Dustin Dial and his wife, Irving Elementary School teacher Nina Carrillo, found it difficult to balance their careers and children, and Dial’s music studies at community college. So, Dial took a chance.
The 2002 Mountain View High School graduate quit his job and started working with Amazon Flex, a program that lets individuals be their own boss, set their own schedules and make money while delivering for Amazon. Amazon Flex, which pays $18 to $25 per hour, does not offer pension or benefits, workers are not guaranteed a certain number of hours. Details are available at flex.amazon.com.
The schedule and program work for Dial, however. It allows him to continue supporting his family, without compromising his personal dreams. For the past year and a half, he’s juggled his classes, after-school pickup and family time.
“I am studying music theory and guitar, but everything was put on hold because my wife and I started having kids,” he said. “It’s a little hard to focus on school. I had to focus more on my family.
“It allows me to focus on a lot of things in life without making it overly complicated,” Dial said. “I’ve done a lot of things and had full-time jobs before. My last job was demanding. I had to work six days a week, although I was paid overtime.”
He takes his kids to elementary school in the morning and then works throughout the day. Dial picks up his children from school and by the time he gets home, Carrillo is home and he takes his online or in-person classes.
“I can make money on my own time,” he said. “I create my own daily routine and still make money to provide for my family. That’s what I really like about it.”