A lot can change in one month

I now work from home. Yes, you read that correctly. I no longer work for eBay. It feels totally great and unreal at that same time. I’d worked there for over eight years and even though it’s been three days I still feel like I’m going back to work tomorrow. I suspect it will take some time to get used to it.

That’s not to say I’m no longer working. I work part time for VIPkid where I teach English in the wee morning hours online to Chinese kids about to turn in for the night. It’s kind of brutal in that I have to get up 4am to be showered and ready for my 5am starting classes, but it means that I have the rest of the day to be home with the kiddos.

Leo no longer goes to daycare while we figure out what the finances look like over the course of a month. The tricky thing is, my income is not static. My pay depends on how many classes I book over the course of a month. So some months I might bring in $400, some may be over $1k. I would like to get regular students so I could depend on that income, but so far there haven’t been any repeats, just new kids. I am hoping that I will be able to bring in enough so that Leo can go to daycare at least two days a week. I think the social aspect was really beneficial to him for the few weeks that he went. And honestly it’d be great to have a couple days to myself where I could focus on other things, like writing, making soap, or shopping for things to resell.

I had been thinking awhile now of trying to find other work. I wasn’t enjoying what I was doing but the catalyst really was when Leo was sick for a couple days. I had to stay home with him and in our department there was only enough PTO assigned for 16 hours a week. On both days I was out I wasn’t able to schedule PTO early because one person on the team had scheduled 8 hours and one person had scheduled one hour! So even though there were seven hours available, I needed 8 and because there wasn’t “enough” time available, I had to take an occurrence for those days. At this time in life, Leo seems to get sick pretty often. I need the flexibility to be able to stay home with him (or Ezra) when he needs me.

Monday was my first official day not working at eBay. It was good timing, really, because Ezra had a fever that day and had to stay home from school.

I think I’m also going to look into becoming a notary. When we signed the papers for our house refinance, we were able to have a mobile notary come to us and she made it sound like she brought in a fair amount of income for limited work. Looking into it, it seems like it could also be a good fit for me. Wish me luck!

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