Guten Tag von Deutschland!
It’s been a couple months since I’ve provided an income update. For new readers, I quit working full time last August when we moved from the US to the UK and now do a variety of part-time jobs and freelancing.
Lately, though, freelancing has been on the back burner. I’ve been spending a fair amount of time on military orders and, as I alluded to above, I’m actually in Germany right now.
Not to mention, I’ve also been busy completing two separate training courses over the past couple weeks. One of the courses is for the adjunct teaching position I was hired for back in March. I’m pretty much done with this one and should teach my first class(es) during the fall semester. The other is a beast and will be ongoing for probably the remainder of the year.
As expected, March saw a huge spike in earnings, mostly resulting from my reserve job. Between the two weeks I’m working now and another two weeks in June, we should see a couple more spikes like the one in March over the coming months.
In a way, it’s almost like I’m back on active duty without a lot of the day-to-day BS. I could go without the daily shaving, though. My face does not appreciate it. A scruffy beard is one HUGE perk of semi-retirement!
To be fair, it is nice to be making some extra money. I do feel bad leaving Mrs. DTG alone with the kids, though I think they’re secretly glad to get rid of me from time to time.
April saw a sprinkling of several income sources. Because of our Mediterranean cruise and a visit from family, I didn’t work for half the month. This will impact May’s freelance income. No more PTO for me 😦
Still, it’s better than dragging myself to work every day. No complaints here!
One a positive note, I finally got paid for an editing job I did on Upwork the first week of February. I had nearly written it off as pro bono work to an ungrateful Chinese engineering student. Thankfully, he pulled through and I got my $80. Ballin’!
My primary source of freelance income continues to be from technical editing. I’m not making a ton, but the work is there any time I want it.
Anyway, here it is. Nothing spectacular, but some extra cash nonetheless. The next few months should see a nice boost and I’ll hopefully start teaching in the fall.
Regardless, I don’t ever see myself going back to sustained full-time employment, especially after our recent net worth calculation turned out better than I’d expected. 😉