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October 26, 2006


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I would shovel elephant poo all year for an extra $10k.

Just kidding.

I would definitely need to hate my job passionately for me to take a pay cut. The new job would have to be pretty spanktacular. If I can tolerate the job, I don't think I could quit it for less money elsewhere.

My roommate is a stronger person than I....

In my observation most people's job complaints are about personnel interactions. The person may want to give it a try and see if remote working creates a sufficient buffer to find enjoyment in the work itself.

Be careful: grass often looks greener on the other side.

You might also consider the relative cost of living. If your pay cut is 10% but it costs you 20% less (a definite possibility if leaving DC!) then you are relatively making more money and it makes economic sense to do that.

I also live in DC, and personally living in a big city is worth the extra cost to living many other places.

I'm in this exact same position myself, trying to decide whether to

1) quit my job, go 100% freelance, which would allow me to move to Denver from Chicago to be closer to family and afford a less stressed lifestyle or

2) at the request of my manager, keep my day job, work remote, and continue side freelance. Freelance at first would require hit on income, but has the potential to pay off big time in the long run -- and it's where my passion is.

No matter what, I'll be moving -- it's just a matter of what to do when I get there.

I would move and keep the current job if it truly has that big city salary. Depending on the numbers, it may be possible to use that salary to free up time from other things (hiring landscaping for instance) and allow you to do more of the things that you find interesting whether they are for pay or not.

Keep the old job. With higher salary, lower cost of living, and the benefit of working from home, it sounds like a winner.

Keep the current job (but only if pays at least 20% more per hour of work), move to MI and keep an eye on the local jobs.

Why the latter? Because I bet the big city company will fire him as soon as they have somebody who can take over his job.

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