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freelance alchemist
Yeah, this problem again. 
15th-Nov-2009 02:56 pm
Katchoo - Terry Moore
I need to find a way to bring money into this house that doesn't rule out doing all of the other things I'm doing.

For all that I've had a few crazybusy weeks lately, I actually have a pretty good work/life balance. It's just that the work doesn't pay anything.

We can't help feeling that me getting a job would take a lot away from the family, and probably from my health. It would improve my state of mind to be bringing money in, but it would be difficult for me to not have time for important stuff.

I juggle quite a few doctor appointments in any given month. I have the primary care doc when necessary, but I have regular appointments with the neurologist and rheumatologist, irregular appointments with the allergist, rare appointments with the pulmonologist, and I really should check in with a cardiologist. And now I'll have a gastroenterologist. Yeah, I've been feeling healthier than I've been in some time, but that takes work. *wry smile* And I really only manage this because my schedule is so flexible.

I have BARCC, which is vitally important to me. And again - flexible schedule.

I'm able to be home in the afternoons for Elayna, which I find invaluable.

And, you know, there is the writing of stuff. And any number of other things; I take on a lot because it needs to get done and I can fit chunks of stuff in between other stuff.

And I still do have fatigue ranging unpredictably from manageable to insurmountable.

My life works because I have few commitments outside the home, and I make my own schedule on those commitments, for the most part. I fear that if I give up half of my time, shit is gonna snowball - I fear that the fatigue will prevent me from doing any of the other things I need to be doing.

I am just winging a fervent hope out into the world for a job I can do from home or make my own schedule on, something flexible enough to work with my health. Or for me to just figure something out. There has to be something.

EDIT: I should mention something that compounds the finding-work thing.

I don't have a college degree. Indeed, I do not even have a high school diploma. "Residential treatment centers" and "wilderness survival programs" meant that I really only had about a year and a half of high school. The school credit they were supposed to assign never materialized. I found out at the end of my senior year that I wouldn't be graduating; I had the choice of staying in Utah and doing a second and maybe third senior year, or getting out and just getting my GED. I chose the latter. When I had Elayna (at age 21), I went to community college, but had to leave when I got a job, as I couldn't manage work + single parenthood + school.

Factors beyond my control, yeah, but there's still a certain amount of shame there. So I don't talk about it a whole lot. My guys have seen me cry over this.

It is worthy of note, though, because it helps to explain why finding non-retail work is difficult. Most positions in my skillset require a degree. Which is why I have such fierce hopes for BARCC: since I've been working with them for two years, they know I can do the job, and I do not believe my lack of degree will be a sticking point at all.
15th-Nov-2009 08:02 pm (UTC)
What would be the chances of BARCC ever having a position they would hire you for?
15th-Nov-2009 08:06 pm (UTC)
If they ever can, very high. I've been assured. Wanting to be part-time and not needing benefits help.

Problem is state budget cut of 30%. They can't hire anyone for the foreseeable future.
15th-Nov-2009 08:04 pm (UTC)
I am having a similar difficulty. We don't have enough money. But I can't give any more time to a job.
15th-Nov-2009 08:09 pm (UTC)
Why don't you talk to some sci fi blogs and such that pay for writers? And tell them "I can write you stuff on the following topics, and I come with 1,000 lj readers. OMG WTF PAYG HITZ!! YU PAE NAOW"

15th-Nov-2009 08:23 pm (UTC)
I have 2 friends who do freelance business writing. If you'd be interested, I can put you in touch w/them; they're both on LJ. One of them also does paid tarot readings over the net for a service as well.
15th-Nov-2009 08:25 pm (UTC)
That would be great - thank you!

I have zero tarot skills, unfortunately.
15th-Nov-2009 08:44 pm (UTC)
How about selling your knitting? I love the shawls you've made! I'm pretty broke at the moment, but I'd love to commission a shawl for my wedding in october, and I'd pay for time and materials. Or wrist warmers too!
15th-Nov-2009 08:48 pm (UTC)
*laugh* All the knitters say don't do it! Thing is, it's so time-intensive that I wouldn't be able to reasonably charge anything resembling minimum wage...
15th-Nov-2009 08:47 pm (UTC)
I know this sounds odd, but have you ever looked into getting your real estate license? It's a classic move for women who need flexibility. Downside is it's irregular money. You do have the sales skills though.
15th-Nov-2009 08:49 pm (UTC)
Sorry, that was me.
15th-Nov-2009 09:03 pm (UTC)
With celiac, there's a good chance that once you get that under control that you'll see some major improvements in your energy/fatigue levels. Just as an FYI.
15th-Nov-2009 09:25 pm (UTC)
My company hires people to do 'remote verification' - it's all through the 'net, so you don't have to go to work on any kind of schedule. It's flexible, pays pretty well, and they like to hire people that their employees already know. If you're interested, I'd be willing to put your resume in with my managers.
15th-Nov-2009 09:27 pm (UTC)
Yes, please. (Need to get a resume together...)
15th-Nov-2009 09:31 pm (UTC)
I totally, totally know what this feels like. :(

You have my complete sympathy.
15th-Nov-2009 09:44 pm (UTC)
i'd say, before looking for any kind of job, *prioritize* the stuff you're doing, because if you get a job (even a part-time one), you'll probably have to cut back on some of it. and if you want a job, you need to also think about it as "important stuff". employers can mostly tell.

i've seen a fair number of jobs that come in the form "hey, we need a content writer for $topic for $website. work for us. work from home, if necessary." check craigslist. have writing samples prepared. be wary of scammers, since they're there.

good luck!
15th-Nov-2009 10:32 pm (UTC)
I know someone who's pleased with Need an Article. He says they've never stiffed him.
15th-Nov-2009 09:55 pm (UTC)
Will keep an eye out for work-from-home opportunities. As for the Shame, I hear you there. I felt that way for years about leaving college, but I can't see how I would have been able to finish out sophomore year once the preeclampsia kicked in.
I really hope that someday there will be a BARCC position for you, since you have demonstrated a real gift with communication and self-expression. Your work has been invaluable, as recent events have shown.
15th-Nov-2009 11:10 pm (UTC)
Not terribly job related but I wanted you to know that my dad never spent a single day in college and I don't think ever finished high school. I mean he did by default, I guess but left before graduation on a cross country road trip for 6 months to NYC with his buddies.
He is one of the smartest people I know. He has worked maintenance, construction, and owned his own business for most of my life. He can beat the pants off of everyone in Jeopardy (although never wanted to go be on the show) and had an impeccable sense of direction.
I have more respect for him than a lot of people who have PhDs. He has never let his lack of formal education hold him back and is very open about the fact that he never went to college (something he finds brag-worthy as he pays cash for a brand new truck with all the whistles and bells after he haggled the sales guy down to a rock-bottom deal).
So, in short, you are not your education. Your name all calligraphied on a piece of paper is awesome and all (as I can attest!) but really you are no less awesome without one.
It does put a bit of a crimp in the job and career path thing, but as a personal matter- don't sweat it.
You've done just as well as my dad has and I know if he ever met you, he'd be proud of what you have done for yourself and MOST IMPORTANTLY what you've done for other people.
16th-Nov-2009 12:08 am (UTC)
Good luck finding something. Starting your own business seems a likely path. Amy is making soap.

I never finished college and I've worked different positions that require one for decades.
16th-Nov-2009 12:10 am (UTC)
A while back, issendai posted a link to Demand Studios, along with a description of what they want/offer. I know she has done work for several similar content-on-demand companies; I can ask her about them if you'd like.
16th-Nov-2009 12:13 am (UTC)
I've heard noises about them being scammy.
16th-Nov-2009 01:11 am (UTC)
In my personal opinion, paper qualifications are over-rated.

There are a lot of home businesses you can do. Etsy? Doing commissions? And if you can manage, data entry?
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