Easiest job in the world

It’s possible to do nothing and get paid.
I would know, because it’s my job.

I oversee the computer lab on the 5th floor of the Law School Library at the University of Texas. I only work nights when no one is here.

This is how I work for the 3 or 4 hours I am there:

I get paid $7.32 an hour. The pay is relatively low, but consider what I do:

–1.) If someone asks for help, I help them.
–2.) If someone prints something, I place their printout on a table 4 feet away from the printer.

Of course at night no one is here to ask questions and no one is here to print. Therefore I get paid to do homework, business or anything else (Where do you think I created NevBlog from??)

This is a perfect student job because you can get so much work done during work.

Not only do I do nothing, I also get:

  • A really cool boss (But he leaves at 5:00pm, so I never see him).
  • Free printing
  • Free use of computers, scanners, DVD burners etc.
  • Fridge
  • Wireless internet
  • Average of $260 paycheck every 2 weeks.

Walk through the library with me through this video:

Warning: I always have plenty of “stuff” to do, so working night hours is perfect for me. Other co-workers however have found night hours to be “Mindnumbingly boring” and “Excruciatingly quiet

-Nev

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    Blog posted on: June 24, 2005

    29 comments on “Easiest job in the world

    1. Cap

      haha. great video..

      now just let me find a bag just in case the headache do some funny tricks..

      what are your hours? you’re right, its dreadfully empty.

      but I gotta agreed with you too, jobs like that are pretty nice if they fit your schedule. Nothing beats getting paid to take care of your own things.

      Reply
    2. jim

      I loved finding no-work jobs at school, it’s a good way to catch up on schoolwork especially if you’re a procrastinator like me.

      Reply
    3. Smarty

      Most people find these jobs boring because they have nothing to do during that time. But you, make the most of your time during the night shift — homework, blog, business, etc. This reminds me of the part time job I had in college. I worked at night and get paid OT for just sitting there.

      Anyway, love the video, but try to keep it steady next time.

      Reply
    4. Anonymous

      Cool post.

      It got me thinking. You are so productive and don’t waste time. However, most of us waste money on things we know are costing us. For example, I go to Starbucks several times a week. It’s a small expense and I can afford it, but it costs me over $400 per year. Do you have any wasteful expenses like that? Maybe you could do a post on this.

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    5. Anonymous

      Great work landing that job — but enjoy it while it lasts. I work managing a computer lab where we employ students to be proctors, and for the first couple semesters the students did just what you are doing — answer maybe 5 questions a night, and get paid to do homework the rest of the time.

      But then we got the idea to start selling their (students’) time to other departments in the university, so now the students working at the desk are always busy with something (technical/computer work).

      Every time we present a review of what we did at educational conferences, we get tons of questions from schools wanting to do the same thing. Then again, you are working for a law school library, so I’m sure they have plenty of money to throw around & aren’t too worried about recouping any of their expenses.

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    6. Anonymous

      I used to work for UT RecSports when I was in college. We got to play racquetball at Belmont in the Stadium. No one really knew about it or came to work-out there so we rarely ever had to do anything. That’s what I call a great job- getting paid to work-out!

      -Jennifer

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    7. Jose Anes

      I have noticed that in this country people pay big money for doing tasks that other people don’t want to do.

      Take the plumber for example. Most people don’t want to deal with leaking toilets, so they charge around $100 an hour in my area. (more than what I do).

      It is a corrorary of the Offer and Demand law.

      What you must do is find a job that most people don’t want to do, but you don’t mind doing.

      You have found such a job. You do not mind late hours. Your job pays a lot of money compared to the ammount work you say you do.

      I also found such a job. It pays me relatively well. My current employer can send me anywhere in the world with as little as a 4 hour notice (just enough to pick up my bags at home and run to the airport). The kind of work I will do when I arrive is varied, and I probably didn’t had enough time to prepare, but ussually is along the lines of: present the product, customize it, fix it. Anyone with half a brain and some computer software skills and experience can do the job. But the hours and flexibility scares most people away.

      I do not mind however. And I enjoy meeting people from other cultures. Found something “no one else want to do”. :)

      Keep your way of thinking.

      Money and Investing

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    8. Anonymous

      I don’t see the logic…. it is more efficient to tutor someone at the average rate of $40-60 hour, for 1-2 hours, and have the rest of the time to do what you wish, with more money than you’re making at the work-study job.

      Reply
    9. Maribeth

      I totally had that job in college, except it was in the dorm computer labs, so I very occasionally had “clients”. Mostly they just wanted to know how to connect to the local games servers. One girl put her floppy in backwards, which was the height of excitement.

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    10. Alien Shaman

      One downside to a job like yours is that you don’t make many connections. Obviously you have no problem making connections Nev, but for the average person a work study job is a good way to meet people and network. My work study experience helped me make friends, grow my skill set (social & professional), learn about the “political” aspect of a career, budgets, bureaucracy, and most importantly connections to help my career after school.

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    11. Hazzard

      LOL!!!!!!!!!
      Hey Nev,
      I had the exact same job in a computer lab in college about 8 years ago. I kind of looked at it like you did and took the money. It wasn’t a lot, but gave me a little extra cash each month. Now here’s the crazy thing:

      Because of THAT JOB, I’m making near 6 figures now (including benefits). I got a degree in political science (what the hell do you do with a poli sci degree anyway?), but because I had worked in the computer lab, I got hired at a dot.com, got lots of stock options, and got TONS of experience, which I now use at a fortune 500 company.

      Just something to keep in mind.

      Hazzard
      Everybody Loves Your Money

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    12. imelda

      I too was a ‘Labby’ as we were called. I worked in the Mac Lab at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi from 1994-1996! I am still using a mac today! Cool easy job!

      Reply
    13. Anonymous

      What about eBay? I am 15 yrs old in the UK, and I make ¬£150 a day (like $300). If I can do it in my spare time anyone can. I sell wholesale clothes dropshipped from China, and I’m looking into electronics. If anyone wants to email me i am user ipodman2006 on eBay, just search me up.

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    14. teddy

      hahaha… you are right neville!
      thats the easiest job in the world. There are a lot of easy way to earn money out there, and some times we just never think about it.

      Reply
    15. Anonymous

      I have historically liked such jobs myself, but I have learned something: $120/wk is not “relatively” low income, it’s basically NO income. If this job prevents you from getting laid once, it may not be worth it. If it prevents you from hanging out with friends frequently, it is a serious detriment to your existence. Nevertheless, it probably is the “easiest job in the world.”

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    17. Anonymous

      A smart dude i should find a job like your.
      1= i can study to gain higher degree.
      2=Nobody will come and brother me.
      3=i can take some nap and no boss will annoy me in the ears.

      Reply
    18. Anonymous

      i got one, im a warming house attendant near the local hockey rinks around my town, i get paid 9 dollars an hour to do homework or sit on my laptop or go play hockey with a bunch of my frineds

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    19. Beep

      Nev, how did you manage to get my dream of acquiring such a perfect job? What did you say on your resume or however it was you contacted them?

      Reply
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