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: December 05, 2009, 05:56:29 AM

Who here actually enjoys their job and what do you do?... I work in the woods and today is the first day I've been able to work in 3 weeks due to rain and the ground being soft. I'm employed in a family business up in Pennsylvania, cutting and skidding trees. I run the skidder. Feels awesome to be back to work, not too many people can say that eh? lol... What do you guys do in your work life?

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#1 : December 05, 2009, 06:02:50 AM

Curious, if you were financially able, would you continue to want to work?

If you look forward to getting up and going to work, you're pretty lucky.

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#2 : December 05, 2009, 06:08:34 AM

Selfemployed I do like what I do, but with (for lack of better words) the lower tier employees make life difficult at times. In addition the hours involved are sometimes brutal almost torture like.

 Morgan if I was financially able no  I would not be doing this. I would go back to my job in highschool, installing garage doors. Don't know why but I always loved that job.

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#3 : December 05, 2009, 07:37:27 AM

Fireman is a good job.


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#4 : December 05, 2009, 08:48:50 AM

I pastor a church which is bi-vocational.  We have 2 services; Sunday morning & Wednesday evening.  We are a small country church and run between 50-90, which is perfect for me.  I don't do a lot of visiting since we live close to 30 miles from the church.  For me, I'm ministering daily, not just on those days, and not just in the church!  I speak quite often on Sunday evenings in other churches and do a lot of speaking at chapels for schools and dependency programs.  I love my church family and fellowship with them often, but my family time will always come first since they are my first ministry.

I drive a school bus strictly for the insurance.  I also bring home about $500 per month after the taxes and insurance.  I'll be completely honest; it is not a very fun job, but you can't beat the insurance!  I take a drug called Enbrel for Psoriatic Arthritis and it costs about $400 per shot without coverage; it's a weekly injection.  When I had my own business private insurance was costing close to a $1,000 just for me!  My entire family is covered under the bus plan and I also have dental, vision, life, short/long term disability.  It's tough to minister to kids on a bus!  I do my best, but mainly I'm just a disciplinarian.  Regardless, it takes an hour in the morning and almost 2 hours in the evening.  It's nice to get paid during summer break! 

I work part-time for a local air conditioning company doing residetial sales and marketing.  I've been with them for almost 4 years and make a good living.  I like the fact I'm only required to be there from 9am-2pm, although I'm there much longer most days.  Most days I come in about 10!  They provide me a laptop for marketing and a cell phone for sales; I also have a vehicle.  Being 38 and working in retail most of my life, I've been able to adjust to a new career outside of the oil industry.  If I were full time I could get insurance coverage, but would not have the flexibility to minister.  I struggle with this fact each and every time I crank that bus up.....

In the end, I'm very thankful God has been able to provide for my needs and wants.  Life is so much different for me now.  Before I was in the ministry and dependent upon God, I had a successful career, company perks, 401k, insurance, and savings.  I don't have quite all of that now, but I have joy and peace; I see my family just as much as I see my friends and those I work with.  I rarely spend the night away from home and I'm fulfilling the call on my life which God purposed me for.  Which would you settle for?  I still struggle about where college funds will come from, how I will retire before I'm 90, but I certainly don't worry about it like I once did.  I simply put my trust in God to lead me.  Had you known me prior to becoming a Christian, you would find that last statement about "worry" impossible to believe.

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#5 : December 05, 2009, 08:25:07 PM

Awesome to read the responses so far, and yes... money is straight for me and I don't have to worry about it too much. We own close to a million dollars in equipment + stock. I'm working for $50 a day out in the woods. A 7 hour day out there, feels like a 12 hour day anywhere else... it's a pretty physically exerting job... but I enjoy the work (I've been out there since I was 13) and I'm helping the ole man make his payments and what not... I also realize there is a future with my job and it's been the only one thrown my way... you take what you get sometimes.

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#6 : December 05, 2009, 08:31:14 PM

This reminds me of this classic scene...



" Look at that subtle off-white coloring. The tasteful thickness of it. Oh my God, it even has a watermark!"


Suh or bust, Dom. You make the call.

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#7 : December 05, 2009, 08:35:27 PM

I pastor a church which is bi-vocational. 


So, were you born bi-vocational or did you choose that lifestyle????


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#8 : December 06, 2009, 12:09:20 AM

hehehehehehe. God chose it for me ;)

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#9 : December 06, 2009, 04:04:51 AM

I work for my dads best friend at a dental supply company. He has no kids never married so he treats me like a son. I get work off no problem if I travel for a college football game, need time off for school, whatever. Its just now me and a russian guy (whos a great guy) and my boss/owner and his sister. They treat us great. And Im pretty sure when Im done with school he will give me the business. So yeah i enjoy my job. Good pay, weekends off... cant say i have it that bad


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#10 : December 06, 2009, 04:36:10 PM

I enjoy my job.   I'm a network admin/IS tech at a federal and county health department/clinic.      I work with some very cool people and the dental clinic is full of hotties.   I like to hang out there a lot since being single again. 


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#11 : December 09, 2009, 11:31:20 AM

Awesome feedback guys, to update this... I recently received a pay raise and I'm going to be skidding some huge trees here shortly xD.

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#12 : December 09, 2009, 11:46:31 AM

Overall not really.  It wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't for the company B S, sales plans and micromanaging.  I deliver, merchandise and order a line of products for 3 supermarkets.  My days off are Weds/Thurs. which is a sore spot with me and holidays really suck because they are a busy time.  I also have to get up around 3:30 am and typically work 9-12 hour days.  Pay is ok for what it is-about $1000 a week.  I've worked for this company for a 11 years and I'm a little burnt out and it seems to get worse every year but I can't afford to quit.  They re-engineered all the routes a few months ago and I lost my old route which was M-F and about 55 hours a week.  We bid based on seniority.  I took another similar type of route with weekends off and the money was really good but there was a lot of driving involved and I was working over 13 hours a day.  After only two weeks this supermarket route came open and I took it because I couldn't continue to work those kind of hours.  Now I'm stuck never having a day off with my wife and it is less money.  The only good news is my wife is up for a big promotion and she expects to be making 6 figures so my options could change.

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