Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Karate Starts Today

I'm excited! I haven't worked since the end of August, I've been living off my last paycheck from camp and the little bit of money I've had in savings. I'm not ready to have a job again, but I'm ready to have money. It's actually the sweetest deal I've ever had for a job: Tuesdays/Thursdays 3-5pm and Saturdays 10-12 and get this, I'm getting paid up front. Here's how that works:

The karate school that I'm working with (not my original school where I trained) does after school programs and the students pay up front for the whole semester's tuition, like it's a regular class they're attending. The other instructor I'll be working with will be there to help teach for the second half of the semester, so I get half of the tuition that's brought in for the Tuesday/Thursday classes. The Saturday classes are all me, so I'll be getting all the tuition. I have the opportunity to earn a good bit of money. I won't say how much but it's a lot. :)

It's a great opportunity for me to start budgeting my money and watching it way more closely. I'm definitely going to be able to finish paying off my computer and I'd like to start putting some money aside for when I graduate and I need to start paying off my loans. I don't want to count my chickens, but I'm hoping to have enough kids sign up that I'll be able to buy my own car (a nice used one, nothing fancy) so when I move out of my parents' house, that's one less thing I'll have to buy.

The downside to this job is that I'll have less free time on the days I have class, because it's at the same school that camp was, which is a good distance from my house (45 minutes on a good day), so travel time is included.

As far as I can tell though, it's the only downside. Sure, there may be one or two of the kids from camp that I was not fond of, but I only have to see them for an hour at a time (maybe two, and I stress maybe) as opposed to the 6 straight hours I had them at camp. I already know that I can work with the instructor and my paychecks aren't going to come up as $0.00 (which happened at one of my restaurant jobs and it was a mistake that took them forever to fix). I know the admins already since it's at the same place as camp and a couple of my friends from camp are also working at the school for other things. So I'm really stoked about this job.