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Thinking of getting a second job

September 5th, 2006 at 04:36 pm

To start off, I just want to point out that I posted my e-mail address and AIM screenname. It's over to the right, below my Bio section. So e-mail or IM me! Big Grin I'm bored and lonely! Stick Out Tongue

Now, onto the primary order of business...

I'm realizing that I've been putting in 10 hours of work a day for 7.5 hours worth of pay. And this is, in fact, normal, approved of, and even occasionally expected.

While I do like my job and stay late because I get sucked in, I am starting to get irked at the lack of compensation.

So I've been thinking. Maybe I should get a second, part-time job in the evenings. This will force me to leave (normal) work on time, and even provide me with compensation for the extra time that I would have spent working, anyway.

Yes, I know this is backwards and demented. I'm thinking of working more in order to, um, work less at my normal job. Someone please come and screw my head on straight.

I've been contemplating my options. Keep in mind that I have no experience in any of these positions.

- Waitressing

I know the base pay for waitressing sucks, and I'm not sure what it'll be after tips. But the possibility of free food at the end of the day is enticing. But I bet the job itself is mad frustrating. I've done customer support. *shudder*

- Bookstore

I like books and bookstores, so maybe I can find a job in one. It'll be nice and mellow? This might be better for a weekend position?

- Baby/house/pet sitting/walking

This is a nice possibility because this could go under the tax radar. I'll have to find clients, though. Not really sure how to go about that.

- Tutoring

I'd like to avoid this possibility, but there are many subjects that I can teach. I just don't like dealing with *people*. And I kind of want a mindless-robot type job where no thinking is required. So probably not this one if I can help it.

I'm thinking 10 extra hours a week should bring in about $100 a week (probably a little less)?

It's not like I have anything better to do with my time, anyway.

Besides, um, blogging. Smile

6 Responses to “Thinking of getting a second job”

  1. pjmama Says:

    I've waitressed, worked in a bookstore, babysat, and tutored, and I can honestly say none of those jobs are completely without thinking Smile I'm a waitress now, and though there are many a frustrating time, *usually* I make good money. I work in a pretty classy restaurant, but I had no experience going into it. But you really have to enjoy working with people and know [and expect at times] that not everyone is gonna tip you well. Actually, some of the time people leave less than 10% And even if you do a great job! It's not very consistent, but it is a good job. The bookstore is the least thought intensive. But you wont get paid very much. Tutoring is fun in my opinion, but you dont seem to be so thrilled with that. haha. There's definitely thought and money involved with that one. Whatever you choose, good luck!

  2. amberfocus Says:

    I'll guess I'll see what I can find (is walking into an establishment and asking if they're hiring a viable approach??). People are telling me that I'm too puny to waitress, though. Erm, I guess this could be a problem? How heavy are the platters, anyway? EEK! But if I'm small and cute, maybe they'll tip more?? I know that customers can be jerks, though, although I'm not sure at this point how I'd take it.

    I don't expect the wage-based jobs (such as the bookstore) to be above minimum wage, but if I can pull a long weekend shift at $7.40/hr (CT minimum wage, AFAIK), it still adds up, and is better than sitting on my ass.

    My issue with tutoring is that I'm not all that patient. I'm one of those people who has trouble grasping the fact that someone could not understand something that seems perfectly clear to me. I'm willing to tutor if people ask me to, but I don't feel comfortable selling myself as one.

    (Oh, and I took the liberty to clean up the duplicate posts. Hope you don't mind.)

    ~mimi

  3. MsSuperSaver Says:

    Waitressing and bartending are great jobs for quick money...you can do them part time if needed, sometimes you get free food and there never seems to be a shortage of bars and restaurants to work for. Good luck on the job search!

  4. drew1980 Says:

    You might also consider checking in with a temp agency (like Kelly Services). There might be some local companies looking for after hours data entry, filing support or customer service call-center work. I worked in a call center a few nights a week one semester in college. The pay was pretty decent and the database software was really easy to learn.

  5. baselle Says:

    Well, idle time means you could be spending money, so a part time job pays off in two ways - you're earning and you're not spending.

    The temp agency idea is a good one - might want to sign up with several because each of them have their own special customers. By signing up with several, more possiblities open up.

    If you aren't into customer service and you want something repetitive, you might want to try inventory counting. My sister did that for awhile.

  6. amberfocus Says:

    I never thought of temp agencies. I thought the jobs they gave out were more of the manual-labor type, but apparently not? They sound interesting! I'll see if I can find some.

    A major limitation for me that I failed to point out earlier, though, is that the job has to be within walking distance to either my workplace, or my house, or a shuttle bus. Which was why I thought about trawling the local establishments. But you never know what might turn up, eh?

    Thanks for all the suggestions!

    ~mimi

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