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Why I turned Down PayPal [Apr. 18th, 2010|11:03 pm]
Roy Janik
As some of you know, I got a job offer from PayPal. I just turned it down.

Wait, let me back up. First I got laid off from IBM. Then I sent out my resume to loads of places.

Almost immediately, my friend (and former improv student) Neal got me some contracting work programming for a contracting group he's a partner in. 

Then my application to PayPal actually got me an interview there. I had a good phone interview and a good day of interviews on-site. A week or two passed, and I got a call with a job offer. It paid more than my job at IBM did. 

Hooray! Right? Right?

Neal talked to me about trusting the contracting enough to stick with it.... clock more hours, make it my career. He pointed out that it was everything I'd been saying I wanted... flexibility, the ability to scale back if needed, working from home or a coffeeshop, take extended time off for improv, having VARIETY, etc, etc...

But of course, there's risk, too. Will there be enough work for me? Will something go horribly awry? Something like PayPal seems much more stable.

But ultimately, if I don't try to go for it now, when will I? This is an opportunity, and I need to seize it.

So, it's time to get organized, to pay off my debts, and embrace a life of more freedom but greater risks.

Wish me luck.

Oh, and I should point out, I wouldn't have the courage to make this leap if it weren't for Kaci's enthusiasm and support. 
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[User Picture]From: majcher
2010-04-19 07:53 am (UTC)
Good luck! It's hard to turn down a comfy full-time job for the uncertainty of consulting, but I've been going at it for years, and I'd have a really hard time taking a straight job again. Congratulations, and hooray!
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[User Picture]From: mynde
2010-04-19 12:43 pm (UTC)
yay, roy! very proud of you. you chose your heart over your fears. good thing you have been training for that kind of decision for the past...uh. 5 or so years?
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From: jonbolden
2010-04-19 04:08 pm (UTC)
LUNCHES!
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[User Picture]From: tupperware
2010-04-20 03:06 am (UTC)
Congrats and good luck! I personally haven't worked up the courage for the leap yet since I hate hunting for clients, but it looks like you've got that part taken care of.
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[User Picture]From: jimmyjimgym
2010-04-20 04:26 am (UTC)
This is excellent news!
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[User Picture]From: g0_0n
2010-04-20 08:23 am (UTC)
That's great to hear, I'd love to freelance - but I need to continue growing my balls first.
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[User Picture]From: ueyfeuor
2010-04-20 02:47 pm (UTC)
I didn't hear that you got laid off, but if there is ever anyone who can make contracting work out well, it's you. I've worked with quite a few friends going a similar path (contracting for a decade or two) and I've noticed that 1) they are really into their jobs and happy about it and 2) they make more money than me. So congrats, you've graduated from the drudgery into excitement and freedom etc.
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[User Picture]From: vyvyanbasterd
2010-04-21 12:55 am (UTC)
Good luck! Man, I'd kill for a stable job right now. Or one that doesn't have me working myself to death.
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[User Picture]From: slyddur
2010-04-30 05:29 am (UTC)
Fortune favors the bold!
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