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Old 01-08-2010, 05:23 PM
 
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I am not making much money subbing and am having trouble signing up for the jobs since they dissapear so fast. I think we may be oversaturated with subs bc of the economy. I am thinking about getting another job. Does anyone have any suggestions of work that would compliment an unstable sub work schedule? I really would like to keep subbing as a job but I don't have to do it everyday. Thanks for any thoughts.


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When I was subbing last year, I took on a second job to try and make ends meet. Well, I ended up missing out on a lot of sub jobs because I was working and unable to answer my phone. I was also extremely exhausted at the end of the day because I would sub and then go to work at my other job. There were days where I would work 7:30-3:30, get something to eat, and then work 5:00-9:30. If you could find a job where they are extremely flexible with your hours, it might be something to look into. I thought about getting a second job this year, but I decided it was better for me take care of myself and cut out unnecessary items from my life.
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Old 01-08-2010, 09:09 PM
 
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can you apply to sub in more districts? this will up your chances of getting an assignment.
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I have a 2nd job and it's for only 2-3 days...I work in a preschool setting. It's flexible enough that they know I sub...I agree that if you do take on a 2nd job you will miss out on opportunities ( I missed alot of assignments in Nov. & Dec.)

but in the end, you do what you have to do...are you multiple district? I am but doesn't mean the jobs are necessarily flying either....
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Old 01-09-2010, 07:16 AM
 
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I'm signed up for 4 districts, in one of those I'm a para sub. Para subbing pays about half but it's better than nothing. I take para sub jobs from the first day in September while waiting for teaching jobs to pick up. If I can't find a teacher job, I have the option of picking up a para sub job so that I'm always working when I want to. The schools in the 2 districts where I sub teach are within about a half hour drive. The third district is further - about 45 minutes. I use that one just for back up - when there's nothing else or when the other districts are closed. They usually have spring break at a different time, so I could pick up some more days there.

I took a job a few years ago teaching ESL in the evening.... and missed a lot of subbing because I was exhausted. I was on my feet all waking time! Now I clean a medical office at night. It takes about an hour, I can do it in the summer; it's not teaching and I like the change.


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It is very hard
Old 01-11-2010, 10:54 AM
 
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to decide exactly how to proceed in your dilema. I have the same one, so this is near and dear to my heart.

I used to work at Kmart, my shift was 5-10 several nights a week. Sometimes they would give me some hours on the weekend as well. It made it very hard to sub the following morning after working until 10 at Kmart. Ultimately I resigned from Kmart. Last year I only made 11K subbing. It is barely enough to live on, it is stressful never knowing where you will be and what you will be doing. This year I need to do a better job of marketing myself so that teachers will call me in advance for jobs.

I get the feeling that teachers have been told to keep their absences to a bare minimum in order to save money.

I would say that your best bet is a part-time job for the weekends only. Good luck, I know this is very hard.
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Waitress!
Old 01-12-2010, 12:57 PM
 
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Waitress! It's the best job to fill in with. Tell them you're availability is only nights and weekends. You leave with cash in your pockets and a pay check usually every 2 weeks (depending on the restaurant). I've waitressed for 4 years now in between school and now subbing. Good luck
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Subbing is very difficult these days, especially with the people who pay a fortune for those programs that auto accept jobs(or so they say). I have found that tutoring, whether it's at a local center or any child that needs help, is a great way to get extra income. Also, you can be flexible with your schedule and work as many hours as you want. You could also sub at several school districts. The more districts you sub at, the more opportunities you will receive.
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Old 08-05-2010, 06:04 PM
 
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Waitressing nights and weekends is probably best. Some subs have a problem with this when they have their own children so they miss out on a lot of jobs. Too bad you aren't in my area because we never have enough subs.
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