Should I quit my second job?
September 1, 2013 7:08 PM Subscribe
I need some perspective on my situation and ultimately help deciding whether to quit my 2nd job. This is a job I picked up due to financial anxieties and instability with my full time company.
posted by WeekendJen to work & money (15 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
So I have a full time hourly paid position where I work 40 hours a week and get 17$ an hour. I have been searching for greener pastures for 2 years and despite a few interviews for sales positions that would pay more, have not gotten any offers. Currently we are very behind in the office and have been asked to work 5 - 8 hours of overtime per week. My job is tied to a distribution warehouse and my company is in the midst of merging with another company and noone knows if our facility will be shut down and the people jobless once the merger is complete sometime in Nov-Dec.
To save up money and prepare for a layoff I took on a second job in an ice cream store. This job is basically the best part time job you could imagine. It's 8$ and hour plus tips (usually 10-15 for a 5 hour shift). My problem comes because I've been working about 20 hours a week here for the past few months. I usually have 0 days off per month between the two jobs. figuring in commute times and a mandatory 1 hour unpaid lunch at the regular job, I'm reliably booked 70+ hours a week. I usually only manage 5 hours of sleep on the weekdays and 9 on weekends, my house is a mess, my diet is anything i can buy at a convenience store on the road and shove in my face, and i'm at a point where I don't have any mental energy left to do thing like exercise, hobbies, be social, cook, apply to new jobs, or develop myself.
What keeps me from quitting is that I am very terribly afraid of not being ok money-wise. I am single and have some savings, but they would only get me through 3-5 months tops with no income. I have no debt other than a mortgage which is under 700$/month. My car is old and if that were to die my house of cards would topple. I have noone to help me out financially. I have no lifeline and if my regular job is to be eliminated, having an enjoyable part time would at least give me hope of avoiding total failure.
But right now I'm exhausted and I don't know if I can keep going and be happy at this amount of time that isn't really mine to spend. I've lot touch with all of my friends because I am never available. I'm very worried though that quitting the 2nd job would be a mistake and not good for my financial stability. I'm too clouded to make a proper decision, so I turn here: Should I quit my 2nd job now?