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  1. [PREFACE] As the new title implies - the spoiler ahead is that I made a decision to start my own business. I decided to update the title because the topic of the thread has turned toward the new business more than the decision to go back or strike out on my own. However, if you haven't read this thread before I invite you to read the story of my inevitable decision not to return to the place that fired me after 13-years of employment. If on the other hand you want to skip the decision discussion and jump right ahead to where I forge my new path. Then please, by all means, jump ahead to page 2 to learn more about my new adventure in sole-proprietorship, Foothold Digital. [/PREFACE] As some of you may know, I have been fairly absent from the forums mainly because I have been working a lot. I have been the lead web developer for FingerLakes1.com here in the Finger Lakes of NY for 13 years. What that has come to mean is, I am the only web developer at the office with two 15 hour employees, a graphic artist and a content developer. The work load at this time basically requires, at a minimum, two full time people doing what I do. Mind you, we used to have that person and that person wasn't replaced fully. We also used to have a systems manager and that person wasn't replaced at all and their duties fell to me. So, after months of wading against a large stream of work load and trying very hard to keep my head above water my boss and I got into it again on Wednesday and we have parted ways. The boss reached out to me Friday morning, after I cleared out some of my stuff Thursday night, to have a call. We had that call Saturday. I would say the call went pretty much as I expected, he continued with the same BS and I restated my case for needing more people who do what I can do to get the work we have scheduled done. The end result of the call was him leaving me with a decision. I can resume work or stay "fired". The considerations are as follows for the old job: Nothing is going to change if I go back except we now have an even more adversarial relationship. He says he might be willing to hire someone to assist me "without the commensurate income compensating for their paycheck." There aren't many, if any, people in this area who will work for what we could offer as a pay rate in this line of work compared to the neighboring cities of Rochester, Syracuse or Ithaca. Going back will now have put me three-five days behind on everything and zero contact with all of my clients. I honestly don't think I can fulfill all of the projects without literally pulling 12-16 hour days 6-7 days a week for who knows how long I don't foresee my health being maintained throughout the process I would continue to receive a paycheck I would continue to host my websites for free I might eventually be able to take my vacation days I won't have to start over at some place new or on my own The options for moving on: I can get a job within the week back in retail. I can start my own web development business. I already own footholddigital.com as a potential business domain. I can look for a job in web development elsewhere. I can shift fields. Which is not outside the realm of possibility. It will just require some effort. I can partner with someone who already is in web development or similar related field. I can collect unemployment if all else fails. Overall, I have to decide today before 7:00pm Eastern. At this point, I am submitting this to the cloud for thoughts and ideas. Perhaps even some encouragement. A laugh or two wouldn't go amiss. Thanks, Thom
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