For those who may or may not have read any of my associated posts the basic outline of my situation is thus. 2 years ago I was fired "without reason" (that's what's on the paperwork but the truth is I was fired due to attendance issues after dealing with my boyfriend's very serious illness followed by my own bought of pneumonia two months later. Customer demanded my head, my employer gave it but since you can't fire someone for being sick---and I DID have doctor notes--they said it was for no reason.) Since then I've bounced between short-term gigs and contract work with the most recent being my current contract set to terminate 31DEC09. I have 9 more paid days of employment before I get to start filing for unemployment all over again. Options Option 1: The new company that won the contract will be 80% likely to hire me but possibly for a lower rate than I am making now. I can already not afford my bills, an even lower rate would bankrupt me. Option 2: Despite the tough economy I do have a potential job perspective working with the biggest A-hole I have ever met in my entire life. I worked with him before and could not stand the jerk. He's the only person in my entire life I've ever wished to be hit by a bus. He made my working environment a living hell last time I worked with him...but I'm nearly a shoe-in for the slot they have open. (The guy would be my co-worker not my boss, thankfully).... but I'm also nearly certain I would be miserable yet making the pay I was before I was fired. Plus the job is guarunteed for at least 3 years. Option 3: Try and rent my house and see if I can get a company to pay for relocation expenses to transfer out of my current area for one where the job market is better. It's a HUGE risk because I'd be giving up my home, my livelihood, my friends and everything on the "chance" I could get a decent job in a wage market I'm unfamiliar with. Option 4: Drop everything and become a freelancer full time taking up part-time work where I can. No job security but I'd be working for myself. No medical benefits, but I'd be working for myself. Option 5: Keep looking and pray something perfect comes along.