(Closed) Would you go for a job that less hours, less money? More details inside

posted 4 years ago in Career
Post # 3
2094 posts
Buzzing bee

If the hours were better and it was a job I enjoyed, I would probably take it even though it’s less hours.

Idk what kind of car you drive, but potentially the money you save on gas from driving an hour every day could make up a large chunk of the difference

Post # 4
80 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I’m all for general life happiness. I think it’s a little overrated to work 40 hours a week. So if money isn’t the issue, and the job is would make you happier and you would have more time, I’d go for it! 

Post # 5
8695 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

It depends how much less. 37 hours and a 30-minute commute seem like nothing to me so I guess Its hard for me to relate. I used to commute 50 miles each way for work when I first started my job. I wouldn’t have left for less money unless it was only maybe a $5-10k difference (this is on almost 6-figures). 50 miles in my area is almost 2 hours with traffic. 

Post # 6
1406 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Well, I’d look at HOW much of a pay cut it would be. If it wouldn’t affect our financial situation that much, I’d go for it. 

I worked for 10 years at a place that I didn’t love although I was WAY underpaid. I’m now PT, I do work 10-20 hours per month unpaid but I LOVE it. My mood alone is worth that to my marriage. 

Post # 7
8694 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

@FromA2B2013:  when i started my current job, i took a $10,000 pay cut because i knew it would be better for me in the long run and eventually i would make up the salary.  i do not regret my decision at all.


Post # 8
390 posts
Helper bee

I think happiness is more important that money…. I know sometimes that is untenable but as far as possible it is how I try to live my life. If taking the pay cut wouldn’t hurt you and Darling Husband financially then I would take the new job.

Post # 9
510 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@FromA2B2013:  I think if it’s financially feasible for you work fewer hours, then go for it.
Even if it’s not financially feasible, could you look into getting a nearby side gig to cover teh extra 10 hours/week?

Post # 10
15 posts

I don’t think 30 minutes is a long commute at all, and I personally wouldn’t quit a FT job I enjoyed for one that I would also enjoy but had less hours, since the time saved on the commute would only be 30 mins a day. Also, 8h-4h30 are pretty good hours to me (I work 8h30-5h30). However, if you do not need the extra money and think you will feel better in the new job, then go for it I’d say! It’s all about personal preferences.

Post # 11
11272 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@FromA2B2013:  a 30 minute commute is short for most people.

true, happiness is more important than money but how much will you miss getting paid that extra 10 hours/week? 

have you figured out how much money that is per year that you will be leaving? 

ask yourself, is saving 15 minutes each way really worth losing $xxx??

Post # 12
5371 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Ontario, Canada ♥ EDD- April 2016

I know that in most areas a 30 minute commute is amazing, but where I live 30 minutes is like the longest commute you’ll hear about. Everything is relative 😉 I think since this job sounds like it’s something that will make you happier and more satisfied and will have a shorter commute, that you should go for it if you can afford to do it. I feel like such an outsider bee for saying this, but I really hate working so I would take a job with less hours that sounded better in a heartbeat aha.

Post # 13
937 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@FromA2B2013:  I am 1000% absolutely on board with lower pay if it makes you happier overall.

I’m a firm believer in enjoying your life.  There are ways to have a financially responsible life and not make all that much money. 

I say take it!

Post # 14
471 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@FromA2B2013:  I say go for it. No amount of money in the world can make up for happiness. 

Post # 15
3053 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

Eh, you’re cutting out 30 minutes per day which is only 2 1/2 hours per week. Overall you’ll have like ten extra hours per week but how much would you be losing? If I was actually IN your situation, I’m not sure I’d take the newer job just because of the commute. If I was actively unhappy in my position I would though.

Post # 16
1120 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

Depends if I could afford the cut in pay. If I could, then I would definitely go for it. If I could not, I would either stay at my job or take the new one but also find something else to make up for the lost money (either another part time job or some freelance stuff).

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