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phew revisited

I ::heart:: my housemate. in order to keep my bank account from sinking irrevocably into the red, she has agreed to pick up january rent (due some time ago, yes..) for me. this should enable me to eat, though not luxuriously, till my first berkeley paychecks in February. it also gives me a little cushion upon which to sit while I come up with ways to find work for myself. I will be paying her back, of course, but this will help me to stay afloat for right now.

I think, for the time being, I will offer writing tutoring services at various colleges in the area--make up some flyers, emphasize my looong history of teaching composition. I wonder if I should put some up at the art institute....?

in any case, I bet I can make more money tutoring privately than by taking a job at a particular school's writing center. I wonder how much people charge. craigslist research.

the number of people I owe money to in this life is staggering. there are a few I'm even planning on paying back, but there's a list that I have to work through as I go. my therapist thinks it is possible for me actually to make a comfortable living without having to make the suicidal ideation-provoking move of taking a time-clock job somewhere. this is completely new territory for me, who was taught that I would one day take a job with some entity that would then own 40 or more hours of my life every week. the first few times I tried this--well, ask lisagail what I am like with a fulltime job. I pretty much have to be a free agent, self-employed, contractor type worker or I will turn into a raging maniac in short order.

or a drug addict. I tried being an alcoholic but that no longer appeals. many of my work days in my 20s passed sweetly with the help of speed or cocaine, but I can't do those anymore.

thrown upon my own resources. it's happened before, but not usually in the financial arena. that's always been my weak spot. I guess it's time to find out if I've learned anything in the last twenty years.


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Jan. 13th, 2007 10:15 pm (UTC)
yay for your housemate! i'm glad that'll give you time to get your paycheck.
Jan. 13th, 2007 10:42 pm (UTC)
I think I remember $20/hr being the going rate for some of the tutoring services. There were also resume review services as well as thesis review services. At some meeting, this woman mentioned that you could hire people to review the chapters of your thesis for typographic errors and met the stupid school formatting rules.
Jan. 13th, 2007 10:49 pm (UTC)
well, if it's $20/hr where you have lived, it must be $30/hr here. everything in the bay area is more expensive! even milk, which comes from not very far away at all: farms just across the golden gate bridge.

yeah there are a number of editing/proofreading tasks I could whore myself out for. of course, I'd rather do web design, but wherever the money is will have to do for the moment.
Jan. 14th, 2007 12:02 am (UTC)
Yay! About the housemate. And didn't I also read that you got 75% employment from Berkeley?

Good luck. I think you're plenty resourceful and you'll find a way.

Jan. 14th, 2007 12:42 am (UTC)
I got 50% employment from berkeley, which is the maximum allowed full-time students since I'm supposed to be, you know, doing my schoolwork and all that.

I will need at least $500 more a month. $1000 would be nice.

right now I'm doing the fun parts like updating my business card and designing flyers. the hard part will be taking them to the places they need to be. the extra-hard part will be answering the phone when people start to call.

because certainly they will call. right?
Jan. 14th, 2007 01:37 am (UTC)
Maybe they'll email you! The response I got to my one very obscure ad was email, though I'd put my phone number up there too.
Jan. 14th, 2007 06:25 pm (UTC)
yes I will emphasize the email address. especially in the craigslist ads. I don't want a bunch of random internet people knowing my cell number.
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