What's a good day job while I work on building my Etsy shop on the side?
April 2, 2014 4:11 AM Subscribe
My current day job as an assistant property manager/leasing consultant isn't a good fit for me or for my situation. I'm looking for something with more flexible hours and the opportunity to work from home, as well as something that is less customer service oriented. The hours are inflexible and I have to work Saturdays. Constantly being "on" with people is draining since I am naturally an introvert.
posted by Shadow Boxer to Work & Money (6 answers total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
I'm working on building an Etsy shop selling vintage clothing and would like to branch out to selling new (vintage inspired) designs. I have gotten work designing bridesmaid dresses and would like to do more of that, but it was tricky to balance that with the responsibilities of my day job. Ideally I'd like to build up my side business to the point where I don't need a day job, but I don't see that as a realistic option at the moment so I'm looking for a better set up than my current situation.
So, if you have experience with building up a side business, how did you pay your bills while you did it? I'm looking for something that offers some degree of freedom and energy leftover at the end of the day to work on my side projects, but finding it difficult to approach a job search with that mentality and looking for advice to focus my search.
About my experience/situation briefly: degree in Fashion Merchandising & Design, a few years experience in property management (go figure), previously worked as an Executive Assistant (don't want to do that again) and some temp jobs doing data entry. Live in CT with SO and have some savings, but also loans to pay off. Could probably only float for 2-3 mos. without a steadily paying gig.