So You Agree, My Job Is Not Worth It

Last Updated on January 5, 2021

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.

I already cut back my spending when I was first laid off, and then cut back even more when I learned I wasn’t getting my old job back – what else could I really “go without”?

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?


* Image credit: “Amelia’s Sad Face” by Donny Ray Jones is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Amanda Kay

Amanda Kay, an Employment Specialist and founder of My Life, I Guess, strives to keep the "person" in personal finance by writing about money, mistakes, and making a living. She focuses on what it’s like being in debt, living paycheck to paycheck, and surviving unemployment while also offering advice and support for others in similar situations - including a FREE library of career & job search resources.

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16 thoughts on “So You Agree, My Job Is Not Worth It”

  1. I quit my first full time out of college without a back up plan. The job was quite literally making me sick. I blogged about it-I linked it here but I think you read it. It was no longer healthy for me to stay there. I was single and living alone so it was pretty scary but it worked out and I have no regrets.

    • Ah yes, I remember reading about that. I have to keep reminding myself of that too – I’ve been through much worse before, so this should be nothing! Especially knowing that this is a short-term thing, and not something I’m trying to make a career out of.

      So glad it worked out for you!

  2. I quit a job on a whim once, with nothing else lined-up. It wasn’t the smartest decision, as I didn’t have any savings and I was single -so no partner to rely on-. I underestimated the time it would take me to find a new job, and I used my line of credit to pay for living expenses.

    I vowed I would never quit a job without another one lined-up or sufficient savings to do so.

    I think you are proceeding the right way. Good luck with your search!

    • Thanks Stephanie!

      It’s great to have someone to rely on, but it also makes decisions like this harder because it won’t only affect me. But yes, it’s SO ridiculous how long it takes to find a job! They certainly don’t prepare you for that in school!

  3. I once quit a job without having another one in place because the company I was working for was moving locations and I did not want to have a commute of up to 3 hours each day. It was definitely the right decision, I don’t really like driving that much and would have been completely stressed out by a commute that long (how people do it I have no idea). I was on EI for about a month before I found another job. I was living at home, which was definitely helpful.

    Good luck in finding another job! 🙂

  4. Oh Lord I’ve been here…several times. I work in personal finance and after the market crash I got a part time job working in retail. I liked getting an extra $250 every two weeks but when I actually added up the costs of travelling to and from my part time job as well as eating in the mall food court (and of course taxes) it just wasn’t worth it.

  5. Not sure if I regretted it, precisely, but I did quit both my full time job and 2 part times gigs that I had all through college a few months after graduation. I wanted to save $10K before I quit but senioritis kicked in hard around July and I decided that only part way to that goal was still pretty good and I took about 4 months off to job hunt and travel.

    The job that, looking back now, I really wanted to quit without a backup plan was the next job. It’d become so toxic that I was sick every morning upon arrival for months. I couldn’t afford to since I was still paying off tens of thousands of dollars of debt for my parents so that was a no go. I’ve had some crappy jobs! 🙂

    If you KNOW you’re going to put this time to good use, I’m an advocate of walking away from really toxic jobs because you’re going to need some time to decompress, get over the issues from that one, and prepare yourself to find a new one your baggage being too evident.

  6. I think a side-step minimum wage job is a great plan. I mean, ideally you can land something bigger and better, but this one is clearly not making you a happy camper. It’s also consuming so much of your energy that you’re not making as much progress as you’d like in terms of moving away from it, so… hustle hard and find yourself something new!

  7. I’m not the type of person who could ever quit a job without having a back-up plan. Just thinking about it makes me feel queasy.

    But you’re right – if minimum wage is the only option for the time being, you at least owe it to yourself to find something less toxic that actually makes you happy. My fingers are crossed for you. Happy hunting!

  8. Do they have a temp agency where you’re at? Also, it seems the area you live in might be economically depressed. Have you considered moving somewhere with more job opportunities?

  9. I say make sure you have a job lined up first. Its a lot less stressful looking for a new job when you are still working. I’ve never left a job on a whim, but last year my contract with my employer wasn’t renewed and the job I was supposed to start right after had some issues, and I didn’t start until 4 months later. It was extremely stressful, especially because I didn’t have an emergency fund and money dries up quickly.

  10. This is a great decision! If you want to move up in the world there are so many things that you can do! Don’t feel bad! There is always a solution! You can work on your blog and earn good from it or search for a job that you really want to do. There is also the possibility to move to another city or country if nothing is really stopping you! My opinion is that if you don’t feel good about something you should simply do something. There is always “how”! Good luck!

  11. Ya we have all been there! I remember when I used to work away for a month at a time and the pay was great, but I never got to spend time with the ones I cared about most, so I made an effort to get a good job more closer to home which ended up being in marketing.


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