I’m a little worried.
I don’t know if I mentioned it but I applied for a job as a support worker. There seemed to be very little in the way of part time admin roles and I thought a change would be good. I’m looking forward to it. I have training next week – Monday to Thursday – before I can start work.
I made the mistake of putting the basic hourly rate of the Support worker into The Salary Calculator to try to work out how many hours I would need to work in order to bring in what I need to pay the bills. I need £1500 per month in order to cover everything – that’s including food and a small amount of spending money for me (although if needed I could probably cut down on this). If I worked a 37.5 hour week, I would bring in 1,092.68. But the whole point of this is to be able to work around the kids and to be able to do my writing in between. I do get some benefits – child benefit, child tax credits and job seeker’s allowance (until I start working that is) and currently that brings in £530.25.
I won’t be getting job seeker’s when I start work but I should get more child tax credits. I only get about £100 a month at the moment and I’m not sure if that is correct. They seem to have based in on a average salary of £29,000 for the current tax year. So I need to ring them next week to find out if that’s right. If I could get more it would help.
I do of course have a small amount coming in from sponsored posts. I had two this week which is great. But I can’t rely on that coming in every week – although it does of course help.
I’m being super frugal and putting everything I get aside. I’ve sold quite a few bits and bobs and have put all that in a jar. Although I spotted a TV table on Facebook for £15 but that’s about all I’m spending on anything this month.
The thing is that until I start doing this Support Worker role I won’t know how many hours I can get. The base rate is £7.50 but the rate increases for nights, for Satuday daytime, for Sunday nights, and for public holidays. Public holiday nights is the highest rate at £14.50. If I could get some weekend and night shifts I might be able to make more.
I guess I will just have to work my arse off doing this Journalism course (so far so good) and take all the advice it gives so I can earn a living from writing. Others have done it, so why shouldn’t I?