Readers: I Need Your Help!
Happy Friday friends! Many of our long-term readers know that Mrs. Frugal Rules and I own our own business. In fact, I’m coming up on my two year quitiversary – the day I finally told my boss what he could do with my job and stepped out on my own. Ok, maybe it wasn’t as it sounds but you get my point.
Anyhoo…things have been chugging along with our business and things have been going very well over the past six to twelve months. Business is as high as it has ever been and things seem to only be getting better. I wouldn’t consider myself an optimist by any means, though I am pretty excited to see where business and blogging are going. That isn’t to say that running your own business is all lollipops and rainbows as there are many things I hate about being self-employed but, overall, I’m happy with the arrangement we have.
Enter this week, I was approached with a job offer doing much of what I have been doing with Frugal Rules and blogging in general. It would essentially expand on that and have me doing it for the company. At first thought, I shot it down as I’m very happy doing what I’m doing and watching things grow. Why would I want to give up the freedom I have now and work for “the man” ?
After that moment I took a more serious look at it to make sure I wasn’t overlooking an opportunity that I’d be kicking myself for giving up on six months down the road. The one thing I do like about the opportunity is that it’s entirely remote, so I would still have the opportunity to work from home and rock the PJs most days, save for any video conference calls. They would also still allow me to have the blogs as well as the freelance writing that I do outside of our business. Those are both pluses in my books. There is also the security aspect that I’d have from having W-2 income again and a paycheck that I could count on.
What Would a New Job Mean?
As I wrote the other day, balance in our home is…uh…nowhere to be found. That’s largely my fault, but it’s the current predicament and I’m working to find ways to make it a little more balanced around the Frugal Rules home. Adding a full-time job would obviously not do anything to help that at all. The first thing that came to my mind is what would I do with Frugal Rules? I’m fairly confident that I couldn’t balance the business, the blog AND a new full-time job. Not only would I likely get even less sleep than I do now but I think Mrs. Frugal Rules might shoot me.
With that said, there are ways to get around that. I could outsource even more of what goes on behind the scenes, as well as some other things, and still manage the blog. I’m just not too excited about doing that for a variety of reasons.
The real rub, in my opinion, is that I’m not too terribly excited about the salary. It’s funny, two years ago I would’ve jumped at the chance as I was miserable in my job and would’ve taken anyway out I could get – even if the salary wasn’t a huge bump in pay. Now that I have the perspective of nearly two years of running a business, I’m not so quick to take the opportunity. We’re barely getting by as it is with the business, in terms of time, and while I believe I would consider a job…given the right circumstances I’m not so apt to if the salary isn’t what I’d be looking for. I know that a job means more than salary and I’d likely get benefits so we could likely get into a 401k and still rock the SEP IRA as well, and things like that, but don’t know if that’s enough to get me to take a more serious look at the opportunity.
Here’s Where I Need Your Help
Where I need your help is providing a little objectivity to the situation. I’m too close to the situation and would like to know what your thoughts are, or if I’m overlooking something with it. After giving it some thought I’m inclined to say no, but have not written it off completely yet. Not that I’m asking you to make the decision for me, by any means, just asking for a little friendly input.
How much would it take for you to leave a job/role you were happy in? Have you ever made a professional decision you later regretted? Do you have anything fun planned for the weekend?
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