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They offered me more $

April 8th, 2015 at 03:43 pm

Some of you may remember the drama surrounding my freelance income. I did the taxes, realized I wasn't making any money, so I put in my notice.

Yesterday, I get an email from the big boss asking me to name my price to stay on the weekly project. I'm supposed to be finished in two weeks, and this makes me think they haven't found a replacement.

It threw a wrench into my life, debating what to do. So, I ran the numbers, and even if they more than doubled the current rate, it still wouldn't be profitable after I paid the taxes. I'd still get "paid" more in the form of a tax refund if I didn't work. And, after childcare, I would still have to pay to work.

Ugh. This is so depressing!

So, after much thought, number-crunching, and crying to my mom, I stuck with my decision to leave. Of course, I'm now convinced that at the last minute they're going to beg me to stay on for a another month because they clearly have no plan B.

If you want to see the dirty depressing math of my situation, go back to my main page and scroll back a few posts. I've got it all laid out there.

6 Responses to “They offered me more $”

  1. Bluebird Says:

    Good for you, sticking with your decision. You gave plenty of notice, so it's really not your problem! Smile

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    I'm glad you know what is right for your family. It's too bad they don't have a plan B after all this time, you can them plenty of notice. And if double doesn't work, does triple?

  3. Miz Pat Says:

    Babe - crunch the numbers and give them the real truth - you have to earn this or its not worth it.

    They'll probably ask you to write a finance article on figuring out whether you can afford to work at a certain rate or not.

  4. DecisiveParadox Says:

    In business I have a saying that I absolutely live by.
    Money talks, bullshit walks.
    No person on this planet would work a day if there was no paid incentive. look at any business, restaurant, ANYWHERE. they get paid, they get paid well and they make a profit.
    I see so many businesses that will take any job, thinking job turn over is more important than money in the bank.
    Millions of businesses are dead because they lost sight of the simple business rule, charge more than it costs.
    I don't do free quotes, I don't do business lunches without charging by the hour for my time, I wont take a call to talk unless I charge you.
    I know exactly what my time and business is worth. I know what the contract is worth, I know exactly how much its going to cost me and I know EXACTLY what my profit will be before I have even had a single asset roll out of the workshop.

    Business is business, if they have to ask the cost of your service they cannot afford you. Spend your time on those that can and will pay you.
    Live by that.

  5. ThriftoRama Says:

    So true DP.
    Unfortunately, in my industry, no one pays well any more. The industry is dying. If I want to make a living I have to find a new career.

  6. Looking Forward Says:

    You made the right choice.
    Congratulations on getting your novel almost finished and your other projects started.
    Happy belated Birthday also! Big Grin

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