Paying the Bills by Brad Windhauser

Great story of responsibility, discipline and perseverance.

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Paying the Bills by Brad Windhauser

I’m fortunate enough to have a full-time teaching job, one that affords me a flexible schedule conducive to writing and a decent paycheck. But I wasn’t always so fortunate.

Working in restaurants put me through undergrad (1994-1997) and then my Master’s degree (2000-2002) until I retired from the service industry in 2004. I started as a busser, worked my way up to food runner, then, eventually, serving. This 10-year career earned me more money than I ever would have working retail. I also had a schedule around which I could write. In my early 20s, I could not have imagined a better job for a budding writer, and I strongly recommend any person in a similar position at least entertain a job in the service industry.

This career, however, is not without its downsides, and for someone who struggles with discipline, the upside might…

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