A couple of miles south of White Lake, along highway 2 in North Dakota.....is Stanley. It's not much of a town....maybe 1,700 folks living there. Being around forty miles south of Canada...it's a place where you wouldn't really think much about business operations....salary.....or capitalism.
This past week....off the Carpe Diem site....someone put up an ad related to Jimmy's Pizza (local franchise). They needed a driver to deliver pizzas. Typically, you don't make much. But this is the era of oil rigs, fracking, and guys making $100,000 a year easily.
Jimmy's needs a delivery guy bad....noting they will pay $36,000 a year ($3k a month) on base salary. Jimmy's is willing to put up to $100 a month into a retirement account for you (matching of course). Jimmy's is offering one week of vacation for every six months of employment, along with $1,000 as part of the vacation deal.
The hinge to the deal? Well....there are several....positive and negative.
First, they want you to work six days a week....for roughly 49 hours. Most guys get negative about anything beyond forty hours. So this might be difficult to accept.
Second? There's tips, and Jimmy is hinting that you might be able to pull in $20,000 a year on delivering pizza. You sit there and kinda work on the math....figuring forty-nine hours a week, and probably 200 deliveries possible, with a tip of $3 per episode....equaling $600 a week....times fifty-two. In actuality.....you might be able to even take more than $30,000 if you figure the math right.
Third? Stanley is about far north as you can get and winter starts early around late September with a stiff breeze and cold temperatures. You might have to use snow-chains a couple of times during the winter, and your delivery vehicle might ought to be a four-wheel-drive jeep.
Fourth? The sun goes down early in this region during the winter months, and the sun stays up fairly long in the summer months.
The odds here is that they will find a person to quickly sign up.....then deep into December's brisk weather....find that this guy just doesn't have what it takes and is quickly leaving for some warmer region.
Delivering pizzas? For probably $3,000 a month (taxable) and another $2,000 a month (tips on the impossible to tax game)? A guy could live out of a RV trailer.....do this for fifteen years, and retire by age forty as a pizza guy. If only things were that simple.