For the week ending 10/22/21, I worked two (2) shifts for a total of 16.79 hours, and earned $331.27, resulting in an extra student loan payment of $250.00.
It was a pretty average week for gig work. I did break my streak of having a $0.00 week after a good week…and I think that is due to some other recent decisions I have made but that is for another post… I picked up a shift at a golf club that offered me a job. Being offered a job while gig working is pretty common if you are a hard worker (I am a very hard worker) but being interviewed on the spot is much less common. I surprised myself by actually going online to complete the application following my interview and taking a drug test…I’m sure it had nothing to do with the very intense (and oddly attractive) food and beverage manager with whom I interviewed. I know! I’m not trying to mix business with pleasure, that’s not me at all. He is just one of those intense and compelling people you meet in life. I would imagine people like him often become politicians…
Him aside, there were a couple of very practical reasons I thought to pick up work with the golf club: 1) I expect gig work opportunities to slow down significantly as fall comes to an end and there are very few weddings; 2) I like working on a team with consistent management; a lot of my managers for gigs have been pretty terrible in terms of their employee management and allowed employees to sit around making it really hard on those of us who do work, especially for large scale events, and I like the woman to who I would report at the golf club, and 3) he said they were willing to bend over backwards to be accommodating to me in terms of flexibility with the fact that I currently have a full time role. For all of these reasons (and a few more…again, later) I decided I will at least try it out.
You can read more about how I am landing gigs in Gig Tales: The Apps or how I determine how much money goes towards my student loans in Gig Tales: The Math. Although, at this point, how much I set aside for taxes, gas, and car wear-and-tear is a bit arbitrary. I have now started balancing how much I set aside against recent expenditures (e.g. $705.00 on brand new tires) and the fact that a lot of my gig income expenditures are tax deductible. For the most part, I am withholding (setting aside in savings) between 20-30% of the income I receive from gigs.