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Part Time Job Update

April 30th, 2014 at 05:22 pm

So, Tuesday evening I started my part time job. You may recall I was hired at $10.00 per hour as a handyman for an elderly MD in a neighboring town. The MD is a kind man who is rather eccentric and scatterbrained. One of those individuals who "is so smart, he's a knucklehead" type of person.....lol.

Well, he has been renovating his deceased mothers house for about....ummmmm....100 years and a portion of the attic is ready for some final dry wall work and painting. I applied a second coat of "mud" to some drywall work that was started but left undone by his last handyman and put up one coat of primer/paint in another section of the attic. The plumber needs to finish the bathroom and then I can hang the rest of the drywall, tape and mud it and paint.

By the looks of the house, I can rest assured part time employment for about.....ummmmm.....100 years. The house is about 2500 s.f. with a new three car garage, four new bathrooms, and renovations started in every room throughout. Nothing is complete and although I feel exhausted for him, I am happy to think I may be allowed to chip away at this job for a long time.

I am humbled by the hourly wage and thankful for the extra income, albeit about ~$40.00-~$50.00 per week. The drive is about 15 minutes from my home and not all that intrusive. In fact, a portion of my travel for my "real job" takes me right by the exit and thus, for example, tomorrow, I will bring my "work clothes" with me, hop off the expressway and put a few hours in prior to going home.

I am going to put 1/2 of the earned income in my savings account the other 1/2 in my Loose Change fund. If I can consistently bring in $200.00 per month minimum, that will be a nice little chunk of change come Christmas time.

Finally, my dad who is back from his summer home in Florida has again promised me some side work this summer with him. That is about $12.00 per hour and although much more physically demanding (my dad is a retired plumber who just can't let go of the grind), he will take great care to get me as many hours as possible.

All in all I am so very blessed! I have a great job. Great employees. Great peers and hopefully growth opportunities. And now, I have some earning opportunities that will not infiltrate my time with my children. Little by little I hope to rebuild my nest egg. Finding new ways to save without sacrificing fun and reaping the benefits of my labor is so exciting to me. Maybe someday soon I can start contributing to my retirement again. In any event, slow and steady wins the race an maybe the nice guy won't finish last anymore. Jamie

4 Responses to “Part Time Job Update”

  1. Miz Pat Says:

    Wow - what a blessing! Congratulations.

  2. i Says:

    What is the agreement with the old gentleman about how your hours as tracked? If he has had a series of handymen working on the place over a number of years I am guessing there has been disputes about time/pay. If a tradesmen is on site when you're there, I suggest asking how he submits bills and whether there are pay disputes. I realize each room has it['s own challenges but I think it's in your interest to use your phone to note how long it takes you to install a sheet of drywall, how long to mud a 12' x 15' room etc. Taking a photo of the area to be drywalled and photo of job done will support your claims if the contractor isn;t there to verify.

    Never know, this might lead to a side business.

  3. creditcardfree Says:

    Sounds like a great gig and you have great plans for the cash!

  4. wowitsawonderfullife Says:

    I agree with I. I wondered why there were various contractors. Perhaps if the client sees before and after picts and some closure on a project or two he will be satisfied with you for life. And I congratulate you on taking a humbling pay rate. I'm doing the same - at least I have work. An extra couple thousand a year can make a huge difference.

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