Quitting my job, should I tell my boss the real reason why?
July 26, 2014 4:49 PM Subscribe
Freelancer here. I've been doing design/tech/maintenance work for this one guy's website for a little under a year. It's part-time and pays well...when he pays. He has a habit of being late on payments and unreachable...I've resolved to quit. Should I tell him the real reason why?
posted by bluelight to Work & Money (23 answers total)
I work remotely and I scheduled a call with him on Monday. He's been late (again) with a monthly payment. It's not really the late payment that annoys me, it's the fact that he won't reply to any of my follow up emails about my invoice (but he responds to other work-related emails). I wouldn't even be that mad as long as he lets me know that he's on it, or it would get paid soon...the radio silence drives me nuts.
Although the job pays well and contributes to a significant chunk of my monthly income, I think I'm better off quitting. It's stressful not knowing whether or not I'm going to get paid. And even though it's not really my responsibility, when I see his site falling behind his competitors, it makes me feel bad. I want to make the site better. But he's not really putting in the effort to do that himself and I feel torn between going all in to really improve this site (taking on a role that I did not really agree to) and holding myself back because...well, why should I put in that much effort if he isn't + he isn't paying me on time?
I'm not thrilled about giving up so much of my income stream (it'll be hard to find another job that pays that well and gives me that much freedom) but that stress and uncertainty negatively affects my work ethic for that site and that does not make me feel good.
So when I talk to him on Monday should I tell him it's because of the late payments and the lack of communication? Should I tell him that it's affecting my work ethic? Or should I just lie and say that something else came up? FWIW we did not sign a contract (I do pay taxes on all my earnings) and I did not say I would work for him for X amount of time. Since I have a couple things in motion for his site already, I plan to make August my last month.