Part time work

Part time work is notorious for some reasons, mainly low pay, but with a bit of planning you can get things organized.

There are different kinds of part time work. One part time job may not add up to much, be the wrong hours, not pay enough, and generally be a problem.

Recently a lot of workers have experienced cuts to the extent that what used to be a full time job is now a part timer, and not much of a part timer. It's quite common in the US.

The result is lower wages with the same financial commitments, and it's driving people up the wall in record numbers.

To make things a bit more complicated, most people who are used to full time jobs aren't really comfortable with part time. They have to adjust, if they can, to a quite different lifestyle in more ways than one. Less money, just as many bills, and time on their hands to worry about all of it doesn't help.

Another approach can solve a lot of problems. Part time work can be the solution, not the problem. It just takes a bit of organizing.

It is quite possible to have several part time jobs. Bear in mind there's a recession happening, and jobs are vulnerable. Having more than one isn't really such a bad idea. At least you have some financial backup, and don't have to sweat every problem at work.

Try this as a routine:

Job A     One day a week, pays the bills and does the shopping
Job B     Two days a week, pays the rent, etc.
Job C     One day a week, fun, spending money.

This works purely on the value of the work. If you get a one day a week job at , OK, it's not much money of itself. But it's a month to all those things you do have to pay. Beats doing nothing, doesn't it, and having to watch the money sail off over the horizon?

So Job A is useful, and fills in a bit of space. You're getting some cover, anyway.

Job B is a week. It might be shift work, it might be hard work, but it's work, and it does add up to a month. If things improve, it could become full time work.

Job C is weekend work, but it's another a week. It's also fun, and it pretty much pays for itself, because you get to use the facilities at the place you're working.

That combination is also a month. It can take a while to find and organize the jobs so they don't clash with each other, but it can be done.

If you're sharing with someone else doing the same sort of thing, as you can see, if they're making the same money, it's not a bad paypacket per month.

It's also a four day week, not a five day week. You have time to look for better work, and long weekends every week.

Really, the only problem with part time work is the mathematics.

You need X amount of money, so you just figure out what combination of jobs will do that for you.

There's another side to part time work. Because the outlay by the employer is lower, the ritual of getting the job is pretty basic. You don't get the full scale operas of full time jobs.

In many ways, casual work is a much better chance of a job than full time.

The part time and casual jobs are theoretically easier to lose than full time jobs, but let's face it, job security is barely even a theory these days.

Some advice:

Don't get too choosy, if there's a real job available. It makes more sense to be definitely making money than finding reasons for definitely not making money.

You can take the job and keep looking, which you'll probably do in any case. Part time and casual jobs can be anything and everything. You may even wind up running the place, not uncommon.

Employers take the softer option in terms of outlay. Why employ a full time person, when casuals can do most of the hard work, anyway? From their point of view, cheaper is a lot better, as long as it's reliable.

As a matter of fact, in a casual job you may find you've become the preferred option, rather than hiring a full timer.

You probably won't get much more money, if any, but you do get regular work, and a regular income.

You'll find that two part time jobs make life a lot easier, and bills and costs a lot less scary. Anyone who's ever had to just try and luck their way through bill season would understand that kind of suffering, and that the money regularly doesn't add up to what needs paying.

Even professionals can find part time work, if they look around some of the more obscure job ads in their professions. Fill in jobs, teaching, projects, there really are quite a few options.

If you've been looking for nothing but full time, you've been missing something. Projects often pay a lot better than regular jobs, depending on budget. They can also include specialist work which looks very good on the CV.

Admittedly, there's good jobs and so-so jobs. They're often not great career jobs, but they are practical. You do also have the advantage of being in the vicinity of any other opportunities, in that sort of work.

Part time work has another great advantage: You can pick and choose, when you get yourself organized. You can ditch one and take up another, and be none the worse for wear, unlike losing a full time job.

Think about it. If you're really looking for options, part time work might do the trick, where nothing else is working.