You will never find a job. That is the honest truth. Jobs are not found, they are earned and created by job applicants. For those of you who have been scrolling through Craigslist and tailoring their LinkedIn accounts, you are wasting your time. If you just “need a job” that is fine, but when will you be back on the web looking for some other job? The best jobs with the longest payoff are not listed on the web. They come out of initiative, creativity, and perseverance.
Here is a snap shot of the big picture:
- The 3.7 million Americans have been out of work for over 27 weeks
- Young workers aged 20 to 24 years still have an unemployment rate of nearly 12%
- 50% of millenials are either unemployed or under-employed
- Half of all workers have saved less than $10,000 for retirement
- More than a third of American workers have saved less than $1,000 dollars
I have to laugh when people say this politician or this government created millions of jobs. I say, what about all those people that actually put their neck on the line to start a business and hire people with their income? Don’t you want to create a job that you can never be fired from? Don’t you want to reap the rewards of YOUR hard work? Then start a service business, and start it today.
I like service businesses because you can start them with virtually no money. In fact, I have never started one with more than 10k and many with less then 3k. This includes some that have made me millions. They can’t be outsourced or performed by computers in most cases. By the end of the century, Wired expects that 70 percent of today’s occupations will no longer be human driven. Believe it or not, even writing is becoming automated! With owning your own service businesses, you can rest easily knowing that you’ll never get laid off again.
Service businesses are also easy ones for students or recent college grads, among others, to start with no prior work history. It’s a scary time for the millennial generation, or 18-34 year olds, who often find themselves in the “I can’t get a job because I don’t have experience” cycle. Service businesses are the perfect way to break free from the cycle and carve your own path. You will create the experiences that will launch your true career, even if you never run a successful business. And if you do end up with a successful job, problem solved!
Service businesses are also perfect for veteran workers with plenty of experience in life and work. Americans who have a long career behind them are reluctant to retire for two reasons: lack of savings and fear of boredom. Nevin Adams, director at the Employee Benefit Research Institute, reports, “65 percent of workers plan to work to some degree after retirement. This is especially true with Baby Boomers who are looking to earn extra income and stay active after leaving their traditional careers. wanting money to buy extras, needing money to make ends meet, a decrease in the value of their savings or investments, or keeping health insurance or other benefits.” Does this sound like you? Retirement at 65 is not the American dream anymore. Either you can’t afford it or you don’t want to get stuck in the retirement rut. So take your experience and ideas and create a new future you can put a few hours a week into. If you are fortunate enough to have a 401k, talk to an accountant about how to leverage that into start-up funding for your new business.
Get out there and stop looking for a job. Create a job for yourself. Then create jobs for other people in your area. You will be filled with pride and confidence, which is what a good job can provide you.