50 Bulls**t Jobs: Auto insurance field appraiser

April 30, 2007, 8:59 PM UTC

Just a few ways to be profitably and pleasantly (if uselessly) employed, from Stanley Bing’s book, “100 Bulls**t Jobs and How to Get Them” (Harper Collins).

A reader in San Diego writes:

I am an auto insurance field appraiser for a major American insurance company. It’s kind of like the dude’s job in Fight Club except that I don’t participate in underground boxing matches and I don’t beat myself up in front of my boss. I actually don’t really have a boss. I work out of my house, set my own schedule, and do my own thing. I drive around San Diego and I take pictures of cars that get into crashes. Some of them get caught on fire, sometimes they get stolen, sometimes an angry girlfriend carves hate-filled messages into the paint…. But regardless – I typically work a 5-hour day. Note that 3 of these 5 hours are spent driving to and from various locations, so it’s like I really only work a 2 hour day. I photograph 4 (maybe 5 or 6 on a busy day) vehicles and am typically home by 2 o’clock.

When the car actually goes to a body shop for repair, I just negotiate with them over the phone and have them send me a bill when the repairs are done. No hassle for me or for them. I am usually at home eating almonds, kicking back a cold one, and playing XBOX around 2 or 3pm. Either that or I’m calling my buddies asking what they’re up to…and then interrupting their responses with, “Oh yeah!!! You’re at work! My bad! Call me at 5, working man!”
The best $50k I ever made.

Readers, what do you think? Is this a bulls**t job?