I’ve worked in “corporate America” a few times and decided that it just wasn’t for me. The past couple of long term jobs that I’ve had have been through small businesses. The first one was a small repair shop and it really helped hone my skills repairing computers, for which I am grateful. However, the owner was a terrible person. I made decent money, but he really was an insufferable bastard. I rage quit a couple of times, but came back because his wife contacted me and talked me back into it. She was the only reason I stuck around as long as I did. Once he started cheating on her and then bragging to me about it, I decided enough was enough. I put myself in a pretty awful situation financially, but I needed to get out.
Flash forward to 2019. History repeats itself. I’ve been working for another small repair company, but certainly much bigger than the previous shop. I’m making more money than I’ve ever made and I’ve grown quite comfortable with my earnings. I have my fiance and her two children that I help support. I was promoted to store manager within a year or so and it’s been tough, but rewarding. The owner is NOT the same person I started working for 4 years ago. He’s cheated on his wife (though I’m not supposed to know about that) and he’s supposedly making amends, but it doesn’t seem genuine. He has pulled me away from the repair shop and has me working with him on really vague (non-repair related) side jobs that require me to work ALL of the time. Where I go, the laptop goes. I’m still in touch with what I consider my other family at the repair shop and it feels like he’s about to abandon them and focus on this new business that he’s starting.
I feel like I’m heading down a path of uncertainty (aren’t we all?) with this business venture and I’m finding it increasingly difficult to put my faith in my boss’s intentions. I make damn good money though, and he knows it. I’ll be hard pressed to find something equivalent to my current pay. Struggling to decide if I should take a pay cut and switch jobs or keep my hopes up high and my head down low. (Lyrics always seem to find their way into these )