I’m writing today because of a comment left here by Carol Tice. First of all, I’d like to thank her and everyone else who has been commenting on and Tweeting my posts, as my self-esteem and self-worth are directly related to these things. 😉
Carol wrote (albeit, to Deb) in response to The Glamorous Life of the Freelance Writer:
“I think you need to raise your rates…you’re always blogging about your insanely long hours. I have 3 kids and I work about 30 hours a week and make a very fulltime living, mostly just during their school hours. Remember, one day that afternoon nap will be gone too…you need to work smarter!”
This has left me pondering the phrase “full-time income” for the past several days. How many work from home scams opportunities have you seen advertised that promise you’ll earn a full-time income for a few hours’ worth of work? Not only that, but I’ve noticed that tons of freelance writers talk about whether or not they earn a full-time income from home. (Ha, ha. I just realize that I’ve accidentally optimized this post for the phrase “earn a full-time income.” I guess that’s just an occupational hazard for someone who writes as much SEO stuff as I do.)
That led me to question what exactly constitutes a full-time income. My husband was less than helpful when I posed the question to him answering, “Well, I guess everyone would have a different answer.” Oh, how enlightening, Dear. I figure there must be some kind of benchmark, since so many freelancers and work from home types are basing their decision to leave their “real world” jobs on this mysterious number.
I currently work from home in Washington State, where the minimum wage is (I believe) the highest in the nation at $8.55 per hour. That means that the minimum “full-time income” earned in Washington would be $17,784 per year, $1,482 per month, $342.00 per week, or $68.40 per day. This is based on a five-day week at forty hours and is figured without withholding any taxes or social security.
Of course, many of us would expect to make more than minimum wage. Personally, I have a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree, which theoretically means that I should have a “professional” job that pays more, right? Does that mean that a full-time income is really higher than that $1,482 per month? What if lived in Kansas where the minimum wage is—get this—$2.65 per hour? (It’s supposed to go up to $7.25 next year.) In that case, $459.33 monthly would mean I could earn a full-time income from home. Of course, I’d quickly lose that home to foreclosure.
Remember how I said that my self-worth is based on the comments and Tweets I receive? This is where I slyly ask for your opinion so you’ll interact with me and validate my existence. Actually, I am really interested in what you all think. What constitutes a full-time income, in your opinion?