Already a week into Syawal. I almost did not get to celebrate, money-wise, if not for a new tutoring gig, Uber and payment for a job I did in 2008.
The first is a short-term, intensive preparation for TOEIC which I think should not be a problem for the test taker since he only needs another 70 points to achieve his target score. Hopefully.
I have been contemplating driving for a ride sharing service for a while, but the decision was made after my sister signed up and I tagged along. It’s only been a week and there are still things I need to get used to, but it isn’t so bad. Have been sticking mostly close to home and areas I am familiar with, although I have ventured into the city a few times. My first payment was duit raya for the nephews and niece, and I managed to settle some overdue bills. It helps that it’s a weekly payment system so it supplements my tutoring jobs for some extra cash in hand.
When I started to work on my own, I realised that there are many risks I have to face in order to stay solvent. Having a bad paymaster is one and a dry spell after one assignment ends is another. While tutoring has been an unexpected source of steady income in the past five years, writing and media jobs are the high paying ones which contribute towards more than day-to-day subsistence. Income from such jobs can be used for investments, retirement savings (yes, I have that) and also to fund activities for myself and others.
Living in a city means there are more opportunities to earn money. Kena rajin saja.