These past few weeks have been a reminder to both Dad and I about how much we would like to not have to work for someone else any longer. We’ve both been applying for jobs and interviewing (at multiple places for me). Trying to do so while working full time has been interesting – I’ve had a lot of slightly longer than usual lunches, or picking up Daughter Person early a few times. I’ve only applied for 5 positions – and I’ve gotten responses on all of them – phone interviews for 4 already and in person interviews for 2 after tomorrow – but no offers yet.
I’m only applying for positions that are interesting to me, which is why I’ve applied to so few. I’ve got a well-paying job, that theoretically I like (still not bad after a month, except the whole lacking a 401k thing), so getting me to jump ship is more difficult than it would be if I didn’t have a job. I have the “luxury” of picking and choosing which offer (if any) I take.
We don’t *have* to work, but that’s only sustainable for one month at most, then at least one of us would need to find something, so we continue to work and make excuses when we need to get away for an interview. If we had a fully funded emergency fund, we could take off for a bit longer, and not have to work while searching. One of the primary reasons it’s our first goal now that we’re done putting all of our extra money towards debt (we’re not debt free though). We’re shooting for 3 months of expenses at first (same rate as paying off debt), then 6 months of expenses while contributing more to investments at a 50/50 rate.
Next time something like this happens (because it’s likely), we’ll be ready to walk if we need to.