Too busy?

Last semester, things weren’t too hectic. I didn’t take too many classes, and I wasn’t working. Also, I wasn’t getting too many requests for the expertise I have to offer: building and troubleshooting PCs.

I’m currently taking 10 semester units, working 12-15 hours a week, and volunteering for children around 15 hours a week. Most of my free time is for homework and studying – or it’s supposed to be – which doesn’t really leave me much tme for my side job. Luckily, the people I’ve built computers for haven’t had any problems.

However, now that I’m not actively seeking business, people are looking for me. I’m not sure how they find me, nor why they’re turning to me for advice. I do know that I wish I could help as many people as I can. I guess all I can do is maintain composure.

I think I’ve learned quite a bit through my former jobs and the volunteer work, and I think people just want me to be honest. At the very least, I need to remind myself to watch my mouth everyday.

I’m scared that if I say I can’t do it, they won’t look to me anymore. I don’t want that, because if I ever got the chance, I’d be more than willing to offer help. Plus if time gets freed up later, I’d like to be able to work on my side job.

Friday morning, Pete called me about some computer problems at his school. All 22 computers in their computer lab were infected with viruses. They didn’t know what to do, and Pete mentioned me. I just might be the one undertaking the job of clean installing all the computer with Windows. (He hasn’t finalized it with me since then, but still.) Update: Nevermind. If a job involves money, the school board “drags their feet”, as he put it. Oh well.

Oh, and tonight, I walked into the pavilion to see how the varsity guys were doing in their game, and two parents came up to me about a job offer in La Mirada. I don’t know all the details of it, but I do know that they seemed genuinely interested in trying to get me to take this IT job. Perhaps I really won’t need to worry about a steady income. Wow. Note: It’s about 20 miles away, and requires driving on the 605 Fwy and the 5 Fwy. That’ll sound bad both ways.

If I could do web design or web hosting, and I wouldn’t have to worry too much about a commute, that would be totally cool. Totally. Baby steps right now, though. Feelin the vibe. Workin it. Workin it.

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Bryan Villarin

Bryan is a Trust & Safety Wrangler at Automattic. He's also a photographer, card magician, and cat whisperer. (Thanks to my friend and colleague Steve Blythe for the sweet photo!)

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