In the Billfold's Side Jobs section, Michael Hobbes talks about Henrik, who after finding himself in debt -- just "irritating debt" as he puts it -- had him switch career paths from IT administrator to freelance prostitute. It turns out that, in Sweden, you can -- just make sure you're paying your taxes.
"I needed work that was part-time, well paid, required little preparation and no professional skills," he says. "What else is there?"
Over the next six months, Henrik earned more than $4,000 having sex with men for money. He reported all of this to the tax authorities, and even deducted expenses for things like his SIM card and classified ads. In total he had 32 clients, some of whom now, between daycare pickups and vaccine appointments, he still "meets, fucks and charges."
Because Henrik is Henrik, he entered every transaction into an Excel spreadsheet. Even before that, when he first started to seriously consider prostitution, he sat down and wrote a to-do list. The following is what he wrote, and what he did.
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