Monday, June 28, 2010

Vent I suppose

You don't have to read this  if you don't want to. Idk where I am going to go with it but here I go.

I have been slightly bummed lately about not having a bachelors degree in anything. I REALLY want to get my degree for occupational therapy but as I mentioned before the problems are that UNCW is about an hour or more from my house and you can't take that degree online. It's not like I'm not working. I have a job that I actually like a lot. There are a couple main problems with my job though. I get paid under the table. Yea that mean it's untaxed money but it also means that I only get paid on Fridays if my bosses are in the office on Friday AND remember to get cash out of the bank. Also, I get $8 an hr and only work 30 hours at most. Some weeks I only work like 5 hours for one agent and the full 10 for the other 2 so I don't even make as much.

I am not the type of person to demand things or to really even voice my opinion to my bosses or people who let's say, intimidate me. My job consists of doing A LOT. I have to communicate with clients, buyers and sellers, their agents, builders, attorneys, surveyors, designers, fill out contracts and make sure they are signed by everyone and that they get to the places they need to be. I take listings and input them into the MLS's online so that people can view the houses. I have to keep those up to date with current information as well as making sure all the contact information is correct and that appointments for showings are set. Which also means I have to set up codes for lock boxes when people need to enter a house. I also create flyers for houses which is not as easy as it sounds. They are very particular and literally expect professional quality. I have to make sure closings are set and make sure everyone knows when and where to be. All while being a personal assistant in any other way you can imagine.
Did I mention that I do all of this for 3 Real Estate Agents?? So I do all of this 3 times!!! Let's just say my day planner is my best friend and my email and phone are absolute necessities.

Anyways, the point of that wasn't to complain. I love being busy and high speed. I just think that I should be getting paid way more than $8 an hr and I definitely should get 30 hours no matter what. It should be their job to utilize me not my job to make sure I get 10 hours out of them. I don't just sit behind a desk and type or talk on the phone. I also have to do errands like sign changes or going to open houses. I honestly think I should be making more around $12-$15 an hour. I believe that is reasonable for the amount of work I have to do and the fact that I am on call for them 24/7.

The problem is I really don't have the balls (for lack of a better phrase) to say anything to them. I at the absolute least would like to be paid on time every week. I hate worrying about being able to pay my bills because I don't know who is going to be in the office with cash or not. It's very stressful.

This is why I want to get my degree. I would make a ton more and have a salary which means steady paychecks. The problem is I can't not work. We need the money. I don't know what to do.

Thanks for listening if you made it this far. You're awesome.

Super vent over.


  1. I agree that you should be making significantly more than $8 an hour for that. Maybe $8 an hour PER agent. The only thing they can do is say say something. They will probably respect you a little more for being bold and speaking up for yourself. You will look determined! You could be working at Walmart for the same money!! Good luck!

  2. Thank you!! That is what I keep telling myself, that all they can do is say no. But I feel like they could either respect me and agree or think I am arrogant or something and either things are awkward or they fire me! I am an over thinker I know. I just need some damn confidence!

  3. I have been in the same position as you - and still am. I have worked with my company for over two years now. I make UNDER $8 an hour and I recently just got promoted to a few more hours but no financial raise. I know I need to speak up something and I'm just trying to get the courage to ask. But honestly, the worst thing they can say is no - I'm sure they won't fire you. I think we just need to grow some and do it! :)


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