I’ve spent quite a bit of time thinking about all of the problems that I see going on with friends and family over the past few days. Two of my family members have already lost their jobs and five more are talking about how long they have left in their present jobs. It really saddens me to think that some of these family members are going to really struggle over the coming months and maybe even years!
With the economy in such a state, everyone is worried about their security.
To be honest though, I personally don’t feel that they have ever had any real job security at all. After all, most of them work for someone else and don’t really have any security at all. They have no control over their lives as far as I am concerned and this is just set to get worse over the coming months.
Take my uncle, the first person to lose his job. He was sat with us all on Boxing day filing us in on all the details of how his business was struggling in the economic downturn. His boss was finding it hard going and now heads had to roll. Uncle John was the first to go, not because he was the last in, but because he had the biggest pay check!
Looking back, I think that Uncle John now realises that he NEVER had any real security there in the first place. His boss, let’s call him ‘Bill’ had been living a great life, he sat at his big chair in the big office and sent Uncle John and twelve other people out to do the hard work for him. Sure, he made all the decisions but it was the thirteen employees that did the hard work. They were out there following orders and making Bill lots of money.
Bill can …..
- Make bad decisions that ruin the company
- Can decide that he wants to retire and sell the company
- Decide that he no longer likes Uncle John and fire him
- Bring in cheaper labour and fire Uncle John
- Run out of money and not pay Uncle John
- Can increase working hours
- Can decrease working hours
- Might shout a lot and make unrealistic demands
- Generally holds your whole future in his hands
The list goes on and on and Uncle John has no power to stop anything that Bill does. If Bill does something wrong, Uncle John wont know about it until it’s too late. Uncle John now realises that he never had a life at all, he had no security and generally made someone else money whilst he traded his life for a small share in that money.
Having a job might be something that we are socially conditioned to do, but in all honesty, you are worth nothing to your employer, no matter how much you like to kid yourself that you are. Your whole life, as you know it, can be over with two words – “You’re fired!”
Going Against The Grain
On the other hand, when you are self employed, you can …..
- Work when you want to
- Get out what you put in
- Decide when you take your holidays or spend time with family
- Set your own earning potential
- Have a real life
This list will also go on and on and is something that you already know.
Now I’m not trying to encourage a mass walk out of your employment – that would just be crazy. What I am trying to encourage is opening your eyes up to the possibilities that the internet holds for you. Do you know that in all the economic struggle, internet sales are set to rise this year by 14%? I don’t think that people are NOT buying, I think that they are searching out better deals online where the overheads are lower and prices reflect that.
Don’t you want your piece of that pie? Or do you want to stay with your ‘security’?
Have a think about it ……
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