At this point in the economic recovery, some may find themselves in the circumstance of searching for employment that they are unable to locate. After the great recession, especially those in a latter career stage, employment may be hard to come by. While a dearth of job opportunities is largely dependent upon where you live, the industry you’re in and your position on the career ladder; for many, the good jobs that were previously available are gone and they’re not coming back.
In those instances, the choice is to be creative and create your own opportunities. These few steps can help you identify your skills and interests and turn them into income-producing self-employment.
What would you do even if you didn’t get paid?
Most people are passionate about something, but don’t have the vision for making money from that thing. Whether it’s knitting, scrapbooking, making jewelry or fixing cars, there’s someone else who loves what you do. Teach about your passions, share with others via video, blog or pictures. The point is, you can monetize your passion. With a little help or training in business planning, you can replace your workaday income and love what you’re doing besides.
What have you always wanted to do, but couldn’t because you had to work?
Think about the things that you always wanted time to pursue, but couldn’t because you were at work. Well, while you’re job-hunting or working part-time, you could be taking this time to put toward your interests with a plan toward crossing the great divide from employment to self-employment. This may be the time that you can take the leap and start your own business enterprise. There are plenty of government and private agencies that exist to help entrepreneurs, even sole-preneurs get started in their own business.
What product or talent are people always telling you to sell?
If friends and family have been telling you for years that your salad dressing, cookies or clothing designs are good enough to sell, this may just be the chance you’ve been waiting for. Turn your talent into a new start. Maybe those who have been encouraging you for years are correct, you just have to take the first steps and try to sell something. The Internet makes entrepreneurship easier than ever. It is the great leveler of the playing field.
Times have changed and the changes that are taking place may be altering the employment landscape forever. Well-paying jobs that can support a family are fewer and harder to come by. Employers are asking workers to work harder, doing the work of two or three people and often paying less or only part-time. In response, a workforce in transition must take bold steps to find ways to put food on the table and make strides toward success in new and innovative ways.
This country has always rewarded boot-strapping and as a capitalist economic system, business ownership has always been part of our foundation. Find your place in the system. instead of bemoaning your inability to find work and make it work for you