Two weeks ago, I vocalized on my blog something that I’ve been contemplating for a while now: Is my part-time minimum wage job even worth it?
The results are in! And not surprisingly, most people agree: No, my job is not worth it. It’s a lot of stress, sickness, and unhappiness to put up with for $11 an hour, and it’s time that I move on and look for something else. So I have decided that you guys are right.
I am going to quit!!
… just not yet.
Only days after publishing that post, I almost walked out in the middle of a particularly bad shift which included a questionable confrontation with a supervisor. When I got home, I again discussed everything with R, crunched some numbers, re-read your comments, and started drafting a resignation letter in my head.
I spent the next day or so imagining that the decision was made: that in 2-weeks, I’d be unemployed once again. At first I felt great! My head was clearer, I was able to focus on the positives, and I felt a wave of motivation that I haven’t felt in a long time.
But then the stress of working a crappy job was replaced by the stress of (hypothetically) not working at all.
And if I haven’t been able to find a better job in almost a year, what are the chances that one would magically, suddenly appear now?
As much as I wanted to follow your kind words of support and encouragement – I can’t. At least not until I find a way to replace (or preferably increase) my income. Our financial situation is okay, but we’d be really struggling if I stopped contributing. Sure it isn’t much, but I have to remember that some money is a lot better than no money.
To be completely honest, I know I wasn’t doing everything I could have/should have been doing to improve my situation. Some of my “excuses” were valid, but a lot of them weren’t. I also have to remember that applying for a new job is more important than doing the dishes.
My pride was getting the better of me. I didn’t want to apply to another part time minimum wage job – I want to move up in the world! But to quote MiningFrugal: “Sometimes a change of scenery is all it takes to fix a hum-drum work life.” So why not consider moving sideways? Maybe I could find a better part time job that could give me that balance and/or room to advance that I was originally looking for with this job.
Outright quitting this job is really the only way I could move down. Why would I choose to do that to myself?
Maybe I needed this. I often think and talk about how I want to make money on my own terms and maybe even one day fully work from home, but it was easy to let this dream remain “just a dream” when I was happily employed and adequately compensated for my time. Now that I’m not, I need to channel this frustration into motivation and do something about it.
I can’t promise I’m not going to quit in the heat of the moment (if these moments continue to happen), but I can promise that I’m not going to plan to quit until I have something else in place.
I can also promise that I’m not going to sit back and wait for something to happen. Since I finally accepted my situation for what it is, I’ve made a conscious effort to cut-back on the complaining, I’ve contacted a Temp Agency to see if that’s an option, I currently have someone reviewing my resume for me, I’ve applied for several new jobs, I’ve made some progress towards increasing my blogging and freelance income, and made a significant improvement towards reducing my debt (which I will be blogging about soon!).
I’ve survived much longer in work environments that were much worse. I can certainly survive this.
Have you ever quit your job without having another job lined up or a back-up plan?
If so, do you think it was the right decision?
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