So.. My $10.00 an hour job, is kinda like $5.00 an hour.

Coldkilla

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Here's my situation:

1. I am a full time college student (starting tomorrow, second semester - Freshmen)
2. I work a job that is a bunch of jobs:
--A. I work in an office building, cleaning after employees have left (5pm start time).
--B. I work as parking lot tenet.
--C. Spring time I will be making 13$ an hour managing a building in downtown Milwaukee working for same people.
3. The company owner wants me to make his company's website soon.

Now. The office building that I am currently cleaning takes 40 minutes to get to and 40 minutes to get back. That's about 1hr and 20 minutes. The job takes me about 2 hours to complete. So thats $20.00 in pay (before taxes), a little over $5.00 in gas money. So I make $15.00 right? Well in the 3+ hours I'm away, thats just like making $5.00 an hour!! Now, my boss never showed up for my first day at the parking lot and I'm tempted to stay at this job in order to get the managerial position this coming spring. I'm only 19 and I would be managing the building I worked in for over a year before the building was sold.

I don't know what to do. The job isn't that bad, but for like $5.00 an hour, I could make more money begging off the street :roll:

What should I do? Now I know a lot of ATOTer's are financially suited, however.. I'm in no position to make more moneys elsewhere. I'm a 'tech' guy, but have no 'certificates for a tech job. I was hoping to apply for a tech job when the new owners come into the building I'm going to be managing.. But I don't know if I should quit due to the fact that the people I work for are the biggest "yes men" I've ever seen in my life.

Anyways.. Your thoughts? The only thing I can think of: Tell him, "Hey thanks for not showing up or calling my first day working the parking lot. I also have something else to say, I'm making 5 dollars an hour at the building I'm cleaning.. I didn't sign up for that. I suggest I stop working to clean the building, build and manage your website, and work the parking lot by myself every morning. And attend college with the rest of my time. You think that'll work? Otherwise, suggestions if you have em'!

*Update*: I told my boss, I quit working far away in that building. I told him I would do his website + his parking. He called me a 'smart man' for sticking up for myself in realizing that w/ travel to a job that only requires me to work for 2 hours (40-60% of my work time is actually travel time). A job that makes me get out of my house for 3 hours to make $13 dollars (after taxes too!), is pointless. So now I can do his website + park cars for him. Now the real question is, should I stay at this easy parking lot job and do his website at any time of the day + make $100+ a week in college (living at home still), or find an IT job that I continue to rank up in? Because, this job really is a dead end job.. Or will college present the opportunities, and I should stay at this job because its easy + I can do homework while working for 10 an hour.
 

Specop 007

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Where the hell did you learn wages? you dont factor in your commute time, ever. Unless your in a position where its clearly stated as part of your hourly pay (Such as on dispatches).
 

LeiZaK

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Originally posted by: Specop 007
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Where the hell did you learn wages? you dont factor in your commute time, ever. Unless your in a position where its clearly stated as part of your hourly pay (Such as on dispatches).

Where the hell did you learn about opportunity cost?
 

Coldkilla

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Originally posted by: Specop 007
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Where the hell did you learn wages? you dont factor in your commute time, ever. Unless your in a position where its clearly stated as part of your hourly pay (Such as on dispatches).

but... $5.00 an hour? HELL, 20 dollars for 3 hours of work? Working 3 days a week, uhh 60 dollars.. be spending almost 20 on gas.. 40 dollars for 12 hours of work? How can you co-inside with that? Illegal immigrants make more than me.
 

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Door to door never counts unless you can bill it.

You make the decision on where you choose to work and the distance to get there.
 

Crucial

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There are tons of other jobs that you could be doing. Find something closer to you and quit whining.
 

pontifex

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to me, the job wouldn't be worth it.

can you work more than 2 hours a day? go work fast food or something.
 

Coldkilla

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Well the thing is, I took this job because of the fact that once I was laid off my other job. This guy met me on my last day and thought of hiring me. Thus I would continue to have an income instead of being jobless.
 

Garet Jax

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Originally posted by: Specop 007
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Where the hell did you learn wages? you dont factor in your commute time, ever. Unless your in a position where its clearly stated as part of your hourly pay (Such as on dispatches).

It is very difficult to ignore when your commute is 55-60% of your work time.
 

Coldkilla

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Hmm.. Anyone know of a tech job that doesn't require any certifications? I can put an ad out in the paper. I just hate cleaning and the grunt cleaning work I've been doing since I was 14.

Otherwise, should I start making suggestions/demands with this job? Say.. I do their website + do the parking only (since that's only 10-15 minutes from home), and if they don't take that idea... Just quit? I mean doing the parking lot isn't so bad, I can do my homework + make 10 dollars an hour doing it. Plus I could do their website anytime of the day and get paid for it.
 

leftyman

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Originally posted by: Coldkilla
Hmm.. Anyone know of a tech job that doesn't require any certifications? I can put an ad out in the paper. I just hate cleaning and the grunt cleaning work I've been doing since I was 14.

Otherwise, should I start making suggestions/demands with this job? Say.. I do their website + do the parking only (since that's only 10-15 minutes from home), and if they don't take that idea... Just quit? I mean doing the parking lot isn't so bad, I can do my homework + make 10 dollars an hour doing it. Plus I could do their website anytime of the day and get paid for it.

I thought you disproved that theory?

 

halik

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You spend 80 minutes commuting to a job that pays 10 bucks / hr with virtually no career advancement?

Jesus, get a job at the locak starbucks / mcdonalds / generic restaurant, you'll make more money.
 

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Originally posted by: Coldkilla
Hmm.. Anyone know of a tech job that doesn't require any certifications? I can put an ad out in the paper. I just hate cleaning and the grunt cleaning work I've been doing since I was 14.

Otherwise, should I start making suggestions/demands with this job? Say.. I do their website + do the parking only (since that's only 10-15 minutes from home), and if they don't take that idea... Just quit? I mean doing the parking lot isn't so bad, I can do my homework + make 10 dollars an hour doing it. Plus I could do their website anytime of the day and get paid for it.

look for help desk jobs.
 

A5

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Originally posted by: Coldkilla
Hmm.. Anyone know of a tech job that doesn't require any certifications? I can put an ad out in the paper. I just hate cleaning and the grunt cleaning work I've been doing since I was 14.

Otherwise, should I start making suggestions/demands with this job? Say.. I do their website + do the parking only (since that's only 10-15 minutes from home), and if they don't take that idea... Just quit? I mean doing the parking lot isn't so bad, I can do my homework + make 10 dollars an hour doing it. Plus I could do their website anytime of the day and get paid for it.

If you're at a college, there's probably plenty of fast food around. You could make a lot more money with a lot less hassle just working at McD's or BK or something. Quit the other stuff, do the website, and get a job that's close to you that involves more than 10 hrs/wk of work.
 

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Lifer
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Originally posted by: Coldkilla

Anyways.. Your thoughts? The only thing I can think of: Tell him, "Hey thanks for not showing up or calling my first day working the parking lot. I also have something else to say, I'm making 5 dollars an hour at the building I'm cleaning.. I didn't sign up for that. I suggest I stop working to clean the building, build and manage your website, and work the parking lot by myself every morning. And attend college with the rest of my time. You think that'll work? Otherwise, suggestions if you have em'!

yeah, you go right ahead and say that to him. then tell us his reaction.

dude, you are not making $5 an hour. you are making $10. but because your stupid ass didn't realize that 40 minutes both ways travel time wasn't worth the little time you actually work.
 

JujuFish

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You're not making $5/hour, you're making $10.

That said, commuting an hour and 20 minutes for just 2 hours of working is really ******.
 

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Lifer
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Originally posted by: JujuFish
You're not making $5/hour, you're making $10.

That said, commuting an hour and 20 minutes for just 2 hours of working is really fvcking stupid.

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