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Hello all, from my user name you will see that I am a retired person. I have done some work from home before - mostly typing. My main client hasn't sent me stuff for a long time (I think her own supply of work has declined to be honest). I had an illness a few years ago - not fatal but I just don't have the spring in my step I had before; I used to be okay for my age at least - and long story short I've let things slide. Also, I had a laptop stolen earlier in the year - password protected and nothing confidential on it and it was pretty old to be truthful but - but I need to get some player software as my 'new' refurbished laptop doesn't have any. The trouble with Express Scribe is it doesn't play the DS2 and DSS files. Sorry to go on a bit. I do need to bolster my pension because my house is old and needs repairs done. I also made a significant hole in my savings last year having some new windows put in. I was accepted for one of the typing mills but I hadn't typed for them for over 3 months so I'll have to re-take the test. I didn't mean to write a saga starting this - looking at some of the side hustles available online some of them seem to want tasks done with the mobile phone. I am a dunce with my 'smart' phone (purchased 2nd hand). Has anybody any suggestions for familiarising myself properly with the apps on the smartphone - I mostly use the Chrome browser when I'm using it. I've looked at fiverr but it looked like the world and his wife were on there - I'd have to get my thinking cap on to see if I could come up with a way to make myself stand out. Does anyone think there's anything I've overlooked regarding avenues for getting work? Here endeth pro-temp the long and winding epistle according to Retiree.
 

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Hello all, from my user name you will see that I am a retired person. I have done some work from home before - mostly typing. My main client hasn't sent me stuff for a long time (I think her own supply of work has declined to be honest). I had an illness a few years ago - not fatal but I just don't have the spring in my step I had before; I used to be okay for my age at least - and long story short I've let things slide. Also, I had a laptop stolen earlier in the year - password protected and nothing confidential on it and it was pretty old to be truthful but - but I need to get some player software as my 'new' refurbished laptop doesn't have any. The trouble with Express Scribe is it doesn't play the DS2 and DSS files. Sorry to go on a bit. I do need to bolster my pension because my house is old and needs repairs done. I also made a significant hole in my savings last year having some new windows put in. I was accepted for one of the typing mills but I hadn't typed for them for over 3 months so I'll have to re-take the test. I didn't mean to write a saga starting this - looking at some of the side hustles available online some of them seem to want tasks done with the mobile phone. I am a dunce with my 'smart' phone (purchased 2nd hand). Has anybody any suggestions for familiarising myself properly with the apps on the smartphone - I mostly use the Chrome browser when I'm using it. I've looked at fiverr but it looked like the world and his wife were on there - I'd have to get my thinking cap on to see if I could come up with a way to make myself stand out. Does anyone think there's anything I've overlooked regarding avenues for getting work? Here endeth pro-temp the long and winding epistle according to Retiree.
Welcome @Retiree - Fantastic to have you on here and posting!

A simple way into smartphone task app work would probably be with Roamler. You can download it via the Appe store on google or apple and they sort of ease you in with easy tasks and a bit of training to help improve your confidence.

Seeing you mention DS2 and DSS files bought me back to being in my previous job where ever legal person would dictate and the secretaries were forever having issues with foot pedals and their files not playing in the right player!
 
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Have a look into Shepper. You will need to install their app but they have super helpful staff to take you through it if you aren't sure. Depends on where you live as to how many jobs are available. The jobs range from photographing and answer a few questions about a digital advertising board, counting spaces in car parks photographing commercial properties etc. This is all done within the app. Some jobs such as the ad boards pay just £3 but there's usually a few in the same area and they take no longer than ten minutes.
 
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Thanks for the replies. I'll have a look at those possibilities. I've looked at the roamler site - I think you have to do a few practice runs for them but I'll have to start somewhere. I know they have
tasks like that on sites like Clickworker (which I've looked at but haven't done any tests for yet). Annie, I suppose with the low paying gigs 'many a mickle maks a muckle' (no I'm not Scots). Jon, I was a legal secretary for my sins at one time when I was working full-time - mainly conveyancing, wills and probate so not Old Bailey type stuff. As I say I've only had a smart phone for a little over a year - before that I was invited to take part in tasks using a smart phone by a previous site I had registered with (can't say it's name because I had to sign an NDA) but of course I didn't have the smart phone then. I could probably have eased myself in doing those tasks if I'd had a smart phone then. Anyway once again thanks for the suggestions.
 
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Have you looked into the Social media evaluation jobs on Lionbridge? Easy 70 quid a week for no more than an hour a day without leaving the house.
 

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I'm grateful for all the suggestions but it seems roamler is by invitation only which makes it difficult for the uninvited like myself. Annie, I looked at something like Lionbridge but not Lionbridge (a different company which I won't name) a while ago. The job itself was 'do-able' but I read through the terms and conditions and they wanted workers to agree to indemnify them in case anything went wrong. It wasn't like it was a company paying thousands of pounds to its workers to that discouraged me. Of course, Lionbridge's t&cs may be quite different.
 

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