(Closed) What do you do to pay the bills?

posted 9 years ago in Career
Post # 3
29 posts
  • Wedding: May 2012

I am a size 2 fit model- basically a human mannequin! ๐Ÿ™‚ it is such a fun job, but stressful since I have to stay a “perfect” size 2 all the time!! But I make $160-350 an hour so the job is TOTALLY worth it!!! haha

Post # 4
7769 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

@soon2bhis:  I know what you mean.  I am still working on figuring it out.  So is DH.  He is an amazing artist but he works a “real job” processing claims in insurance.  :/  In some ways, there are SO MANY things I want to do that it is difficult to choose, but at the same time I have to find something that actually holds a possibility of getting a job I can stand.  Yeah.  I have done many things and know I can do anything, but I am now commited to being an artist for better or for worse.  I am working on opening a studio.  For now, I make very little, but I believe in myself and keep working hard toward my goal.  At least it is something that matters to me, and I hope to get a studio started and have something payoff financially eventually!  DH still thinks about giving up on design and going for nursing… we could DO anything, it is just so hard to figure it out!

ETA: There is tons of competiton for design here, and that makes it tough.  DH got a job for a photographer doing touchups that he said he could do in his sleep, but it was VERY WAY TOO part time.  He could not support a family on that!  :/  Oh, the struggle…

Post # 5
5493 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

I’m an attorney.  It pays very well.  But 3 years in I’m starting to doubt whether I want to do this for the rest of my life.  However everything else that I would want to do would pay so much less and that’s scary.  I’m used to a certain life style and I’ve got a mountain of studen loans from law school to pay off.

Post # 6
2825 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I  manage a small horse farm and clean my fiance’s bar part time…  I only make about 15-20k a year but working at the farm is what I love, cleaning the bar just fills in the gaps… Luckily Fiance owns the bar so he is the bread winner in our relationship. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 7
3942 posts
Honey bee

I’m an HR manager with a large company. The pay is ok, but has the potential to be much higher as I gain more experience.  I have a Bachelors degree in HR and have been working in the field for about 6 years now.

To be honest, I don’t love it. But I dont hate it either. It pays the bills and I’m good at it, but I sometimes feel stuck. I feel lucky that I was able to land a job actually using my degree, but there are days (like when I need to lay an employee off), that I really question my career choice.

Post # 9
2495 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

I’m an elementary teacher and absolutely love it!  This was what I was meant to do with my life!

ETA:  I forgot to put what I make!  I make between 20-25k depending on taxes/union fees, but I am also part time and make exactly half salary.  I would much rather be working full time, but with DH being away in school, it’s a perfect schedule to fit in weekend visits.  

Post # 10
7769 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010


Totally!  Exactly that.  I want to work outside with wildlife biology like I interned in college, and at a farm like I interned in college, and go to law school, and be an artist.  AHH!

Post # 11
326 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I run a little allergy testing/allergy shots clinic in a pediatrician’s office. I test do skin tests on kids whose allergy or asthma symptoms aren’t responding to well to medication, and then analyze the results to determine what kinds of mold or pollen or whatever they’re allergic to. If they need it, I make the medication they need for their allergy shots. I also train their parents on how to give their shots at home and just sort of generally monitor their progress.

Today I did a one-year follow-up for a kid with pretty severe asthma. He used to be in the ER all the time because of his asthma. Last year he was allergic to 42 things. Today? 15. And he hasn’t been to the ER in months. Rewarding!

Post # 12
2457 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I work as an Urban Designer/ Town Planner for a large consultancy. I get to do everything from detailed design work to City Masterplans, Planning for Aboriginal communities to feasibility and scoping studies. I get to travel to remote places most people dont ever go too! 

I love my Job! I hope maternity leave in June wont stunt my career to much

Post # 13
4464 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Marketing for a large financial firm.  I like it.  My dream job would be in horror films/genre or at an animal shelter.  But it’s not going to happen.  I work to live…I don’t live to work ๐Ÿ˜‰

Post # 14
241 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

HR Project Manager for a large company. I make really great money. I have been in HR for 8 yrs. My bachelor’s degree is in Psych and Business Admin. My Master’s degree is in I/O Psychology. I have had some trying moments in my profession. One of my most trying moment was when I worked as an HR Generalist for a large Automative maker (that will remain nameless..lol) and I had to lay off 107 people, many of which I had grown fond of while working alongside and with them. My proudest moments come from coaching/training managers and staff and seeing them improve over time.  I live by the chinese proverb” Give a man a fish and you can feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime”. It’s nothing better to me, in my profession, than seeing those you’ve coahced/helped walking in self sufficiency and competency! Makes me feel like what I do really matters!



Post # 15
1924 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’m in grad school right now but I’m studying to be a high school history teacher.  I do student teaching so I feel like I’m working.  Next year, i hope to get a job at a high school in the LA school district, and I’ll get paid about $45k.  Not wonderful for living in LA but still much more than I’ve ever been paid!  My Fiance is in grad school to be a doctor, so he’ll be makin’ the big bucks one day ๐Ÿ™‚

I absolutely LOVE teaching.  This is what I’m supposed to be doing.  

Post # 16
299 posts
Helper bee

I’m an accountant at a non-profit that helps at-risk youth finish high school and learn job skills while performing work for the community.

I love my job.  I get frustrated at times, but mostly because I haven’t been there long and I’m still learning.  I hate not knowing how to do things :).  My work is interesting, and even though the pay is only average, we have awesome perks like 55 paid days off a year and flexible hours.  Plus I have my own office with a window.  This is my first career job and I laugh to my boss that I will never leave because I’ll never have such a nice work situation.

I have a bachelor’s in accounting and an MBA focused in accounting.  I’m almost done with the CPA exam as well, one test left.  I am interested in getting a PhD someday though… we’ll see.

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