Aside: I think Florida is the scam artist capital of the world. I lived there for, what? 10 or 12 years. I've seen people fall for scams more times than I can count.
I don't want to sound like I'm harping on the religious aspect of it, but what better way to try to convince someone you're honest?
Some of the most vindictive, dishonest, stab you in the back people I have known have said there were religious.
Some of the most ethical people I've known has no discernible spiritual belief system at all.
I truly believe there is no correlation between the two.
Thank you for saying you value my opinion. That meant a lot to me.
My opinion is you should continue looking for work elsewhere.
I totally agree that Florida is the scam-capital of the US. (I'm too ignorant of other countries to make a judgment.)
I've lived in Florida for almost 40 years: I grew up here. Scams in urban areas are rather like cockroach infestations. Not as much in FL's rural areas, but still extant.
I was (pleasantly) surprised to find NO religious affiliations with this person when I Googled him.
If he was out to deceive folk, I think he'd press the "Youth Pastor" bit, but I wasn't able to find this on the 'net, nor did I detect even a hint of religiosity when I spoke with him in person.
Didn't we have a very enlightening discussion on A2K on Religion VS Morals, several years ago? At least I think we did.
Husband and I are both utter Atheists, yet we find ourselves more, oh, "morally correct" than most religious people.
Talks like these are what brings me back to A2K again and again.
Anyway, I sent him (biz owner) a brief email today, before having to work for the very last time (school-tutoring program ending).
I said I'd be interested IF he would pay me as a "regular employee" (W2 tax form, NOT a 1099) and limit my weekly hours to 25 or 30. If he can't live with this, well, he can go to hell in a handbasket, so to speak.
I also told him I'd email him by noon tomorrow, with more specifics. I'm thinking of asking for $10-$12/hour. This is low to you-all, probably, but not low for rural Florida or for work-at-home thingies in this area.
If he refuses, well, that's OK with me.
In short, all of you have convinced me to NOT go with a commission-only, self-employed position with this person.
I think people often ask for advice on A2K (or similar places), then refuse to follow that advice. I'd like everyone to know that I have heard their advice, understood it, and changed my strategy because of it.
If this fellow, micro-business owner that he is, cannot pay me an hourly wage as a regular employee, he will NOT be my employer.
Thank You, A2K! And all of the very-helpful individuals that make up our community.