Talk me off the ARRRRRRGGG! ledge
April 20, 2014 1:00 AM Subscribe
I'm sorry that this is question #500 from me about how broke am I, but anyway, here it is! I am having a harder time finding a second job than I thought I would, I have to go out of town for family related reasons in the next couple of weeks, and I have been beating my head against the pavement interviewing every damn day and still - nothing! What sort of short-term jobs can I look for to make enough cash that I am not totally freaking out?
posted by ablazingsaddle to Work & Money (20 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I currently work as a hostess at a pretty nice restaurant in Los Angeles. We have a new manager, and my shifts sort of suck. I had a serving job, but business slowed down a lot and they took me off the schedule. I'm in a play and I anticipated being pretty poor during the rehearsal process, but I have been job hunting my face off since we opened in early April, and still - nothin'. Dropping resumes off at various restaurants, stalking Craigslist, asking my friends for leads - I've become a little obsessive, honestly. I've had an interview every day this week. I might have a job at a restaurant opening in a month, but I need money NOW. I have savings, but I am really sick of having to dip into them. Watching my money slide away is distressing.
Since I realized that I would probably not find a restaurant job before leaving for my sister's graduation, I've applied to work at a few call centers. What else can I look for? I don't need to make a lot of money - I already have one job, I just need an extra $150/week or perhaps even less. I've ruled out background work because it can be extremely difficult to get, but what else is there? I think I don't weigh enough to sell plasma. I have a few things that I'm trying to sell, but honestly, I just want to stop tapping into my savings.
In short: My availability sucks, I don't need to make a lot of money, and I'm not terribly picky. How have you made fast cash?
(I'm in Los Angeles).