I’ve been struggling for a bit with finances for some time now and I’ve been looking for a second job for at least 6 months. Granted I wasn’t applying for jobs every day but I was looking. I finally got a job offer this Saturday! Still need to go through all the drug testing, background check, etc before I can actually start working but at least I finally have a second job. That takes a little bit of stress off my shoulders. I’ll be working a part-time position as a valet parking runner for one of the hotels downtown and I’m actually kind of excited for this. All of my job history is in the veterinary field so I’ll be expanding my skill set. Also, since the parking garage for the hotel I’ll be working for is 4.5 city blocks away, I’ll be getting my exercise in. This is the first time I’ll be working for tips and I’ll be working outside. I spend too much time inside I think so this will be beneficial to getting me out in the sunshine and mostly fresh air.
There are only 2 drawbacks that I can see with working a second job. First, I won’t be home as much. I don’t worry overly much about the critters because the other than the pup, they’re pretty self-reliant as long as I give them some food and keep the boxes clean. With the pup, I believe that his mother will spend some more time with him and take him out for a walk while I work. The second drawback is that I won’t be able to visit with my family for some time unless they come up here to visit with me. Holidays especially will be more difficult to get away. Since I don’t work holidays at my primary job, I’ll be pretty much guaranteed a shift at this second job. I figure that between holiday pay and tips, it’ll be well worth it to stick around. The way I’ve figured it, for the next 2-3 years I’ll work 2 jobs. In 1 – 1.5 years, I’ll have all my debts paid off and then I can continue to work a second job to save for surgery. After I take care of those 2 things, I’ll be doing just fine financially on one job. I’m young enough that 2-3 years isn’t much in the grand scheme of things.
If all goes according to plan, I’ll be able to pay for my surgery without having to take out a loan once my current debts are paid off and I’ll be able to get surgery within 3 years at most. And I won’t have additional debts to pay off once I do get my surgery. This is better than I had been hoping for, especially in the last few months. I have a more positive outlook on my future now.