I just came back from interviewing with an employment agency. I explained to them that I had a medical condition that between the stress of being a legal/executive assistant, and the long commute, I resigned my last position. They seemed to think it was perfectly plausible. So no long explanation about MS and all its frightening symptoms.
They were very nice, very professional and nice to work with. I asked some questions about executive assistant jobs, and they all include complex meeting scheduling and a lot of travel arrangements. Too much room for error and a lot of stress. I wish I knew if I could handle it without the personal assisting and legal aspects. I suppose if I went in as a temp I could decide if it was too much for me by the time I was offered a job. It’s really hard to resist trying since the money is much better.In the end I decided my best option was to consider administrative assistant jobs. I agreed, reluctantly, because the salary is s much as 50% less than what I was making before I “retired.” I’d actually make more money if I was able to stay on DI, but not much.
Then again, H hopes to retire next year, and if he does, he can clear out his 401k and we could pay off most of our current bills. Then we would only have two car payments, one unsecured loan, and the mortgage. We could make it. There would be no more vacations, no more nights out, no more weekend trips. Christmas and birthday parties and gifts will be scaled back. No more shopping for jewelry or other unneccessary items. At least in the time I’ve been on disability, we have already made a good number of these changes, so it shouldn’t be a very great adjustment to making a lower salary.
In the meantime, I keep promoting my jewelry as much as I can, but so far it has not increased sales. I’ve talked with a couple of shops to see if they’d like to carry my stuff, but so far no dice. I’m getting pretty discouraged, and while I enjoy making the jewelry, it’s not worth it as a business. All together I’ve spent maybe $500 on supplies and ads for my sites with no increase in sales. No sales at all, in fact. Exactly how does someone make money on Etsy? Does anyone make money on Etsy? Should I push my stuff harder in the local shops? It’s not worth it to me if I have to give them a commission, so I’m trying to have them buy a number of items outright. Probably why I’m having no luck.
I also joined SurveySpot.com. Supposedly once you join you answer a lot of marketing and merchandise surveys. In many cases when you take a survey, you get some sort of free samples and/or coupons. They even have a cash drawing for $1,200. It’s fair incentive. So far I’ve only taken about 5 surveys. All extremely boring and very similar. After just one day I want to make up answers just to keep things interesting. I’ll see if I can make any “extra” money with this, because according to the site, you won’t get rich, but you could put your earnings into a savings account. I guess I’ll have to wait and see how it goes.
I neer had a plan when I was growing up about what my life would be. I never planned to get married, go to college, travel. I never planned anything. Then after marrying, my H also did not plan anything beyond getting married and having kids. Throughout my married life we have lived without a plan, letting life push us from point A to point B. We have always lived on the brink of disaster, staying one step ahead of bills most of the time, disaster looming on the horizon. I thought by now I’d have a plan, but I don’t. Maybe only some people are planners and some of us are not. It seems plans are made to be quickly discarded.