Sorry for my brief hiatus. It’s been a long weekend of work, plus the cough that has remained after being sick around Christmas has been keeping me up at night. I’ve been too tired to do much of anything. Also, I officially started my second job last week.
So far, it’s not a bad place. The work isn’t very physically or mentally demanding. The people are very nice and seem to enjoy their jobs well enough. They’ve been training me in all the different areas so that I’m prepared for the manager training program after I return from maternity leave. It’s all working out pretty well…
Except for the pay. It’s probably decent for a college kid, which comprises most of the staff. And it’s not terrible as my second income that I’m putting away for maternity leave. I’m sure the manager pay is better, but I know for a fact that the shift supervisor pay, which is where I would move to next, is not much more than I’m making now. And what I’m making now is the equivalent of working my 8 hour shift at my other job and leaving with $24. I’m pretty sure waitressing has ruined me for other jobs.
I’m at a point in my life where I’m torn between the paycheck and the title. There’s a supervisor position open at my current job, which I’m qualified for, however, it would be a pay cut. Do I really want to take on more responsibility and more hours (all with another kiddo at home) for less money? Not really. Is the manager pay at the cafe going to be any better? Probably not. But it’s also hard being in your mid 30s and saying your just a waitress or just a bartender. People look at you like, Why haven’t you moved up yet? Well, probably because moving up means losing tips and if you’re good at your job, you make A LOT of tips. I’ve tried looking for jobs in phlebotomy (which I’m certified in) and I have my real estate license, but those jobs haven’t seemed to pan out either.
The downsides of staying a waitress include a lack of consistency, vacation pay, and unemployment. My income fluctuates from week to week but I usually have a bare minimum that I don’t go under. At the very least I have an average of what I make. I base my monthly envelopes off of that average and I think I’ve only ever had one month where I was slightly under my goal for the month. It’s not a guaranteed paycheck, but after 2 1/2 years, I think I can guess what I’m going to make most nights. When I go on vacation, however, my pay only reflects my hourly rate, not my tip average. This means my meager paychecks remain the same, but I have no tips to account for while I was gone. Same happens when I call out sick – I can use Personal Time Off (PTO), but I still make nothing that night as far as tips go. This will be my downfall if I can apply for unemployment during my maternity leave, also. It will probably be based off of my $5+ per hour, not what I actually make. Hence the second job that’s the reason for this post. It all comes full circle!!!!
Right now, I’m able to make what I need to each week at my original job and usually a little bit extra. And I do that working three nights per week. I’m home with my daughter to get her on and off the bus, help with homework, and put her to bed every school night but one (my husband helps out on Thursdays so I can work). The hours are perfect for our life right at this very moment. But things are going to change dramatically in less than four months. There are a million variables with a new baby. What if this baby isn’t sleeping through the night right away? What if it has colic? What if I want to be a stay at home mom? What if I decide I want to write full time and don’t want to go back to work at all? What if? What if? What if???? Too many variables… My mind is going to explode.
I guess we’re just going to have to play it all by ear. The new job isn’t horrible, even if it isn’t the best solution. It’s guaranteed income for when I go on leave. It’s not difficult to do. And my manager now just came back from maternity leave so she understands what I’m going through and tries to keep my position as low stress as possible. We’ll see where it goes from there, I guess.
Until next time, have a great day!