My Wife has been offered three different jobs and we need advice??

My wife applied for a number of jobs, since our son is turning four and will be attending school in the fall. Where we live you are almost guaranteed to have to drive but the first job is within 10 minutes. Problem is that it may only be 10 hours a week. The second is online but the pay is super low, since it is

My wife applied for a number of jobs, since our son is turning four and will be attending school in the fall. Where we live you are almost guaranteed to have to drive but the first job is within 10 minutes. Problem is that it may only be 10 hours a week. The second is online but the pay is super low, since it is out of state it is not even our states minimum wage, and since she would be an independent contractor, she would have to pay her own taxes. The third is for good pay, full time, benefits, but she would have to drive 35 minutes away and its an overnight shift, which is what she wanted, but the drive makes me nervous with her being tired. We need unbiased answers, family and friends are all over the place!
I should note, my wife is looking for unbiased opinions as much as I am. You can direct this towards us collectively and not just towards me.

Best Answer:

Michael: Okay…here's how I see it:
Job 1 – hardly worth the effort, even if the pay is decent; no benefits; a lot of trouble for not a lot of money.
Job 2 – online jobs, while they may sound attractive, almost never pan out the way they say. Almost always you end up working more for a lower rate and then they change the pay structure if you make too much and paying your own taxes as an independent contractor sucks (not to mention you would not even get child care credits). Working from home is not all it's cracked up to be (I do it, it's not, but it suits my situation and I have done it a long time. I do not pay my own taxes but I have in the past for other jobs and it's quite a hit if you don't start saving it to pay all along).
Job 3: This would be up to her. She may get used to the overnight shift BUT if your child is sick or does not attend school full time and you need a sitter so she can sleep, that would be an added cost; wear and tear on the car and gas cost; clothing if she needs them (if uniforms, then probably provided – scrubs, etc.). I understand your worry about the drive but that should really be up to her. Personally, I would take job 3 as the other two will not make any money.

Other answer:

Michael:
first congrats to her for getting not one but three job offers. To make this decision you first need to decide how important the amount of money that she is going to make is to you..at 10 hours is making an extra $70/week really going to help you. You are right to be concerned about her drive on the overnight shift but it can be done and is done daily by many folks after a bit of adjustment. She is going to need your help with the stuff around the house to make it decent for her.. This job sounds like it gives you the most money. The contractor job may be a good alternative, but you need to take the total weekly amount she would make and reduce it by about 35% (the amount of all the taxes she would have to pay) and then decide is that worth her time and effort.
Lieutenant Uhura:
Take the gig that's 10 minutes away. More time for family. F the online job – those are always fake. 35 miles drive for full time work sounds like three kinds of hell.
kil:
Pick the one that allows you to keep courting your wife so your relationship doesn't let the stress create a divide.

If you don't date your wife, some other guy will scoop her up eventually and do it for you.

sleepingliv:
This is a no brainer. She should take the overnight position. It offers the most benefits and with a family, you need that. Get over your nerves and let her do what is in the best interests of her family.
Tavy:
WOW driving for 35 minutes. Here in the UK it is normal to drive for up to an hour for work. In one job at the grand old age of 55 I drove 40 miles home after midnight, mostly through country lanes.
She is not stupid, you are being overprotective.
Anwar Haikal:
Too easy, the third job. You can take care of your son in the evening, and your wife could take care of him in the morning. You need the benefits, you need the money.
STEPHEN:
35 minutes? Poor thing. Lots of people have to commute way further than that.
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