(Closed) Would you take a job that pays more or one you love that pays a lot less?

posted 7 years ago in Career
  • poll: Which would you choose?
    Job 1 - really struggle financially & love what you do & possibly open doors to entrepreneurship : (15 votes)
    50 %
    Job 2 - pay off debt and live very comfortably, but not where your passion/happiness lies : (15 votes)
    50 %
  • Post # 4
    371 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: February 2011

    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
    4371 posts
    Honey bee

     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
    3176 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    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
    10367 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    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
    7779 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    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
    7173 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    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
    442 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    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. 

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