number thirteen...it has been a while
It has been a while since I've posted. I haven't felt very inspired lately and quite honestly I have been extremely busy.
G. still likes his job although he can't get his boss to "officially" hire him. He was originally hired on a 3 week trial basis. He was told that he was doing a great job and the paperwork was in process. So far, no paperwork, no health insurance, and no assurance of any kind for the future. His boss is paid around $220,000 so I am sure that extra $30,000 G. was hoping for is just asking too much. In case you are wondering, I know the salary of his boss because G. has to do spread sheets figuring out costs of the department. In 1999 he was making $170,000 that is approximately a 30% raise in 6 years. If that was the case for G. he would be making $39,000 by 2011. Doubtful. As the rich get richer the middle class settles for a lower and lower standard of living.
Right now I am reading Barbara Ehrenreich's book entitled "Bait and Switch". She is the same author who wrote "Nickled and Dimed in America." "Bait and Switch" focuses on the job difficulties of the white collar worker. It is actually relieving to read. When I was looking for a job I thought that I was the only one having this much trouble. Looking for a job is SO humiliating and depressing. You are forced to lie, attend networking events with people who are falsely enthusiastic, and ultimately settle for jobs that are less than rewarding. Blue collar workers are not the only ones living pay check to pay check.
My job at the gallery finally ended and I have decided to start my own retail business. I have been writing a business plan for weeks so that I can get a loan. I have found this to be very helpful although I went into it thinking it was just an avenue to get what I want. Looking at real estate has been fun and there are two potential properties that I may lease. The stuff from my boss' old business is going to be auctioned off and hopefully I will have the loan in time to buy some (or all) of it. That would save me A LOT of money.
I will keep you posted. And hey, if you own a business I sure could use some advice.