Making money without a job

Poker cards and chipsWhen I tell people how long I’ve been unemployed for they often wonder how I’m coping without any money coming in.

The truth is, even though I don’t have a proper job I’ve been making money doing various bits and bobs for different people and by playing a bit of poker online.

I know, I know, online gaming can be a bit of a risk, but I’m not playing with anything I can’t afford to lose, and I know when to quit. It’s worked out pretty well for me so far.

I don’t think poker can really be classed as gambling anyway, because I’m pretty good at it and it’s all about skill and strategy.

It’s also good fun and profitable, which is a nice combination. One of my friends is a professional poker player and he’s making a good living out of it. I like that idea, but my face is a massive giveaway when I play in live games. I can’t help grinning like an idiot when I know I’ve got a good hand.

My poker income has been complimented by various tasks, like washing cars, mowing lawns and cleaning windows. I’ve become a bit of a handyman for my neighbours.

I can’t wait to get a proper job, but I know that even the steadiest job can suddenly disappear. If you’ve got bills to pay, being unemployed is a lot more damaging than it currently is for me.

So I’m also using my extra spare time to learn about forex trading. My thinking is that I’ll be able to use this to supplement my income in the future or as a fall back if I’m ever unemployed again.

At the moment, I’m not risking any money, because it’s pretty complex and there’s a lot to learn. I’m using demo accounts and trying out different strategies.

I know it’s probably different investing with real money, but I’m getting pretty good at it. I’ve been practicing for a while now, but I’m not going to rush into using real money until I’m 100% sure I’m ready.

Anyway, enough writing; those windows don’t wash themselves…

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