Help me figure out the best strategy around temping
January 20, 2013 6:06 AM Subscribe
I'm just finished a research masters, and I have been doing freelance work in my field throughout that to pay the bills. My plan was to go looking for temp work next week, but I'd love some advice on how you've balanced getting temp or other jobs when your other work needs occasional daytime availability.
posted by carbide to Work & Money (6 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I have extensive admin experience and lots of admin in my other professional work, and I have temped in the past. It's kind of ideal as it's stuff I'm good at, it pays relatively well, and it's a situation where nobody needs me to pretend this is where I want to be in five years. I'm very organised, a fast typist, good at synthesising information and writing, and I learn quickly. In all, I'm a good candidate, but I don't know how much short-term temping will be available regardless.
My field of research and freelancing is around architecture, and I would really like to keep building on this. I have a bit of freelance work in a few weeks which is exactly what I should be doing, and there are some several-months-away prospects for bigger projects. The only problem is, I can't do all of it in the evenings and weekends as I'll need some access to an archive that's only open during the week – for this example, I'd need about three days in the next month, and I'm sure things like this will arise again. The work I've been doing has been a mix of research, journalism, and copywriting.
My bills are as low as possible but I have a substantial student loan (in Ireland, these are basically personal loans and at similar rates). I had built up a good emergency fund to cope with the lag in freelance payments, but I didn't work for the last four weeks of my thesis write-up and I need to rebuild the cushion now. Working two or three weeks per month at a decent rate would be the ideal, magical solution, or having a schedule that's not 9-5/M-F. (My only food service experience was in a cafe eight years ago.)
If you've been in a similar situation, how did you resolve it? Am I being too pessimistic about my chances of picking up two weeks of temp work at a time? Any other suggestions? I'm game for doing whatever it takes.