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Financial Considerations 
4th-Jun-2013 03:25 pm
Judah's portion of the rent was $600/month. (And he was supposed to be paying 1/4 of the utilities, but he hasn't been doing that.)

The small inheritance from my grandmother earlier this year cleared debt out of our monthly expenses to the tune of $600/month.


Guess how much we need to pay for Elayna's college, after scholarships and grants?


All the plans were based on our financial situation remaining stable. Judah had promised to go from 1/4 of rent and utilities to 1/3 when Elayna moved out, which would have made it manageable. Barely manageable. We were already looking at some lean times.

With a sudden $600/month hole in our budget, and no idea if Judah will pay while he's leaving his stuff here and no idea when he's going to clear it out - thus meaning that we have no idea when we'll be able to look for a roommate - things are dire and up in the air.

We need to be bringing in more money, so I need to get a job.


My health is too variable for me to have a regular day job. We had big problems at BARCC when I'd have to be out for a week or two due to respiratory infections, or the three weeks I needed each for pneumonia and norovirus. Plus my sleep schedule is weird, and I definitely do not have the spoons for anything full-time.

What I can absolutely do is part-time work from home. I am a badass copyeditor. I am a badass admin. I make things go! I am happy and non-bored doing data entry. I can promise 20 hours a week. I just can't promise that they'll be the same 20 hours, and I can't promise that they'll all be outside my house.

If you hear about anything that fits that description, please let me know.
4th-Jun-2013 07:50 pm (UTC)
Might the change in your finances result in a change in Elayna's financial aid? Or does this all wind up flying under the radar of what they look at?

I'll keep an eye out for work that sounds up your alley.

4th-Jun-2013 07:53 pm (UTC)
We can inquire, but it looks like the only number they take into consideration is Adam's take-home pay - not rent, not debt. :(
4th-Jun-2013 09:02 pm (UTC)
I have sent you an email I don't want to talk about in public spaces. It is from CBPotts (at) gmail - that is me :-)
4th-Jun-2013 09:04 pm (UTC) - Might consider micro-jobing
I pretty routinely use Task Rabbit to get things done, from repairs to shopping to editing blog entries. Might we worth a look. Pay isn't fantastic, but it's SUPER flexible.
4th-Jun-2013 09:06 pm (UTC) - Re: Might consider micro-jobing
*nods* I'd much rather have one thing than a dozen small jobs that suck up all my spoons, but can look at that.
4th-Jun-2013 09:20 pm (UTC)
A friend of mine in a similar situation worked for Demand Media Studios for a while, but I hear it can be very annoying work, and it doesn't pay well AFAIK. Still, as a last-resort option, it's there, I guess. I've never tried, it's US/UK/Canada only.
4th-Jun-2013 10:21 pm (UTC)
hey, you don't know me, but we have a bunch of friends in common (one of whom pointed me here) and I've seen you at Wiscon and such. My company does 5-15 hour/week work from home, we're a bit backlogged at hiring but it's good steady work that is entirely set your own hours within that range, just need a web browser, and I think at least one person on your flist may work for us. :) I'm this username at gmail if you'd like to hear about it.
4th-Jun-2013 10:38 pm (UTC)
You might want to talk to haikujaguar who is a rather good indie author, and I think might be looking for an editor... and could at least help monetise your writing.
4th-Jun-2013 11:00 pm (UTC)
You are extremely brave and strong. I am so sorry you have had this happen and that it is causing such major, nasty ripple effects.

There are several companies that have sprung up in the last few years that are virtual administrative assistants. I don't know of any specific companies to vouch for (and assure they aren't scams) but I know they are out there. That and there are several places that I've seen lately looking for writers (apartment therapy and other notcot blogs for example.)

You your family will get through this in time. You are an inspiration. *hugs*
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5th-Jun-2013 01:08 am (UTC)
I agree...an eviction notice, if the fees are doable, could help for the long term.

My sympathies for the situation. Added stress is definitely not good for these times.
4th-Jun-2013 11:25 pm (UTC)
My copy editor sister has been doing transcription; it is doable from home, and you can sign up for whatever size jobs you think you can take on. If that is a thing that would have any interest for you, let me know and I can send you info.
9th-Jun-2013 12:38 pm (UTC)
I am interested!
4th-Jun-2013 11:30 pm (UTC)
I don't have anything helpful to say on the practical side, but I'm sorry this is happening. While I'm sure you'll triumph in the end, I regret that your victory is necessary.
5th-Jun-2013 02:22 pm (UTC)
4th-Jun-2013 11:51 pm (UTC)
I don't know if my publisher (www.stormmoonpress.com) is still hiring editors, but they may still need a couple. It's work-from-home. Email editor@stormmoonpress.com and feel free to mention my name. The worst they can do is say no.
5th-Jun-2013 06:57 pm (UTC)
They are, but they are busy moving type-setting in-house, so you have to be patient and dogged. I have been trying to pin a job down for two months, though at least half that delay is my own medical schedule in the same time period (two minor-ish surgeries, trying to schedule a less minor-ish one).

I do have to say, the pay is kind of abysmal based on my research, but they are a paying client to help boost a freelancing editor's credentials, if that's a thing one needs (I do). The advice I was given was to email them with an attached resume highlighting my editorial experience, including any time spent doing beta work in fandom (one of the founders and owners started in fandom), and including any publishing credits as an editor. Mentioning pro writing credits is also helpful. Definitely mention rikibeth's name. I get the feeling candidates with existing connections to the business are strongly preferred.
5th-Jun-2013 12:57 am (UTC)
I found some success in making a little money through UserTesting.com, sitting at my computer and taking 20 minute tests for $10 a pop. It takes some patience to wait for a test you qualify for to come through, but I found it quite rewarding for very little effort.
5th-Jun-2013 01:13 am (UTC)
Probably not very helpful but Amazon Mechanical Turk pays you pennies for doing stupid tasks like answering "is this a picture of ______"

I used to do mobile answers work for ChaCha.com and KgbKgb.com....... ChaCha's pay structure is horrid now, Kgb is a little better but I don't think they are accepting people in the US currently
5th-Jun-2013 02:02 am (UTC)
I know how much you want everything to be absolutely perfect for Elayna. But... it might be sensible to have her pick up a part-time retail job. It's something of a rite of passage in and of itself, most places tend to be flexible about working around a school schedule, and it would let her own part of the college experience in a way that I don't think she would if she gets it all handed to her. I also can't help thinking that the experience would stand her in good stead as she moves into her desired career and her adult life. Everyone should have a retail or customer service job at least once.

I worked full-time when I was in college, and I also had what we now know was the onset of Lyme disease going on, and I still got good grades. It takes good time-management skills, but lots of people work while going through college. And it would let her pull some weight as an adult, which is a very affirming thing to do in the long run.

I say this with love. I know you want to see her succeed, but you have to take care of yourself first.
5th-Jun-2013 10:47 am (UTC)
There are often student jobs on campus that pay better than retail and treat people more like human beings. I worked 3 part-time jobs my junior year and 2 my senior year, doing IT, training, TAing, and plating all the organisms for the microbiology lab classes.
5th-Jun-2013 12:14 pm (UTC)
What they said about college jobs. I did some of both of those kinds of jobs. I kind of imploded in the later part of the retail jobs, but undiagnosed sleep apnea was the culprit there. The campus library or local public library could be an option too. Shelving books is mostly peaceful work and most systems will let shelvers have music/earbuds nowadays.

It also occurred to me, do you have someone staying and watching the house during Elayna's graduation? I know you changed the locks, but prime time for assholes to try stupid things is when they know everyone will definitely be out of the house for an extended period.

Also, when him/his stuff is finally gone..... smudge the blue fuck out of that space. If you can't do sage, salt water works too.

Edited at 2013-06-05 12:24 pm (UTC)
9th-Jun-2013 12:41 pm (UTC)
She will be working! And yes, we did.
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