18. Unpaid internship
You have skills. I know you do. Also, there are tons of companies out there looking to take advantage of people with skills for free labor. This could be a perfect match.
Sure we like to be paid for doing work. And sure, companies that don’t pay people to work for them are scummy, evil, and bad. But that’s not the concern here. You need to pass the time, and that’s that.
Seriously, all sorts of places want to exploit you. Have you ever wanted to see how the marketing world works? This could be your chance, as long as you’re cool with not learning too much and basically doing whatever you’re told regardless of any expectation of getting actual experience with the field.
Or maybe finance is more what you’re going for. You might get the chance to take minutes. No one reads them, but if you’re expected to do it you better do it. You don’t want to get fired, do you? Well, it’s cool if you do! Just find another unpaid internship.
Perhaps just walk into various places of business and offer to work for free. I’m not sure small-town coffee shops offer internships, but you can always ask. What’s the worst that can happen?
I’ve always wanted to see what it was like to work in a bakery. They smell nice. I like bread. Sometimes there are cakes. I’m kind of busy at the moment, but I’m thinking at some point in my life I’d like to see if they’ll take me on as unpaid labor. I’ll report back with what I find.