I used to work limited PT but have always considered myself a SAHM. I've been totally SAHM for about 9 months now. We need some extra money coming in to feel comfortable with our financial situation and to pay off some debt. We are making it, but it's sometimes tight and we'd like the peace of mind that comes with having a little more dough. Things I'm considering:
Watching a child in my home or going to theirs full or part time daylight. Concerns I have: how to do my taxes is probably my #1 concern. I also have no idea what to charge and I'm not even sure if there is any market for a sitter who comes with a kid. Perhaps someone would want me just for the summer...
Getting a part time (3-4 hours, 3 days a week after my husband comes home) job outside the home. I want something I can leave at work. Maybe being an aide at a nearby nursing home (about a 5 minute walk from my house), or even dietary or receptionist staff there? Concerns I have: being away for bedtime. Couldn't start until 5- bedtime sometimes happens at 7. I think I'd be okay waiting until 8 to come home in case she waited up for me. My 3 y/o still nurses to sleep. I can't imagine night weaning. This would have to be a temporary job or at least a temporary shift because we will be moving later this year and won't be close enough to the place for it to be worth it.
My priorities are at home. I know that our financial situation is temporary because once my daughter enters Kindergarten I can go back to work full-time and we can start saving and paying off loans, etc. but it is really hard to live this close to the red, you know? I also feel badly that I can't do things with my daughter that cost money and I know she'd enjoy, like going to plays, amusement parks, museums. With gas prices, we have even been skipping story time some weeks and I feel guilty about it sometimes. So I want some extra money but I don't know what sacrifices to make for it and it feels like such a difficult decision.
What would you do?