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Advice needed. JOB Switch?

NakedZerglingNakedZergling A more apocalyptic post apocalypse Portland OregonRegistered User regular
Im 33 next month. Im married with a 3 year old boy. I work at a gym in management, and i hate it. My marriage is "eh", and we have a lot of financial issues.
I might have a job offer touring around the country (2 weeks+ a month) with the Rusty Wallace Race Experience. I would set up events at speedways around the country and run a crew of like 8-12 guys. I don't really know details beyond that. I just know it's a lot of travel, and i would coordinate the events.

My concerns.

-Travel. Not a huge concern for myself. I like to drive and like to travel. I do art, and have plenty of things to keep me busy in the "down time" that comes with traveling. But i would miss seeing my son every day. On the flip side i work 8am-5:30 each day, and really only see him 5:30pm-bed (8:30ish) and on weekends....when im not working my second job. This job would allow me to quit my second job.

-Health insurance. I don't know if they offer it. We could get on my wife's insurance through key bank though i believe.

-Travel mode. I don't know if they provide a company car, rental, or if they pay mileage on my car. I drive a car that has 170,000 miles on it, so that wouldn't really be an option. If the do provide a car, my wife could drive mine, and we could sell her's saving us a car payment. ($400/month)

-I don't know racing/nascar. Like AT ALL. im an art/video game/movie guy. I don't know the nascar scene one bit. Im sure i could learn, but im not "passionate" about it. Then again im not passionate about my current job. At all.

Benefits
More pay. I have the potential to make bonus at my current job, but this would be a set pay price, and end up being a pay bump.
I love to travel.
I get to quit my shit job/s.

I really dont doubt that i would be good at this job. I ran multiple of events for other jobs. Events that included multiple vendors, took in thousands of dollars, and had hundreds show up. I also DJ weddings, so i know about adjusting to things on the fly. and timelines, and pressure.

I wish i was changing jobs into some type of art field, but i feel like this would at least get me closer to the "entertainment" world, and could open more jobs than the office work i do a a gym.

Can you guys think of anything i should be asking? They said they will prob fly me from OR to RI for an interview next week. I know this is a smart crew. I invite your insights and comments.

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    EffefEffef Who said your opinion mattered, Jones? Registered User regular
    -I don't know racing/nascar. Like AT ALL.

    This is going to be really really obvious.

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    NakedZerglingNakedZergling A more apocalyptic post apocalypse Portland OregonRegistered User regular
    Ill be upfront and let them know.
    If it's more important to be a racing fan than being an event coordinator, then it might not be good. But if it's more important to have the event run smoothly, then i will be amazing at it.

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    NakedZerglingNakedZergling A more apocalyptic post apocalypse Portland OregonRegistered User regular
    Also...sprt of a big thing to leave out... The guy who would be hiring me is a former boss of mine. I was a gamecrazy store manager, and he was my district manager. I put on events that he saw first hand. I also am a graphic designer, so i can do posters, ads, shirts, etc...

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    JasconiusJasconius sword criminal mad onlineRegistered User regular
    These sort of "racing" experiences are extremely challenging business models

    they tend to be very expensive and cater to a very specific/small clientele

    find out how long this one has actually been in business before you make the leap

    you don't really need to know about racing because 80% of the activity going on at these places will be just fans driving a severely limited car around a safe track

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    NakedZerglingNakedZergling A more apocalyptic post apocalypse Portland OregonRegistered User regular
    These are full on cars.
    This is the company https://www.racewithrusty.com/

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    LankyseanLankysean Registered User regular
    I've done one of these style events before and from what I can gather from talking to the staff, they travel a LOT. The last crew I talked to in NJ were from all over the country and some as far away as Vegas. They seemed pretty run down and "tired of sleeping doubled up in hotels"... I don't know how well you can fair with being away from home for weeks at a time especially with that kid and all.

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    November FifthNovember Fifth Registered User regular
    Are you sure this ends up being more money?

    Seems like they would have some significant down time during the winter months.


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    Jam WarriorJam Warrior Registered User regular
    edited September 2013
    You need a full break down of what this is going to cost you. Far too many question marks at the moment.

    All travel and accommodation related costs and who pays.

    Are you paid per event or a salary? If per event is there any guarantee on the amount of events to be run or are you going to be let go/earning nothing in the off season?

    How full on is the travel? If you're home every weekend then are you happy seeing that much/little of your son? What if it were every other weekend? Every month?

    Get these tied down to specifics.

    If you are already describing your marriage as "eh" how is the increased time away from your wife going to affect things? How does she feel about you being away on the road for extended periods of time?

    And a slightly harsh sounding question but I feel I've got to ask it from the limited information given. Are you using this opportunity to run away from your home situation and what effect do you think that is going to have in the long run? I doubt it will help.

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    ThundyrkatzThundyrkatz Registered User regular
    I assume that you have discussed this with your wife, and she is on board with being solely responsible for the day to day care of your kid for those times you will be traveling?

    Also, you really need to sort out these unknowns like insurance, transportation et al before you jump.

    Lastly, assuming you get everything sorted out, you should definitely try to do what makes you happy. But what if it does not work, and you find yourself unemployed. Do you have a safety net in place to support your family while you try to pull it back together?

    Oh one more question to think about. Since you mentioned that your marriage is "eh". is part of the appeal for this that you will be able to escape from your current environment, life, and marriage for a couple weeks at a time? if the answer is yes, then that is likely to exasperate the "eh" more then help it.

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    noir_bloodnoir_blood Registered User regular
    My marriage is "eh"

    This seems like a really weird way to describe a relationship, especially a marriage. And maybe I'm reading too much into it, but it's kinda weird that considering the description you use, you don't seem to be thinking how it's going to affect your wife--your kid yeah, but not your wife.

    Again, sorry if I'm reading way to much into your post, but a travel schedule like the one you described is going to be tough on any relationship, make sure you guys know that going in.

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    JasconiusJasconius sword criminal mad onlineRegistered User regular
    These are full on cars.
    This is the company https://www.racewithrusty.com/

    full on cars don't mean nothing. Rusty has a billion leftover cars from minor league racing operations

    The question is whether or not they can get enough customers to keep them running

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    GaslightGaslight Registered User regular
    noir_blood wrote: »
    My marriage is "eh"

    This seems like a really weird way to describe a relationship, especially a marriage. And maybe I'm reading too much into it, but it's kinda weird that considering the description you use, you don't seem to be thinking how it's going to affect your wife--your kid yeah, but not your wife.

    Again, sorry if I'm reading way to much into your post, but a travel schedule like the one you described is going to be tough on any relationship, make sure you guys know that going in.

    I have to agree with this.

    The description of your marriage is odd. Odder still is that there is no reference in the rest of your post to how you think the prospective job will affect your marriage or your wife, apart from financial considerations, and that you say you'll miss seeing you son but say nothing about missing your wife.

    NakedZergling, to be quite frank the impression which comes across is that traveling a lot will make you happy in that it will allow you to get away from your "eh" marriage, or at the very least that getting away from your marriage and home life won't bother you in the slightest apart from potentially seeing your son less.

    The impact on the health of your marriage (whatever state it may be in now) is absolutely something you need to be taking into account when deciding whether to pursue this opportunity.

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