Good morning debt slayers!
Today I wanted to give you a breakdown of my second job. I consider it my 2nd side hustle (National Guard is my first and the ULTIMATE side hustle).
My second job is working in the “kitchen” of a gas station. I won’t say which one (not sure why? Just seems like I shouldn’t share everything…I really don’t know the regs on this).
A gas station?!?!!? Yes, you read correctly. But, Student Loan Soldier, YOU HAVE AN EDUCATION. Please hear me out before you rush to judge…
- It’s right across the street from my 9-5 job. I am tremendously lazy so I have to create a situation in which I simply don’t have a choice to work or not. With it so close I am like 834% more likely to suck it up after already working all day and going in for a shift. (similar to working out, if I don’t lay my clothes & shoes out the night before I am NOT GOING)
- It’s easy. I show up and make a few sandwiches, a few pizzas, do some dishes, wipe down counters, sweep and mop. That’s about it. I have years of kitchen experience so this is like junior varsity compared to working in a hot, busy, loud kitchen that requires you to actually apply yourself. Here, I listen to music, stroll around and do my job at a nice easy pace. It makes it MUCH easier to put in hours when you don’t want to jump off a bridge when you’re there.
- Decent pay. I make $10.50 an hour. Could I do significantly better somewhere else? Yes. Would it require hard work? Yes. Do I want to work hard? No.
- Good hours. My boss is great and understands that my priorities are: 9-5 job, National Guard, then gas station. She lets me work a customized schedule (typically 5-9 on Tuesday and Thursdays and 6-2 on Saturdays) and works w/me when I have drill to make up hours during the week. I don’t have to work Friday or Saturday nights or Sundays (HUGE FOOTBALL FAN). I get hours I need without wearing myself out.
Again, could I do much better working as a waiter or something? I sure could. But this works for me. Like a lot of other personal finance strategies, conventional wisdom may say one thing, but ultimately you need to do what works for you. At the end of the day I am bringing in about an additional $400 a month that is going directly to my debt, so I think I’m doing a good thing. I think it’s more about doing SOMETHING and taking action rather than worrying about being perfect.
“A good plan, violently executed now, is better than a perfect plan next week.” George Patton
Anyway, that’s it for me for now hustlers! Stay classy!