looking for a TV watcher in 2005, his show was offering $500-600 per week. More recently, Gawker.com put up an ad looking for pro TV watchers, and advertised that the watcher would be getting paid “less than minimal.” A recent online job posting on entertainmentcareers.com claims that the starting pay is $8 part time, listing “close attention to details” as one of the necessary skills, along with being familiar with the technology of TIVO and DVD players.

Professional video game tester

When we talk about professional video game testers, we don’t mean that you get paid to sit there and play a game until you’ve completed it. For this job, you are the one that is required to go through the game and look for errors, which can sometimes involve playing the same section of a game over and over and reporting on the exact properties of the error.
Game testers usually get paid hourly, and the pay increases for how much experience you have testing (not just playing). As well, there can be bonuses related to how many bugs you find in the game you’re testing. A starting hourly wage for this job is between $8-15.

Professional blogger

Do you have something to say? Can you say it in a way that’s entertaining and that people will actually want to read? Well, you can get paid to do it. To start you’ll need to do some light research: What do you know most about? Are there other blogs already like that? Is it going to draw people into the site? Once you’ve figured this out, you’re free to make your writing available for all to read.
You can make money by putting up ads via Google Adwords or Adsense, and when you gain popularity, other publications may want to hire you to write for them. Once you’ve established your presence, you can make anywhere from $25-200 writing for newspaper and magazine blogs.

Professional taste tester

Professional taste testing can run the gamut from food scientist, who would be involved in the preparation of the food and have a degree, to someone who serves as part of a food focus group. For the taste-testing job, you could be just eating ice cream all day, describing how different samples compare to one another, and characterizing the overall taste of the ice cream.
John D. Harrison is a professional ice cream taster for Dryers and The Salt Lake Tribune reported that the ice cream company has insured Harrison’s taste buds for $1 million. So, when you get good at tasting, it can mean a lot to a company. However, if you’re just getting started, we’ve found a job opening in Barrington, IL, that offers $9.50/hr for four months of training, followed by $12.50 afterwards. You may not always be taste-testing ice cream, though; it could be a new chocolate bar or it could be a microwave meatloaf.

Island caretaker

In 2009, the Australian government had a brilliant tourism marketing idea: offer one lucky candidate a chance at the world’s best job. This best job is being an island caretaker on Hamilton Island, which is in the Great Barrier Reef, exploring the island and blogging about it. Ben Southall of England won the $111,000 (!) six-month contract. This job has the added perks of living in a three-bedroom seaside house with a private swimming pool. It may only be a temporary job, but you really can’t beat it.

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Published in: on June 23, 2010 at 3:11 pm  Comments (5)  

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