"To be or not to be, that is the question". The question being whether to return to a full-time job is the best decision for me. I love having the freelance freedom of scheduling my day as I choose, however the work is not as consistent as I need it to be. But I'm not alone, everybody is feeling some economic strain in this country.
So recently after tossing another resume into an online bottomless job pit, I said to myself "computers don't hire people, people hire people! So what are YOU going to do? Blog about it? [Laughing as I type] Get the lead out your ass and start networking! Referral is how it's done in Hollywood and all over the world in fact! Just remember quality is what you seek in business, not quantity."
And while seeking recently, I stumbled upon a web post from personal development guru, Steve Pavlina, called 10 Reason You Should Never Get A Job. It has given me great insight into the kind of work I'm really looking for. Just click the title to read his article in full. Below are a few points that hit home with me the most:
- Getting a job and trading your time for money may seem like a good idea. There’s only one problem with it. It’s stupid!...Because you only get paid when you’re working. ...Smart people build systems that generate income 24/7, especially passive income. This can include starting a business, building a web site, becoming an investor, or generating royalty income from creative work.
- Employee income is the most heavily taxed there is..The tax system is designed to disguise how much you’re really giving up because some of those taxes are paid by your employer, and some are deducted from your paycheck..You only get paid a fraction of the real value you generate.
- The idea that a job is the most secure way to generate income is just silly. Does putting yourself in a position where someone else can turn off all your income just by saying two words (”You’re fired”) sound like a safe and secure situation to you?
- When you want to increase your income, do you have to sit up and beg your master for more money? Does it feel good to be thrown some extra Scooby Snacks now and then? Or are you free to decide how much you get paid without needing anyone’s permission but your own?If you have a business and one customer says “no” to you, you simply say “next.”
- What’s the alternative to getting a job? The alternative is to remain happily jobless for life and to generate income through other means. Realize that you earn income by providing value — not time – so find a way to provide your best value to others, and charge a fair price for it.