amw (amw) wrote,

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I spend a lot of time waiting for emails from my "bosses" (technically "clients", but whatever). This is one of the big downsides of working as an independent contractor. If they are busy with other work - and they usually are - they don't always have time to review my work or set me new tasks. When there isn't an outstanding list of tasks for me to do that means i just sit around waiting and not earning any money. For them it's no big deal, but for me it's huge. This month we got an internet bill with a $60 excess usage fee, plus my AmEx bill was a bit larger than normal, and now i have $130 to my name till the end of the month. I've already put $120 on the AmEx for next month. This is what it's like to live paycheck-to-paycheck; constantly scrambling not to get into debt. I have managed to put away some savings for emergencies, but it's not much, and i don't want to dip in just to pay for groceries, or medication, or a subway pass, or other things that are basic needs. I have to work. I have to work more. I keep letting my clients know that i'm available - even more so now that i'm waking up early - but i can't change their schedules or priorities. It's been a long time since i lived like this and it's not fun.
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