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Here's the beginning of the road.

September 12th, 2013 at 12:24 pm

Today is my first day. I don't know if I'll stick to this blog but I sure hope so. Things have not been easy for me but with the help of my now loving husband we've been fine.

I'm currently working 2 jobs and it's been stressful and to add to the mess my husband is now doing the same for when my assignment ends. My second job is approximately minimum wage I work there still because I can't rely solely on unemployment.

Last time I was unemployed long enough that I had used up my claim which is when I got my part-time position. When I was finally approached about a contract position in my field I had not been gainfully employed for 9 months. That was a scary time for both myself and my husband but we made it through.

Financially I am doing okay but I still have one last credit card to pay off, a car loan, and student loans. Until this position I had no savings. Now that I do have savings don't feel that its enough.

I learn more everyday and this website has already taught me a lot and helped me set clear financial goals.

I hope this blog will help others like me to figure out what to do with our finances. Unlike most temps can't count on having a steady income. They have to make due with what they can get and hope they gained enough experience to be hired by the company or land another great assignment.

It's a really rough place to be financially but with some common sense and support (either a stash of cash for yourself, unemployment or someone who can help you out in the interim) you can stay sane as you navigate though.

16 Responses to “Here's the beginning of the road.”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Welcome to SA!

  2. Permanent Temp Says:

    Thank you! Smile

  3. Ima saver Says:

    Welcome, glad you have jointed us!

  4. Miz Pat Says:

    Welcome and best wishes for success both financially and in life.

  5. LuckyRobin Says:

    Welcome to the blogs. Blogging will help with the staying sane part. It's a great outlet for everything.

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  8. PatientSaver Says:

    Temping is extremely hard. Not only is your long-term income and employment picture really uncertain, but you constantly have to prove yourself with each and every new assignment. It can also be stressful due to not having a support network of friends you've made over time at whatever office you're working at. It makes it that much harder when you have to figure out everything on your own, without benefit of a friend who can help you acclimate more quickly.

  9. pjmama Says:

    Welcome! We all come to this journey at different points, but it's important that you're even starting. I hope you find this site to be just as helpful as I have over the years!

  10. baselle Says:

    Welcome! I was a temp after I left science in 1996, and had been off and on until 2000. PatientSaver's experiences are similar to mine. Keep yourself sane, and let us be your sounding board.

  11. CB in the City Says:

    Welcome, and best of luck to you!

  12. Permanent Temp Says:

    Thank you all for the love and temp advise. I'll be sure to keep it in mind.

  13. Lal Says:

    What sort of temp work do you do? What about moving for a permanent position?

  14. Permanent Temp Says:

    I have a science degree so I do science related work. Permanent positions are few and far between it seems. I have increased my hourly rate greatly in taking temp positions leveraging each into a better opportunity. Things are going well in my current one and they have spoken of keeping me on for contracts.

    If I had been hired at my first temp job I would be making much less than what I do now each year even with intermittent employment. The situation I am in felt like curse but it has made me strong and resilient. At this time I am looking to maintain the position I have in a contract capacity while I look at other income opportunities. I have been blessed and my entrepreneurial spirit has been revived.

    At this time I am looking for a way to keep income coming in all year round. I am trying to create a full-time position for myself rather than hope that one is bestowed upon me. My goal is to get that up and running within a year's time. If it works great if it doesn't it didn't hurt to try!

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