Thanks for the welcome Lydia! My cousin and I @1Cascadiaclean began using Thumbtack as a platform for our Window and Gutter cleaning business. It has provided wonderful exposure! We are thrilled to see what is to come in the New Year when we hit our peek season! :-)
I have been amember for several years now. I only recently discovered the forum though.
To answer the original question though let me set the time and place for this story. I was in college in the late eighties and early nineties. I needed just a little bit of spending money for things beyond the absolute necessities. In the Fall semester of 1988 I was told of a campus job tutoring in the math lab so I applied and got it. I was able to better job of working with some people that the tutors who had been there were. My name became known around the campus. I soon had requests to do some private tutoring and took most of those up.
When I graduated there had been an expected need for new mathematicians. There wasn't. The ones who has been expected to retire still needed work and did not retire. So, I continued to tutor and got a master's degree. There still wasn't the expected retirement of mathematicians that the jobs outlook had called for. I tried to get teaching positions, but there were many Ph Ds looking for work too. I still couldn't find a job. So, I kept tutoring.