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  • Financial Norm? 05/22/2018  1:06pm

    This is a weird, kinda personal one, so please just leave it alone if you don’t have anything to add!!

    I’m trying to figure out if I’m somehow making my life financially harder then it needs to be. I’m working mostly temp stuff nowadays (my boyfriend has a standard 9-5, so I like being able to work days and spend nights with him). I’m able to pull around $450- $500 on an average week. It’s not much but tends to basically cover all that I need, and I only have to squeeze every once in a while.

    Is this about average income wise? I know that if you’re bartending or waitressing at the right place, you can make some major bank, but by and large, am I wasting my time working mostly for $15 an hour?

    Just trying to get a feel!


    I work in fine dining and I make over double that. I work less than 35 hours a week and I never work before 3:30. I would highly suggest getting a stable job that fits your lifestyle so if you need to spend money on (Headshots, class, sheet music) you don’t need to squeeze. It’s there ready to use. This is just my perspective though. I also am up late sometimes so you have to give and take a little.

    Elderlicious 05/22/2018  1:27pm

    This is average to me, but I also don't mind living with less! I am a brand ambassador so I make my own hours and can work as little or as much as I want. I also tour guide on the weekend. I think it depends on what kind of life you want to lead. For me, flexibility is everything and I hate the restaurant biz so these jobs work for me, even if they don't always pay as much. I also can work more on weeks I'm not auditioning as much to make up for less money other weeks. That being said, income is dependent on your expenses so it really depends on your personal finances. You can definitely make more money doing other things but you then might have to compromise on things like quality time with your boyfriend, sleep,etc. But do what works for you and your finances!

    funnyhoney 05/22/2018  1:59pm

    youre talking a pretax 450? That's the bare minimum I think and you will save nothing. How are your office skills? THere are better paid temp jobs that can make $20-25 if you are good and want to do AA, EA work

    dopplegang 05/22/2018  2:25pm

    No, sorry, that's post tax! They're very good, I know the phone alphabet, have extremely good organizational skills, etc. Do you have the hook-up, or at least know where I can find it?

    WayDownBrooklynTown 05/22/2018  2:51pm

    I tend to need a bit more than that to feel comfortable. I love to save as much as I can, when I can. My student loans are also rather high, so I may be in a slightly different situation.

    That being said, I worked temp for a while and it was fine. But I found that I prefer flexible consistency. Right now I'm babysitting through an app called "Urban Sitter" and teaching online for a company called "VIPKID". I make at least $20 an hour doing both and have been making more money in less time this way. Plus, both allow me to create my own schedule. I can accept or deny jobs as I need to. I use VIPKID to cover both my rent and student loans plus some other bills, and then anything I make babysitting is my spending/savings.

    It's really hard to find jobs that make you happy AND make you enough money to survive while giving you time to audition. But it's not impossible. It may take time, but you'll find them. Best of luck!

    If you're interested in VIPKID you can apply here and you can find Urban Sitter in the app store on your phone.

    taphappy 05/23/2018  9:58am

    I def make more than that serving/waiting, but it's a night time gig, which, for me, is great.

    I did work at a few gym/studios that paid way more than that hourly.

    Smactor 05/24/2018  2:01am