Here's a different approach to earning your daily bread: freelancing. As a freelancer, you produce a product, rather than punching a time-clock. The beneficiary of your talents isn't responsible for paying the other half of your Social Security tax, for providing healthcare benefits, or for providing you the tools for your work (computer, office space, electricity, etc.)
It's not for the faint-of-heart, since there is no job security--although you can and should develop a reputation as a reliable producer. Even if you are faint of heart, you might be in a "what have I got to lose" situation, if you're about blue in the face with job-hunting.
It's also not a route for the chronically disorganized and not-quite-self-motivated. You've got to crack an internal whip over your head if you're going to get anywhere freelancing.
The link above offers an overview, and some additional links to information, social media hangouts, and ways to find freelance jobs.
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