Supplemental income suggestions
December 30, 2013 12:04 PM Subscribe
What type of additional services could I provide and/or part time jobs could I take to supplement my income?
posted by Wolfster to Work & Money (6 answers total) 19 users marked this as a favorite
The tl;dr for those who don't want to read all the other details below:
Are there either part time jobs that one can pick up that have a very flexible schedule (I can schedule when I am available or not on a week-by-week basis, perhaps not work at for months but do it at other times of the year) for $50/hour or more? What kind of training would one need for these types of jobs and what are these types of jobs?
Or are there other services that I can train myself to provide to clients (ie, train myself on InDesign or Captivate or Articulate) and are clients likely to pay for this? (As in if you were a client, what would you need to see to pay someone for this particular service and if so, what would you need to see?).
I do earn the equivalent to a full time salary for a full time job in my industry, but in actuality, I work freelance.
I've looked at my income and realized that I should start socking away 10 to 20 K more per year and I have turned away projects this year, because I get burned out (ie, people always give me the materials needed every Friday night and want it Monday, or I work for weeks and evenings on end, or I need to chase a check, etc.).
Now I do actually enjoy what I do and the services that I normally provide are along writing manuscripts for science or medical journals, which usually require reading many other journal articles, looking over data, and then writing it up of course, or attending and covering meetings given by experts in the field and summarizing the results of those meetings. I think that people are actually hiring for my background in science, not writing skills, but whatever.
A part of me really enjoys learning new things. I also crave creativity and not just digest 50 journal articles and summarize it. So this is where the desire for providing other services comes in (ie, learning new things plus possible creative plus a challenge may fight back against the burn out).
The part time job comes in because I get so burned out that I may not take any projects for weeks. But it does need to be $50/hour or more or I will significantly lose money when I have other projects.
Other skills and or training: I do have a PhD in a biological science and undergrad degrees in biology and psychology, but please let me emphasize that I don't want to do bench science at this point in my life.
I am just brainstorming at this point and will supplement this with my own research, too.
As always, thanks in advance.