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I returned home from Canada to Texas at the end of March, and immediately started looking for a job. Within a little over a week I got hired at a place that pays $9/hr. I've been working there for a little over 3 weeks now, and last Tuesday is when I got my first paycheck for almost 70 hours of work. The money i've earned (once taxes had their way with it) is far, far lower than I thought it would be.
This is a problem.
I returned home to the states to save money for school tuition that i'll start making payments on at the end of next year. Once you factor in international fees, the cost of living, transportation and food expenses, i'll need around $22,000 in order to cover my ass for one year.
My goal this year was to basically scrape together at least between $10,000 and $12,000 before I set off for school in January. However, given the pay rate i'm generating, I won't even meet half that amount by December, and time is of the essence.
I'm already working a full 40 hours a week, with a schedule that alternates each week. I did the math, and even if I continued to work here full time till year's end, I would only roughly generate $8,000 profit by year's end. I would find a better paying job, but minimum wage out here is $7.25 starting out, and there's really not a lot of options around my area in terms of starting work, so it's a miracle I even found something starting out that would pay even nine an hour.
I feel I need to start generating a little extra income if I want to make my goal of living in Canada work out. If I could grab even an extra $300 on the side each month it would do wonders for my situation.
So I could use some advice on what I could do to help snag some side money. In the end i'll have to find a solution myself, so right now i'm just looking for some general pointers, or advice that will help steer me in the right direction.