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Things I Don’t Miss About My Last Day Job

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Someone asked me if I missed having a “real” day job last week. Honestly, there are things I miss about it, but those are heavily outweighed by the things I don’t miss at all.

Benefits I Miss About My Last Cubicle Job:

  • Better health and dental insurance – cost less and covered more.
  • Cheaper term life insurance.
  • My 401k with 100% matching up to 6%.
  • Stability – I knew I had a job as long as I wanted it where I was.
  • The fantasy football league that I kept winning despite not caring about football at all – that was always fun.

Things That I Don’t Miss At All:

  • Commuting – that by itself makes working from home worth it.
  • Being treated like an actual “human resource” – an entity instead of a person – by the company’s leaders.
  • Making $35,000 a year before taxes.  I know now that I can make more than that in several ways by working for myself.
  • Stupid meetings – what a waste of time.
  • Business jargon.  I just shook my head and laughed to myself when the management would call everyone together for stupid meetings and spout off business jargon left and right that didn’t have a point.  Along those lines, here’s an infographic that made me laugh.

What do you think you would miss or do miss about a classic day job? What do you like or think you would like about self-employment?

FYI:  I worked at a dead end cubicle job from 2005-2011 for about $30,000 per year.  I went self-employed in July 2011 and make between $70,000-$90,000 through blogging, professional pet sitting, hubby's reffing, and our rental home.  If you’d like to start your own site (link to my free step-by-step guide), I highly suggest checking out Bluehost (my referral link with a nice discount for you, PLUS a free custom header banner from me!).  Please contact me any time at budgetingfunstuff*at*gmail*dot*com with questions or just to brainstorm! I’d love to help!
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10 thoughts on “Things I Don’t Miss About My Last Day Job

  1. They missed the worst one of all: “reach out.” OMG, why can’t they just “contact” someone? Makes me want to scream.

    I am fresh back in the cubicle/prison for the next eternity, um….four months…yeah, eternity says it all. I cannot WAIT until the end of January. I have already told them in no uncertain terms that I will not be there next year, period. I would have to be starving, and then I would find something else to do.

    Did I mention I hate sitting in prison all day? Especially when it’s costing me money to do it!

  2. Thanks for a fun post Crystal 🙂

    I am grateful that when I worked 9 to 5 gigs back in the day – way back – I never had to sit in a cubicle!

    That being said, the only thing I ever missed from those jobs were the people…or at least, some of the people. I made some good friends during those years and even to this day I see a few of them from time to time.

    Nowadays, the only co-worker I see is my cat and I like it that way 🙂

    Take care and all the best.


  3. I’ve always owned my own business, even though it has been brick and mortar instead of home based. I try to keep it real and we avoid jargon, unless it’s eyeball jargon. I love eyeball jargon!

  4. 1. Love that info graphic ! Very funny.
    2. Regarding meetings …. Do you think that working at home, for 6 hours ( with out having meetings) that you can get as much work done as an 8 hr day at a job with meetings ? If not, what is the ratio ?
    Love Ya! ~ Christie

  5. @Michelle, I can feel it coming!

    @Georgene, LOL, I use “reach out” all of the time, hahaha! 🙂 Sorry. 🙂 I am really sorry you are back in the cubicle until at least January!

    @Lyle, I had a couple of good work friends, but nobody that would come over just to hang out. Yeah, I like my Pug as my work companion…keeps my lap warm and makes an excellent wrist rest.

    @Kim, what us eyeball jargon?

    @Christie, I definitely get more done in 4-6 hours now than I ever could before. Honestly, I think it’s 2 to 1. I get about twice as much work done now in the same amount of time since I don’t have silly co-worker distractions and meetings. 🙂

  6. For me, still working a 9 to 5… the thing I like least is just all that time spent at work! I don’t have much commute time (I walk to work)… but the thought that I have to sit in an office 8 hours a day just seems like such a waste of the precious time I have on earth!! It is this thought that fuels me to increase savings, and work on personal finance in general!

  7. I worked as a radio DJ for 10 years, so it wasn’t a bad job at all. It was pretty cool and I had some great people to work with. What I miss from there? the chat and the friendships. What I don’t miss? Having to go to work, wasting money on gas, clothing and food, dealing with all kinds of ‘office drama’.

    Being self-employed and working from home are really working great for myself 😉

  8. I don’t like to look back but…I miss the business lunches, staying in nice hotels, the merit increases… Having said that I still find Teaching to be way more important work than I ever did at my corporate job!

  9. I left my day job 4 years ago and started working as a freelancer. I am making much more money by working from home online, but on the other side I also miss a few things from my day job like only having to work from 9 – 5. Working from home is really different I typically have to work much longer hours.

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