How long should I stay at my job for

United States
March 26, 2011 12:18pm CST
I'm 18 years old, I'm taking a break from school for at least a year. There's nothing I want more right now then to make a living online. I don't need that much. My parents said if I can make $500 a month and do enough chores around the house then I can do that for now. I've been at this job I hate for about 6 months now, I hope in a couple months I will get to a point to be able to make $500 a month online, if that does happen I would love to quit my job. I was wondering if they will be upset with me for quitting at this time, do you think it is appropriate to quit so soon?
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@snoopyfan (1315)
• United States
26 Mar 11
With the economy the way it is and hundreds of people out of work no you should not quit! You are only 18 and have no idea how much harder life is going to get especially when you move out and have to pay all bills on your own without your parents. I can assure you that you are not going to be making $500 a month on a onlne job since most of them are scams. You will be lucky if you make $100 or $200 a month. I am surprised your parents are going along with that. If you don't like your job then go and apply somewhere else and when you get another job then you can quit this one and give them two weeks notice. No matter if you like a job or not it is about making yourself look good to the next employer. Just to let you know the longer you stay at a job the better it looks for you. If you become a job hopper and quit every few months it will be harder to find a good job. You can still do online stuff on the side but it is not a way to make a living. And yes I understand the question I am just trying to get you to see the whole picture. Are you planning on going back to school or have a interest you want to major in? Even college students are having a hard time finding jobs with degrees. I would suggest to think long and hard and don't make a rash decision. Exactly what is the job you are doing now and why do you hate it so much? I would have liked to have heard a little bit more about that.
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@LaDeBoheme (2003)
• United States
26 Mar 11
You stated that "...I hope in a couple months I will get to a point to be able to make $500 a month online, if that does happen I would love to quit my job" -- the operative phrase being 'IF that does happen'. Unless you are making that now, then yes, I believe your parents would be very upset and it is not appropriate to quit your regular job now. Basing your hopes and assumptions on making $500 online each month is really not a viable option and I believe your parents probably wouldn't buy it, without concrete proof. I know I wouldn't!
• United States
26 Mar 11
what are you talking about? I'm saying if I can earn $500 a month then I can quit my job and that will be enough if I can make that at home. That wasn't even my question, part of my background info. My question was if my boss would be upset with me after quitting after 6 months.
• United States
26 Mar 11
You were not very clear in your original post. You did not ask if your boss would be upset; you said 'they' after making a reference to your parents. A little discombobulating.
@MsTickle (24994)
• Australia
30 Mar 11
What do you care about your "boss" When you said "they", I thought you meant your parents.
@sublime03 (1811)
• Philippines
26 Mar 11
It would be best to keep the job that you are in right now. If you are already hitting the specific amount online and are sure of it that you will be getting enough online then why not. But I suggest to give it a month or two of you doing online stuff and getting enough from it before quitting the job you have. It is better to be safe and making sure everything is running smoothly than quit the job then find out down the line you won't be able to make enough from the online work you have.
• United States
27 Mar 11
thanks thats exactly what I was going to do, wait a month or two and see how much I'm earning before I quit, but that was not what I meant. I wanted to know if you guys thought my boss would be angry if I quit after 6 months or it would be an appropriate amount of time to quit after.
@MsTickle (24994)
• Australia
30 Mar 11
I wouldn't be leaving the job real soon if I was in your shoes. Making $500 a month online is a huge call. Making $100 online in a month is a huge call. Remember too, when you are looking for work a few years down the track, your resume won't look too good...Took a break from school...Worked 6 months....it doesn't show you as having too much commitment. Good luck anyway.
@Lindalinda (4112)
• Canada
27 Mar 11
Dear Lucy, I don't know if your boss would be upset or not. He is probably used to people giving in their notice. As far as you are concerned I want you to think about the path that you have to take in life to live as an independent self sufficient human being. I think it is great that your parents are in a position to support you to take off a year from school. Have you graduated? if not you need to do this. During that year think of what you want to train for that will enable you to support yourself without the help of your parents or a man. Do you want to learn a trade? hairdressing? aesthetics? medical assistant, automechanic? child care worker? All of those will give you a certificate or diploma which you will need sooner or later, otherwise the jobs that are open to you when you are 30, 40 or 50 are housekeeping, cleaning, waitressing (your feet will hurt after a while) fast food places? If any of those suggestions do not interest you are you planning to go to a community college or apply to a university. Graduating from those will also help you to secure a job eventually that will make you happy. As far as earning online is concerned it would be great to make 500 per month to save up for a car, a trip or to further your education. If you could establish that you probably could keep up those earnings at the side once you decide what you want to do with your life. I am retired and need to supplement my income by that amount in order to pay my bills and meet all my expenses. So far I have not managed to earn that much. A lot of programs ask for money. It screams scam. A lot of programs pay almost nothing for a lot of work. So if you find something that earns that much per month or a few things combined good for you, I would be glad for you. You could also share it with me and others who are always searching. Best of luck.
@mlhuff12 (799)
• United States
27 Mar 11
I agree that you should either keep your job, or you look for a new one since you hate it. Once you find a new one then quit the old one. For the future, employers are more likely to like the fact that you have a constant employment rather than you making money online...I am confused as to why you care so much what your boss will think about you when you quit. Do you have some sort of personal relationship with your boss? But to be considerate, you want to give a two week notice before you intend of leaving. This will give your boss a chance of making up schedules without you on it and to find a replacement. If you do that there shouldn't really be any reason for your boss to be mad at you. I am sure through the boss's time with the company many employees had come and gone.
@ANIME123 (2473)
• United States
27 Mar 11
I don't think that you should quit your job because the way the economy is right now it is so hard to get a job I wish I had a job. It would be so cool to make money online especially that much, but I doubt their will be a chance like that because not much people make that much a month the ones that figured it out were like the very first in the internet or something like that. Sure you may not like your job, but having money is always nice so that you can save up for your own place wouldn't that be nice or a car or anything you pretty much want. Right now I am trying to find a job because I can't really make much money online so yeah make the right choice.