20 hours = $150.00
February 14, 2012 3:55 PM Subscribe
If I can find a way to come up with $150/week, I can quit my degrading retail job and hugely improve my quality of life.
posted by Scientist to Work & Money (45 answers total) 38 users marked this as a favorite
I have a job that I hate. It's a retail job, part-time, and it helps pay the bills while I get myself through college. I have been doing this job for four years (since before I went back to school -- in fact, not wanting to work this job forever was the impetus that caused me to go back to school in the first place) and I'd be ecstatic to see the back of it. The main reason I haven't left so far is that it pays $10/hr plus a bit of tips (which is better than most such jobs in this area) and the management is willing to work around my school schedule. I work 12-20 hours a week and I take home about $150 per week, after taxes, tips included. I am sick to death of it, mainly the idea that all this bowing and scraping that I do toward customers is all for the benefit of my boss, who I think is an asshole both as a manager and a human being.
There's no need to go into further detail; suffice it to say that I want out. In fact, I want out of jobs like this one, and permanently. I want to find something that I can do with those 12-20 hours per week (It's OK if it's more on the 20 hours end, as long as I can set my own schedule) that'll replace the income that I would miss by quitting my retail job. Something that doesn't require me to work for someone else's benefit (other than the mutually-beneficial arrangement with my hypothetical customers, of course) is what I'm looking for here, something where I can work for myself.
I've been thinking of starting an Etsy store, selling scented candles (which I like making) but I feel like there are probably about ten million people on Etsy doing the same thing and I really wonder how much money there is to be made doing that. I'd love to know. Something else similarly crafty would be great as long as the startup costs (both in terms of time and money) are reasonable and there's a decent margin to be made. I'd love to hear any other work-from-home ideas (though I'm really not interested in Leapforce et al, I'm looking for something marginally more fulfilling than what I'm doing already) that folks might have, and I'm not opposed to the idea of getting out on the street with some kind of small-scale business venture either.
Here are my assets, as I see them:
-knowledge of how to use the internet
-a reliable car, fully paid off
-easy access to a post office
-good writing skills
-a pretty damn basic kitchen
-some simple tools (drill, hammer, etc.) and knowledge of their use
-a college campus where I spend quite a lot of time in the course of a regular day
So tell me, MeFites, what I can do with my spare time to drum up some extra cash and get rid of this parasite on my soul. I love you all.