You Can Get Paid $1000 to Drink Coffee for a Month—As Long as You Avoid Chains

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Sustaining a caffeine habit can be costly; the average American spends more than $1000 on coffee each year. If you're looking for a way to earn back your annual coffee budget while doing as little work as possible, check out this job opening from Business.org. The small business resource site will pay one lucky person $1000 to drink coffee for a month and document their experience—the only catch is that corporate chains like Starbucks, Dunkin', and Gregorys are off-limits.

In an effort to support small businesses, Business.org will require its professional coffee drinker to get their java fix via local cafes. If they're a self-professed Frappuccino addict, that's even better: The gig is all about comparing independent coffee shops to major chains and noting the benefits and drawbacks of both.

The chosen candidate will be given 25 percent of their $1000 paycheck up front, which they can use to buy their beverages. The remainder of their earnings will be paid out at the end of the month. Job requirements include visiting at least eight locally owned coffee shops; photographing every cup that's purchased; and recording information like the cost, perks, and inconveniences of going local, all while avoiding brand-name coffee shops. The coffee connoisseur will also be tasked with sharing their experience on social media, and while having a strong social presence is a plus, it's not essential.

To apply, fill out the online application form with your location, current occupation, contact information, and social media handles. You will also need to upload a video pitching yourself for the role and write a short essay stating why you'd be a good fit. If just thinking about getting the job has you craving local coffee, check out the best independent coffee shop in your state.

Netflix Is Hiring ‘Nerds’ in Los Angeles and Paris

Netflix's headquarters in Los Angeles.
Netflix's headquarters in Los Angeles.
Netflix

The word nerd might have started out as a mean-spirited schoolyard insult aimed at smart kids, but it has since turned into a term that self-proclaimed nerds wear like a badge of honor. Netflix has taken it one step further by using nerd as an actual job title—and they're currently looking for some in both Los Angeles and Paris.

The Nerds at Netflix are the IT team, so book nerds might want to sit this one out. According to the website, the streaming giant is looking for “smart, motivated” individuals to “provide exceptional technology support to [its] employee base.”

In other words, you’d essentially be responsible for troubleshooting technical problems for staff members. A degree in computer science isn't required, but you will need experience on a technical support team and an in-depth knowledge of Mac and Chrome operating systems, cloud-based services, Windows, Google Apps, and a host of other programs.

A day in the life of a Netflix Nerd could include resetting a few passwords, issuing a company-owned cell phone to a new employee, setting up a video conference, fixing a finicky printer or two, or keeping a careful log of all your resolved requests.

And, since the job is customer service-based, the listing also mentions that applicants should have “patience” and “excellent interpersonal and communication skills.”

The three positions are similar in nature, with a couple key differences. The Paris-based Nerd will live in Paris, of course, and must be fluent in both French and English. The other two positions are both in Los Angeles, but one is for the “Core Support” team that services the entire business, and the other specifically provides support to Los Angeles employees.

Nerd hopefuls can apply here.

Dream Job Alert: Irish Island Is Hiring a Couple to Run Its Local Café

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Resolving to spend more time unplugged isn't easy in 2020, but if you'd like to replace the gaming, binge-watching, and social media in your life with silence, nature, and solitude, consider moving to Ireland. As The Guardian reports, Great Blasket Island, off the country's west coast, has a job opening for two caretakers to manage a café and accommodations that are straight out of the 19th century.

The position comes with free food, lodging, and an undisclosed salary. Duties include maintaining three cottages and serving tea, coffee, and snacks to up to 21 guests. Such luxuries as Wi-Fi, hot showers, and electrical lighting are missing from the island. Instead, caretakers will depend on candles for light and stoves to boil water.

Great Blasket isn't completely off the grid. A small wind turbine there produces enough power to charge a smart phone, but with the spectacular views of the 1100-acre island and the Atlantic coast, you may not want to return to a life of nonstop scrolling.

Whether you apply for the job with a romantic partner or a close friend, it's important that the two caretakers get along well. Alice Hayes, the person behind the job listing, also stated that they should be friendly, talkative, and in good shape.

The gig starts on April 1 and runs through October 1 of this year. If you're interested in leaving the modern world behind for a few months, you can contact Alice Hayes for more information at info@greatblasketisland.net.

[h/t The Guardian]

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