(Closed) Does anyone else work part time because they want to?

posted 4 years ago in Career
Post # 61
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Mrstobe26:  Me. I have a bachelors in Biology and a master’s in Educational leadership and after I got married, I had to move to a different state for my husband’s work (much more of the bread winner than my job), so I have started substitute teaching here part time. I love it. I pick my schedule and when and which school I work at. Luckily, I am able to do this because of my husband’s job. 

Post # 63
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Mrstobe26:  Yup we’re similar in age. I am 26, 27 in November. It’s nice to see as a creative person, someone else sharing my mentality.  I hated working in an office setting. I also hold a part-time job on the side that I’ve been at for nearly 9 years now. It’s in the entertainment business, pays minimum wage, but I love it.  I don’t consider myself “working” when I go in.  I’m also a people person, so being cooped up in a cubicle for 8 hours a day drives me insane. I just applied for a part-time position with our local college, so here’s hoping! 🙂

Post # 65
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

over the years, I’ve worked a range of jobs and what not varying between 0 and 60 hours a week. I’ve had a little taste of everything and I can honestly say, 25-30 hours a week is definitely the best. 

My husband makes enough money for us to live on and right now Im working full time for the money. It’s not ideal but for the next year or two, we’re going to save as much money as humanly possible so we have a decent down payment. That  will give a chance to get a solid start on a house and then we will re-evaluate from there. Once theres kids in the picture, we will have a different view on it I think. Neither of us feels like money is worth not raising our own kids. 

If it weren’t for the looming cost of a house (we at looking at around 300,000 for something very moderate and dated but livable and comfortable) we would probably both work part time and enjoy life. A budget goes a long way!  But for now, we suffer the daily grind but certainly not because we want to!

I say power to you, work that part time job and enjoy life! I will be joining you Asap!!

Post # 66
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269 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Mrstobe26:  I think that’s a great move. For me even just that one extra day makes me feel like life is more worth living! Sounds a bit dramatic but it’s true. I know I’ve got time to give myself what I need and I’m never more than 4 days away from a break. Congrats and good luck!

Post # 69
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1184 posts
Bumble bee

If you can earn enough working part time, then all power to you.

I’d like to go part time because I’m at grad school part time and it’s a lot working full time and then evening/weekend study. At the moment, we can’t afford to do it because Fiance is in grad school so I’m the main earner. When he leaves, hopefully I could reduce my hours but it depends on how that will impact on my career progression (sometimes part timers in my line of work are viewed as being less dedicated or ambitious – wrong and illegal but it happens). 

Post # 70
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Busy bee

I would love to be part time at my (currently full time+) job but like other bees have said that’s not in the cards right now.  FI is still in school and we’re both working multiple jobs to save for his looming student loan payments and a house downpayment.  I’m also the breadwinner right now while he’s a student so there’s a lot of pressure to work as much as I can (from myself not from him) to give us a good start when he gets out of school.  Once he’s out of school we’ll continue to hustle until the loans are paid off and a house is bought but after that it’ll be time to start thinking about kids.  If my side hustles have grown enough to where I can mostly make up for the lost wages by going down to part time, I may cut back to part time.  I’d go crazy without a job entirely, but having even one extra day a week to run errands during business hours and clean and cook sounds like a dream.

Post # 72
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Mrstobe26:  I currently work 32 hours at my Graphic Design job (Tues-Fri, 9 -5), and 10 hours, give or take, at my other part time job. I’ll frequently work Wednesday/Saturday at my other job, so Wednesdays I do 9am to midnight. It sucks, but it is what it is. In a few weeks, I’m transitioning to part time at this 9-5 job, so down to 2 days a week. I think the problem for me is that I’ve been working at this other job for nearly 10 years, and as it’s mostly a night business, we open at 3PM and close around 2AM. I’ve always been a night owl for as long as I can remember. My shifts always vary too, it’s never the same hours, or rarely.  I come to realize I hate routine!

Post # 73
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Busy bee

I technically worked 3 jobs this summer(50-55 hrs per week), but I have to say the timing made all the difference. 

My 40 hours came from a job that had me up at 6am but I would be home by 3pm. It was soo nice having the afternoon and evening free, even if I was going to bed at  930ish to sustain the schedule. It also made me feel super productive to be able to do my eight hours and still easily manage grocery shopping and a decent dinner. Also I oddly enough was discouraged from my afternoon nap so that worked well.

Saturdays were tough because my schedule flipped from morning to night oriented (not getting in until 1 or 2 am when your used to being passed out by 10 is….not pleasent). 

 

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