depends on what you mean by backup plan

I had no other jobs lined up, but I know what I would do for money if I had increasing levels of desperation. When I was a teenager my worst-case plan was to work in hotels, play in bar bands, hustle for students to tutor...
as an adult I have a place of my own that I have to pay mortgage for; if I were desperate I would rent out a couple of the rooms and I would hustle for marketing consulting clients. And I could probably get a job by tweeting โ€œanybody wanna hire meโ€ - took years to build audience
thereโ€™s always a move. if you deleted my Twitter account I could create a new one and @ a few friends and get back to 50-60% of the most critical part of my network in a couple of days. If you took my phone Iโ€™d go to the library for internet
(I donโ€™t even need to create a new one bc I have multiple alts already). If mysteriously all internet in my country is gone for some reason, Iโ€™d start talking to neighbors and folks in my community to figure out whatโ€™s up, and find a way to be useful

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