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Congratulations! I bet you are performing better than you think. We generally tend to see our mistakes more often than our successes. Relationships at work are difficult to navigate. As time goes by you will find what works best with each employee. I really hope it doesn't effect your disability payments, and that you can find that sweet spot of earning enough money while being able to stay on benefits while you need them.
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Congratulations Tucson! Best wishes for your continued success. I bet you池e doing a fine job.
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Now a third day at work. I am forcing myself to do all of it, instead of the trainer doing it for me. I ended up getting dizzy and stomach upset right near the end of my shift. I have tomorrow off. I kept making mistakes, Simple mistakes.
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Congratulations on your job! Well done! Don稚 beat yourself for making simple mistakes - everyone makes them.
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Thank you all! Boy am I nervous. I hope my brain continues to function. Every so often, it goes blank. I did not tell them that I am on disability. I just told them that I cannot work more than 20 hours a week. My calculations tell me that I will be making under SGA, so this is good. I just cannot accept any raises. I do not know how to tell them this without revealing my disability status.

My hands are shaking, so I hope I can still use their computer. I have to go through an employee learning coarse before my actual work begins. One more hour before I go into work. I am excited and scared at the same time.
May I ask how much your gross income
Will be a month
Before taxes? I really worry you値l
Make
Too much
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$13 per hour x 20 hours per week makes for $260 a week. There is at a maximum of 4.43 weeks in a (31 day) month. So this makes for earning at most $1152 a month. The SGA begins at $1260 for 2020.

The calculator that I used for this in the past appears to have given me erroneous results. Must be a brain fart on my end. So now I see that I am cutting it really close! I still have two months left where I can make unlimited earnings before SGA applies. So I can see how the first two months of the job goes with this buffer in mind.

Can you check my math here?

The only thing that I do not like is the clock will start ticking for me, using up to the total of 3 years. This is where if I earn at or over SGA, I will not receive my SSDI check. However, since I will be under SGA, I will continue to get the disability check. From what I understand, after three years, if I make more than SGA for just one month, I am kicked off of disability. IOW if I continue making below SGA, I should be OK, but I do think this job will put me on their radar.

Here is the part that I like. I will be making $13,520 a year, gross. Lets say maybe about $10,000 after taxes, or $834 a month. . This assumes each week will be 20 hours, but in reality it will be less. I collect $1620 a month in non-taxable SSDI benefit. So this gives me a total of $2454 a month after taxes. I have huge debts that I need to pay off with this extra money, something on the order of $60,000. Yes, those are four real zeros that you see. Will I live long enough for this? Probably not. I find myself somehow amused by this last observation of mine.

So I hope I can keep this job, or a job like it, a good part into the future. I cannot afford to be fired. It is hard finding easy jobs that pay anything, and work you 20 hours or less. Part time work usually means over 20 hours a week.
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I got the same total. Have you already called social security to let them know you started job? You can check with them but they will send a review form to see if you can still receive disability
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Yes, thank you. I forgot about calling them up for this. It is good to double check this with a call to SS.
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Now a third day at work. I am forcing myself to do all of it, instead of the trainer doing it for me. I ended up getting dizzy and stomach upset right near the end of my shift. I have tomorrow off. I kept making mistakes, Simple mistakes.
I know this may sound cliche, but everyone does make mistakes. We are also our own worst critic.

For what it's worth, though, people who are new to a job will rarely, if ever, do things perfect in the first month they're there and that's because working at a new job is always a learning process. Sometimes we make the dumbest little mistakes, but we eventually learn from them and get better as we go.

I'm confident you'll get better at this. The first month of any job is always rough for me, and I know that making mistakes makes me self conscious a lot. HOWEVER, I always remind myself that everyone had to have started from scratch at some point in their life and it's always a good thing to ask other people for help because they can teach you what they've learned from their mistakes, which can help you do better at your job. You'd be surprised with how "okay" most people are with you asking lots of questions!
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