Mr. Wilson for Hire

July 17, 2013 at 1:30pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Crap. I had some good posts in mind for this morning. They’re going to have to wait. I’m not in the mood to write about those topics.

Last week we received news that we owe BryanLGH money following The Missus’ stay back in December. They had finally finished all their work with the insurance companies and they had a final tally for us. It was a lot. So much for insurance saving the day.

In response we began slashing household expenses. We dropped services we didn’t need; identified products we could avoid (goodbye, Shakeology!); and found some spare change in the couch. You know, the usual stuff. The hospital bill would hurt, but with some work we could wipe it out in about a year.

This morning I received painful news. Due to budget cuts my hours are being slashed by 20%. Now, it could have been worse; I could have lost more hours or had my contract terminated. Plenty of people out there know what those worst case scenarios feel like. But 20% isn’t something you just brush off when you’ve already made substantial cuts. Our heads are (probably) still above water, but only just.

I’m not sure what comes next. I don’t really want to leave my current gig. I like the people and I enjoy the work. But my family’s budget won’t survive with this decrease in hours. In fact, I was about to ask for a pay increase, because my hourly rate hadn’t gone up in three years. I could find something part time to fill the gap, or I could just use this as an opportunity to move on. That requires looking for a job, though. I haven’t done that in a long time!

I’m going to go bang my head against the wall for a while. In the meantime, if any of you are hiring web developers and/or people with a passion for Lincoln, I’m your man.

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George July 17, 2013 at 3:04pm

Are you able to do things freelance?  Like on Freelancer.com?  I have several friends who supplement their incomes this way and it has worked out rather well for them.  Something to look into!  Good luck and I am so sorry that the hospital bill and hourly cuts have come at the same time.  You have an entire city as a support system, so if you need anything, just ask!

Derek July 17, 2013 at 3:54pm

Archrival is looking for developers and does work for Lincoln. Might be worth checking out!

http://www.archrival.com/inside/jobs/

Mr. Wilson July 17, 2013 at 4:31pm

I really want to continue working from home if I can, but I probably should apply there. I think Firespring is hiring, too.

Fletch July 17, 2013 at 5:32pm

Sorry to hear this!

Scott T July 17, 2013 at 6:05pm

Firespring is always looking for web developers.

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