(Closed) A little upset about my job right now.

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@nicannette:  Would you consider doing extra work on the side? Like doing hair at wedding venues?

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Hmmm…this is really tough.  I don’t really have any advice, just wishing you good luck!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I feel your pain!  I have a degree in landscape architecture, lost my job in ’08, looked for jobs in my field for awhile before realizing it was pretty useless where I live.  I have worked some random jobs since and never really felt like I was contributing what I would like to be.  Finally, I took matters into my own hands because I realized that I hated relying on others to pay me a crappy wage and work crappy hours.  I started a shop on Etsy almost a year ago and was able to quit my crappy bar job in July.  I’m not to where I want to be yet in sales, but they have been increasing regUlarly and I’m getting there.  Thankfully my husband does well enough to allow me to get through this startup phase.  

I’m now almost 17 weeks pregnant with our first, and the plan is to continue growing my shop at home while taking care of the baby.  So it allows me to stay home but still feel productive.  

As for your situation, I’m not sure of work at home opportunities through an employer, but if you have a little creativity, there are a number of things you can do to make money online (etsy shop, reselling things on EBay, blogging, etc).   It does take a lot of work and research and hours not getting paid before money starts coming in though.   I have a friend that’s a hair stylist and in a similar situation as you, lots of work, little pay in a salon.   She now has a website and does wedding and special event hair & makeup (she also works part time at MAC which helps her meet clients).  It didn’t take that much to get started i don’t think.  And she does well with it, controls her own hours, and has time to go back to school during the week.  And she makes more in 1-2 days than in an entire week before.  

If you are looking to work for someone, just be careful of online “work at home” scammers.  I did a few searches back in the day for this type of work and noticed a lot of sketchy companies out there that wanted to you to pay for lists of jobs or job related materials, etc.  That’s why I quickly gave up on that and just started my own business through a reputable site. 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

What about going to a loft style hair salon?  They have those around here – where you basically pay more in rent but you sell your own products and set your own prices.  You have a room with your own shampoo bowl, key etc. etc.  Do your own marketing but don’t have to deal with maintenance/property insurance type of things. They are nice and super upscale.  The ones around here are called Salon Lofts – I know there is a chain of them.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Oh AND screw anyone who is not completely ecstatic about your pregnancy!! People are SO very selfish sometimes.  Congratulations!!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

You have to pay half of your comissions to the “boss”? For some reason when I read your post I was thinking you rented a booth out. How much do you charge for hair if you are working 40 hours but only bringing in 200? $20 a person??

I pay 65 for my hair cute alone. I hope things turn around for you.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee

First of all, congrats on your pregnancy!!

Would doing hair from your home or mobile be an option for you? Do you specialize in anything hair-wise? I have a lot of hairstylist friends who work from home or mobile because they have kids and it’s worked out really well for them! Can you do weddings?

A friend of mine started out working for herself doing wedding/prom parties and then went from there. She’s now a successful mobile hairstylist.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Is there anyway you can do hair outside of your home? A special license? My Nana has someone come over to cut her hair because she cannot easily leave the house. I would think doing weddings and such would be a great source of income. can you do hair styling (not cutting and color) without risking your license? Wedding s and prom hair might help not cover much but it would be about the same take home for way fewer hours. No advice for other at home jobs, I would love that too. 

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