|Is it worth it?
||[Aug. 17th, 2012|05:52 pm]
The Question Club
A situation close to me, not mine... someone keeps calling me for directions.|
A friend hired you to deliver cases of a product (wine in this case) on the weekends for awhile (possibly months). They had a surplus and did a Groupon and suddenly have too many orders to fill. You aren't being paid for drive time or paid per mile to offset wear and tear on your car, but you are being reimbursed for tolls (of which there are many) and gas. You are being paid $2.50 before taxes per case. You have to drive an hour away to refill your mid-sized car if you are delivering a lot of cases per day. You have a delivery radius encompassing two major metropolitan areas 70 miles apart and they expect you to make about 100 deliveries (averaging about 100 cases) over the weekend. You thought it sounded like a good deal, but then it turned out that they expected you to schedule your own deliveries and plan your own delivery route (you do not have any sort of GPS and know only some of the areas well; customers must also be present to sign)-- time and effort you're not being compensated for. They claim that they can't pay you any more because the discount has them practically giving it away. You're 5 hours into your first delivery route and pretty peeved that you've only delivered 5 cases. Would you stick with it and see if it gets easier or just go ahead and accept now that what they're expecting of you is ridiculous and tell them you're sorry, but no.
Do you think it's a bad idea ever to do business with friends because of crap like this?
If "it depends"--
You have a decent job but want to pick up more cash. Where you live, $40,000 is considered low-income. A four-bedroom house costs about $4-500,000 and a 2-bedroom apartment is about $1300/mo. Between your income and your SO's student loans, you subsist on about 2,500/mo. for two people, but have a lot of medical costs.
ETA Is this even legal? They're not being paid under the table. Does this fall under some kind of commission law?