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Kind of a Spin Off of My Toxic Friend Post - I'm Considering A New Path In Life (Which She Doesn't Support of Course)

Posted by on Jun. 28, 2012 at 10:47 AM
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And I could use some HONEST input. I'm a certified teacher with a master's degree, working for an online university, because I have a 10 yr gap in my resume because of my ex-husband, who didn't want me working after our youngest was born (or when our oldest kids were small), yet as soon as I filed for divorce he threw a legal hissy insisting I get hired as a substitute teacher ASAP (which I was working on, but it takes time, which he wasn't willing to admit). In any case, subbing doesn't lead to a full time teaching position where I live. Teachers have been laid off, we have 4 universities that crank out hundreds of new teaching candidates each year; pretty much the only positions that are hard to fill are special education and coaching. So I'm currently working from home for an online university, which works out great since I'm the designated primary caregiver of our  youngest DD but doesn't pay squat. I'm thinking about returning to school for Interior Design. It's something I love, and I've been told by several people over the years I have a talent for it. Why not get paid for something I love to do. I could still do my current work from home job. Where I live, it's going to take thinking outside the box to find a job that isn't retail or fast food, even if the economy recovers. BUT...my friend who already has questioned my every move of course questions this, saying that everyone does their own designing these days and it isn't a smart career move. Would YOU pay an interior designer? Do you think I could network with contractors, etc? Is there still a need out there? I'm remodeling my upstairs bathroom and my cabinet guy was impressed with how quickly I was able to make decisions. I started with a tile sample for my backsplash and everything else fell into place easily. He told me he has clients who take weeks and get overwhelmed. I think it would be fun to shop with someone else's money ; )  

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MB13
by MB on Jun. 28, 2012 at 10:58 AM

It is certainly a career that exists and people do hire designers.  There are often interior designers that work with the contractors of new housing developments.  My in-laws had an interior designer working with them when they built their new house.  The only difficulty they had was that sometimes the designer did not listen to their interests and tried to talk them into what she liked.  For example, they had a couple of chairs that had been in the family and had sentimental value.  She tried to talk them into getting new chairs because those were old.  Finally, she did help them find other pieces that would compliment the chairs that they had.  So as an interior designer, it is good that you have a talent for it, but always remember to listen to the clients tastes! 

Also, what is your teaching expertise or certification?  Tutors in our area can also make a lot of money. That could be a flexible job to help you as you work through school.

manilowgal
by on Jun. 28, 2012 at 11:01 AM
Do you live near an affluent town? People pay for design but your clients willl have to have money. Sounds like you're in a small town. Connecting with a builder is an excellent option I know many of them use a designer but many use their wives. It's a lot to think about. Would yoy consider moving to a larger area to expand your options? you could possibly orovide a reasonable design service by using what your client has....just repurposing them...i used to do that for friends. These are just thoughts I had. Hope they help!
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wishbearmom
by Ruby sister on Jun. 28, 2012 at 11:03 AM

I've tutored in the past, and I still have a connection with a tutoring franchise, but I was driving a considerable distance to make next to nothing. I worked for Sylvan, and they were willing to hire me back - for 20 cents more per hour than I was making a decade ago - while charging parents quadruple what they pay their tutors. I would've  had to pay my babysitter more than I was getting. I'm serious. Sylvan was offering me $9 per hour. By the time I drove 30 min. to the center, stayed for mandatory meetings, etc. I would have come out in the hole. That's why I was thrilled to find a work from home job. If my DD needs me I'm right here. If I go into interior design, I can continue working this job and meet with clients while my daughter is in school.

Quoting MB13:

It is certainly a career that exists and people do hire designers.  There are often interior designers that work with the contractors of new housing developments.  My in-laws had an interior designer working with them when they built their new house.  The only difficulty they had was that sometimes the designer did not listen to their interests and tried to talk them into what she liked.  For example, they had a couple of chairs that had been in the family and had sentimental value.  She tried to talk them into getting new chairs because those were old.  Finally, she did help them find other pieces that would compliment the chairs that they had.  So as an interior designer, it is good that you have a talent for it, but always remember to listen to the clients tastes! 

Also, what is your teaching expertise or certification?  Tutors in our area can also make a lot of money. That could be a flexible job to help you as you work through school.


MomsTaxiAndATM
by 40ish Angel on Jun. 28, 2012 at 11:04 AM

In all honesty, construction and remodeling are way down right and probably will be for a while. My husband is a plumbing contractor and we know lots of GC`s.  My grandparents owned a store called a Decorators Showroom here in town and even when the economy was good......... only a select few decorators do well where I live. I love to decorate as well but WOULD pay someone IF I had the money! I just dont think many people have that kind of money right now. Making money for you would probably depend on where you live, who you know and being in the right place at the right time. I'm just being honest here in my opinion. Interior Design is probably not a great money maker at this time.

:-(

LFosterfarm
by on Jun. 28, 2012 at 11:05 AM
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 I personally wouldn't hire someone, just because like you, I like doing it myself.  but on that note, there are those that haven't a clue, I mean all you have to do is watch HGTV and see the proof! lol, and as I see it you won't know unless you try, right?  and I have found in life, if you do something you love, it makes you happy, and it's something that you're good at just because you ENJOY what you do, the passion is there, so I say go for it, screw the "girl" that knows everything!!

LFosterfarm
by on Jun. 28, 2012 at 11:07 AM
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 or simply take her with you and introduce her as your partner in crime, or protege, second opinion, and I see it being a great asset!  that's what I would do!

Quoting wishbearmom:

I've tutored in the past, and I still have a connection with a tutoring franchise, but I was driving a considerable distance to make next to nothing. I worked for Sylvan, and they were willing to hire me back - for 20 cents more per hour than I was making a decade ago - while charging parents quadruple what they pay their tutors. I would've  had to pay my babysitter more than I was getting. I'm serious. Sylvan was offering me $9 per hour. By the time I drove 30 min. to the center, stayed for mandatory meetings, etc. I would have come out in the hole. That's why I was thrilled to find a work from home job. If my DD needs me I'm right here. If I go into interior design, I can continue working this job and meet with clients while my daughter is in school.

Quoting MB13:

It is certainly a career that exists and people do hire designers.  There are often interior designers that work with the contractors of new housing developments.  My in-laws had an interior designer working with them when they built their new house.  The only difficulty they had was that sometimes the designer did not listen to their interests and tried to talk them into what she liked.  For example, they had a couple of chairs that had been in the family and had sentimental value.  She tried to talk them into getting new chairs because those were old.  Finally, she did help them find other pieces that would compliment the chairs that they had.  So as an interior designer, it is good that you have a talent for it, but always remember to listen to the clients tastes! 

Also, what is your teaching expertise or certification?  Tutors in our area can also make a lot of money. That could be a flexible job to help you as you work through school.


 

wishbearmom
by Ruby sister on Jun. 28, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Moving would definitely lead to a challenge in custody by my ex - which is a fight I am trying to avoid. That's precisely why I chose an excellent elementary in the same area and bought a house. It gives her stability. My city has about 200K residents, and then there are surrounding areas including just across the state border. There are affluent neighborhoods, but in general it's a city that's always been behind the times economically and politically. I still think there are neighborhoods and markets that can be tapped into.

Quoting manilowgal:

Do you live near an affluent town? People pay for design but your clients willl have to have money. Sounds like you're in a small town. Connecting with a builder is an excellent option I know many of them use a designer but many use their wives. It's a lot to think about. Would yoy consider moving to a larger area to expand your options? you could possibly orovide a reasonable design service by using what your client has....just repurposing them...i used to do that for friends. These are just thoughts I had. Hope they help!


MB13
by MB on Jun. 28, 2012 at 11:13 AM
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I was actually referring to just private tutoring from your home or going to the student's home.  Here the certfied teachers charge $25 - $40 per hour for private tutoring.  (Just like you would pay for private music lessons or other activities.)

Quoting wishbearmom:

I've tutored in the past, and I still have a connection with a tutoring franchise, but I was driving a considerable distance to make next to nothing. I worked for Sylvan, and they were willing to hire me back - for 20 cents more per hour than I was making a decade ago - while charging parents quadruple what they pay their tutors. I would've  had to pay my babysitter more than I was getting. I'm serious. Sylvan was offering me $9 per hour. By the time I drove 30 min. to the center, stayed for mandatory meetings, etc. I would have come out in the hole. That's why I was thrilled to find a work from home job. If my DD needs me I'm right here. If I go into interior design, I can continue working this job and meet with clients while my daughter is in school.

Quoting MB13:

It is certainly a career that exists and people do hire designers.  There are often interior designers that work with the contractors of new housing developments.  My in-laws had an interior designer working with them when they built their new house.  The only difficulty they had was that sometimes the designer did not listen to their interests and tried to talk them into what she liked.  For example, they had a couple of chairs that had been in the family and had sentimental value.  She tried to talk them into getting new chairs because those were old.  Finally, she did help them find other pieces that would compliment the chairs that they had.  So as an interior designer, it is good that you have a talent for it, but always remember to listen to the clients tastes! 

Also, what is your teaching expertise or certification?  Tutors in our area can also make a lot of money. That could be a flexible job to help you as you work through school.



dana63
by Momma of 40ish on Jun. 28, 2012 at 11:34 AM
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 Remember when I was asking for a tutor for math a few years back? I went to my tutors home and she charged $20 an hour but she didn't charge me but I did pay her a small amount. I would go and become a tutor and have the students come to your home.

I think you should ask several GC to ask if there is a need for a interior decorator in your area or surrounding areas. They would know if there is and this way you could make your decision. Would I personally hire one? no, I wouldn't because with the Internet and all these DIY shows and books I found I have a flare for decorating when I put my mind to it and want to do it I will go for it and do it until its perfect.. But I know there are people out there who either don't have the time nor the same drive that some have and you might make a booming business out of this new adventure of yours..

wishbearmom
by Ruby sister on Jun. 28, 2012 at 11:34 AM

I have done that in the past. During the summer Craigslist is saturated with posts from teachers looking to supplement their income by tutoring. There are a lot of teachers/tutors, but not so many people willing to pay. I'm a reading specialist, and it's still a tough gig. I've also considered trying to find some online tutoring opportunities. Every term I encounter college students who were recruited by agressive tactics with the promise of a better paying career once they get their degree, and yet they  can't even communicate in writing. Many lack even basic grammar skills and  their papers are either a complete mess, plagiarized, or they're too intimidated to even attempt the assignments. But would they pay a tutor vs. buying a pre-written paper? IDK

Quoting MB13:

I was actually referring to just private tutoring from your home or going to the student's home.  Here the certfied teachers charge $25 - $40 per hour for private tutoring.  (Just like you would pay for private music lessons or other activities.)

Quoting wishbearmom:

I've tutored in the past, and I still have a connection with a tutoring franchise, but I was driving a considerable distance to make next to nothing. I worked for Sylvan, and they were willing to hire me back - for 20 cents more per hour than I was making a decade ago - while charging parents quadruple what they pay their tutors. I would've  had to pay my babysitter more than I was getting. I'm serious. Sylvan was offering me $9 per hour. By the time I drove 30 min. to the center, stayed for mandatory meetings, etc. I would have come out in the hole. That's why I was thrilled to find a work from home job. If my DD needs me I'm right here. If I go into interior design, I can continue working this job and meet with clients while my daughter is in school.

Quoting MB13:

It is certainly a career that exists and people do hire designers.  There are often interior designers that work with the contractors of new housing developments.  My in-laws had an interior designer working with them when they built their new house.  The only difficulty they had was that sometimes the designer did not listen to their interests and tried to talk them into what she liked.  For example, they had a couple of chairs that had been in the family and had sentimental value.  She tried to talk them into getting new chairs because those were old.  Finally, she did help them find other pieces that would compliment the chairs that they had.  So as an interior designer, it is good that you have a talent for it, but always remember to listen to the clients tastes! 

Also, what is your teaching expertise or certification?  Tutors in our area can also make a lot of money. That could be a flexible job to help you as you work through school.




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