I think my situation is pretty unique, but what would you do?
I have a full time job which is slowly sundowning. There have been many layoffs and we're down to bare bones. I will lose this job. I think I have maybe 2 years, 5 if they stretch it. I've been here 13 years, love the job, and am paid really well ($80k). I do not have education to support that salary at my next job, so I'm not leaving until they kick me out.
I have a 2nd job, usually <10 hours a week. I started it to supplement my income to pay for my son to go to college. He finished college 2 years ago (paid for!), but I keep the job because it's easy and I spend enough time with Netflix already.
I also have a small business I stared about 18 months ago, which has never made any money and I am losing about $200 a month on it. I've decided to keep it open through Christmas because now is a stupid time to close a gift-style business, and then let it go.
AND I started college nights to get the magic piece of paper that proves I'm worth hiring when I do lose my job.
My only child is an adult, I am not currently in a relationship, so all these things demand my time but I have a lot of control over my life. I don't feel overwhelmed.
I am sick of the 2nd job (the one I got to pay for my kid's college). I just don't want to do it anymore. And if I close down the gift business, and stop bleeding money there, I would nearly break even on the income loss from the 2nd job. But I'm having a hard time convincing myself that "I don't want to" is a good enough reason to end it.
Side note: I did some sneaky investigating and side job is not a potential replacement for FT job when I'm let go. There is a person there in the department I'd be in, who has a MBA, and makes less than half of what I do now. I have a GED and a can-do attitude. This place will not pay me well. Pays ok for a PT low-pressure job, but not for a real pay-the-bills job.
What would you do?