Your Money Should Be Working for You
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It’s not enough to set money aside. If you want to build wealth and bring your dreams to life, you need to put your money to work. Earn money on what you save – and watch your savings grow.
Moving to a New City Without a Job? Be Forewarned.
Do not, I repeat, DO NOT move to a new city without a job lined up. I cannot stress this enough. I always scoffed at the “not in this economy” statement but now I understand. It is too hard job hunting and trying to live when you have limited resources and no cash flow to your bank account. So here I am now “You will not make it in this economy.”
In the middle of all this job-hunting failure, my boyfriend received bad news from back home. He had to keep flying back and forth from Houston to Los Angeles to take care of his business, leaving me alone. Which was horrible.
He would be gone for weeks at a time and I would be there alone, jobless, and broke. I never left the apartment. I would stay in the little cave with the dogs as my only company. Being alone like that is hard. No human contact is seriously torture and it is even harder when you can’t afford to leave. Watching movies on Netflix gets pretty old when that’s all you do for weeks at a time.
I had thought I had all this money saved from my bartending days. But, obviously, when you have no job, the money just goes in one direction – out. I couldn’t afford gas. I had no money to go grocery shopping. I was selling my clothes online just to be able to buy the necessities of life. I knew that I could have asked for help from my family, but the overwhelming feeling of failure was too embarrassing for me to deal with.
I had told everyone and their mother about my new exciting adventure. How California was going to present me with all new opportunities and here I was a lonely hermit in my apartment. The only time I left was to take my dogs out for walks. That’s when I had a light bulb moment.
Any Job is a Job After College, Right? Meh.
Dogs are at large in the city of Los Angeles. I am a dog person in Los Angeles. Ergo, I should watch dogs. The Rover app actually saved my life and mental sanity. I signed up for the app and quickly got job offers. It wasn’t much but this gave me something to do and cash in my pocket. Not enough to pay the bills, but now I could at least go to the grocery store.
Life comes at you fast if you aren’t prepared. It is important to consider the worst scenarios. You never know when they could become reality. So people, before you relocate make sure you know what they heck you are going to do with yourself before you get there. Life is hard enough with a job, its extremely difficult without one!
Even though I thought I had a fool proof plan, moving to California taught me that there is no such thing as too much preparation.
Ultimately what the California experience taught me was that failing is okay. It is a part of life. A lesson. And the lessons that this failure taught me were valuable.
It’s okay to fail. It’s okay to ask for help. Struggling in silence is not the way to go. People go through hard times and it is okay! What is important is to realize before it gets too bad and impossible to get yourself out of.
Cue the California fires.
Surviving on a Budget While Finding a Job (Without a Job!)
When you’re looking for a job and unemployed, the struggle is real. It takes the right skills – and commitment – to not only create a budget but stick to it. If you were asked what your budget is, would you be able to answer accurately?
Not having a planned budget can make the stress of not having a job even more stressful. If you’re not sure where to start, PrimeWay has an easy to use Home Budget Analysis calculator. You’ll not only be able to see where you’re spending your money (and maybe shouldn’t be), but you can also set your budgets. Don’t let lack of a budget make finding a job even more stressful.