This is going to be long winded, but I am having a hard time coming up with a plan of action for my scenario, so if you have $.02, spill it.
So here goes...
I work at the family business. A machine shop/injection molding plant. My father started the business 22 years ago. Most of the molding business has gone overseas these days and we have fallen upon some pretty tough times at the shop. We used to have 9 employees, now it's just my brother, my father, and myself.
This spring my brother and I started a computer consulting business on the side to maybe help out but it's hasn't been quite profitable enough to make a difference. I'm lucky if I see a paycheck every other week, my pay to date is LESS than half what it was at this time a year ago. My credit card debit is getting out of control just to buy food and gas.
I'm 22 years old, I have no college education. I was planning on going to school this fall but I could not with pay cuts. Now, I'm sure most of you are wondering why my dad hasn't pushed me out the door yet? Because I am busy as shit. I do EVERYTHING in the molding plant.
There is enough work to keep me busy 7 days a week. If I take a day off, orders will not go out on time. My dad and my brother are busy enough, they wouldn't be able to pick up the slack if I left. Yet the last paycheck I saw was 2 weeks ago, and that was the first in over a month.
The last few weeks I have started to get really pissed. I have another job that I have been living off, but needless to say, when you work 60+ hours a week to just barely make ends meet, you get a little cranky.
So I have two options, neither of which I like. I can:
1) Abandon my father and my brother to find a job that guarantees me a paycheck so I can save for school, for a future.
2) I can stick it out at the family business, stay loyal to my family, and probably never make anything of myself.
So what do I do? I can deny myself of my own potential to go down with the sinking ship, or I can jump off and leave my family to fend for themselves. I know I have a lot of thinking to do, and the people I have talked to about this tell me to just quit, but it's not that easy.
Thanks for your thoughts.