Need a Part-time Job

Updated on February 11, 2010
A.J. asks from Georgetown, TX
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I'm a stay home mom of 28 months twin boy and girl. I have a loving and supportive husband, and right now, I'm feeling really stressed and bored from being in the house and I also fell that would be good for the kids to spend some time in a different environment and of course, we need some extra income. So, a part-time job would be a good way to start. I was thinking about trying the libraries in town, so I was wondering if anyone out there knows how I can get the basic training to have a chance of getting a job as a library assistant or something like that ....I'm not talking about a 4 years college degree, but something that could teach me the basics of the library system in a short period of time. I already have a college degree in History and I worked in a major University for many years, but I haven't been out there for quite some time.
Thanks for taking the time to help me, a really appreciate.
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C.B.

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Hi A.,

I know exactly how you feel. I felt the same way. You want to be a great Mom and wife, but you need some "Me" time, and a way to feel that you are contributing to the bottom line. Instead of going to work for someone else, I started my business in the Healthcare Industry with an extraordinary networking company. I have an opportunity to help others get their bodies and life back in shape (Lose up to 3 sizes), and their nutrition. When I see their self-esteem pick up and their excitement about their health - it makes my day. In addition, instead of having to pay taxes on the additional income from a part-time job, I get to write off my business expenses, like mobile phone, landline phone, office space (a room or area in my house), travel, mileage, and so much more. Also, after spending time doing some things that I like, and being able to contribute to the bottom line for my family with additional income and write-offs, I am a better Mom and Wife, and I now have balance in my life. I also love the flexibility of having my own schedule. It all made sense to me, and if it makes sense, it makes dollars! :-) If you are interested in hearing more about what I do, and how I balance it, send me an email in my inbox and we can connect. Good luck to you in your search.

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J.S.

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You can volunteer @ the library to learn how they work.

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H.A.

answers from Houston on

Have you thought about substitute teaching at a local school district? You can usually work as much or as little as you want. I've been doing this for a couple of months, and have seen several posts for librarian or library aids. Just a thought. Good luck!

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D.C.

answers from College Station on

I was in the same situation after my first was born. I actually dealt with postpartum depression and stuff.

I hope you make a two-column list of A) advantages to starting a part-time job and B) disadvantages of starting a part-time job. You have already listed "extra income" for that column A, but I suggest you also get an estimate of the amount of income you would bring in minus the cost of day care for the twins.

Please consider alternatives like finding a local play group and meet other moms, maybe make new friends.

For me, it was after the fact, I would have chosen an at-home business which would get me out of the house once in a while (once a week) so day care expenses were low and still engage me in something I love to promote.

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L.G.

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I think the stress of working isn't worth it. What if you are scheduled to work and one of the kids is sick. Who is going to really love your babies and take care of all their needs like you do?

I would take the kids to the library, the park, go for walks and explore the neighborhood, go on a scavenger hunt, etc. Get outside and get something to keep your kids with you. My daughter liked the little strap that attached to our wrists. It gave her some independence, yet didn't feel like a harness. They have cute backpacks now - great to put in a drink, snack and "treasures" that you can find along your way. Look to see if there is a MOPS near you. It is a great weekly program for Mothers of Pre-Schoolers (all ages under school age). It saved my life. I enjoyed talking to other moms in the same boat I was in while I knew the kids were being well-cared for and it was just a couple hours a week.

You have the best job in the world. In the evening, plan a night once in a while where your husband watches the kids so you can have some time with the girls or by yourself, whatever. Also make sure your husband has time with the guys and you stay home with the kids. We forget that he needs that as well.

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J.C.

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Hi A.,

I was looking for the same thing and I came across a site to sell gift baskets (by accident) and I'm hooked! Visit my website at www.mylabellabaskets.com/janetc.html You can do this part-time or full-time and it's FUN and it also helps single mom's who are going through hardships. I love it and it's really an opportunity worth checking out. I have ran across so many "at home" businesses that were scams but this one is truely a real opportunity! I think you will be pleasantly surprised as I was. Good luck in whatever you decide to do!!!

K.I.

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I would think you would already be qualified to work in a library. We all learned the Dewey Decimal system in school, right?

Good luck with your new endeavor!

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J.V.

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I feel your pain. I have two school aged kids and one at home, and I have been trying to get part-time work as well. I do substitute teach, which I love, but I need advanced notice so I can get child-care as it is not regular enough to pay for me to put him in regular child care.

I don't know anything about work from home opportunities. I always feel like I am being sold something when I see those responses. I have never actually met someone I can trust who has actually done the work from home thing besides people who have office jobs that allow them to work from home on occasion.

As far as the library, I am not sure. I think if it is your aspiration to work in a library, you should consider going back to school to add Library Science to your degree? You would not have to start from scratch... at least go back to a 4 year college for coursework. Here are some TX universities that have Library Science as a degree: http://www.resumeminers.com/universities/library-science-...

Good luck!

J.

N.R.

answers from Boston on

HI A.
I know how you feel. I started my own business and it was the best thing I ever did. I am still a full time mom but I am able to get out and talk to adults. I am my own boss so I can work my schedule around my kids. I would love to share with you what I do. If you would like more information let me know.

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N.B.

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Well... I can't help with the library situation, but I felt the same way as you. I was tired of being in the house all the time. I just wanted to get out once in a while and make a little money at the same time. I ended up becoming a Pampered Chef consultant. Basically, people have these shows and invite their friends over, while the consultant makes something yummy using Pampered Chef products. If the people like the products, then they can order some. It did cost a little money to get the kit to be a consultant, but it wasn't that bad, considering what you got in the kit. And it is a lot of fun. I got the chance to hang out with my friends quite a bit because of it. And usually only women have shows, so there's lots of talking and laughing and just having a good time. I liked that about the Pampered Chef. You get to be the boss and make as much money as you want because you get to work when you want. You choose! How great is that? And it's not a pyramid scheme or anything like that. Yes, if you sign up under a higher consultant, I think they're called supervisors once they have five people under them, but they don't really make much money off of you. I think 10% every time you do a show and make money. It doesn't really affect you in any way. At least, it hasn't affected me. I haven't had to give up parts of my paycheck, that is. And at first, I thought if you didn't have at least one show every month then you couldn't be a consultant anymore, but that's not true either. If you go two months without having a show then you lose the points you had earned, but that's it. And the points are for things like appliances or trips to Disneyland. If you care about the points, which I didn't, then you have to have a show every month. But if you don't, you can still be a consultant even if you haven't done a show in 6 months or so. So, if you like cooking and getting together with friends and what not, I would suggest that. Like I said, it's a lot of fun and there's really no pressure. I hope this helped in some way. :)

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N.D.

answers from Houston on

I wouldn't have the first clue, but you might just call the local libraries first and see if they need help and are willing to train. You might not need any additional outside training. Sorry, that is all I could think of.

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N.H.

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Sorry I'm posting this a bit late but as far as I know, those types of library positions usually only require basic office skills & sometimes the dewy decimal system that the books are filed by & also, perhaps some computer knowledge like Word or other programs which you can learn more about on Microsoft's website, they usually have free tutorials if needed. Also, if that doesn't wk out for you, try www.west.com or www.liveops.com or even www.alpineaccess.com. These are all legitimate work at home customer service jobs. I've worked for west & currently for Alpine. Alpine & live ops were both featured on the news as well. West & live ops is great for people that need very flexible schedules, Alpine is a bit strict on things so I hope this helps! Good luck.

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