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What's your non-internet career alternative?

Garrett on August 06, 2019

Q: If you, like me, make your income via the internet (not just through something like ecommerce or Patreon...but also like a day job that is inter...
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I think that I will open my jewelry workshop and will make different jewelry, such as rings, bracelets, necklaces, and the like. I just recently looked for a ring and came across the site segaljewellery.com/collections/bla... where I saw how much it costs, I figured out all the pros and cons, and in the end I see how much I can earn from it. This is not a bad idea for a business and I will do it very soon)

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Garrett Author

I love this answer. Thanks for sharing!

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Cécile Lebleu

Food! I love cooking. I could pretty ”easily” make my own business making pizza and bread, I’m really good at it. I also love making ramen and soup in general.
I say easily as in, I don’t have the funds or location or time, but if I decided to go for it, i do have the talent. I make pretty damn good pizza, and I know the logic of how to build a pizza oven so I could even start from scratch — literally.

If the internet crashed tomorrow, after surviving the global panic that would follow, I’d have a restaurant about bread, soup, and pizza. Oh and it would be history themed. Maybe medieval or Ancient Greek. I don’t know, I also love history hehe

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Shawn McElroy

I want a medieval themed place like blast pizza to go to now. It would have to be friendly for people wanting to play d&d games there too lol.

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Garrett Author

They just put a Blast Pizza in across from my neighborhood. Is it any good?

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Shawn McElroy

Yea the one here at least is pretty good. Better than a lot of the other pizza places

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Garrett Author

This is a fantastic answer!

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dsanchezseco

An Internet Pizza restaurant... oh wait

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Amanda Iaria

Becoming an artist. I've been very close to saying f-it and just becoming a hermit living in the woods drawing/painting.

However ...

There's that money issue.

Anyway - In the beginning, I really wanted to go into Physics, but my writing was really really really bad and didn't learn how to write properly till college (which is what kept me out of those schools). I still have some issue with it, but I can look back the last few years and see an improvement.

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Garrett Author

I've been very close to saying f-it and just becoming a hermit living in the woods drawing/painting.

I feel this, so hard. Those thoughts are actually what brought me to starting this discussion.

Great ideas!

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Talor Anderson

I feel this one. In high school I developed a love for web design, which got me studying computer science. I nearly went the other direction and studied graphic design, but I also was concerned about making a career / stable income.

It's always good to hear that I'm not alone in having these worries.

In time I've realized I love drawing and creating in my free time, and not having the pressure of creating art / designing for money probably makes it more enjoyable for me overall.

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Charisse

In time I've realized I love drawing and creating in my free time, and not having the pressure of creating art / designing for money probably makes it more enjoyable for me overall.

This is how I view making art as well.

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Livan Jimenez

environmental engineering for sure!
I was thinking about it initially but at the time it wasn't as popular and I didn't really understand the stuff I researched about it when I was 18.
The career choice is really diverse and I like being able to contribute to helping our environment.

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Talor Anderson

Environmental engineering is such an important area. I see a lot of hackathons / VC's looking for new ideas relating to environmental issues all the time. I also have a strong interest there, maybe it's possible to get the best of both worlds at the right company :)

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Livan Jimenez

Honestly, I would LOVE to get in on that. If I could combine programming and environmental that would be perfect for me. I just don't know where to look for that kind of opportunity. Unfortunately, I'm JUST about to graduate now lol..so maybe in the future?

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Garrett Author

Yes! The environment needs the help! (Thanks to us)

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Jan Schröder • Edited

As a dev@35 career changer I can fall back onto the following work experiences if computers where to suddenly go away:

  • retail
  • bartending/service
  • event managment
  • audio engineering
  • sound design
  • recording artist
  • courier / personal transport
  • language teaching
  • learning coach
  • dog/cat sitter

Though, since I have done all those I would most likely open a coffee shop somewhere in downtown in a small corner and serve some niche gourmet espresso. OR, depending on the state of the world at large, open said coffee shop at some beach and ad a stand up paddling rental to the mix.

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Garrett Author

courier / personal transport

If the internet goes out forever, we'll definitely need to bike USB drives around town all the time!

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Jan Schröder

Hah, I just canceled my metro subscription to justify buying a new bike. Now I am commuting by bike 13km one way and loving it, so bike courier would be a part time option too.

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Garrett Author

I think I would become a Buddhist monk, to be honest.

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Sam E. Lawrence

My side gig has been running an electronic bass music label since 2018. It doesn't bring in much money, but I love it with my whole heart and I have long-term plans for it. Right now, that means it just trickles in passive income on the side, but maybe one day I can take it full-time.

🔌: uueird.com/

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Garrett Author

Happy to run into you here!

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Sam E. Lawrence

Yeah, I love this community. Haven't done much blogging yet, but I read a ton on here.

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Maciej Jordanek

Been working as windsurf instructor for 7 holiday seasons at the end of my school years and later through university. I think this would be a good choice as an alternative and easy living.

Also did some school level maths teaching, so that would be a fallback. Maybe additionally to some manual work, maybe gardening?

Very cool question, nice to see what people like to do apart from internets.

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Luke Westby

I’d probably see what sort of work I could get in solar or wind energy. Anything from installing solar panels to working on the embedded systems that operate the equipment.

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Garrett Author

Great answer! I read recently that solar panel installation is one of the most in-demand jobs right now. In-demand as in: they need people to do it.

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Gaffen • Edited

I'd want to go all in on blacksmithing. I've only done it once before but I caught a real passion for it; if I had the resources I'd go at it hammer and tongs ;P

Practically I'd say I'd probably expand my vegetable gardening to become a farmer of some kind. In terms of skills I have right now that seems more manageable and pragmatic

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Garrett Author

In the ensuing chaos that would happen after the internet disappearing, blacksmith might be highly useful.

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Tammy Lee

Being a developer is my fourth career.
I can fall back on being a cook or working in Forestry as a technician, but I don't think I'd go back to the lab unless I went in for a degree first.

The career I intend to end my life with will be something creative; art, comics, writing. I had to abandon creative pursuits in my 20's so I could eat and keep a roof over my head. I'm working on going back to it.

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Justin Hunter

Writer. I got my MFA in Creative Writing before becoming a developer and I seriously miss writing fiction.

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Garrett Author

Do you not have time to pursue it on the side?

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Justin Hunter

Not as much as I used to. The transition to development led to me starting my own company which has taken up so much more time than a normal day job would.

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Vanadir Strejthsson
  • Psychologist - as much as I needed this one, people tend to flock to me when they want some advice, or just an ear to talk to (I do talk loudly, but if it's a one-to-one-conversation, I'm all ears, then I sometimes interrupt when I do want to pinpoint something

  • Cook / Chef - My grandparents own a small shop, and they taught me how to cook.

  • writer - I both love reading and writing (be it poems, short stories, or novels), but my attention span is too short. I quit my draft novels when I'm having a writer's block.

  • D/J - I like music.

  • Musician (specifically vocalist) - I'm currently a vocalist on my band (we're unheard though...). I also write lyrics (which connects to my writing skills above). People also say that I have a nice voice (which I tend to ignore, coz I'm not really keen on receiving compliments). My grandparents were also singers in their time. Oh, and I like music.

  • Priest - Went to a seminary once, went out coz of a girl.

  • Teacher - I like to teach. I just hate writing numbers or grades (I like it more when I write paragraphs).

  • Salesman - Uhhmm, I think I have a silver tongue (from what my friends say) so I think I might have a shot at this.

I dunno about others...

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Garrett Author

I think you are the most prepared.

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Talor Anderson

I work at a rock climbing wall on campus while I'm at school every year. I actually chose it over freelancing part-time because it's low stress, highly social, and I get paid to spend time in the gym. I just have a lot more fun with it, since college only lasts so long and I have the rest of my life to work in industry.

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Beautus S Gumede

I'd be an electrician. I had already started working for my brother before starting my computer science degree

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Garrett Author

I can’t imagine that ever going away as a career. Sounds like you’ve got a safe backup!

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Beautus S Gumede

🤣 Trust me it's not. Especially because I didn't study for it. I'd probably be earning 6x less than I am now at my entry-level job.

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RobertFerguson26

I think that an electrician is a good job. Good luck to you.

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DonnaDickens • Edited

Agree, my father is electrician and he has 20 years of experience. It is a difficult but well paid profession. When he have finished the college he started to work alone. He have managed to find some orders but it was difficult to look for clients. So, he decided to get a permanent job in a big company. Now he has been working for this company bates-electric.com/locations/louis... for ten years and he is completely satisfied.

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Jordan Kicklighter

I'd likely try to find some sort of music performance gig

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Garrett Author

Ah yes fantastic! I always think of my music needing the internet to succeed but, honestly, I probably don't. Thank you for the comment and idea!

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Jan Schröder

These days, I'd put my money on performances to make a living as an artist. Scarcity and so on.

That's why I gave up on that, because I found it incompatible with my idea of family, but that was my personal choice.

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Garrett Author

You're absolutely right.

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Kevin K. Johnson

Psychology. The brain is as much a puzzle as any program.

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Garrett Author

Sometimes I wonder which I understand less.

Great idea!

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Pandita

I'd like to have a plant store * - *

but I need plant skills first! I'm slowly gaining the knowledge tho' :3

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Garrett Author

Plants are so great!

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Jason C. McDonald • Edited

I'd probably spend even more time writing books and composing/performing music.

I've also considered what my career would have been if I'd lived 200 years ago, and I suspect it would be toymaker.

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Garrett Author

They just don’t make toys like they used to.

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Dana Ottaviani

I have an interest in 3D modeling in Blender. I would set aside more time to learn it so I could work for animation studios.

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Jaff Parker • Edited

Fitness, most certainly. I'm pretty good with the whole fit lifestyle thing and want to even do training to become a legit trainer/coach to spice things up even now

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Garrett Author

That’s super important!

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Taryn Ewens

Up until last year I was a pastry chef specialising in confectionery, so I guess I'd just go back to doing that! People still need candy, right? 😅

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Garrett Author

Brilliant!

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Alvarez García

Hey I love this posts!.
I am currently studying Protocol and Etiquete.

I think that maybe there is a tech startup interested on this haha.

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Garrett Author

Haha that’s great

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natalie stroud

I guess I could make some jewelry and sell it. Freelance writing maybe

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Garrett Author

Jewelry is always in style!

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André Jacques

I would take some stuff, put it into a backpack, and walk.

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Garrett Author

That sounds beautiful

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Champi

I think I wouldn't exist without internet😅

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Garrett Author

Now I’m hungry...

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