28 Feb 2011

Give us a break

3 Comments Get a job (Sweden), Move to Sweden

A couple of weeks ago we shared the good news that Simon finally got a job. One would think that everything would be a lot easier now and that we had no worries in the world but that’s not true. We’ve had endless discussion looking at our financial situation. Can we afford Simon taking the chance on this job given the inital investments needed to get started?

At first he was going to be offered salary+commission the first few months but then the company withdrew that offer and notified (in an email written in Swedish by the way) Simon on Friday that they are a bit concerned whether the language barrier will be a problem and they now only can offer him to work on full commission.

This means that he’ll be working with no salary until he makes sales. And even if he does make sales the first month or second month he’ll only get paid once the customer has paid (if I understood things correctly) which probably will mean around a months delay on money rolling into his account. Given that he needs a car and a laptop to be able to work and that he has his bills and mortgage repayments on his house in Australia to deal with each month there is a lot of money involved.

Just to get an idea of how many potential customers there are in this region we spent a couple of hours driving around various industrial areas around Jönköping both Saturday and Sunday trying to find out what kind of surveillance they use. I think the Securitas guy doing his round started to wonder why a purple Toyota was sneaking around suspiciously slow on every side street at 10 pm on a Saturday night. 😛

We’ve discussed what to do and played with different options in our minds. If we can sort out the car issue without having to buy a second car Simon can give the work a go and if he doesn’t make any sales within the first couple of months we just have to go with plan B. Whatever that is. Worst case scenario Simon has to move back to Australia which I definitely would hate. I don’t want to have a long distance relationship across the world again. When will it start to get easy? This not knowing what’s in store for us, constantly worrying about money is stressful, hard and I keep thinking that things might have been a lot easier if I just would have moved to Australia in the first place. But on the other hand I think it’s a very useful experience for us as well and I’m sure we’ll get a break eventually too. Just wouldn’t mind, if it came now.

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3 Responses to “Give us a break”

  1. Reply Marie says:

    Would Simon be working talking swedish? I think it sounds fishy that they changed their offer, almost as if they discriminate because he has a different mother tounge. On the other hand, a job is better than no job, so maybe this is the way to get into the market. The swedish jobmarket is VERY swedish in my opinion, my husband K had a hard time finding a job even though he knew swedish, had 10 years experience and an MBA. Thats why we moved to Alaska. I really hope Simon gets a good job and that you guys are able to make it together in Sweden! Good luck!

  2. Reply Anna - Swaussie says:

    @Marie:
    The idea is that he'll be working speaking English. We'll see how he goes. It does sound a bit fishy but we don't have many options so I'll think he'll give it a go. It is very Swedish in Sweden unfortunately, I never thought of it to be this bad before. It's far more easier for us Swedes to move to an English speaking country that's for sure.

    Thanks for the support! 🙂

  3. Reply Boel says:

    Usch vilket jobbigt beslut 🙁 Och sa surt att dem andrade sig!

    Jag hoppas att det ordnar sig. Om det gar bra for hononm forsta veckorna kanske han kan omforhandla med chefen.

    Lycka till Kram!

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