The newly released results of the Working America 2008 Ask a Working Woman survey revealed that working women are badly in need of both a raise and a break. Of the over 12,000 online respondents, half said that if they had more time they would work a second job. Furthermore, nearly half stated that they have either no time or less than hour day for themselves.
When asked what would make their life as a working mother substantially easier, over half responded that a 10% raise in their paycheck is just what they need – more than better healthcare, childcare, or pension contributions. Above all, women want a raise. I don’t know about you, but I won’t be holding my breath for a double-digit raise this year. With lay-offs looming in every industry, sometimes it feels that to be working at all is a blessing.
With our nation’s economy spinning out of control, gas prices nearing $5.00 a gallon, the cost of groceries increasing in double-digit percentages, I can totally relate to the respondents. Take into consideration that more women are becoming the bread-winners in their household and the whole thing adds up to an incredibly stressful time for working mothers.
Personally, I would have chosen more time to exercise or sleep. Both seem to be lacking in my daily schedule. I couldn’t imagine working another job in my free-time. But when I think about it, freelance writing has become my second job. While I don’t make enough money in freelance to support my family, the extra income has come in handy to help pay for the basics – like milk, bread and rice. While the economy continues to go down the crapper, I’ll continue to save as much as possible, charge as little as possible, and take my paycheck straight to the bank.
What about you? If you had more free time, would you be working another job? Do you too need more money AND more time for yourself?