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Self-Employment Tips

A surprising solution for the leisure starved

By John O. Andersen

(First printed in Be There Now – A Zine of Budget Travel and Beating the Rat Race)

“You think you’re busy working for someone else, just wait until you work for yourself. You’ll never have time off.”

This is what I was told before I took the plunge into self-employment several years ago. While this may be the case for some people, I’ve found the exact opposite to be true. Running my own business enables me to both earn a comfortable living and read more

How to get by with as little money as possible

Originally published on (site no longer exists)

One of the most common questions we get is: “But how do I survive without a job? You have plenty of philosophy, inspiring quotes and theory on this site, and I know that my attitude is important, but I’d also like to hear stories from others about how they’ve done it and see a list of practical ideas I can use in figuring out a way for me to free myself from wage slavery.”

So, read more

10 Reasons You Should Never Get a Job

by Steve Pavlina

Just for fun I recently asked Erin, “Now that the kids are in summer school, don’t you think it’s about time you went out and got yourself a job? I hate seeing you wallow in unemployment for so long.”

She smiled and said, “Wow. I have been unemployed a really long time. That’s weird… I like it!”

Neither of us have had jobs since the ’90s (my only job was in 1992), so we’ve been self-employed for quite a while. In our household it’s a running joke for one of read more

How to Make Money From Your Blog

Note: This article was written in 2006, and some of the methods mentioned  won’t work as well anymore, especially Adsense and Blog Carnivals. Gaining traffic from SEO is also a lot more complex and unreliable than it used to be (but still doable). For more up to date information, I have compiled a list of resources in this post. This article is still worth reading though.

by Steve Pavlina was launched on Oct 1st, 2004. By April 2005 it was averaging $4.12/day read more

Introduction to Passive Income

by SoulRiser

Jobs are like prison… kind of. I feel sorry for everyone I know who has one, even the people who don’t completely hate it.

I don’t have a job – I make passive income from websites online. I’m going to post the info here that I give to people who ask how I do it.

Passive Income Online Intro

I make mostly passive income from my own websites online. Some of the money is from adsense or other advertising, some from affiliate commissions, and a couple of sites read more

How To Avoid Responsibilities

Anxiety Culture: How to Avoid Responsibilities

by Brian Dean

Social Commandment
No. 13:
Thou shalt not avoid
problems or responsibilities

An unfortunate result of this commandment is that by the time we become adults, our avoidance and evasion skills are badly under-developed. When we finally get high blood pressure or ulcers, we need to drop social duties and quit work, but nothing in our upbringing tells us how to make this escape.

“There isn’t one fibre of quitter in me”
(Kevin Maxwell)

A read more

How public education cripples our kids, and why (Against School)

by John Taylor Gatto

I taught for thirty years in some of the worst schools in Manhattan, and in some of the best, and during that time I became an expert in boredom. Boredom was everywhere in my world, and if you asked the kids, as I often did, why they felt so bored, they always gave the same answers: They said the work was stupid, that it made no sense, that they already knew it. They said they wanted to be doing something real, not just sitting around. They said teachers didn’t seem to read more

Harm in the School System

A social psychiatrist says school is the root of most mental problems in the world.
by Shaun Kerry, M.D.

As a social psychiatrist, I examine society much like a doctor examines a patient. One of the most troubling ailments that I encounter is our school system, which – without ever realizing it – harms the majority of our students.

It is my belief that our school system is the most fundamental cause of the social problems that our society faces today. Far from being expensive, the solution read more

Who wouldn’t be ‘school phobic’?

A psychologist says it’s perfectly understandable to hate going to school.
by Sarah Fitz-Claridge

‘School phobia’ is a dreadful label for some children’s perfectly understandable response to being compelled to go to school against their will. They are not phobic, any more than a conscientious objector is a coward; they are refusing – and in most cases very nobly. Over the years, I have spoken to many worried parents of school-refusing children. The outrages these children have read more

The Abolition of Work

The Abolition of Work
by Bob Black, 1985

No one should ever work.

Work is the source of nearly all the misery in the world. Almost any evil you’d care to name comes from working or from living in a world designed for work. In order to stop suffering, we have to stop working.

That doesn’t mean we have to stop doing things. It does mean creating a new way of life based on play; in other words, a ludic revolution. By “play” I mean also festivity, creativity, conviviality, commensality, and maybe read more