The Elusive Paycheck

Is within sight and hopefully reach!  Next week I will start a temporary sales job and if all goes well on Friday I will get a paycheck!  The job is selling ads that will be printed on a tourist map of our local town/county and it pays only commission.  It will last about a month – by which time the ads need to be sold as the map will need to go to print so it will be ready to be distributed at the beginning of the tourist season.

I went out with the owner today on a trial run for training purposes and the kids, who have all sorts of ideas how to spend that paycheck when it comes in, were disapointed to hear I hadn’t actually earned anything today.  My youngest daughter had a grocery list prepared for me!  She’ll have to wait a little longer. And as the owner of the company told me, “You won’t get rich doing this” but it should help pay some overdue bills and put food on the table for the next month.  And for this brief window of time I’ll be an EMPLOYED job hunter which may mean my resume will get past some of the filters that kick out the unemployed.  So while I’m pounding the pavement and selling ads I’ll be doing a little job hunting/networking as well – looking for something more long term with benefits!

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5 Responses to The Elusive Paycheck

  1. Leslie says:

    Any information on the price and requirements for the ads? I know it’s probably something for local businesses, but if there is an opportunity to buy something, I’d be interested. Our local community map includes small ads, like congratulations to the football team or something. Post some info. We’d like to make your 100% commission job a success.

    • boxcarkids says:

      I’m afraid the ads will all be very local – the map is given to tourists (available at hotels, visitor center, etc) and sent in realtor packets to newcomers so it is mostly shops and services. But I am determined to succeed!

  2. Theresa says:

    I sincerely hope from the bottom of my heart that you make a good amount selling the ads, and that another full time permanent job is just around the bend.

  3. Kim B says:

    What are some of the things the kids want to put on the grocery list? Maybe w/ all the great couponers out there and all the stuff that can be gotten for free, we can send some care packages to you guys with some of the things the kids are craving.

    • boxcarkids says:

      Nah- we’re good! We have pasta, rice and beans and canned stuff – it’s the fresh and frozen that’s hard to keep stocked. My youngest daughter LOVES avocados and would eat several a day if she could but when we don’t have them she’ll eat pasta. Thanks though!

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