Post # 1
So.. I’m not yet in a predicament but I very well could be.
I’m getting ready to send my resume in for two positions, both of which I am confident I will land an interview at least.
Job 1 – A coordinator/office assistant for an organic sprouts greenhouse/farm. This is ideal #1 because I can coordinate and would really enjoy being in charge of the planning.. and #2 I love gardening and this would be a very fun and enjoyable environment to work in. Also, I hope to one day open a greenhouse tomato operation so this would be invaluable experience since I have none. I’ve got a solid business plan, a location, and am thinking about contacting a local group of investors that fund projects to “better the community”.
Job 2 – Doing what I do now except totally being in charge of the entire she-bang. Right now, I have to answer to the owner of the comany about every.thing and he makes many of the decisions which I am capable of and would be able to do w/ the other job. I definitely have the perfect qualifications and experience they are looking for. I don’t love doing this, but it would pay well.
Job #1, I am expecting maybe $25K/year with little if any benefits. It would be a struggle for us to even get by (it already is!!) I’d be taking a $7K paycut. But, I could possibly pick up more part-time work.
Job #2, I am expecting $40-60K/year with good benefits. We could get debt paid off quickly and start a savings account, because it would be a significant raise for me.
What would YOU do if you had this decision to make? WHY would you choose the one you did?
Post # 3
Ok, bees… we’re almost at 50/50 with the poll… Give me your reasons! I’m interested to hear some arguments for an against each 🙂
Post # 4
I can’t neccesarily say what I would do…. but if you are really passionate about the greenhouse tomato operation the first option could definately open some doors and possibly connect you with the right people who would be interested in investing into this type of organization. However not being able to survive on a wage is a big deal, so it would be a very hard decision…..
Post # 5
I think I would go with job #1. The reason being that if you love your job, it doesn’t really seem like work. Also you’re building a foundation for your future plan of the tomato business. Finally, I believe if you do what you love, the money will follow.
Post # 6
I’m in a job that I hate that pays crappy so the worst of both words. It sucks not having money but it sucks more being miserable most of the day. I would 100% choose doing something that makes me happy over something that makes more money.
Post # 7
Job #1 would open future doors and make you a more interesting person. I’d choose that.
My only hesitation would be not paying off debt – but if you are open to a part time job as a stopgap, I say #1 all the way.
I’m considering taking a big pay cut in a couple of years to try and start a photography business, so it’s something i’ve been thinking a lot about. We’re in a somewhat different position, in that we have no debt (not even a car!) and substantial savings. That definitely makes it less scary. But, since I was a low-paid student for so long, i’m actually ok with making less and living more simply to have an adventure.
We’ll see if I still feel that way once we decide to buy a house in the Bay Area ;-P
Post # 8
I chose the job that pays more. Theres a difference between doing something you hate and doing something you dont love. If its a job you dont love but can stand doing (which it sounds like it is), then take the raise and pay off your debt. After the debt is paid, then I would say start looking for something in the field you love.
Post # 9
I voted for #2 – I think you should continue to do that for a while – pay off debt and save so you can make the leap to job #1 and follow your dreams! Just make sure you aggressively pay off debt!
Post # 10
I choose option 2 because why can’t you have a steady job with a better salary & benefits and gain valuable experience at the same time? If you get job #2, you could ask to volunteer at job #1 or something similar. Good Luck.