Post # 1
I’m not sure what to do about my job. I’m thinking about job hunting but maybe I should just stay where I am.
Pros: I set my own hours, can come & go whenever I want. I can take any day(s) off I want (unpaid & the store closes so I don’t take much time off). I have a lot of responsibility & am trusted with everything. My boss is great & understanding (he’s never here). I’ve been here 6+ years & know how everything runs. Great job security.
Cons: I work alone 300 days of the year, no paid sick days, no benefits. The owner controls everything & doesn’t have time for the business. I am in charge of almost everything, but have little control (even getting more printing paper can be challenging). I’m bored/un-motivated. I miss people & it depresses me. I’d feel horrible quitting because that means this business would go under (not bankrupt, just go out of business).
I make about $22k/year after taxes. I’m not sure if that is a pro or a con? DH & I can’t pay our bills on that. DH is looking for a job but no calls yet. If DH got a min wage job, we’d live paycheck to paycheck. If DH got a good paying job we’d be fine.
Post # 3
I wouldn’t quit this job until you have another lined up. Both because it could be hard to find a job right now, and also because once you found another job at least you’d have something concrete to compare this one to.
Post # 4
wow. People are going to think I wrote this. I def feel your pain 🙁
Post # 5
Just to be honest, it’s tough out there. Do you have a degree/things that qualify you for other jobs?
If you are really miserable, just put your feelers out there and see if anything bites. Don’t quit your job until you have a new one.
FI was miserable, so he quit his job and we moved, and he’s having a really hard time finding something even part time..
Post # 6
1) Use all your free time at work to job hunt but don’t quit until you have something lined up
2) See if there is a gap somewhere in the business that you could cover – accounting or inventory or something.
3) Take up knitting
Post # 7
@SoontobeMrsA: I SERIOUSLY thought this was you…
Post # 8
Are we the same person? I swear, I’m in the same position as you. I make a little less, work at a store where I’m the only one here (although I can’t set my own hours). I work 6 out of 7 days a week for terrible pay, and it’s like pulling teeth to get information out of my boss. My boss owns another larger company, and I was told that they would be hiring someone to take over my hours here and I’d eventually be at the other company full time. Instead, I found out today that they hired someone for the other company and I’m stuck here. FI & I can’t afford to move out of our parents house on our combined income.
What am I doing? I’m throwing applications at every job possibility I can find. Even sending my resume out to companies that aren’t hiring. I feel terrible because if I leave it’ll put them in a terrible position, but honestly – I need to do what’s best for me. I need to find a job that pays better and that I can grow with.
I think you should job hunt and quit when you find a new job.
Post # 9
What about talking to the owner about getting some benefits or compensation for all of the responsibility? Can you approach your boss with a proposal of how you would like things to be to make the situation better?
Or is it a lost cause? I feel your pain, it is tough out there. I would start searching for new jobs.
Post # 10
@CorgiTales: I would only quit if I had another job lined up. Problem is once I have a new job lined up, I couldn’t do much at my current job.
@SoontobeMrsA: Awww I’m sorry :(. Do you work alone too? What are you going to do?
@napabridekelsey: There’s a few jobs I could probably get because of my experience but I only have my AA degree (just a general AA degree). I thought about going back to school but I don’t want to take the general classes. I have enough credits to be a college senior, however I’d have to take a few sophmore classes.
@jedeve: I wish I could do something else, but I do everything. I practically run the business. I do all customer service, inventory, shipping, accounting, media, everything except paying the bills (the owner does that). I started job hunting on breaks last week & found a few jobs I like & wouldn’t quit unless I already had a new job lined up.
I can’t use my regular screenname because I wrote where I worked before. I am not SoontobeMrsA, just to clarify 🙂
Post # 11
hehe i do complain about working alone a lot.
I now am only alone one day a week and am totally loving it! It is awesome because I get one day a week to be anti social and then the other four I have 1-2 coworkers. The problem before was that I was carrying such a huge workload alone so it was always my work that ended up late since the other work was higher priority. No one understood why if all the work was “critical” and “top priority” that some things not labeled as such would not get done in a timely manner.
I have no choice but to stay. I love too much of the job to leave. For several weeks a year, we have the most amazing students with disabilities on campus and it makes it worth it. Your job does not sound like you get ANY emotional reward in it so I would def start looking elsewhere.
Post # 12
@mikaylav3: Wow, that’s horrible :(. I’m sorry they lied to you & hired someone else, that’s terrible! I really hope you get some call backs. I’ve been using Craigslist to find job openings & recommend it!
@cbee: Its probably more of a lost cause. Its not so much the $. Even if I was paid more I would still feel about the same. The owner is trying to sell the business this year & would love if I could buy it from him, but I don’t have the money/credit to do so & I would change it so people could come into the store! The owner is just SO busy, he’s a doctor & barely has time to meet with me to pay me & he’s always out of town.
Post # 13
@SoontobeMrsA: I’m glad you have coworkers now :). Its kinda crazy that your work was split up to you plus 2 others! I don’t know how you can do 3 people’s work! That sometimes happens to me. Last year my co-worker (we get so busy we could probably hire 2 or 3 people for the 2 months I have help), got sick for 1 full month & then got a new job. I did 2 or 3 people’s worth of work for awhile. This year, my co-worker got sick for a few weeks during the same time of year. So I kinda know how you felt but yea I guess I should just start job-hunting.
I did just help someone find out they had credit card fraud at least. Seriously, they called & their order wouldn’t go through so I told them they needed to call their bank & they found out about it. Other than that, I usually get no emotional reward at all.
Post # 14
@secretbee: It is possible to find a great job if you can give yourself time to look. Network if you can.
Post # 15
@secretbee: $22,000 is a con. I’m in that salary range and I know I am underpaid. I guess it depends on what part of the country or world you live in. But I know I’m definitely underpaid.
I also feel like I’m in the same position. I want nothing more than to quit my job, but I know it isn’t smart (unless BF gets a job out of state. Then I am 100% going too) but there are days I can’t take it. I don’t have the luxury of having whatever days I want off (but it may not be such a luxury). But I think we should both keep looking for opportunities while still bringing in money. Let’s just keep showing up every day and taking home the paycheck, but definitely research new opportunities. They are out there.