So, I'm trying really hard to write a business plan. Anyone out there have any tips, helpful hints, or maybe even have one they could give me so I don't have to waste my time coming up with one?
This shit's hard. My sister and brother-in-law make it look really easy.
So, it's been 2 weeks...not too bad I think.
I know I've said it before, but I hope that this is the last time...one week and going strong. I was offered today at work, but I was strong...twice actually.
Hey! HAPPY CINCO DE MAYO!!
OK, so this entry isn’t really to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. It’s really to say that once again, I’m back on the wagon. We’ll see how long I go this time.
After lots of agonizing, stress, and phone calls to friends and family, I finally made a decision. Before I had a chance to call, the guy from WKU called my old boss from the University of Maryland, hoping that she might talk me into accepting the job. She and I had a long talk, and while she agreed that the salary was insanely low, she still thought that I should take the job. She felt that the experience I would get there would outweigh the salary, and after 2 or 3 years, I could move on to a bigger school and ask for more money.
I did finally call the guy, and with all the strength I could muster, I turned it down. He was much more gracious than I expected he would be. He said that he understood that I needed to look out for me and do whatever I thought was best. He wished me luck and said that he hoped to see me at a conference soon.
While I think I made the right decision financially, I’m not so sure I opted for the right choice…I mean, I’m still at NASA, and that totally sucks.
Oh, well, I can’t look back since I can’t change my decision.
I called the guy back from WKU, and I gave him my counter offer: $50,000. I think I heard his jaw hit the floor…there was complete silence for a moment, and then he finally came back and told me that there was no way he could go that high, and that that was way more than first-year professors make. He did come back this evening and told me that he was authorized to go as high as $37,000. Still, that’s a $17,000 pay cut.
True, the cost of living is a lot cheaper down there, but still, $17,000 is still a lot of money when you figure that I’m still going to have to pay my student loan, I’m going to have a mortgage or rent, I want to buy a car. Seems to me that right there, I’ve spent all my paycheck and then some.
Wow, this is totally one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make.