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Now I work for a nationwide direct lender because the heat is about to come down on mortgage brokers like you wouldnt believe.
I am interested in this comment. What do you mean by that? [and sorry for the thread hijack]
 

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I am interested in this comment. What do you mean by that? [and sorry for the thread hijack]
Probably because the mortgage brokers were the main sales people responsible for this whole foreclosure mess. . .

I mean perhaps the realtors were in on it too if they knew it was easy for everyone to get financing.

From what I understand it was these mortgage brokers who were allowing people who had no business doing so to sign the dotted line and get those "low easy payments" on the over priced house they couldn't afford in the first place.

A lot of the REO listings on the MLS right now require, if you're not a cash buyer, financing from direct lenders.

I'm interested in hearing more about this too.
 

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Wow. I've had a few.

Recreational staff (lifeguard/umpire) at a HUGE church camp for 2 summers where temps reach 115 in the summer, and there are no shorts allowed on the volleyball court. (But it was still fun!) But after 5 weeks each summer, I didn't feel bad telling the other staff that I'd missed yet another Bible study because I was spending a little time in The Word. (Little did they know that this was the nickname I'd given my bunk in the staff cabin!!!)

Floor sales in a clothing store where all the young girls were instructed to walk the floors helping the customers, while the old bitty just stood there "goal-tending" the register (in a primarily commissioned job).

So between these high-school gigs and my most recent life, there have been oodles of "OMG, I-can't-believe-I-went-to-college-for-this kind of roles", but in hindsight, I learned from them all.

Then, finally - I'm not even sure how to say this - but the worst job had to be cleaning the crotches of thrift store pants that we were selling on ebay. Armani and Zanella were always the worst. Where are these guys wearing these? and what are they doing? PLEASE don't answer that!!!! But trust me, this was the worst.

Everything I've ever done, in my vast experience of workaday world has taught and prepared me for where I am today. Even the crotch-rot cleaning taught me about myself that I am willing to do just about anything, no matter how disgusting, to contribute to my family's financial freedom.

In fact, I think I may start another thread some day about the serendipitous lessons I've learned from jobs along the way.

Whatever it takes, I'm there for my family and my future!!!! :icon_super:
 

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I am interested in this comment. What do you mean by that? [and sorry for the thread hijack]

Sorry for the Hijack as well

Well at least here in Florida (The last place I brokered loans instead of being an LO for a lender) there are already more disclosures for the broker than there is for a direct lender. Meaning, the bank does not have to disclose YSP on the HUD, but the broker does.

Thats just the tip of it though. There are politicians repeatedly trying to take yield spread premium compltely away from brokers.

MB's are not as organized as Realtors. We dont have NAR, we have the NAMB which does not have the same lobbying power. They managed to stop this crazy legislation once, so we can only hope that continues to be the case.

Of course, if the banks and the FED get behind it, you can consider it pushed through soon enough. It would be the easiest way to eliminate a ton of competition in conforming and FHA.

Bottom line, my future is with a direct lender either way. So thats where I will reside until my passive income greatly outweighs my lifestyle. Once I am there, I will only work on referrals and will no longer work leads.
 

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2 dish washing jobs , telemarketing, theater usher, family bought a restaurant after high school so worked there for 11 yrs but out of business due to the recession. Found a job as a jeweler. After selling everything I've never been happier, I think since I love the job I have compared to restaurant work and have been motivated mostly from this site to learn and start over with something new.
 

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heres mine, started out as 13 years old

Young helper at a local book store (about 2 years)
Worked in a grocery store (2 years)
worked in a grocery store of same chain but in my local city instead of the city where my school was. (1 year)
Post Danmark, delivering mail and packaged from eraly morning till midday (3 moths(quick money before moving to germany))
BMW Sales Channel Strategy (intern(Germany, Munich(1 year)))
BMW Financial Services (intern(New Zealand, Auckland(scheduled for 1 year))) and GOD I HATE IT i dosent challenge me at all miss the old position in germany
 

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Furniture assembly
Retail cashier
Telemarketing

And I'd argue all of the jobs I've held were shit, since I haven't really enjoyed any, and .. it just doesn't feel right.
 

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Inventory clerk,

Wooden reel assembler, demolisher

Swamper in a freight cross-dock facility

Residential mover

Window manufacturing job. The actual assembly of the window frames was actually fun at first, but got repetitive. I was transfered to sealing windows, which was unbearable, then to cutting window frames, which wasn't the worst job.

Loading and unloading tractor trailers for a major Canadian package delivery firm

Working in a fish plant: sorting fish guts, packaging fish into boxes, dumping fish into vats of cold water, stacking boxes.

The window manufacturing job was the best in terms of compensation. Medical Dental, $12.76/ hour, overtime plus $100 bonuses for working overtime.
 
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Working in a fish plant: sorting fish guts, packaging fish into boxes, dumping fish into vats of cold water, stacking boxes.

This must have been the worst one then?
 

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I used to pimp some ladies on the corner. just kidding.

I worked in a deli kitchen without air conditioner for a summer. Anyone here ever work in a deli kitchen before? with dishwashers running 10 hours a day? turkeys, corn beefs and chunks of cow at 500 degrees for 8 hours? The kitchen must've ran 140 degrees.... and I think I worked it for $6.50 an hour....

just to cool off, I would step outside even if it was 100 degrees I would get some relief.

also painted, installed kitchens, demo, handy work in my day. they all sucked but they were all learning experiences.
 

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Haven't had one in years (luckily), but they've included:
-shoe salesman
-dishwasher
-telemarketer
 

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haha, i love this thread. I've certainly had my share of shit jobs. But, you know, looking back on it they were a great learning tool. At the time, when you're doing them, you think they are shit and you can't wait to get something better. I speak from my own experience. My very first job was at an ice cream stand. The customers and managers were pains in the asses, but the chicks that I worked with were hot, so it had its pros. My friend and I were the only guys working there our first summer and we got to stare at tanned legs of hot girls in shorts the whole time. Not a bad way to make some money. I worked there for 6 years until I graduated from college. The ice cream stand was owned by the same people who owned a very locally famous hot dog stand. I would work there during the winter months. The people I worked with were from all walks of life. Most of them were scumbags. But you dealt with it and they were always good for a laugh. At the time, it wasn't great. I'd come home everyday smelling like hot dogs and my work clothes would be stained with grease. All this for $5/hour. However, looking back on it it was great experience because I learned how to deal with some of the worst people. I learned how to deal with pushy customers. There were a few occassions I almost got into fist fights....yeah, a fist fight because I was carding some punk who wanted to buy our shitty beer. Learning how to deal with all kinds of people is essential for the fast lane. You're gonna have customers who want everything done yesterday and who are unappreciative of your efforts. I'm glad I learned these skills at a young age because I feel it prepared me to deal with rejection and getting doors slammed in my face.

Anyone else have similar thoughts on this?
 

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Let me see....

I oversaw an e-retailer's website management and was ran the initial in house SEO campaign. I then got demoted from the SEO thing because we out sourced it, and then I managed the e commerce system integration from system to system while still in charge of managing the website with the IT guys.

I must be lucky compared to most of you... because that was my **** job and I quit. I felt like I've learned all that I can and there were no room for me to go up any higher.

Quitting gave me the courage to pursue and do what I felt I did the best, and its been a roller coaster ride ever since!
 

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I'm still getting my feet wet here, but this thread is easy one to join.

1) Taco Bell Cook - Lasted 3 days

2) Pizza Cook - Hungry Howies Pizza - 10 months

3) Dough Master - Pizza Hut 6 Months

4) Union Courtesy Clerk at grocery store (1.5 years included cleaning the meat room nightly 3pm-midnight shift)

5) Lube Tech - changed peoples oil - Actually drove a van that was older than me off the lift (lasted 3 days)

6) various Cubicle jobs (11 years) - this was by far the most evil and vile of jobs and continues to this day, while sorting fish guts, sweeping pizza store floors, cleaning toilets may on the surface seem worse than rotting away in a cubicle, its not.

A job sorting fish guts reminds you everyday that focus and determination are important, you can't settle or fish guts will always be your reality. A cubicle job on the other hand, incrementalizes you, its not that bad some days, others you might even like it. The people are somewhat friendly, you might even like some of them, you get a steady paycheck, enough to afford you a decent house/car but just enough to keep you suspended there addicted on that income unable to move for fear you lose everything or will be unable to make it on your own.

Any job, which separates you like cattle into "like skills" so you can't learn anything about how the business is really run, can not grow, heck can't even see daylight... is a shitty job.

Take a step outside... that's what I did this year and soon I'll be rid of the cubicle forever.
 

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1. Age 10 - Delivery boy for the Penny Pincher in Western Rural Colorado - $8 per week
2. Age 13 - Hair Sweeper at Great Clips
3. Age 16 - Burger King, Arby's
4. Age 17 - Cashier and Stock boy at Grocery Store
5. Age 18 - Overnight Janitorial Staff at Life Time Fitness/ Construction Worker
6. Age 19 - Waiter and JCPenney's Jewelry Sales Specialist
7. Age 19/20 - Dell Computer Sales Person / Knock off Sunglasses Sales person

Shit Jobs ended . . . . Dead end jobs began...

8. Age 20/21 - CLEC Telecom Customer implementation Manager - laid off due to acquisition
9. Age 21 - IT Recruiter - laid off due to economy
10. Age 22 - APAC "Rest of the world" Supply Chain Analyst at 3M - contract position. Contract completed.

11. Age 23 - Legal Assistant at a Bankruptcy Law Firm - current.

6 more classes until graduation.. then I can focus on getting a "real" job right... yeah right is more like it.
 
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My first tax paying job> A&W working in the kitchen area
Loves Country store> graveyard shift cashier
Little Caesars Pizza> crew member
Food Outlet> stocker
Little Caesars Pizza> assistant manager/associate manager

current job>lazy bum
 

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heres mine, started out as 13 years old

Young helper at a local book store (about 2 years)
Worked in a grocery store (2 years)
worked in a grocery store of same chain but in my local city instead of the city where my school was. (1 year)
Post Danmark, delivering mail and packaged from eraly morning till midday (3 moths(quick money before moving to germany))
BMW Sales Channel Strategy (intern(Germany, Munich(1 year)))
BMW Financial Services (intern(New Zealand, Auckland(scheduled for 1 year))) and GOD I HATE IT i dosent challenge me at all miss the old position in germany

Nahhh you miss Munich!!!
I LOVE THAT CITY!!
 

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My first shit job was literally that. I was 14 and worked on a dairy farm throwing hay and.....shoveling shit.
Haha that made me laugh. Sorry :smx4:
 

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I've never had a shit job....or any job at all.

Unless housemaid to 8 cats counts lol... It gets quite crazy at times.
 

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Nice! What an awesome thread!

1) Grew up on a dairy farm. Talk about shit work...literally. I was shoveling shit, clearing fence posts (hard work but kinda fun since you get a huge scythe to use), milking, feeding and even driving a tractor by the time I was 12. Started working when I was about 8 years old. School, homework and baseball were about the only things that could get me out of work. Needless to say, I played a LOT of baseball, haha.

2) Taco Bell. All through high school. Farm work took a backseat to the now revised list of school, homework, baseball and Taco Bell.

3) Furniture delivery boy. Usually only 2 days a week. A second job I picked up in high school to supplement my Taco Bell job. Mainly so that I didn't have to do any farm work.

*First success ever...farm work down to one weekend day a week!! Second success...saved enough money to buy a car with all cash when I was 16.

4) Computer lab assistant in my university's library throughout the school year (all 4 years of college).

5) Library Grunt in the same library since I lived only 10 miles away during every summer and winter break while I was in college.

6) Pizza making expert...at a local pizza joint on campus. 4 years. On top of my library work, on top of playing college baseball...

That is about it. I had a job at a civil engineering firm in March of my senior year and moved to Nashville a week after I graduated to start. Didn't like where it was headed so I found another job as a marketing consultant and have been here ever since!

If I were out of a job tomorrow, I'd have another one in a heartbeat. It may be at another Taco Bell...but it would pay the bills until I found a better one in another heartbeat.
 
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After I lost my business I:

was hired at Quicken Loans which I quit after about 2 weeks because of the 12-14 hour days they wanted me to work

After that I cleaned carpet and upholstery for the same amount of money and fewer hours

After that I got a part time job working with special needs. The pay was awful but the job was rewarding.

I got promoted to an office / speaker job for Michigan's No Worker Left Behind program where I would speak to groups twice a day and answer questions, administer and check tests and qualify applicants. The pay still sucked and the contract expired with my company so I bailed.

After that I opened up an LLC and started doing commercial loans and mortgages for which the timing was way off and even though I was able to generate millions and millions in loan requests, I couldn't find lenders to lend in Michigan.

After that a friend of mine put me to work in his print finishing shop where I'd set up machines and run them or pass them on to the FNG (f*ckin new guy)

While working there my friend let me bring my laptop daily and I traded a stock account for a friend and some investors took notice. This job enabled me to save up two years of living expenses. (I started trading in '97)

I quit in I think June and have gone through some bumps but I believe I'm almost positioned now to make more money than I've ever made... Will know soon enough but I believe I'm on the right path.


Even though some of these jobs may not seem like shit jobs they all were because going from entrepreneur to employee is NOT an easy thing to do.
 

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Papa Johns - Made pizza and folded boxes. My first "on the books" job when I was 16
Boston Market - Carver and meat specialist (LOL)
Papa Johns - Delivery Driver
Day Labor - Everything from digging ditches to cleaning up construction sites
Seafood Shack - Grilled & fried food, cleaned the kitchen. Horrible job haha
 

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I'm at a dead end job now..i work at UPS part time...and with the way the economy is going i dont see me going anywhere soon which is pretty balls.
 

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1) Pizza delivery (Had to mop floors too)
2) Subway sandwich lunch driver (Lasted 3 weeks)
3) *Student* Painter (Lasted 6 weeks)
4) Charity organization can collector
5) Bus boy, Chinese restaurant (cockroaches in back!!!)
6) Wholesale flower deliverer
7) Plumbing day laborer
8) Stock boy, Sears Roebuck
9) Newspaper delivery at 3am in the morning
10) Hospital TV system auditor (lasted 2 days)


Not sure how you continued on, 1 crap job after another most people would have given up and just stayed content with their life. How did you stay positive considering how bad the circumstances were. I would like to hear your response on this? What made you think you would be wealthy someday, considering you had nothing to show for it.

This is the hardest part for everyone. To have a shitty life, low capital and believe we can just flip it around one day and go big considering people in better circumstances STILL don't get to the level we think we will get to. Did you purchase your premium domain and just think everyday you would do something with it or this was after?
 

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grocery store bagger
mowed lawns
cleaned offices
worked at the local gokart track as ticket taker
ups, unloading trucks
sold vinyl siding
sold meat
sold long distance service
tree service work
 

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I had several "shit" jobs over the years before I graduated college at 22 (I'm 28 now).

They include (in order):

Star Gazette "Paper boy"

-field hand at a Christmas Tree Farm (helped customers pick out, cut down, net and load the trees on their car). Fortunately the tips were good at this job.

-Chicken cook at the GREASIEST privately owned small-town fried chicken restaurant in the entire COUNTRY! "Golden Skillet". I would slave over the fryers trying not to get burned with these POS 1960's fryers they had, and would come home at the end of the night literally DRENCHED in greasy oil sweat (even my sneakers smelled like stale oil). To this day I still want to throw up when I think about working those fryers and having to mop those greasy tile floors at the end of the night.

-Laborer for a Roofing contractor - (Was paid to constantly watch the sky as shingles, nails and wood got flung off the roof, which I would then be responsible for lugging away. Got plenty of nails lodged in my foot, but fortunately gained alot of muscle that summer. I was also paid under the table so although it was back-breaking labor for a VERY cranky contractor, I was paid well for being a 16 year old kid.

-Kmart "Stock Boy". Funny thing is, I remember this job actually being described glamourously by the store manager that interviewed me. Man was I fed a load of a horse shiit. She told me, "Stock clerk is actually a great position because you get to work in every department and work with all of our managers, which helps with your job experience for when we're ready to promote you. Most of our top managers started as stock clerks, blah blah blah BS! What "being able to work in every department" ACTUALLY meant was that I was the stores BI#TCH for every department manager in the store (of which there was like 10 of them). Because I was not formally assigned to any one department, I would actually be fought over from the moment I punched in every night, as I was "extra" help for any department head who felt like he needed help that day. So whatever "job" for the shift that the regular department clerks didnt feel like doing, they just paged "Stock boy to drapery, stock boy to garden center, stock boy to softline stock room, etc. etc. etc. Spill in the bathroom? No problem, page Mike. Huge cart of returns? No problem, page Mike. 5-year old vomited in aisle 6? Nor problem, page Mike. I should ALSO mention that this job included the priveledge of emptying the ENTIRE parking lot of shopping carts every night (and being that it was a mall store, there were TWO parking lots, one on each side). That was always fun in 20 degree weather.

Paintball Field Referee - I cant really complain about anything about this job other than the pay, which was terrible. Was paid a flat $40 a day for a 7:30-6PM shift (and heres the best part), NOT IN CASH! That $40 was paid in store credit to the pro-shop or the field, which I immediatly would spend on more crap (equipment, paintballs, etc.) so that I could play and hit the fields on my day off once a month. I had a lot of fun with it though and made some great friends over the years that I still keep in touch with today. As a teenager, this was one of the "cooler" jobs I held.

Sears Stock Clerk - Started in the garden center, but worked my way up to department manager fairly quickly my sophmore year of college before I left to take my next job, which was...

Home Depot Front end Manager, responsible for the opening 5:30AM shift- You want to talk about cranky customers? EVERY contractor is cranky and pissed off at 5:30AM in the morning when they come in to pick up their sheet rock and lumber for the days job. And they ALL think you are there to do nothing but bow to them.


Fortunately, I worked that job at Home Depot right up until my graduation from college, where I was very lucky to get an entry level position as a Specialist with the Department of Defense. After 6 years of service (celebrated this summer), I am proud to say that I worked my way up fairly quickly and have greatly advanced in salary, and am now waiting on paperwork to be processed as Im being promoted to a warranted Officer (something Im VERY proud of, as I will be one of the youngest warranted Officers in the entire Command when it happens). Although its not fastlane (in ANY way), it is definitely one of the best "jobs" i could hold in the interim while I work some other fastlane plans on the side, as it provides me with almost a 6-figure salary, job security, great benefits, easy "bankers" hours and schedule, etc. So I dont mind my "job" nearly as much as most do while I get my ducks in the row to break free from this rat race. :) My only concern initially was that as many government workers do, I was afraid I would get "comfy" in my position and begin to value job security and a high steady salary more than my freedom. However, that has NOT happened, and even though I make alot more than I did when I started back in 2004, I am happy to say I still visualize my escape daily, and am working constantly to break free very soon.
 

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