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    11-12-2012, 11:04 PM
Temporary lay off in the worst season! :(

Well, one of the places that I was waitressing at went under last week and I got laid off for three weeks from the other one with less than a week's notice while they remodel (good luck to them if they think I'm coming back! ). Great. My 21st birthday is on the 19th and Christmas is fast approaching and quarterly taxes, not to mention rent, board, food, yadda yadda.

Now I have an in for another job that will treat me better (there were far more issues than just the layoff) and give me more hours, but I can't start until I'm 21. Until then I am flat on my arse broke. I have to cut down on barn trips and am trying to move my horse into cheaper accommodations within our barn. I was trying to move him closer to home and to a less expensive facility, but right before our move-out date I got word of the Corona Disease outbreak at the current place, and my horse was showing symptoms.

So it seems that life is throwing me yet another curveball. Anyone have suggestions for coping with something like this? Thank god my boyfriend is helping me pay for food so I don't starve, but I hate to take charity even still. I've been doing online surveys for a short while to get Walmart giftcards and such, but does anyone have other suggestions? Words of encouragement? Super frustrated.
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    11-13-2012, 01:11 AM
Green Broke
Life is always going to throw you curve balls.

I guess the first thing is to be thankful for what you have and don't worry about what you don't have.

If you haven't finished school, go back and get a degree.

Live small and save your money for the times you're looking fast ball but get the curve ball.....up and in, or down and away.....

Keep on smiling.....it might not help but it makes everyone wonder what you've been up too....

Seriously, I think all most all of us have been there......work hard to make sure you're not there again.
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    11-13-2012, 02:59 AM
McDonalds and other fast food joints shouldn't hurt your pride too much. Get out there and apply apply apply.

Keep an eye on Craigslist and careerbuilder. There are a BUNCH of people hiring Holiday Season Temps. Retail stores especially. You are going to likely miss Black Friday, but you could still get in elsewhere. Look into retail merchandising jobs as well.
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    11-13-2012, 07:25 AM
FedEx and UPS also do heavy temp hiring this time of the year. Of course, you'll have to be flexible and not mind working all hours of the day or night.

Good luck. It stinks being out of work no matter what time of the year.
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    11-13-2012, 07:32 AM
Green Broke
Look for temp services, basically yousign up with your skills and register, when employers need a short term worker they call. DONOT give them money, If they ask for money up front it is a scam. Advertise maid service on Craigslist, tutoring service, baby sitting, horse feeding, pet sitting, Any actual jobs are going to take a while to start, sounds like you need income coming in right away.
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    11-13-2012, 12:11 PM
Leaves are EVERYWHERE too. Offer a quick and easy yard cleaning service.

There are jobs out there. I have a full time job, two tiny one day a week part times, and am working on another good part time.
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    11-13-2012, 03:24 PM
Gunslinger, don't I know it. Seems like every time I'm able to save up some money, something drastic happens. I've been mostly living off of noodles and whatever cheap protein I can get for the last few months! What'll really help is not filing a 1099 this year since I'll likely be on a payroll by the end of the year. Paying taxes quarterly is killing me. :/ I tried school in California. It's not going to work out for me here and I can't get financial aid until next year since my parents claimed me as a dependent on their taxes last year. I AM somewhat interning for graphic design already though. It's a start.

LadyDreamer, what jobs do you do? Out of curiosity :)

SpeedRacer, do you have to do any lifting to work for shipping companies? That sounds kinda fun and it's some income at least but I'm not sure if my arthritis would inhibit me? I'm GREAT with customers and have lots of experience there :)

Joe, I'm actually filed with a few temp agencies in my area, but none of them have found openings for me yet. :/ Fingers crossed!

I've been thinking about babysitting/nannying. I was going to call my cousin in Burbank today and ask her for tips since she used to be a high-end nanny. There are certainly lots of kids in the area and I could continue to do it part time when I get (hopefully) hired in about two weeks!

Minimum wage jobs unfortunately don't even come close to a living wage in the bay area-my bf and I are moving out of state at the end of our lease for that very reason. I only wish I had the attention-span he does but I simply can't handle trying to "break" the same video game for 12 hours straight, 6 days a week for months at a time. >_<

Thanks for all of the support and suggestions, everyone! Definitely trying to stay positive no matter what!
    11-13-2012, 03:28 PM
Minimum wage is not a living wage anywhere. You should have higher hopes for yourself than trying to squeak by on minimum wage. So should the boyfriend.
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    11-13-2012, 03:44 PM
DancingArabian, Yes! I agree. If I were to get a minimum wage job it would only ever be temporary or supplemental. Also he gets paid well over minimum wage, though I won't say the exact amount, and he works at the top rated company in his field. He's trying to move up to a management (and much more permanent) position and fortunately the company has offices in a few other parts of the country and Canada since we're sick of our cost to quality of living ratio here!

Also I have the skills but not the experience to get hired full-time for graphic design. I'm working on a few projects now, but I'm not in control of the timelines so I have no idea when that money is coming. :/
    11-13-2012, 03:48 PM
Originally Posted by 2BigReds    
SpeedRacer, do you have to do any lifting to work for shipping companies? That sounds kinda fun and it's some income at least but I'm not sure if my arthritis would inhibit me? I'm GREAT with customers and have lots of experience there.
Depends on what job for which you're applying. They do need shipment warehouse workers, but they're also going to be adding more drivers on for the season.

The requirements for lifting are 50 pounds unaided. Anything over 50 pounds, they don't expect anyone to lift by themselves.

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