Did you like cats before they were cool?
Were you the one who raised your hand proudly amongst your elementary classroom full of dog lovers?
Have you been known to crouch down and make kissy sounds at strays? Maybe follow tons of adoption Facebook pages? Perhaps impulsively adopt one?
If this is describes you (please say it’s not just me?), then we might have found your dream job. A cat-centric site is hiring a part-time, work-from-home research assistant.
What’s This Cat-Centric Site You Speak Of?
Let me offer some context.
Homer is an adorable blind kitty. His mom, Gwen Cooper, wrote a memoir titled “Homer’s Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale, or How I Learned About Love and Live with a Blind Wonder Cat.” It was a New York Times bestseller and has been translated in more than 20 foreign languages.
Cooper has other books, too, like “Love Saves The Day: A Novel, another cat-centric read.
In heaven yet? Well, Cooper needs a research assistant to help run her blog, Hi Homer!, which is paired with a tremendous social media following. Think: approximately 900,000 Facebook followers with a reach of 1 to 2 million folks each day.
Hi Homer! Needs a Cat Research Assistant
As you can imagine, Cooper is in overdrive right now and needs some help.
That’s where you, the research assistant, prowls into the picture.
“As you’ll see, right now the content is pretty heavy on videos,” Cooper wrote to me in an email. “I’d like to start creating more stories for the site beyond just the video content — stories about cats on the web who are beautiful, unusual, and with a general (although not exclusive) focus on positive rescue stories.”
Basically, she needs help finding stories that will expand Homer’s site while allowing her enough time to write.
You’ll dig into the internet and find anything and everything cat-related: videos, stories and photos.
The position is part-time, about 10 hours a week, and you’ll earn $15 an hour. Plus, you can do all of this joyous research from the comfort of your home — with your cat in your lap, probably.
Cooper hopes for expansion in the future. “I hope that the site’s growth will eventually allow both the pay and hours/responsibilities to be increased, although I can’t promise that right now,” Cooper writes in the Craigslist ad.
What Makes For the Purrfect Cat Research Assistant?
Oddly enough, I’ve never come across this requirement in my hours and hours of job searches:
“The right person for this job is someone who already spends a good chunk of time engaged with cat-related content online, and whose tastes will resonate with cat lovers everywhere,” Cooper told me in an email.
The Craigslist ad elaborates: “If you love animals, animal rescue, browsing the web for adorable/hilarious/inspirational cat stories — and if you’re looking for some extra work that you can do from home and fit easily into your schedule — this might be the right gig for you!”
Cooper needs someone with a professional background in editorial research and who understands her site’s content and what her readers want.
You should also have Facebook and Instagram accounts as you’ll likely reach out to people through these platforms.
Ogling over cats and getting paid $15 an hour to do so? Sign me up! (But, really, I’m seriously considering applying, so you better hurry up.)
Contact Cooper about the dream job via Craigslist.
(Plus: A big thank “mew” goes to Write Jobs Plus for bringing my attention to this “paw”portunity.)
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Carson Kohler (@CarsonKohler) is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder. After recently completing graduate school, she focuses on saving money — and surviving the move back in with her parents. She has a 30-pound cat waiting for her cuddles at home.