How do you describe what you do for a living to others?

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How do you describe how you make money to strangers, friends, potential employers, etc? I'm really curious to know what other people say.

I was at the dentist and the hygienist asked what I did and I was suddenly at a loss as to how to explain it.
 

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I always say:
Nothing right now. (But then I say what my background is, and something about jobs that I've had).
 
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Since my one good requester dried up I pretty much just student, but when I was doing this full-time I told people it was a kind of specialized data entry. Has the bonus of both sounding legit and boring enough that it deflects attention/any further questions on the subject.
 

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Since my one good requester dried up I pretty much just student, but when I was doing this full-time I told people it was a kind of specialized data entry. Has the bonus of both sounding legit and boring enough that it deflects attention/any further questions on the subject.
Ha, I love the discouraging further questions part.

Sorry your good requester dried up. :(
 
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Ha, I love the discouraging further questions part.

Sorry your good requester dried up. :(
Aw, thanks, but it's pretty much the nature of the beast. Nothing gold can stay, particularly on the mTruk.
 
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That last time I tried, I said it was microtask work associated with crowd sourcing. I was hoping it sounded fancy enough to stave off questions, but I was unsuccessful and ended up stuttering over the next 5 minutes of awkward conversation.
 

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I also try to explain that IĀ“m working online just the way like traditionell employees do offline for a company. But sometimes itĀ“s quite hard for me to identify with what IĀ“m doing here.. I was used to be caught up by a Company with which I was related to.. now I sometimes feel lonely.. Glad you guys are here!!!
 

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I say "online work" and hope there's no follow-up questions :sofa:. I'm a bit more detailed with a potential employer of course.
 
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That last time I tried, I said it was microtask work associated with crowd sourcing. I was hoping it sounded fancy enough to stave off questions, but I was unsuccessful and ended up stuttering over the next 5 minutes of awkward conversation.
LOL, nope. The couple times I tried that approach, that led to MORE interested curious questions and not-subtle requests to get the listeners hooked up. Make it sound as mundane and boring as possible, trust.
 

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I told my mom the other day (After trying to explain the other various things I do on here, like helping with machine learning, c-sats, etc etc) that I listen to Alexa and tell them which sounds better and she was like

OH WOW THAT'S AMAZING.