Hi Penny Hoarders!
Hope everyone’s having a good Thursday. I've been going through a money situation for the past year, and I was wondering how the rest of you handle this kind of thing.
Early last summer, my husband and I realized we needed to replace our bathroom tub/shower and window — they were in really bad shape. The contractor gave us an estimate that was within our budget, but of course nothing ever goes as planned with home renos. The total cost ended up being 50% more than the estimate (also, we had some unexpected medical bills during this time). I was panicking and started looking for a side gig.
I was lucky enough to get a temporary freelance writing gig — it didn’t pay great but at least it helped me make extra payments on the bathroom reno. The company liked my work enough that they kept offering me more assignments, which I was really grateful for. Every dollar went toward our bills.
I tried to work on the weekends and early in the morning before I started my regular job at The Penny Hoarder, but I was falling asleep by 8 p.m. every night. By March, I was burnt out, and my middle school daughter was complaining that she never saw me.
Unfortunately, by telling that company I needed to pull back for three weeks to take a break, I stopped getting offered assignments. I’ve contemplated trying to find additional jobs, but part of me is glad that the gig is over because I was so exhausted all the time.
Wondering if anyone else has had this kind of experience working side gigs and what you do to find balance. How do you juggle family and multiple jobs without burning out?