Reston: Any suggestions on how to find permanent part-time work? I'm an experienced writer and editor, but I want a part-time slot so I can pursue freelancing opportunities while having a steady source of income. It just doesn't seem as if there are too many part-time opportunities advertised.

Just because they aren't advertised doesn't mean they're not there. But you will have to look a little harder. I suggest you start your search through temp agencies. If you do a good job, you'll likely be offered the chance to stay on directly with one or more of the companies you work for. The major downside to part-time work is that it often pays less on a per-hour basis than you would get doing the same job full time. The discrepancy is particularly bizarre because part-timers rarely receive benefits either. I've read several stories about mothers who share jobs, often at big companies, but I have never personally met anyone who works under this sort of arrangement.

Randallstown: How do you go about trying to get a job at a charter school in the District? Do you know their Web address?

The D.C. Public Charter School Board's Web site (www.dcpubliccharter.com) contains information about job openings at each of the schools, which are run independently of the District's other public schools. The requirements for employment are similar, however.