I have an interview for a new position on Thursday. It’s part time, 20 minutes from my house, very flexible hours. It would start in a couple of weeks. No more contracting – I’d be an employee.
This job would require a pay cut. A large pay cut. We could make it work, but we’d feel it. And I will need to negotiate the hourly rate up in order to make half of the money I make now. Not just that, but it would also mean that I sacrifice financial flexibility in the future, too – a benefit of being a contractor is that I can I take a full time engagement for a short while if I want to.
But on the flip side?
I wouldn’t have all or nothing in terms of work. Because honestly? I worked more than full time all winter, into April. I haven’t really worked since. I wouldn’t have a commute – I could ride my bike to work if I wanted. This is a job with real, actual work-life balance – it would stay at work when I leave and not come home with me, as my work now is wont to do. It’s flexible enough that I could structure my days so that Owen could come home on the bus every day. And Jeff just took a position within his company where he might be required to travel up to 75% of the time, so flexibility means a lot less juggling where family is concerned.
So I am playing a big game of “would you rather” in my head right now.
Would I rather have the regular, certain hours each week and short commute, but sacrifice my family’s financial health?
Or would I rather have the financial health and the potential for the flexibility that contracting brings, but sacrifice the security of having regular hours… and my time with a longer commute when I am working?
I have no idea what I’d pick.
What would you rather do? Any ideas/suggestions for me?