I make $25/hour and keep thinking I could do better. Can I do better?
March 12, 2014 12:32 PM Subscribe
I'm a 35 yo woman who is, IMO, very smart and capable - but I have a very insubstantial work history. What kind of options would I have if I wanted to prioritize earning more?
posted by lgyre to Work & Money (26 answers total) 77 users marked this as a favorite
Ok, so I have a degree in anthropology/history from a respectable school. My work history includes temping (where, insterestingly, I looked so unemployable that the temp agency felt compelled to falsify my resume), retail and food service, extremely spotty work as an unlicensed massage therapist and freelance illustrator and long total gaps due to being a SAHM. The one slightly reasonable source of income I've discovered is writing factual articles for a content mill, which when I'm lucky and fast can pay about $25 per hour. It's scary to have basically one source if freelance income, though, so even other options close to that range would be worth considering.
My skills include mostly being smart and having a really broad knowledge base. I nearly aced the SATs for example, which of course no once cares about in the real world, but I just mean that's the kind of smart I am, and probably why I am having this stupid smart-person problem. I know a lot about world cultures (I've travelled a lot, for one thing), religion, holistic health and the arts. On the other hand, I'm also reasonaly science-literate, good at social media, And I've even dabbled in programming and am generally good with numbers. I feel like I would make a great personal assistant for someone who needs help with many different kinds of things, for example. I'm easygoing, flexible, a good communicator, and willing to try almost anything. Oh! And I can draw and edit graphics, and cook, and, well, give massages - and I'm most of the way through a yoga teacher certification. You see the problem.
My weaknesses include sales (soooo not good at that, which is making my million potential freelance projects difficult) and definitely being an introvert, so I struggle with small talk and informal opportunities. Oh, and I'm severely commitment-phobic about careers, apparently. At this point I kind of just don't care anymore, except that I would really like to be doing something more constructive with my work life. However, due to financial and family circumstances, I have little to no money to invest in myself, and even my time investment is somewhat constrained.
Is it possible? Can I do better?