UPDATE Am I getting a bad deal...live in barn manager...
I am writing under an alter.
Anyways, the barn I am currently living at and managing is coming under new ownership well sorta thats a long story in itself. So, my deal with the old owner was I live for free in the apartment at the barn, board my horses for free, and do the barn in the afternoons on the weekdays and all day on the weekends. I got a day off usually everyother week but the weekdays were easy enough I did not insist apon one. I recieved no pay, but instead a place to live and a place for my horses to live. I had to pay cable bill, but internet was included with apartment. We had a morning guy on the weekdays.
Now, the new owners take over and I am working the barn 6 days, all day, a week with one day off a week. I have to pay for my horses to eat. They are now paying me, but I in return write them a check back for the same amount as rent for my apartment. They also cut off the phone line and internet, so I now have to pay for that which is $52.00/month for just dsl without a phone line plus I pay for my cable(dish) which I already did anyways. I guess I do not have to have those things but I live alone out in the country and would go crazy without them. I am getting no pay in return.
I really feel like I am getting screwed over. I know I had a great deal before, but now I feel used! They are paying me which I turn around and pay them the money for rent, but I am now going to have to pay taxes on the money plus I am paying to feed my horses and doing a lot more work.
I feel like this is unfair, but I wanted to know what other people thought. I think I should at least get a few hundred or just keep my horses for free like I used to. Its enough work that I could not be able to get another job as the horses are fed three times a day and there are turnout changes throughout the day. So, if my mom was not helping to support me then I would be starving.
Any thoughts on this? Am I getting used??
Doing the math removes the emotion?
Not sure I agreed with the previous posters, but then I did the math.
Round numbers, average
monthly board/horse at $250/month (pasture only where I am) x 2 horses is $500/month expenditure.
monthly rent for apartment at $500 brings your total expenditures (and what they should be getting from you) of about $1,000/month
You work an 8 hr day/6 days per week at 4 weeks/month = $1,500/month
Net: they should be paying you $500/month.
You are responsible for internet, phone, tv, cable, etc.
I would write the numbers down for them, present it as a business proposal and invite them to handle this as a business would. You pay your expenses. They pay you an income. Oh, AND they pay into your social security on a quarterly - just like I did for an independent contractor. Pull up a job description that outlines responsibilities and scope of the position, too.
The opportunity to develop a teaching program is great, but who is providing the horses AND what would their cut be of your charges?