I’m a wedding and event planner and I only work about 15 hours a week. It suits me well and I love it! However, I’m barely breaking even after the costs of childcare. My husband travels for work so 90% of the time I have to pay a nanny. Most of my events are on Saturdays with the rare Sunday wedding or Friday rehearsal. So, I’ve got Monday through Thursday to fill and I’d love to make a little more money. I’ve tried to find an office to help out at or a even a bar to tend. The problems are…
- Most daycares dont take kids part time.
- Most part-time jobs dont pay well.
- Nannies are expensive.
I love my job so much that I’ll do it for free but one day I’d like to, you know, pay a bill or something. I’ve considered nannying or working at a daycare facility but I’ve never done that before and it would be strange to start that now. The only way I figure that I can work a second job would be an online or telecommuting job that I can do from home while Liam naps or after he goes to bed (i.e. NOT have to pay for childcare). Eventually I will take on more clients and probably wont need two jobs. Maybe I don’t even need a second job right now, maybe I do. I’m just trying to be content with where I’m at, soaking up the time I have with Liam, and pining for days where I can feel like I’m contributing to the household budget.
Questions for you, readers:
- How do you balance the costs of childcare with your career?
- Have you considered a part-time job/part-time daycare scenario?
- Do you work because you love it? Because you have to?