So I need some advice on how to hand in a resignation.
For the past two and a half years, I have worked a "second job" from home doing some copywriting for a local company that markets baby products. It came to about 10-15 hours a week and a few hundred extra dollars a month. Not a whole lot, but enough to be able to pay for extras and get us out of a bind a couple of times.
The problem is the boss. I've had enough of her. She knows that this is my second job but won't respect me when I tell her that I cannot do something for her or if I disagree with what she's doing. Then gets up in my face when it falls to pieces.
She consistently asks me to compromise my "real" job (ie do work for her during my regular work time or she'll have a "lunch" meeting with me and doesn't respect my time, shows up late and gets mad when I have to leave because my lunch hour is over).
I agreed to 10 hours a week but she often overloads me with projects so that I have to work 15 and in some cases 20 hours or more. Then when I invoice her for that time, she throws a hissy fit and refuses to pay me over the 10 hours a week we agreed to unless I can prove to her that it really took as long as I told her it did (after the first time I faced this fight, I learned to start clocking my time better)
She is unprofessional and blames me for "bad work" when her clients leave. It has nothing to do with me. In fact, several clients have asked me to work directly for them when they leave her (I can't because of my contract with her).
She treats other employees awful. I've brought her four new employees/contractors but none has lasted more than four months. Which makes me wonder why I've sat here and taken it for so long.
There's a lot lot lot more to this, but those are my main issues. Long story short, after praying about this and talking to my husband about our finances, I've decided to give her a FINAL 30 day notice on August 1. I'm done. I want my time back, I don't want her stress and I really need to start focusing on myself, my health and my family.
However, I've gone to her a couple of times before with the intention of calling it quits and she tells me she didn't realize that she was overloading me, not paying me or whatever my chief complaint was, and I've acquiesced.
So, how do I do this to make it clear to her that THIS IS IT. I AM DONE. I simply cannot continue to work for her. This whole thing is complicated by the fact that I work from home too. Do I email her? Do I call her? Do I set up a lunch and tell her in person? I much much much prefer not to do the last one because face to face I have trouble saying no.
NEED advice. Please help.