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    Default What to do with my life?

    I recently retired my last race horse and am finding myself unemployed after nearly 20 years of running my own business. I am in the enviable position of not having to contribute to the family finances but I do have to pay for my horses and horse activities. I have given most of them away but have three left that I would really like to keep if possible. Which means I need to make about $1500 per month.

    I am hoping to work part time with flexible days/hours as we take lots of trips with family and horse shows and such. I have a bachelors degree in pyschology which is more or less useless. I am an EMT-B and bartended for pay throughout college and for free for friends and family over the years. So with those requirements and skill set do you have any suggestions? I am a beginner hunt seat instructor which brings in about $500-600 per month at the moment. It is possible that could increase to cover the amount necessary at some point but not anytime in the near future that I can see.



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    I guess it really boils down to what is likely to pay more per hour. I know that the private ambulance is about $11 per hour. I haven't bartended in so long I have no clue what that would average out to per hour. Any idea?



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    If you're at the right place then you can make a bundle bartending. Especially at the bigger noisier places with a happy hour crowd. Are there any casinos near you? Their bartenders do very well from what I hear, and their hours should be flexible, since I don't think they ever close. Otherwise, places like Red Lobster, TGI Fridays, and places with a big turnover probably do well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Laurierace View Post
    I guess it really boils down to what is likely to pay more per hour. I know that the private ambulance is about $11 per hour. I haven't bartended in so long I have no clue what that would average out to per hour. Any idea?
    Depends on when you work. If you are willing to work the better shifts (new years eve, valentines day, etc) you make a lot more than the guy who works the day shift. I made when I last tended 8.00/hr + tips. I usually made 20-30/hr after tips, but.. some nights I made 8.00/hr lol. I always picked up the holiday stuff.. Halloween Night, Valentines Day, Oktoberfest, superbowl, new years.. because I made a killing those nights.
    "Sadly, some people's greatest skill, is being an idiot". (facebook profile pic I saw).



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    Patient care technician on a psych unit. Maybe $14-20/hr? But no tips .



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    I like the idea of a restaurant as I am not sure I want to work until 4am anymore. It sounds like it wouldn't take much in tips to make it to the $11 the ambulance pays. I applied to a new place that is opening soon but was told I did not qualify because I answered no when asked if I liked to sing and dance in public! Better we both find out the answer to that beforehand I guess! Thanks for the ideas.



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    What about bar tending for a catering company? My former supervisor at Hopkins did that on the side (b/c Hopkins doesn't like to actually PAY its employees) and mostly worked weddings - she says it brought in quite a lot of cash!

    If you have EMT training, why not take a look at FEMA and see if they have any need for someone with your skill-set?

    While you are somewhat correct that your degree is "useless" it isn't completely - you can still get positions as bachelor's - level therapist in hospitals - though to be truthful, they are highly demanding and only pay about $14/hr, as I recall.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kestrel View Post
    Patient care technician on a psych unit. Maybe $14-20/hr? But no tips .
    Perhaps some punches, kicks and bites, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eye in the Sky View Post
    Perhaps some punches, kicks and bites, though.
    It's not bad if you do the night shift
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    I guess I can look into that. Everything I have seen has been at least master's level, I didn't know there were bachelor level positions. I thought about maybe getting my CNA but that would obviously cost money at least in the short term.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Laurierace View Post
    I guess I can look into that. Everything I have seen has been at least master's level, I didn't know there were bachelor level positions. I thought about maybe getting my CNA but that would obviously cost money at least in the short term.
    check around.. a lot of the time colleges will have money, or employers offer money for it..

    Like my hospital pays for the CNA classes, but you sign a form stating you'll work XX amount of hours afterwards or will be responsible to pay back the amount. (it's pretty detailed contract). Many of the nursing homes do it too. For some of the other positions, that are patient care, but not skilled, there is just a class at the hospital. but that's for NA, not CNA and there is a big difference in what they can do and the pay.
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    So far I haven't ran across anything in a hospital I am qualified to do except maybe housekeeping. Otherwise that would be a great situation.



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