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Who Is DayJobNuker?

Why does he dislike his job so much? What exactly is the job that he dislikes?

Well here are the answers to those questions. In 1989 he got a job at the low end of the totem pole at a major department store matching their incoming invoices from their vendors with the receiving. It paid a whopping $6+ an hour and after 3 months that went up to the big time at $9+ per hour. It wasn’t a bad job but it was just a job.

About a year later he was able to get a position as an in-house auditor with the same company. Not the kind of auditor that has a CPA and does taxes and such, but the kind of auditor that looks through tables and reports looking for overpayments. That job taught him most everything he knows today. It taught him how to be a treasure hunter.

DayJobNuker stayed in that position for about 7 years. His job allowed him to work early hours and go home around 2 or 3 PM everyday. He really liked that and every time he started wondering whether he should try something else, they gave him just enough of a raise to keep him there. The last 2 years were not great however, as he was really starting to get fed up with the ridiculous politically correct office environment.

In 1997, DayJobNuker had had enough. He was so frustrated with the whole work in a cubicle till you die thing that he quit. He quit without any job offer to go to. That was when he got a big break. While at the job he just quit he had met someone who appreciated his abilities. That person owned a consulting company that did the same thing that DayJobNuker had been doing but they did it on a commission basis for many different retail companies.

DayJobNuker decided to give this new job a try. He would be self employed and get paid 100% on commission. He would go to different retailers (clients) and look for overpayments, duplicate payments, missed discounts, and a host of other things. If he found valid claims, they would then be deducted from the vendor’s accounts and DayJobNuker would be paid the agreed upon percentage commission. If he found nothing, he would be paid nothing.

This was not an easy way to make a living and he came VERY, VERY close to quitting. Remember, nothing was paid for and if he had a job in another state he would have to pay for the airfare and hotel up front out of his own pocket. If a person has a bad day in a regular job they just go home and come back the next day. If DayJobNuker, on the other hand, had a bad audit he might be going home down a grand in expenses.

The industry title for such a job is a “retail recovery auditor” but he likes to say he is a “treasure hunter“. There are many days he goes to work and makes nothing. But then there are a few days when he finds treasure (in the form of a duplicate payment or such) that make it all worthwhile. The biggest one day “treasure” he ever found was an duplicate payment of over $200,000.00 which made him around $19,000.00. Nice!

Overall, despite it’s risks, the job in the end paid very well and DayJobNuker became very used to not having a boss (other than the client). No punching in, no stupid meetings, lots of time off, the ability to come and go whenever he wanted so long as the job got done, and no office politics to deal with. It was (and is) a job that many would love to have.

Why then has he had enough? The real reason is that he has now been doing virtually the exact same thing for 17 years straight. Let me tell you, 17 years is a long time to do one thing. The job requires looking at reports and computer screens all day that are filled with tiny little numbers. Concentration is vital for he has to recognize little inconsistencies to find his claims. He finds himself daydreaming way too often and that is bad. DayJobNuker is paid on commission and daydreaming pays nothing.

Another reason DayJobNuker dislikes his job is that he is still in the “office environment”. Although he is not directly involved, he sits in and around others in their tiny little cubicles and can overhear all their life’s complaints. HE DOESN’T CARE ABOUT THEIR PROBLEMS NOR DOES HE WANT TO HEAR ABOUT THEM!

Working for yourself and being your own boss is not for everyone. Many people can’t:
1) save money on their own
2) need the government to withhold their taxes for them because otherwise they would spend it
3) need other people around them constantly so that they feel like they are on a “team” and
4) need to have someone looking over them because they are unable to do it themselves.

Those people will never, ever leave the security blanket of their J.O.B.. However, once you have had a taste of being self employed and NOT having to punch that clock, you will never want to go back. He dislikes his job right now because he has been at it too long and he doesn’t know how much longer he can stretch it out. He certainly never wants to have to go post his resume again on one of the job search sites. But one thing is for sure, he can never go back to a real job. Never…and that may present a problem in the future.

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  • 1

    Unfortunately “Working for yourself and being your own boss is not for everyone.” is true. Setting your own hours is a tremendous freedom, but to borrow from Spiderman, with great freedom comes great responsibility.

    Forrest on November 4th, 2007
  • 2

    Amen to this my friend. I’ve also experienced similar frustration with “working for the man” and feel that anyone with enough creativity, vision and drive should be doing their own thing. Otherwise you’re really just producing all your efforts for someone else’s product and ideas versus your own. Of course, the odds are stacked against most of us thanks to the government and bills, but I believe it really is possible with enough determination to work for yourself.

    The Monetizer on November 4th, 2007
  • 3

    My wife and I both quit our “day jobs” about 15 years ago now and have managed to eeeeak out a living with various self employed efforts.

    It has, so far, paid almost nothing, but we have not stepped foot into an “office” to work in almost 15 years, we don’t set the alarm except for Sunday mornings, and we work almost all the time.

    Eventually we will find the niche market that is just right for us that might make us a little more money, but right now I wouldn’t trade the last “self employed” days for anything.

    I usually think that anyone CAN work for themselves doing various different things, but most people don’t want to give up their paycheck. 🙂

    Keep chugging away. Scott

    chipseo on November 5th, 2007
  • 4

    Life is tough. Maybe you should have gone part time. It really is more refreshing and less hazardous to your life!

    david on November 5th, 2007
  • 5

    I guess you are meant to quit your job then since you hate it so much. 17 years doing something you hate?! ugh

    WarriorBlog on November 15th, 2007
  • 6

    I haven’t hated it all 17 years. Just during the last 2 or 3 has it become such a grind.

    DayJobNuker on November 15th, 2007
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  • 9

    I have a part time “office” job, have a part time coaching business and spend the rest of my free time learning internet marketing and trading stock options. Hoping I can quit the first, and carry on with the latter three without losing much income.

    Suzanne of New Affiliate Discoveries on December 29th, 2007
  • 10

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    nimrodjo on January 8th, 2008
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    Chris Johnson on February 13th, 2008
  • 13

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    Cash Volume on June 11th, 2008
  • 14

    I would die if I need to sit in an office day by day for my entire life with the same people around. It’s good if you like all of the coworkers, but if you dislike even a single person in your working environment, your every working day’d become a torture… I prefer working by my own… And am lucky to have a job that provides me with different tasks so that I never get bored…

    Polina on July 25th, 2008
  • 15

    I started an at home business in 1992 and I am still going. I work very hard. There are certain advantages to working for a well-established company. The business development tasks are somebody elses, needless to say Health Benefits are quite expensive to buy on your own (if you can) and a reality in today’s world. However, I have enjoyed my business, met a lot of nice people and learned a lot of good things. If you would like to read my experience here is a link to my blog:

    Data Entry on August 14th, 2008
  • 16

    I feel your pain brother es[ecially the politically correct part. i was in the military for 20 years and made enough to retire but i decided to get a corporate job and then got used to the extra money. I too am on a three year plan that started in 2007 and will be moving to the Philippines in 2010. Mabuhay!

    Dan Mihaliak on August 14th, 2008
  • 17

    I’m right with you man.
    Pushed over the edge a few months ago.
    July 1,2009 is my drop dead date.
    BUT hopefully I’ll have a million in the bank by then.
    Good luck to you.

    Quit the Day Job on September 23rd, 2008
  • 18

    I am following a similar path but the difference is that I love my job. I just want to have some financial security just in case. Anyways, the only true way to earn passive income that is growing without you ever doing anything is to purchase dividend paying stocks..

    Dividend Growth Investor on October 20th, 2008
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    I have a few sites that would probably work mutually.
    thanks Joe

    home business idea on December 14th, 2008
  • 20

    I tried leaving a message for you under contact but it’s not taking the code. Please contact me if you are still accepting guest post

    AJ on April 28th, 2009
  • 21

    I am no longer accepting guest posts.

    DayJobNuker on April 28th, 2009