@amyfrances thanks! It's definitely not a job I'd recommend to just anyone... It's a LOT of physical work and very stressful when you have poorly trained dogs. I'm lucky enough to have a ton of resources available to me through my other job at the store, including an excellent trainer who allowed me to study with her for a year, leaving me much more equipped to deal with difficult doggies. Having said all that, if you're really considering being a dog walker, I highly suggest finding a good reputable company to work for so you don't have to worry about all the admin work and taxes. And don't let yourself be employed as an independent contractor if you work for a company, because from what I've researched, that's technically illegal.
I sort of did this after college... I was working part time for a medical staffing agency at a position I thought would be temporary, but when I graduated I was offered a permanent position with a move up to almost full-time hours with PTO and health insurance. Instead, I quit and became a dogwalker and upped my hours at my other part-time job at a pet store. I work almost every day of the week in some form and don’t get any sort of benefits from either job, but I love what I do and I make enough to live comfortably in the lifestyle I pictured post-college. Being a compliance assistant for a corporate agency made me want to stab pens in my eyes every day that I had to sit at that desk, but for over two years now I’ve been excited for work every day (except when it’s snowing. boston snow can suck it)
I overestimated and underspent for once! My prescription was only $30 (like it is every month but I always seem to forget) I only put $20 of gas in my car to get me through until the next payday Mailing a package was only $3, and it got to its destination in less than 24 hours. I was beyond impressed.
@planforamiracle @PicNic thank you for validating my purchase! i’ve felt so anxious and regretful since i walked out of the store last night, but had a chance to wear it today for a walk around the reservoir with my favorite pup and loved it so much. it’s perfect in every way.
i made a bad decision last night and (semi)impulse bought the $300 winter coat i’ve been coveting. i needed to buy it in the near future because it is getting COLD in boston, my old one is destroyed, and i work outside all day every day. i probably should have waited until the end of the month when all my bills are paid, so this weekend (and the rest of the month) will be necessities only: $35 for gas this morning $30 for a prescription this afternoon and that is all. oh and $5ish to ship a package because i forgot to bring my friend’s gift to our belated birthday gift swap dinner. embarrassing.
I have to drive all around Allston/Brighton/Brookline daily for work, and am constantly infuriated/astounded by how many people I see with their eyes very obviously glued to their phone. Not only is it city traffic but most of them are college students who brought their car from a suburb and have zero experience driving in said city traffic.
I have about $20 to last me until I get paid next Thursday, so the only money I plan on spending this weekend is on laundry ($6?). Sidenote: why is being a bridesmaid so expensive? Also, why are winter coats so expensive? Why is life so expensive? Uggghhhhhhhh
gas and grocery shopping today: $125 working all day tomorrow: $0 apple picking and lunch on sunday: $30? $155. i’ll take it.
today i have to pick up a prescription ($35) and get an oil change ($35) after work, then plan on spending the rest of the afternoon/evening cleaning in preparation for a friend from out of town coming tomorrow ($0). tomorrow is my birthday! i have to go into work to teach puppy class and assist in another obedience class, then i think my friend and i are going to harvard sq for dinner etc ($40ish) after dinner some other friends are coming over to drink and play with the two adorable kittens we have ($0) sunday we’re all driving out west for The Big E, which was my favorite thing growing up since i lived right over the bridge from it. i’m always surprised that people on this side of the state haven’t heard of it or been since it’s the biggest fair in new england! so much food. so much money to spend. i’m trying to limit myself to $100 but we’ll see how well that goes. plus another $40ish for gas/tolls. so $250? i got a check in the mail from the state for $350 yesterday because i filed an amended tax return months ago and totally forgot, which makes this a lot less worrisome for me.
tonight: the dude and i have tickets to see Mick Foley’s stand up show at Nick’s Comedy Stop, probably will buy multiple beers ($20) tomorrow: working all day then couching all night ($0) sunday: working most of the day then watching tons of boardwalk empire in an attempt to catch up before the third episode of season four airs ($0) this weekend will be ridiculously cheap but that’s only because we’re putting off grocery shopping and laundry due to laziness :/