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post #1 of 6 Old 05-13-2009, 06:18 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Career change to accomadate riding...

Im currently working in bars, doing shift work. I make a good amount of money.. (including tips and wage about 2000 a month) but Id like to get a job that is more of a 7-3 kind of thing because I like riding with others not by myself. I need a job where I make at least around 2k a month to pay for horse stuff, where I can have the weekend off for horse shows etc.. but I need to make a smooth transition and cant really afford to go to school and care for horses... and I have no one to help me out financially.
Have any of you been in similar situations. Or do you have any ideas. Or do any of you make enough money to support your `habit` in areas such as retail, fast food, etc.
The only people I know with horses are either nurses, etc, have husbands that make money or parents that make money.
I usually have to work at 6pm OR if I work a day shift I`m off at 7pm. I have no flexibility in hours and have missed lots of shows because I had to work all day sunday. Its also hard to budget for things like a new saddle when my actual wage only brings in 1200k a month. the rest is all tips.
thanks for any thoughts... im kinda bummed out about this...
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post #2 of 6 Old 05-13-2009, 07:04 PM
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Currently, I am working 25 hours a week at a vet clinic as a tech and about 10 hours a week at the mall at the mini golf course. Im able to afford my horse, but I can't afford stall board or to show every weekend.
Im a student, so it's hard during the school year since I can only work part time. I help out on the weekends turning in horses for an hour which drops my board price a bit. I don't buy myself fancy clothes and my saddle is all second hand but we get by.
Im not sure what you mean by shift work, but could you waitress at a 24/7 type place to get the hours you want? The only thing that worries me there is that because of they pay cut, I dont know if that would work with mortgages or anything.
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post #3 of 6 Old 05-13-2009, 07:51 PM Thread Starter
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I live in a small town. We have a Mcdonalds, wal-mart etc but none of those are even 24 hours a day.
375 a month is the cost of the board at a really small 7 horse barn, where the income of my board helps cover the cost of their horses.
It amazes me you can juggle the time and financials of school, 2 jobs, and a horse!
Another problem is that I dropped out of high school, so my education options are rather limiting.
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post #4 of 6 Old 05-13-2009, 07:55 PM
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Well, my board was only 165. (I make min wage so 6.90 an hour here)

I worked on campus before I moved which I was really lucky for.
I'll try and keep thinking of things but it's so hard to find a decent paying job that doesn't waste you without school...even with school sometimes.
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post #5 of 6 Old 05-15-2009, 01:25 PM
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Working shift work was very difficult. I have been working in the health care field for about 6 years now and have never worked anything but shift work. I actually found it to be quite handy. I was always able to spend a lot more time with my horses during the day when people were away at work or later in the evening.
The only time shift work got me (as far as horses are concerned) was working nights. I would be to tired and my system would always be to much in catch up mode to be able to go out and see the horses.

Changing jobs is not going to change your income, unless it is an actual, better paying job. Keep in mind that if you work a regular monday-friday job, you are going to be stuck in barn traffic which for some people doesn't work.

What is the main problem you are accoutering other than the money(which is a continuous problems for all horse owners)?
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post #6 of 6 Old 05-15-2009, 05:23 PM Thread Starter
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Well the problem with my shift work is that I'm either done at 3am and therefore sleep the day away until I start work again or I finish work at 7:30 pm, which in the winter means no riding after work. Money actually isn't much of a problem for me, because where I work I get paid way more than anywhere else would pay because I've been there soooo long. But I hate the hours and I hate the job. If I switch I'll naturally end up with a lower paying job at which point money will be a problem
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