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    I wonder if anyone here has ever successfully lived off of "temp" roles (or heard of anyone doing this)? If there's a way to just go through a recruitment agency (or several) and get a constant stream of temporary admin roles and such, and earn money via these. I know it's going to be way less stable than having a full time employer, but the amount you get per hour is better from what I understand and I'm guessing if you're good, recruiters will keep calling you in for jobs, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Liza View Post
    I wonder if anyone here has ever successfully lived off of "temp" roles (or heard of anyone doing this)? If there's a way to just go through a recruitment agency (or several) and get a constant stream of temporary admin roles and such, and earn money via these. I know it's going to be way less stable than having a full time employer, but the amount you get per hour is better from what I understand and I'm guessing if you're good, recruiters will keep calling you in for jobs, right?
    Liza, I knew a fair few ppl in Adelaide who used to do it that way for a living. It suited them immensely because the flow was great, the pay terrific, and it gave them the flexibility to work when they wanted, but take a break when they wanted, not when some boss would allow them to take holidays etc.

    Not for everyone obviously, but could be worth looking into further?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    Liza, I knew a fair few ppl in Adelaide who used to do it that way for a living. It suited them immensely because the flow was great, the pay terrific, and it gave them the flexibility to work when they wanted, but take a break when they wanted, not when some boss would allow them to take holidays etc.

    Not for everyone obviously, but could be worth looking into further?
    Thanks, DA, it's great to see people actually do this successfully! I think I'd definitely like to look into this, I'm just worried about jumping in there as it seems so uncertain! I'll try to save up as much of a buffer as possible to live on first and then maybe take the leap, and also speak to a few recruitment companies beforehand to see if they can offer any advice. It definitely seems like a great option for me if I can get enough work through it, as the flexibility would let me work on developing my own projects like 1 Fit Mutt

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    Yeah, research and ask around as much as you can. As I said, I knew a fair few who tempted, but that doesn't mean there are thousands of ppl out there who have tried it and would advise not to consider it in your wildest dreams. Only you can make that decision.

    All the best no matter which way you go - being in a job you obviously loathe that is making you unhappy is not worth anything Liza. You are young and have your whole life ahead of you. Not only that, you are obviously super capable and highly intelligent, therefore I think you will succeed at whatever you choose to do in the future.
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    Liza for a year I did temp work and it was just brilliant (had 3 jobs within that time), I think someone of your qualifications would most certainly be able to sustain a comfortable income from temp work alone. I would join a few agencies and let them do all the work for you.

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    Thanks Rebec! May I ask why you decided to stop doing temp work? I've always associated temp work to be with like one day to one week type arrangements, but after reading a bit about it I realized that it can actually be a more long term temporary arrangement as well, which is also good. It seems like temp work would also allow me a chance to work in different environments and mix things up a bit, which is good.

    I'm excited about finding out more about it and speaking to some agencies, but first I have to talk to my boyfriend about this and see if he approves After all, I currently play 90% of the household bills and he has to be fully aware that because this arrangement wouldn't be as stable as a full time job there might be times when he needs to foot a bit more of the bill.

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    I only stopped because I moved out of sydney

    I would deffinately consider going back into a temp agency when I am ready to go back to work again.


    You can get some weekend reception work as a one off (which is always a nice pay) or a contracted f/t job as the fill in for someone on maternity leave. The job op's are endless. Also who knows, you may find your ideal company to work for during a temp job.

    wow 90% of the bills? yikes lol

    I don't think I had longer then a week being jobless when I was working temp. Sort of just slid from one job to the next with the 3 main jobs and plenty of weekend chances to work aswell. (well this is how it was in Sydney city)

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