Years ago I was working 50 hours a week as a supervisor at credit card broker. I felt stuck in life,my energy depleted and I was experiencing anxiety pains. I found myself snapping at everyone. I felt like a failure at my job, as a parent and as a wife. One night after I put the kids to bed, I took a piece of paper out and added up what the job was costing me.
I calculated my income minus daycare, gas for my car, dry cleaning, and fast food (from being too tired to cook) to get the true cost of my job.
I made good money how could this be true? When I added it all up, I was only clearing $200 at the end of the month! I was running myself ragged and I decided for this much work I could stay home with the kids and find ways to save $200.
So I socked away what I could and left the job. After being home some time I realized to become financially free I would have to make some money on the side. So I took part time jobs around my husbands’ work schedule to avoid daycare cost. Yes, we didn’t see as much of each other but when one of us would get discouraged the other would say ‘It’s only temporary’ and continue on. Here are some of the jobs I had over the years.
Worked for someone else: Bar maid, Drop in daycare (bring your kids for free), Credit card collector, Substitute teacher (when the kids started school), Money management teacher.
Self-employed work: Daycare, Elderly Care giver, Handywoman, Bookkeeper for small businesses, Tax service, Money Coach for families, Maid, Home/Office Organizer.
There are hundred ways to make extra income, keep an open mind and you’ll find the right fit for you.
Things I learned along the way: It takes a little planning to make all the pieces fit. Keep your priorities in mind when you make all your decisions. Make the time you have with your spouse quality time.. Be intentional with your new found money. If you’re frittering the money away then it won’t be worth the sacrifices. Give yourself a deadline; it will give you more energy if you see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Keep your mind open to possibilities and begin the habit of saving.