Odd jobs to take in this recession
May 24, 2009
The good thing about the recession is that we see the resilience of people during trying times. Admirable are the people who continue to strive hard despite the challenges and difficulties of being laid off or of not finding work.
In Taiwan, BBC News reports that several citizens have no qualms about taking weird or odd jobs — as long as they earn money. Here are just some of them: an Errand Runner, a Mosquito Controller, and an Eyebrow Shaver.
Chang You-wu, 35: The Errand Runner
As errand runner, Chang You-wu basically lines up for people who want him to buy something on their behalf. That might be concert tickets, limited edition Levi’s jeans, or just about anything people want to buy but don’t want to queue up for. His slogan, he says, is “You’re busy? I’ll do it for you!”
He is paid $150 New Taiwan Dollars (NT) or rougly US$4.50 an hour and makes about NT$20,000-40,000 (US$608-1,216) a month.
Kao Shu-fang, 45: The Mosquito Controller
She knocks on people’s doors and asks them to let them into their homes to get rid of sources of standing water and catch mosquitoes. The Kaohsiung city of Taiwan is hosting the 2009 World Games in July and the government is pushing for a campaign to eradicate mosquitoes to avoid outbreaks of Dengue fever. Kao Shu-fang’s job is to find and catch mosquitoes using their nets and the mosquitoes are then sucked into a bottle and frozen for the laboratory to test.
Visiting 50 households in the morning and 50 in the afternoon, she makes NT$800 (US$24) a day.
Jenny Hsu, 33: The Eyebrow Shaver
Jenny runs a beauty salon but since business is not picking up these days, she decided to rent a stall at a night market and started offering to shave people’s eyebrows. On weeknights, she gets about 50 customers and about 80 at weekends.
Each client is charged NT$88 each and after paying the stall rental fees, she takes home about NT$5,000 ($152) a night.
Truly, no job is odd for a person who needs money in this time of recession. Hope this inspires jobless Filipinos to take whatever job they can find during these trying times.
Story and Images: BBC News
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