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On the Job Hunt Again


I am on the job hunt again. I hate it. (It was just two years ago, that this same thing happened, just in time for the holidays.) And I hate writing this post. I am not going to mince words. During my job interview with my W2 job last February, I was very clear with them. In fact, after I started we were so clear, that the two owners (a married couple) and my boss and I signed a statement saying I would be in the office from 7am until 2:30pm every day. At no time during the interview process was it discussed that my job would require me to work almost every weekend, the first of every month beginning at 12am PT and many nights. Never discussed.

The Reality of My Working Hours

Since I started in March, I have worked all but 6ish weekends, and at least 3-4 nights a week I must do something either overnight or after I leave the office. I’ve actually been okay with that. Just did it. I’m used to crazy hours as an entrepreneur and I just did it.

In August, I worked 6 days straight with minimum sleep as a HUGE project was dumped in my lap just two weeks before the due date. A project that I had been told up until it was assigned to me that someone else would be handling it (a 3rd party vendor.)

Not one time have I been offered comp time for these extra hours, no flex options and typically no thank you. I have been truly fine with it.

We Don’t Like This

A couple of months ago, they started making noises about not liking that I left at 2:30pm every day. No complaints about my work, no missed deadlines, not a word about issues with my work. It boiled down to they don’t like where I sit when I do the work. Literally. If I am not at the desk in their office…absolutely crazy.

They then pointed out that if I wasn’t in the office I need to take PTO. I said, that’s fine. I will do that. But I don’t want to hear complaints or get emails all day saying “do this now.” (I took PTO last Friday for Gymnast meet and received no less than 12 “it’s on fire, fix it now” emails.) I am the only person who can do what I do, there is no redundancy or anyone with my skill set. That gave them pause, but not enough to say what they said next.

We are Letting You Go if…

If you don’t work 8am-5pm, we need to let you go and replace you. BUT only after you do all the work through the end of the year and take care of our big seasonal web flip in February. Seriously, we are firing you after you do everything we want you to do.

This is a snippet of the email they sent after the meeting (I added the notes in italics for clarification:)

  • Early January – we will determine if we will continue with this schedule or be able to adapt to another one at that time based on scheduling shifts that may be happening for Hope. (I have never wavered that I must leave at 2:30pm, Gymnast must be in training by 4pm, leaving at 2:30pm gives me just enough time to get him and get to gym. Then I sit down and work for another 4 hours on what ever I need to work on.)
    • If we do not see a schedule change in the future then we will all work towards a February 16, 2018 final day of employment.

If a February 16th final day is where we are heading (we will know for sure in early January 2018) then the following are the commitments from each side:

  • Company Name will not start the search process until after January 1, 2018 and will continue employment for Hope through February 16, 2018.
  • Hope has already started the job search process (I started the job search a month ago when the owner came in and made it clear she didn’t like my work schedule, the writing on the wall was getting clear to me then.), however, she has committed to complete the Spring & Summer 2018 website and iOffice transition (February 2018) without interruption – even if she finds another job that she accepts – she is committing to seeing this project through to completion for the company.

Here I am back on the job hunt. I love what I do. I actually really like most of the people I work with at my W2 job. I do not like being dumped on, taking advantage of and being bullied.

I know it won’t do any good and I’m over trying to fight for this job, but I am now documenting all the “extra” time I put in beginning with today. I received all the graphics, video and text for something that must be put out tomorrow night (Sunday at 12 PT – I must get up at 3am ET) at 4:18pm yesterday. This is very typical. I must now create the format, export contact lists, send the test emails and wait for approval (texting people to review since they aren’t working,) schedule the sends and so on.

I have learned a lot from my foray back into the corporate world after 11 years away. I don’t know if it is the right fit for me, but I am working with several headhunters now, and plan to begin pounding the pavement, literally, to see if I can pull in some new 1099 clients.

Making Extra Money at the Beach This Summer


I love the beach. In fact, I spend as much time as I can at the beach every summer. The problem I had for years was that going to the beach seemed to be a waste of my valuable time when it came to earnings. Should I go to the beach and enjoy myself, or should I really be using that time to work a side job and bring in more money? Then I began to think, “Is there a way that I can make money when I’m at the beach?” Over the years I’ve tried a variety of ways, some with more success than others. I thought I’d share some of the experiences I’ve had to help inspire others and to possibly get some of your creative juices flowing.

sea glass hunting

Metal Detector

My first idea was to use a metal detector to look for lost treasures while at the beach. The issue was I really didn’t want to spend a few hundred dollars on something I wasn’t sure would work. Luckily, I had a friend who had one and who was willing to lend me hers. While I had fun doing it, I quickly realized it wasn’t a productive way to make money. I found a few odd coins and a lot of metal trash, but I never left the beach with more than $5 the fifteen times I tool a metal detector with me. I think that if I were on the east coast, or went to a beach where there were a lot of wedding ceremonies (lost rings and jewelry) I might have fared better. I’m glad that I gave it a try, but also happy I didn’t invest a lot of money into my own metal detector before figuring out it wasn’t going to work for me.

Sea Glass

I’ve always loved sea glass, and I would casually wander and pick it up when I would visit the beach anyway, so I thought this might be a possibility to earn a bit when I learned that rare sea glass could go for a pretty penny. What I quickly learned was that finding rare colors is not easy, and the common stuff that I was finding wasn’t worth a whole lot of money. I did find a sea glass marble which I was able to sell for $15 on eBay, but most of the sea glass I found was of little interest to collectors.


I had a friend who asked me to collect driftwood for her, and I thought I might be able to turn this into a money maker. There was plenty of driftwood to collect at my local beach (please check the regulations at your beach before doing this…many state beaches don’t allow you to take anything including driftwood). I was a bit more successful with the driftwood than I was with the metal detector and the sea glass. I found several buyers who would take what I found, but it still ended up being quite a bit of work for not a whole lot of money.

Combining the Three

While each of the three above individual efforts to make money ended up not working, I finally was able to come up with a way to make money from the beach by combining the three together. I started taking the sea glass, the random finds from the metal detector (which I still borrow from my friend from time to time) and the driftwood to make jewelry and artwork I sell at our local flea market and summer festivals. I also include interesting shells and rocks I happen across as well. I don’t make a ton of money doing this, but I make enough that a trip to the beach is now a profitable endeavor rather than a day without any income generation.

I know this isn’t possible in all circumstances, but I’ve learned that it’s worthwhile trying to figure out if there is a way to make a little money from the things you enjoy doing and would do anyway. Figuring out how to make money going to the beach makes me feel a lot less guilty about heading to the ocean because now I know I will not only enjoy my time there, it will also benefit my bottom line as well.