Would You Rather?

…earn $20,000 more than you earn now and work 10 hours a day at an office job, or would you rather work at home earning what you earned now or less.

What is the tipping point where someone makes an offer that you can’t refuse in order to return to a full time job.

For me, I have no intention of ever returning to a traditional office job. So it would have to be desperate times for my family (because they always come first) or an offer I totally can’t refuse.

What would it take for you?



  1. says

    I’d take a FT job as a faculty member at a community college. I may be enticed, with the right pay and editorial control, to take a full-time position in journalism again, but the offer would have to be great. There are too many things I tolerated before that I just wouldn’t now.

  2. says

    For me, I would take the 10hrs and 20k more office job because it would make keeping my house and my wife in University easier, and nothing matters more to me than providing for my family.

  3. says

    I love working from home, so it would take a year’s supply of Xanax to go back to a FT job, in addition to an extra 20k just to put up with the nonsense.

  4. says

    I’d take the extra money for the extra hours. I like what I’d do and if I could do it an even more exciting company for more money and more hours I would. Plus it would help me pay off my debt which is what has inspired me to get into freelancing in the first place.

  5. says

    I’m in the opposite situation – I’m considering turning my full-time position into a 3 day position, and taking the pay cut.
    But for me, it’s never been about the money. The right position in the right organisation would see me work full-time with no qualms. Community college would be one option, several non-profits come to mind as well.

  6. says

    After years of the corporate grind I would go to the shelter first before I would go back. I think it’s interesting but I perform better under pressure. So a desperate situation is probably akin to a performance increase, although I usually place the pressure on myself before that point. Just the thought of the next blog topic does it for me sometimes!

  7. says

    My husband left his full time job (and full time income) over a year ago. We live on our freelance income. But we live the life that most people are working to retire to. We don’t have to miss any of the kids’ events, we have time to read to them at nap time, put them in bed at night, play games and just be a family. It’s like being on vacation only its our life!

    There is no amount of money that can beat that. Besides, if you budget wisely and dig in your heels then working freelance can give you all that you need and so much more!

  8. says

    Hmm… It’s a difficult question. I’d probably take the office job only if I was really desperate, and even then only for about a year. I wouldn’t be able to sustain a 10-hour day for very long.

  9. says

    I still get flashbacks of the rat race. A complete nightmare. I will never be enslaved to an institution again! I still participate in Secret Santa with cowokers. After teaching in middle school for 10 years, I’m so glad I made the decision to work as a freelance writer and artist. My quality of life just doesn’t compare.

  10. says

    I currently work as a full-time copywriter outside the home, but would jump at the chance to work at home. I’d even do it for a little less than what I make now. Between the commute to and from work, my four-year-old has to be in daycare for 11 hours a day!

  11. Lou Paun says

    Hmmmmm . . . maybe an endowed chair in medieval studies at a major research institution with a truly excellent library.

    Other than that, I can’t think of anything worth leaving writing at home — even if money is tight!

  12. Phil says

    Depends on benefits. Also, 10 hours is a short day. Also depends on stability of company. Security is important — just had a large client cut work in half (my Christmas present), but if it was a job, they cut you entirely, not full-time to part-time (because they can pay part-time workers less.

    However, my kids are teens and basically do their own thing. One will be in college in the fall, other would prefer I pay bills and stay away (I was probably like that, too, at the same age)

  13. says

    A flexible dream job with dream pay would do it for me. I work from home doing what I enjoy. So to get me in an office again, I would want be doing what I love with room to enjoy it and compensation worth wearing heals for.

  14. says

    I’d rather work for myself, at home and make a little less money. As long as my bases are covered (rent/morgage, student loan, car loan, etc), I don’t much care about how much disposable income I’m making.

    I already work 10 hours a day at my office job and it really sucks, which is why I’m doing whatever it takes to get my rep. up and work freelance or for myself full time. Don’t know when the transition will happen, but it will eventually.

  15. says

    I want a regular job. I need health care and my regular clients in the nonprofit world are drying up So I need work if I’m going to survive. If it comes as a FT job and has bennies, that’s good for me.

    Failing that, I guess I’m just tossed out as another disposable person.

  16. says

    I’ve always been told to never say never. But as it stands now I prefer my freelence life – with all of its ups and downs. Right now there would have to be a pretty incredible (and flexible) for me to consider it. Right now this arrangement really works for my family. They always come first, so I HAD to get a full-time job I would.

  17. says

    I would take the job. Since my only writing and editing has been online and I’ve worked from home since graduating college in 2005, I think some ‘rat race’ experience would serve me well. At 26, I really wouldn’t have anything to lose except debt. I would do almost any job for an extra 20k and to get out from under my school loans, etc.

  18. says

    I always opt for what makes me happy…even though I am usually broke because of it. lol

    Speaking of broke, I was wondering if anyone out there has any suggestions for courses or books that offer step-by-step advice on the business side of freelancing. Some help with organizing, advertising, rates, taxes, etc.



  19. says

    It would be about the benefits for me. I love what I do, but I love my health a little bit more. Plus, I would love to get back into teaching, so a visiting/guest lecturer position would be difficult to say “no” to.

  20. Trish Roberts says

    Working from home.

    What a bunch of crap. The only people making money are the ones who FIRST make the website and start selling it to all those poor suckers who want to quit their dead-end job and work from home to be with their family.

    Work an hour a day and make a fortune. BULL!!!

    ONLY $1.00? ….Give me a break. If you go to their TERMS you’ll find out that after you pay the $1.00 it’s $29.95 or $39.95 or some ridiculous amount of money a month. AND they print it in such small writing you can’t even read it. And too many people get screwed this way because they believe the bullshit instead of reading the Terms and Conditions. If it’s cheap then read the fine print.

    And they all say the same things about how much they respect your privacy and will never sell your email address or any of your info to anyone. LIARS!!!
    Have you ever noticed that every time, after you’ve signed up for info on a site, the next day you have twice as much junk mail than you did before? I used to get 20 or 30 pieces of junk mail a day and now I get at least 200…And it’s all junk. So, don’t tell me they don’t sell your info.
    I do open some of it but I never, ever open anything that’s from a DO NOT REPLY addy or any kind of AUTO SEND. If you can’t send me mail from your own email addy then I’m not interested in anything you have.

    Also, you used to be able to get info from work at home websites by just giving them your name and email addy. Now, they want your phone number or you can’t get by the first page.
    I DON’T WANT A DOZEN WEBSITES CALLING ME EVERYDAY. They should all have a button to click on IF you want you want them to call with more info.
    Sure, I’d like to work from home, like a lot of people, BUT if I look at something and I KNOW I wouldn’t be interested in that why shouldn’t I have the prerogative of saying that and not have someone call me to try to sell it to me anyway. Fortunately for me, I have a landline and hate my cell so that’s the number I give them. My cell stays in my purse, downstairs, so it can ring all it wants.

    And how about the ones that look like something worth trying, and it’s not tooo expensive so you buy it, only to find out that you need to go to godaddy.com and buy a name. Oh, and go to google.com and buy whatever adsense is.
    Or you buy it and it’s one hundred, or more, pages of an ebook that ends up telling you absolutely nothing, it’s all double talk.

    Oh, and I love the sites that tell you to BEWARE. That HERE’S THE BEST SITES to make money. They list any where from 3 to 10 places, give a link to it and if you go and buy any of them that person makes money because he’s owns them. What a crock of sh@t.

    And what about the sites they say for “this much money” you can send out millions of emails to “opt in” customers. Well, if you do that where do you go to see what the add looks like? How do you see what you’ve paid for? Does this site have a personal mailing list of millions of people? Where does my listing go? HMMMM.

    I’m sure a lot of you can add to this list of bull …so feel free.

    If you have any advice for anyone, give it. BUT don’t come on this page and try to sell another worthless website so YOU can make a few bucks.

    Thanks for reading my rant.


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