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To Be or Not to Be Employed

Don’t get me wrong. In my posts and my articles, I am indeed encouraging as many unemployed or underemployed people who find it possible to do so to start a small business. As their primary or supplemental income source. However, I am very aware that it is much more difficult to work for yourself than to be employed.

In fact, yesterday I published a guest article about some of the difficulties and unrealistic expectations that go along with starting and running your own business. Take a look at “Discover The Real Secret To Your Success,” by Jessica Swanson.

I also know that few people are truly well prepared for self-employment. And that most people would –by far — prefer to have a set schedule, place to work, rules and instructions for that work and regular income and fixed benefits. All provided by someone else. With the need only to show up and do the work.

It is my hope that all who want to simply be employed, be employed.

Nevertheless, over the last couple of decades there have actually been several downturns in the economy, during which times there have been layoffs and lost jobs that never returned, followed by a so-called “jobless recovery.” The latest recession has been the worst, especially considering the prior “jobless recoveries.” And just as in the past, many of the jobs that were lost during this latest recession are not coming back.

The economy is recovering. There will be new jobs. Unemployment statistics will improve. But there will still be many individuals who, without further training or shifting to new industries, will never be employed again. There will also be many individuals who, because of their ages, will never be employed again. This is nothing new. It is historical. It is cyclical. It will happen again.

What I keep saying is actually positive. It is good news: We have an abundance of know-how, sharing of that know-how through today’s enhanced communications (including the Internet, digitized books and digitized videos) other marvels of the Internet. If we can’t afford our own computers, most public libraries have them available for free. We can get retrained through those technologies for free. We can get training at our local community colleges very cheaply.

We can use that training and knowledge to score new jobs or create our own jobs. So, if you are having trouble getting a job or making enough money, starting your own business may be your best — or even only — option.

Even if you are not precisely “suited” for self-employment, sometimes the simple act of taking your life and your work into your own hands creates a small miracle. Often, with the support of family, friends and mentors, people who thought they “couldn’t” find out that they “can.”