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I was just reading through the most recent job threads and so many of you have such wonderful advice! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I didn't want to hijack someone else's so I wanted to start a new thread asking for some opinions on my situation.<br><br>
I have two boys that are about 2.5 years old. I have been completely on my own as a single mom for over a year now(thank God for FS, medicaid and childcare assistance programs!!!). I NEED a day job....I've been working nights and long shifts at restaurants just to scrape by lately...and I'm barely scraping by at that. I'm a good experienced waitress but the restaurants are just slow and it's killing me emotionally having to put my kids in daycare late.<br><br>
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Navy vet, honorable discharge(I was a Mandarin Chinese linguist)<br><br>
AA in liberal arts(geared toward a business degree)<br><br>
AA in Mandarin Chinese Studies<br><br>
Fluent in Spanish and Mandarin Chinese(english mother tongue).<br><br>
Type 55 wpm<br><br>
call center, sales, retail, customer service experience<br><br>
experience in body mod(piercings and tattoo), but no license at this time and it has been some years now....<br><br>
experienced barista(espresso bar drinks) and waitress...pretty knowledgeable about wine but no classes under my belt<br><br>
heck I used to paint faces for tips(and I was good at it and loved it!), but I need to pay my bills and start building a future.<br><br>
I know this is a lot of hodge podge stuff on a resume and I think some of it sounds pretty good....but any ideas for NOW? I have some ideas myself, but I would love some third party opinions.....<br><br>
One of my babies just got out of the hospital Friday - was there 5 days with pneumonia and I am so tired and just feeling guilty for having them at so many hours and late hours in the daycare.<br><br>
What I want is a day job working 40-45 hours per week...I really need at least $10 per hour right now and I'm lucky to make $6 or $7 at the restaurant after tip share and all....and it is very physically demanding for me.<br><br>
I only need another year or so to finish my business degree(which I can do online!)...I have some of my GI bill left to help out, but I should really be making at least $14 to properly afford it at this time....<br><br>
any tips, ideas or insight would really make my day! thank you so much..
 

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To me it seems like your language skills would probably be in the most demand/most pay....have you looked into local government/courts or hospitals working as a translator? Also, maybe get some gigs doing paper translations work - maybe check with the colleges to see if anyone needs a translator/researcher? Or check for telecommuting translation opportunities....maybe with publishing houses, IT companies, video production/tv stations?<br><br>
Those just jumped out to me as your most marketable skills for the highest return dollar. And government or hospitals has good benefits....<br><br>
good luck!<br>
peace,<br>
robyn
 

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thanks, you have a point. You know, I spent a lot of time trying to find a job using Chinese....but in the end, it would have involved a move across the country again which I don't feel I'm ready for right now. There are a bunch of hospitals around here, I suppose I could just start submitting my resume and see if they need an interpreter. I would hope I could make at least $12 per hour doing that kind of thing, but like I said I'd do it for $10 at this point. thanks
 

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I agree that your language skills are awesome! A lot of businesses are looking to expand relations with China, so you could translate/edit websites and printed documents like marketing brochures, etc., record the Chinese-language options for automated phone systems ("For Chinese, press 3 now!"), and provide guidance to business travellers who need business-specific language and cultural advice.
 

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You know, when I started to decide what I wanted to do...now that I'm growing up <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">, I looked at my passions, my loves, my talents and skills, and I also looked at my values & priorities. Once I started to put all those things down on paper, certain things really jumped out at me and I've been able to create the exact career I wanted. It fits me, my skills, I love it and it allows me to still be with and raise my children.
 

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Thanks for all the responses....I'm doing some researching online and signed up on one site that allows me to put in bids for translation/transcription projects.....it would be nice if I could make something like that work....in the meantime, I have a phone interview scheduled for a wireless company call center that is only open M-F 8-5....sooo that would be a great schedule and an ok job until I can find something better...<br><br>
still brainstorming..thanks!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">You know, when I started to decide what I wanted to do...now that I'm growing up <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">, I looked at my passions, my loves, my talents and skills, and I also looked at my values & priorities. Once I started to put all those things down on paper, certain things really jumped out at me and I've been able to create the exact career I wanted. It fits me, my skills, I love it and it allows me to still be with and raise my children.</div>
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So, what DO you do and what was the process for getting there and how did you afford life until you got there?<br><br>
Thanks for sharing more of your journey!<br><br>
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You have soem awesome skills...I wish I had just a few of them. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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do you qualify for some sort of government job, esp with your military and or language skills. I think something with a set schedule and generous sick leave would be helpful. Any interest in teaching? you could probably start at a school in a intructional assistant role etc?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">do you qualify for some sort of government job, esp with your military and or language skills. I think something with a set schedule and generous sick leave would be helpful. Any interest in teaching? you could probably start at a school in a intructional assistant role etc?</div>
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I do have an interest in teaching actually. I have experience tutoring in the languages and also basic elementary subjects and maths up to Algebra I and Geometry. I've thought about trying to get in as a substitute teacher, but really don't know where to begin. I know each state requires something different, that some require only an Associate's degree whereas other states require you to take some special courses....<br><br>
I guess I need to do more research...just got this computer a couple of months ago, before that if I needed to even check my e-mail I had to get to the library(and difficult with two little guys)...
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">You have soem awesome skills...I wish I had just a few of them. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"></div>
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Thanks...but you know I feel like a real dummy for not being able to figure out how to use them....I keep telling myself I'm going to get things together soon. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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Chinese language lessons are very very popular in my area. Several of my son's friends get together and pay a tutor about $50 an hour to give a small group lesson once a week. Other moms I know attend a Chinese mother-toddler group that's like a "pre-pre-school". We also have a Chinese immersion school opening here that will certainly need administrative staff, that usually pays OK (better than $10 at least if you have good organizational skills).<br><br>
I would definitely be looking into the school system and other educational programs for options.
 

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For translation work, you can also go to <a href="http://www.proz.com" target="_blank">www.proz.com</a> and register for a free account, bid on jobs, be listed in the directory, etc. If that wasn't where you went already, that is. Where did you go?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Chinese language lessons are very very popular in my area. Several of my son's friends get together and pay a tutor about $50 an hour to give a small group lesson once a week. Other moms I know attend a Chinese mother-toddler group that's like a "pre-pre-school". We also have a Chinese immersion school opening here that will certainly need administrative staff, that usually pays OK (better than $10 at least if you have good organizational skills).<br><br>
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$50 an hour for group tutoring? That is awesome, I never thought of that....I do have good organizational skills actually...and I always feel like I'm underselling myself, but just can't seem to find my niche...in what area of the country do you live?
 

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I did go ahead and register for proz.com. I get three free bids until I have to start paying on there...a lot of competition, hard to see how I could make a living through that site...but I guess one good project would be a great start.<br><br>
I walked out of the restaurant FRIDAY NIGHT with only $20....it has been dead due to the holidays. I called them yesterday telling them that I quit....out of all my years of restaurant serving, I have never walked with $20 on a Friday night(4-11pm)...maybe $45 at the worst ever...with normal being anywhere from $70 to $150.<br><br>
The manager called me back concerned and said they would hate to lose me and asked me if I had another job on the line. I told him I had a phone interview with AT&T on Thurs -- so he told me to go ahead and take the weekend off since there'd be no business and just to work there until I get something else.....he was actually very sweet about it, I've never had such compassionate/understanding management, especially when I told them all I quit and thought it was over....so at least I might be able to work there a little while longer...god knows my savings has dwindled the past couple of months and I really need to find something substantial fast.
 

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You could also offer to tutor kids in Spanish and/or Chinese.<br>
Homeschool groups and co-ops are always looking for a teacher who can work with a small group of kids and no need to become a certified teacher. You would search local schools and/or local homeschool groups to see what kind of interest there is.<br><br>
You should be able to make the kind of money you are asking and even more. You have a lot of assets with your work experience and language abilities.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I did go ahead and register for proz.com. I get three free bids until I have to start paying on there...a lot of competition, hard to see how I could make a living through that site...but I guess one good project would be a great start.</div>
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You're right, I doubt you could really earn a living through the site itself--especially with the competition from translators in poorer countries where rates are laughably low by Western standards. Although, if you answer their KudoZ questions well (some people looking for translators look at kudoz ratings to try to judge whether or not you do know your stuff), you can sometimes be contacted through them with work offers, rather than having to bid. (Although many of the offers are not worth responding to... but every once in a while a real, legit, and realistic offer will come through.)<br><br>
One word of advice, whatever you do, do not try to compete in the translation business based on prices. Compete on quality and reliability. There are clients out there willing to pay top dollar for good work. Those are the ones you want. Not the ones who think they can get decent translations for a few cents a word or less.<br><br>
The idea is, however, to get a happy client or two and some sort of portfolio going to help get other clients by word of mouth. Also, some agencies are really bad, and their agency ratings can be helpful in deciding if you want to take a chance working for one (if you can still read those with a free membership. Used to be able to.)...<br><br>
If you think freelance translation is something you're seriously interested in pursuing, feel free to PM me if you have any questions. That's what I do (French-to-English).<br><br>
Also, this online translation journal's "bottom line" column has lots of good advice. <a href="http://www.accurapid.com/journal/" target="_blank">http://www.accurapid.com/journal/</a>
 
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