I admit a few things. I love bakeries and cafes. I love food. I love desserts. And heaven forbid, I’m a diabetic.
However, the time has come where I have to re-assess my personal status in the working world. In short, it was yet another time for me to head out to the job search world and start looking for a second job. I have to admit that I am enjoying my current (part-time) job even though I’m stuck cashiering and expediting food to customers,1 however, some factors came up that prompted me to start seeking for another job to keep myself stable.
One of them are my hours. I used to work almost 40 hours a week. I don’t mind working 6-7 hours a day, but because business has been slower than the usual2 that there was a need for the management to cut hours of a number of us, most especially those who work in the weekday morning-early noon shift. The bakery cafe hired new people (and I believe are still hiring more to this date), so of course, we have to make room for the newbies to work their hours as well.
If I had the money in the world, I wouldn’t mind working shorter hours a day, but I have to be realistic as well. I’ve got plenty of bills to pay. I’m still paying down my student loans, believe it or not. There’s also credit card bills as well, as well as my phone bill. Receiving our paychecks every two weeks doesn’t make it easy for me to pay my bills on time (and they’re all installation payments too), which is why I am now figuring out a few options.
I’m getting my ground in to web designing/development at my friend’s small web hosting company, but this is more of a voluntary position than a paid position. I am also working on my first client website (since 2011 that is) but payment discussion comes right after the product is finished. In short, I’m really stuck.
One of the few things that I started doing to cut back on my personal expenses is that I make my own lunch (or in this case, go home directly just to eat lunch), refrain from purchasing more reference eBooks and even classes on Udemy, even though they always have special sales all the time. I also halted from my purchasing plans on working up with my new camera kit.3 Thank goodness I don’t have to pay for the dress that I’m gonna be wearing for my sister’s wedding this fall4 so at least that’s a good way to save money.
In a way, I feel like I’ve given up a lot of my purchasing power just so I can afford to pay my bills on time. I can’t swing this way if I end up doing this for a very long time. Might as well go for the next option.
Look for a second job. If I get lucky, find a permanent full-time job that’s related to my career path. Then I can finally be happy and stable.
On the sidenote...
- although what makes me love the job the most is being able to serve customers, being able to talk to them, even if it’s for a short time, making them smile. [↩]
- and even on the weekends, so I was told… [↩]
- I’ll have to buy that telephoto lens at the time I finally feel stable financially… [↩]
- that’s because I don’t even know what I’m gonna wear yet… [↩]