Should I Take The Job?


A little background about my situation.. I started my e-commerce site back in 2004. Most of the competitors in this market weren’t online yet, and I had an amazing first year!

By 2007, everyone else was finally online. Even worse, the bug guys threw a LOT of money at their website (the best SEOs, web designers, programmers, PPC, etc). To the degree that the little guys just couldn’t compete with them.. The “level playing field” was no longer level.

In the next few years, there were two HUGE acquisition (for a total of $500Mil), which sent ripples through the industry.. Even worse, the recession was brutal for our business – One of the pitfalls of running a “luxury business”. Needless to say, 2009 was BAD. To the point that I decided to close up shop back in December.

We still maintain good rankings in the search engines, which generates a decent amount of traffic to our site. So we converted our site info an affiliate site for the #1 company in the marketplace. Hey, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em!

Fast forward to today – I got a phone call from a recruiter about a potential job. A GREAT job, but one that comes with a substantial commute! I’d probably spend 10 hours a week just driving back and forth.. But it’s a great salary, and it would look great on my resume, should I want to move to another company in the future.

Do I trade in the work-at-home lifestyle for a guaranteed income? I’ve been working from home since 2005, so the idea of going back to a corporate environment is tripping me out. But my affiliate sites run themselves, and I don’t really need to be here from 9-5 to maintain them..

What would you do?

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One Response to “Should I Take The Job?”

  1. Karen Teeters says:

    Hi Zander,

    Well, I lost my job last April and have been reinventing myself as an online entrepreneur too and I love it.

    I think depending on your circumstances you could be happy deciding either route.

    If a good paying job could help you be more financially independent and get you some benefits you may need- dental etc., then possibly consider taking it for the short term while still growing your business.

    Then again…. if the economy is changing for the better and that’s why this job came about, then maybe staying home and expanding your business while the economy is on a bit of an upswing would be a good move too.

    I found your site looking into twellowhood. I’l have to read some of your articles as yours is the field I am growing into!

    Good Luck with your decision.

    Karen at
    .-= Karen Teeters´s last blog ..Part Two. You Will Choose WordPress for Your Small Biz Website =-.

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