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post #101 of 120
While I am not currently employed and not sure if I will pursue this, i got my massage license prior to having DS. My theory is/was you can make a minimum of 30$ hour plus tips and fairly flexible schedule. It's hard work and you'd have to really enjoy touching people, which sometimes, I think I'd rather not. But hey, some people really do enjoy it and make great money. I think my school was about $1,500 dollars and took a year and half part time. It varies wildly. I'm still trying to figure out what my passion is and how I can make it work for the two of us.
post #102 of 120
Originally Posted by samy23 View Post
Wow good for you!

I really don't think nursing is an option for me, I suck terribly at math...which you need as a nurse to do heart rate, blood pressure, measure abouts of medicines, weighing patients and such....it seems like a whole lot of math and that's one of my worst subjects, unfortunately.
Math is my worst subject. Absolutely. And I do well in nursing. Calculators are useful in critical care medicine, but honestly, there is very little math otherwise.
post #103 of 120
I ran across this thread and wanted to mention my job. I'm not a single mom anymore, but I sure wish I had made this money while I was....and also I work with some single moms.
What about a call center type job...you know, sales or customer service?

I wouldn't do "commission only" sales honestly, but at a lot of places you make a decent hourly wage ( well above minimum wage) plus quarterly bonuses. ( I do, and am so happy with it.)

Just a thought. I know there a few type places like this in some cities.
post #104 of 120
Loving this thread.....I've cleaned houses for 8 years now. I've made anywhere from $10-15.00 per hour. I do my own schedule. I always get paid on the days I clean. Typcially cash, sometimes they write checks though.

After 8 years, well......I'm tired and bored with cleaning. I'd rather do something else. I can't complain though. I've always been able to pay the bills, put food on the table without any help from the gov or the ex. Though help would be nice sometimes. (smiles)

I've always wanted to start a plantscaping/christmas decorating business. I have no clue if I will ever do it though.
post #105 of 120
Originally Posted by butterfly1976 View Post
Loving this thread.....I've cleaned houses for 8 years now. I've made anywhere from $10-15.00 per hour. I do my own schedule. I always get paid on the days I clean. Typcially cash, sometimes they write checks though.

After 8 years, well......I'm tired and bored with cleaning. I'd rather do something else. I can't complain though. I've always been able to pay the bills, put food on the table without any help from the gov or the ex. Though help would be nice sometimes. (smiles)

I've always wanted to start a plantscaping/christmas decorating business. I have no clue if I will ever do it though.
Wow you've supported yourself and two kids on that income and no gov or ex help!? You should really be in the frugality and finances board telling how! I definitely couldn't live off that income, and I just have one child. Seriously impressive.
post #106 of 120

I noticed that a lot of people suggested being a CNA. I am trained as a CNA. Even the CNAs hate it. Its kind of a famous phrase that CNAs are "glorified butt wipers." You are doing sponge baths, feeding, answering call lights, changing sheets, showers, etc. Most CNAs are waiting to move on to nursing school. I would not recommend this although it does work for some. I think they pay about 10/hr.


A daycare would seem easy because you could just bring your child w/you when needed. But there are also companies that have on-site child care (They are few and far between, but they aer out there) so I would suggest looking into those. Those are also good companies because they usually have good benefits.

post #107 of 120
I work from home as a webcam model. I noticed no one had mentioned it, so I thought I'd throw it out there. Very decent money, you can work when you feel like it, you're your own boss, etc.
It's definitely not for everyone but I love it!
post #108 of 120

what is a webcam model?

post #109 of 120
It's essentially being a stripper from home, so no need to be physically near people you don't know.
post #110 of 120

Honestly, I think the best jobs for single moms are the stable ones that give fairly generous salaries. That usually requires education. I think it's so great if women can get a college degree before marrying and having kids. I hate seeing women stressing about leaving abusive or cheating husbands because they're worried that they have no means of supporting themselves. But even in that situation, it's so great if the moms can go back to school and get an education and get a good job. It can be a struggle getting there but student loans aren't the worst thing in the world, and there are work study options and whatnot. And it's not a fast process, but it is a lifelong investment.

post #111 of 120

I don't know.  I have a college degree in English, student loans I can't pay so I can't go to grad school, and no jobs here in the field.  And freelance writing online is a no-man's land, it seems to me.  There are others who work at the restaurant with me who have architecture degrees, and etc.

post #112 of 120

I worked for a while in the kitchens for the local school district. The pay was pretty good even though I was temporary. If I had stayed and gone permanent it would have been better pay, all the school holidays off and summers off of course (paid, because the position was salaried just like teachers, etc.), good health insurance and other benefits, etc. Hours didn't work for my kids because I had to be out of the house before they were even up in the morning which they hated. Started at 6:30 am because we baked some things from scratch and also served breakfast. But I was off by 1 or 2 in the afternoons which was great. 


Of course, I did quit to go back to school because I agree with the idea that an education is important and an investment.

post #113 of 120

I'm a resume writer; it's easier than you'd think and offers flexible hours (I work while DS is asleep). I get my business on craigslist and from referrals, call each new client and the rest of the correspondence is via email. It's not my passion but is a talent and definitely pays the bills. I end up making between $35 and $50 an hour, and sometimes work 10-15 hours a week. It is pretty inconsistent so saving is pretty important, but it's a good gig to have as a SAHM.

post #114 of 120

College is definitely not a guarantee of anything. What you major in probably matters. Other considerations include willingness to relocate. I'm far from being an expert on this, of course. I have taken into consideration how very many people want to stay where I live after graduation and how many people who live here already have degrees.


I hear very mixed responses regarding the marketability of my degree(s). The average time that an individual spends in this field is 7 years (or so I've heard). Is that because there aren't jobs, because they don't pay well? Or is some of it because it's a female-dominated field and many people stop working when they have children? Or because so many of the women who graduated with me in their early 20s felt that they had to choose something, anything, and didn't really want to be in the field after all. And you pretty much have to have a graduate degree to do much in this field. Then I hear from people who have been in private practice for decades, who went on to get doctorates and teach/research, and people who have gone on to be administrators, and they love what they do and make a good living.


Each degree in my field means something a little different. I am considering a doctorate in a few years; making that decision is about very different things than making the decision about the Bachelor's, which was different than making the decision about the Master's. The Bachelor's was a given -- I was probably not going to get hired without it, let alone get a job that could support two kids. The Master's was close to a necessity, given my field and the type of jobs I want. The PhD... very different set of considerations, and I don't think I even know what all of the variables are yet.


All this long-windedness (you did catch that I'm considering a career in academia, right?) to say that what a college education means isn't just one answer.

post #115 of 120

I'm a school bus driver. I took this job last year when my DS started kindergarten. He rides the bus with me, even when I'm driving my high school route (the highschoolers love him!) and whenever he's out of school for holidays or snowdays, I'm off too, so I won't have to worry about childcare. It pays almost $17 an hour, the training was completely paid for, and I get 30-35 hours a week. I really enjoy it!


post #116 of 120

where I can apply for those less than a year programs?

post #117 of 120
Famia look for workforce partnership in your area.

Not everyone is made for healthcare and here in my area cnas get paid like 11 $ an hour.

I am opting for a job in education. I did have a BA in English so getting certified wont take me too long. I also have my backup of support jobs I plan to apply for if I do not get a teaching job right away. Public school hours im situation are the best. No family help or support and an ex that works mandatory weekends every weekend and 6 days a week 11-12 shifts means no free or cheap babysitter. Off hours is non negotiable for me
Children need one parent home in the evening and babysitters charge about 10-15 $ an hour for 2 children.
post #118 of 120
This is such a helpful thread. I'm looking to get a second degree so that I can be an ultrasound tech. My son is only 16 months so I feel like its better to do the schooling now than to wait. A friend said I could take all the pre requisites online however some credits should transfer from my first degree. If I could find a way to do both passions (medical and food) I will be alright. I work at a daycare right now. My mom owns it. You do get burned out quickly but the pay for me is pretty good. It's just not my passion. I have a culinary degree and I do small personal chef jobs which I love but there isn't a huge market for personal chefs where I live. I get more work doing cakes than I do with actual food. So if I could do ultrasounds during the week and my chef work on the weekends ( which I do at home to still be with my son) I will be able to manage without stressing out about paying bills since his dad refuses to pay child support.
post #119 of 120

I am a single mom and am getting OUT of the healthcare industry right now. For 13 years, I was an LPN and it's not a joke that the wages are going down. I was making decent pay for my area, around $20 and hour, then took off for kids. When I went back, the highest wages for someone with my experience was $16 plus a $1 shift differential. The schedule is either 12's (hard to find childcare), or odd hours (6-2, 2-10--again, hard to find a daycare that opens before 5:30 or stays open until 11:30 or later. Nurses give report at the end of the shift, so you don't clock out at 10, it's closer to 10:30-10:45 sometimes). Plus, finding a job where you don't work weekends is very, very, very rare, again hard to find childcare. Shifts normally rotate, etc, etc. I have four kids, three are in school which means during the school year, it's not too bad paying for childcare, but during summer, it's brutal. Most places, they are not very flexible with you about having to take time off for sick kids. Once or twice, maybe, but you can get into a lot of trouble for having to call in. You also can't just leave in an emergency, you legally have to get someone to cover you before you can go, and sometimes, that means calling all the on-call or prn people and praying someone will come in at the drop of a hat.


I love nursing, but it's just not something I can do anymore. I'm going back to school to become a teacher, but I know that doesn't help you out right now. Just wanted to tell you my experience.


If you are in a position where you have excellent back-up for child care, then nursing is a very good industry to get into. LPN school can be anywhere from 12-15 months and for that amount of time, pays pretty well. I would not recommend CNA, because they work their butts off and barely get paid more than minimum wage. It might be okay if you're just using it as a stepping stone, but if not, you'd almost be better off working at a convenience station or grocery store.

post #120 of 120

Rehab assistant or physiotherapy assistant is another one that is typically only a couple years of schooling and would not involve night shifts! 

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