Post # 1
My FI is self employed, mostly film, animation etc. He’s just this minute been offered a 6 month contract, in a job he doesn’t particularly like. Money’s been tight a while, but he’s had a reasonable amount of freelance work lately so we’re getting on top of things, pretty much.
The thing is, more than anything I want him to be happy. Is it worth him taking this job, in order to more easily pay for the wedding, if he winds up miserable in it?
Post # 3
Since it is a contract with an end date, I think it would be stupid to say no. Even if he hates it he can always count down to completion and use it to build up his client list, maybe get referals.
If he really is going to be miserable through the 6 months, he should not take the job.
Post # 4
Many people take jobs and end up miserable, but not knowing it’s going to suck. why would it be miserable? long hours? Tough deadlines? etc.
If money is tight, it’s time to do something–look at it like an opportunity. A 6 month job is very short. There’s a lot you can put up with for 6 months in order for a chunk of financial wiggle room. There’s no guarantee in self employment, anyways.
I guess I feel like beggers can’t be choosers if you truly need the money!
Post # 5
Would he still be able to work on “his” work if he took this job, or would he be forced to turn away any contract work that came in while he worked for this company (either due to the hours he would be working, or something else)?
I lean towards taking the job, unless it would mean turning down all other freelance work for the 6 month period, which could do more damage in the long run.
Post # 6
I completely agree with @slicey19. If he knows for certain he is going to be miserable, then he shouldn’t take the job. If he just doesn’t love it, or may not like it, he probably should take it. Especially if he can still work on his other projects.
6 months isn’t too long, and having the money to cover expenses is worth a little bit of annoyance.
Post # 7
6 months will absolutely fly by, whether you love a job or not. But having some financial security will last ALOT longer…pay off bills, debts, set up some savings, NOT have any debt (or extra debt) after the wedding. It’s worth the potential sacrifice of total contentment for a short while. Plus, he could get there and find its really not that bad. But you cant go into anything with a negative attitude…that will seal the deal right there!
Post # 8
Why not? He may be busier with his own work and the additional job but why turn down the extra cash? It’s not like he’s commiting the rest of his life to it.
Post # 9
Thanks girls. I think he’s going to take it, he’d probably lose the opportunity of freelance work for that company if he said no.
@gabriellelise: Well the hours are normal, so I’ve been reminding him that he could prob take a couple unpaid days in there if something major came up. But there wouldn’t be a contractual problem with him doing other work on his own time, no.