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Is it worth it?

Posted by on Apr. 25, 2013 at 2:07 PM
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Money has been really tight for us lately, I have been looking for a job for two years with no luck at all. DH mentioned to some people at work that I was looking for a job and one of the guy's wife owns a nail salon and has offered me very part time work, pretty much for me to work on her busy days while her husband is at work and can't help so it's pretty much every other Friday and an occasional Saturday. Here's the thing, the salon is 45 minutes from my house so about $15 in gas (maybe more). She's paying me under the table, the last time I worked it was $50 for ten hours of work, so $5 an hour. The work however is very easy, it's mostly reception and a little cleaning when they get busy. It's very boring most of the time. On one hand it doesn't seem worth it to me to do it because it pays so low, I hate driving in the city it's in and it's incredibly boring, but on the other hand I am still making a profit, albeit a small one, and it will give me job experience to put on applications/resume. I haven't really worked besides babysitting here and there and volunteering in 14 years (I'm a SAHM to 5 kids). What do you think, should I stick it out? EDIT: I also want to add that I do other things to bring in a little cash, too, like selling on ebay and craigslist and I do a lot to save money like couponing.
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Idntreallycare
by Bronze Member on Apr. 25, 2013 at 2:09 PM

I would stick it out, but make sure she lets you put it on a resume, since it's under the table.

$5 an hour is pretty cheap, I'd be a little put off by that, but it's a little extra money for you

beachbeauty
by on Apr. 25, 2013 at 2:17 PM
That's a good point about the resume, I should ask her about that. She also has offered to "help me" get a manicurist license, but I told her I wasn't interested. I've kept it in the back of my mind, but I am starting school in May for medical office administration.
Quoting Idntreallycare:

I would stick it out, but make sure she lets you put it on a resume, since it's under the table.

$5 an hour is pretty cheap, I'd be a little put off by that, but it's a little extra money for you


lillucky8
by Jen on Apr. 25, 2013 at 4:04 PM
Id probably talk to her and explain the gas situation. $5 isnt even min wage, i think id ask for at least that.
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beachbeauty
by on Apr. 25, 2013 at 6:49 PM
I'm kind of stuck there, through conversations with her I've gotten the impression that she feels she's doing me a favor, she keeps mentioning how we have 5 kids and how her husband was "praying" for my husband to get the job he has now because we have 5 kids (our husbands were previously in the same national guard unit). It's actually the opposite of the impression I had when I agreed to do it, her husband told mine that he was worried because he couldn't be there to help her and they needed someone because it was so busy and asked mine if I still needed a job. I think she's looking at it as charity and won't take it well if I ask for more money.
Quoting lillucky8:

Id probably talk to her and explain the gas situation. $5 isnt even min wage, i think id ask for at least that.

WAHMommy13
by on Apr. 25, 2013 at 7:29 PM

Ok question is do YOU feel like its worth it? And i agree with the resume thing. I also think that $5 an hr is a little low and i would let her know, Maybe have DH talk with hers and make sure she gets out of this thought of you being a charity case. Just my opinion. But its mainly what you think. If its worth it to youm keep doing it. If its not then stop. What feels right to you?

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KenzieQsMommy
by Heather on Apr. 25, 2013 at 9:40 PM
I'd give it a shot. I totally agree, it'll be great to have on your resume. If nothing else its extra.money towards couponing and stockpiling.
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chrisnjoesmom
by Adrienne on Apr. 25, 2013 at 9:46 PM
I would say not to do it. I don't think you can put it on a resume since it's under the table (plus that's against the law)

I don't like people having pity on me. And that's a long drive and very little pay.
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mybratsmom
by Silver Member on Apr. 25, 2013 at 10:12 PM
I'd let her know, that while you appreciate the social aspect of this "position" (do the air quote thing and smile) since you're usually at home with the kids, the money is just enough to buy a couple bags of chips and a case of soda, the way her husband was going on and on, you and your hubby were worried they were going to lose the business. And smile and hug her, let her know her family is always in your prayers and you have so much faith that God will provide for her business.

I know that's horrid of me to write that, but come on...people that think SAHM moms are dead broke need to get smacked, some of us choose to stay home because we can financially afford it...most likely because we manage money well and know how to live within our means.

Consider your volunteer work as a job and write it on your resume. Just make sure you annotate volunteer. Get some letters of recommendation to take along to any interviews.
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beachbeauty
by on Apr. 25, 2013 at 10:35 PM

Oh, my, I wish I had thought to say that when she was talking to me!  Quite frankly I was shocked the way she talked like we were destitute when I honestly thought I was doing her a favor because her business had picked up more than she had expected.  I actually talked to DH later that evening and asked him what on earth he had told this guy to make him think we were one step away from homeless, lol.  He said all he said was that I was looking for a part time job and hadn't had any luck.


Quoting mybratsmom:

I'd let her know, that while you appreciate the social aspect of this "position" (do the air quote thing and smile) since you're usually at home with the kids, the money is just enough to buy a couple bags of chips and a case of soda, the way her husband was going on and on, you and your hubby were worried they were going to lose the business. And smile and hug her, let her know her family is always in your prayers and you have so much faith that God will provide for her business.

I know that's horrid of me to write that, but come on...people that think SAHM moms are dead broke need to get smacked, some of us choose to stay home because we can financially afford it...most likely because we manage money well and know how to live within our means.

Consider your volunteer work as a job and write it on your resume. Just make sure you annotate volunteer. Get some letters of recommendation to take along to any interviews.



beachbeauty
by on Apr. 25, 2013 at 10:37 PM

The last time I worked was a Saturday and it was $50 for 10 hours, but she mostly needs me to work the Fridays that our husbands have to work (they go in every other friday) and it's only 6 hours so I'm going to go in tomorrow and see what she pays me, if it's only $30 I'm not going to do it anymore, but if she pays me the same $50 as she did last time I think it will still be worth it.

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