What is Your Backup Plan?

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After the shocking news that a well-liked company, Livework, was choosing to end all services effective the day after the notice, I was reminded of how quickly we can lose a job! Nothing is stable. When you work from home it is less likely you will have the chance to catch the warning signs of a company’s dooms day. We must always be prepared.

I was working for Mahalo as a guru. I was new to it, but it was becoming a regular gig for me. I enjoyed the job, sang its praises and then BAM it was gone! I know of many others who have experienced this same scenario and some more than once. No matter how secure you feel with your job, be sure to keep a backup or two or three or ten. I know many of you are thinking…I had hard enough time finding my one job, let alone more! And you are likely also wondering how you can juggle multiple jobs.

This is when those little side jobs come in handy! Sure we all know about companies like Textbroker, Quicktate and ChaCha. But we don’t pursue them because the pay is not what we are expecting or the work is not enjoyable to us. But they are the types of jobs you need to keep on the back burner. The type of jobs you can pick up at the drop of a hat and at least supplement your income to a degree while you get something else in the works. You need jobs that do not require much of a minimum amount of effort to keep your contract.

Do you have a back up plan? Have you ever been blindsided by a change in company plans or closing?

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May 20, 2011 at 10:51 am

I hate that for the people who were part of LiveWork. I know a lot of people probably felt the same way when the titles dried up recently in dupe checking. It’s hard for people not to begin depending on things solely for income when they’re doing very well for weeks at a time, but you just never know what’s going to happen. That’s why I’m doing Leapforce now even though I don’t think it will replace titling for me. I’m going to make sure I do at least the minimum number of tasks every month just to keep my account open in case I ever need to rely on it heavily.


May 20, 2011 at 12:24 pm

Yeah, I also think of how ToneADay decided to up and change their procedure and stop paying half the people. It happens all the time and all around. No matter how legit a company is, how great their ratings are…it is always a surprise. I was shocked when I visited WPLH and saw a thread where someone was looking for back up eggs just in case, and so many people were treating her like she had no grounds to worry. HELLO! We work at home as Independent Contractors! We could just simply be let go tomorrow for any reason at all…or even NO reason. I thought having back up eggs was pretty standard….but many do not!


May 20, 2011 at 1:14 pm

I had an egg on LiveWork, it would replace my DS titling job when there were no titles available. It is sad for LW that LiveOps had to let that side of their business go, and sad for those who do not have other eggs. Thankfully I do have others and the downfall of LW does not bother my income. When I first started my freelance career, I knew projects would come and go. The internet is fickle and not exactly the most stable market to work for. Always, always, have more than one client, or egg in your basket!


May 20, 2011 at 1:17 pm

So sorry you lost LW. I know most people enjoyed it. Good thing you are prepared and have additional backup plans!


May 20, 2011 at 1:42 pm

I was part of Livework as well, but didn’t really make all that much money at it, so I don’t feel like I lost much. I feel for those of you who depended on the income from Livework though.


May 20, 2011 at 2:12 pm

Yes same here. Dissapointing. I wonder if the main client (still not sure if I can say who it was) is still going to be offering this type of work, just under a different platform???


May 23, 2011 at 7:52 am

I am pretty sure I have located where there work went although I may be wrong it looks quite similar and is for a whole lot less pay. If I am allowed to post where it is could someone please reply and let me know.


May 23, 2011 at 1:25 pm

Yes, please post it. I can delete the post if it violates anything. But I am sure we would all LOVE to know!!


June 7, 2011 at 6:00 am

Here is one spot this link is directly to the job.
20 cents for 4 questions on Mturk
They are also showing the same work on Swagbucks tasks and Irazoo tasks.
Next to nothing on these
The rules are a little different but the questions are nearly identical and the pay is almost NILL
Delores Labs is also Cloud Crowd which is where these are from.

I may be wrong but I think this is correct


May 20, 2011 at 3:21 pm

I also wonder will happen to the clients LW had. But I am grateful I have side jobs to fall back on. Though they do not pay much individually, they all add up to help pay some bills.


May 20, 2011 at 4:45 pm

yes that is right!