Catch 22

A situation in which a desired outcome or solution is impossible to attain because of a set of inherently contradictory rules or conditions
– The Free Dictionary

I don’t think there is a better way to describe how I feel about my current situation. With C being injured and in TRP until he has fully recovered, we are unsure of when he will be back on a platoon to finish his basic training. If had he not gotten hurt then he would likely be done with basic training and we would be off to the next stage of his training. As it stands, he will be away for at least a few more months.

When you are in basic training, part of your paycheck is deducted to cover your living expenses on base. If you are single then this is fine. You have everything you need on base and your bank account is growing. Unfortunately for a single income family with two small children, the amount left after the deductions is lacking to say the least. This leads to my ‘Catch 22’ situation:

I AM TOO BROKE TO MAKE MONEY

I’m sure you are familiar with the phrase ‘It takes money to make money’ and it is true, especially for a stay-at-home parent.

The first (and usually biggest) hurdle to overcome is childcare. Professional childcare is expensive. If you can afford it, you still need to make sure you find one with the environment you want your child to be in, and possibly make your way up the waiting list. An alternative option is a friend or family member who is willing to watch your children for a more affordable price. In some rare cases, you might be able to find a job that allows you to bring your children or has onsite childcare included. Personally I am not aware of any jobs like this in my area, let alone ones I would qualify for. This leaves me with working from home around my children’s schedules (and curious fingers).

Once the children are squared away it is time to figure out how you are going to make money. If you are planning to job hunt, make sure your resume is up to date and you have references lined up. I, however, need to find a job I can do from home and on my own schedule. I have tried a few MLM companies and I do believe that some people have the skills and network to make that type of business work but I have come to the realization that I am not one of those people. Instead, my plan is to use my crafty skills to make and sell… something.

I have many ideas for things to make and sell but there are two main issues:
1) I need money to buy the tools/supplies
2) I need to be able to sell the products and make a profit
I need for both to happen to have any chance of success. Issue #1 is easier because I can start small. Once I have a few things made, I can sell them and reinvest the money into making more items to sell. This is where issue #2 comes in. I need to be able to keep selling products in order to grow my business and bank account.

I hope you will stick with me as I continue to hammer out the details and work towards getting my first products ready to sell.

~ Momma J