When I was in my early 20’s, I did all kinds of jobs.  Good jobs.  Shitty jobsJobs I loved.  Jobs I endured.  My least favorite job was at a group home for intellectually-challenged adults…..but it’s not what you think!  I actually loved the residents who lived there and learned a lot from them.

The problem was, I was only paid around $8 an hour but had far too much responsibility.  And even though I worked the night shift by myself (11:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.), I had to deal with several hosebeasts in-between shifts.  One of them smoked the entire time she was pregnant, yet gossiped about everyone else’s parenting and relationships as if that was her part-time job.  It took everything I had to keep my mouth shut!

I was glad when that was over.

Shortly after I left that job, I began working as a nanny three days a week and cleaning houses in my spare time.  That set-up allowed me to continue taking college courses in the evenings and on weekends without squashing my income potential too much.  I really liked my hourly gig as a nanny because it was fairly easy and fun and I knew what to expect.  I also liked cleaning houses because I was paid by-the-job and could earn upwards of $30 an hour.  At the time, that seemed like a ton of money!

Whether we’ve been paid hourly, by-the-job, or salary, I’ve found something interesting and beneficial about each situation.  Here are the pros and cons as I see them:


Greg’s former employer paid him a salary, and I really liked it at first.  I knew exactly how much he would be paid on any given month, and found that fact extremely helpful when budgeting or planning for any type of purchase.  However, as time went on, he started working more and more hours, and the work began to pile on.  Yet, since he was salary, he was never paid any more for the time he gave up.  By the time he left, we were over it.

By the Job

Since I’m self-employed as a freelance writer and blogger, I am paid for each job I complete.  I actually like if that way since I can work when I’m able and get paid whether a job takes me five hours or two.  I also like the fact that my income is directly tied to my productivity.  The fact that I only get paid when I work is the only reason I get out of bed most days!


Greg left his job in the mortuary business last summer for a brief stint in sales.  Obviously that didn’t work out, but it did teach him one thing; he hated working for commission.  Unlike getting paid by-the-job, his sales job relied on the cooperation of other people.  He hated asking people to buy stuff, and he didn’t like the idea of a fluctuating income at all.  A career in sales may not be for everyone, but I do know that some people thrive in that environment!  In fact, sales can be very lucrative for those who have the personality and drive to succeed.


I loved being paid hourly when I worked at the funeral home because I was compensated for any extra hours I put in.  We also really like the fact that Greg’s new job is hourly too.  He worked 55 hours the past two weeks and his upcoming paycheck is going to be a monsterI like it.

How Do You Like to Be Paid?

We’ve obviously worked in a wide range of jobs and been paid in all sorts of ways.  And even though I’ve enjoyed some aspect of each situation, I think I’m happiest with where we’re at right now.  The fact that I’m self-employed means that I have unlimited earning potential, but Greg’s job provides us with some stability.  In an uncertain economy, I think a little bit of income diversity goes a long way.

How do you like to be paid?  Have you ever been paid a certain way and hated it?