I'm spending some time today trying to find another way to make money. I've looked into plasma donation a bit (scary, since I hated giving blood and it's in a skeezy part of town), teaching (more on that later), being a subject for clinical trials (none around here need healthy volunteers), and other general work.
The issue is that I need to make decent money on either a very flexible schedule or a very set evening/weekend schedule. I was going to get a regular job, but between only making minimum-wage and trying to work out the scheduling, that doesn't seem realistic. If I'm only going to bring home $20 or $30 a week after taxes for two weekend or evening shifts, it's not worth it.
I know that sounds callous, but I need to make at least $10 an hour after taxes for it to really be worth it. Between a full-time job and a baby, I've got to get more bang for my buck. I mean, I do have a college degree and seven years postgraduate education. I can hopefully qualify for something better than McDonald's (and I can knock that because I work at McDonald's for a year in high school).
I thought about going back to waitressing, which pays well for good shifts. And the shifts that pay well are the ones I could do--evenings and weekends. Trouble is, most senior waitstaff fight for those shifts. I think I'd have a hard time getting a good shift right away. And I'd only be able to work very specific hours, which also makes it hard.
I also thought about teaching. Kaplan doesn't have any positions available at the moment. I could look into Princeton review, but it's been 7 years+ since I took the MCAT, so I don't know if they'd still hire me with so many other, less-removed medical students interested in teaching. I did well on my SATs and ACTs, but I took those over 10 years ago. So that might be a stretch too.
While searching for part-time teaching jobs, I did see that my college alma mater is looking for a lab coordinator for the chemistry department. My old advisor is actually the one doing the search. Since I'm not going back to med school until next summer, if there was any way I could do the lab coordinator job while finishing my PhD, I'd jump at it. But I don't think my PhD department would take that well--there was a similar issue with someone teaching at another university while still a graduate student, and all hell broke loose. Still, I may email my old advisor and see if she has any other suggestions. At least a teaching job would add to my resume.
Tim was thinking about asking around the local hardware stores to see if his construction experience could get him a decent position. Trouble is, again, scheduling. And he is still taking evening classes on top of working full time. Still, if he could find a place that would just let him work one weekend shift, it might not be all bad. As long as it isn't a conflict of interest with his current job.
Really, plasma donation is the best in theory. $70 a week for two brief stints, no schedule, no taking work home with you. But in reality, there is more to it than that. I'm keeping it on the list for now anyway.
I'm going to do a little more looking around. I may contact Princeton Review and my old college and see what's going on. And I'll keep looking at ads. At this point, I would be open to suggestions!