I've been working for the company of a very close friend of mine for the last two years. I really enjoy working for the company and I have a great working relationship with everyone there.
I've known the MD and her entire family for 20+ years and we have a great friendship, they helped me to get out of a dead end job and begin working towards something I loved, Web Development.
The problem is, I am underpaid by quite a large amount. I had no issue with this but after two years and really showing my worth I've seen little movement in this changing. I'm at a point in my life where I do need to start making more money.
Is there a way in which I can approach this without creating a rift between myself and the family? I've seen other family friends come and go through the business and it didn't end well, so much so that they don't even have a relationship as friends anymore.
I'm afraid that the same will happen to me... part of me feels that I owe a debt for them helping me, but at the same time I work very hard and really do earn what I'm paid.
I've been approached by a few companies who're offering a substantially higher salary. I really don't know what to do!
Do I approach this as any other job, attend interviews and eventually hand in my notice and move on. Or should I approach them and be honest, up-front and explain the situation?