posted on May, 26 2010 @ 05:57 PM
The Job Market is tough, there is no doubt about that, and wages are distressingly low too.
However, what made America originally great was the entrepreneurial spirit. Chances are you have some kind of talent you can put to use and market it
yourself, or can make some kind of product for minimal investment and resell it for more than you invested in it.
I used to work in an industry that traditionally has a high rate of turnover amongst managers, as new general management or new ownership tends to
sweep out existing managers in favor of ones that they have worked with in the past.
The company could be doing well, and you could be highly productive, but that wouldn’t spare you from getting the axe if a new owner or general
manager had someone else they had worked with before they preferred to put in the position.
I finally got tired of that, and started marketing the same basic functions as I did as an employee as a stand alone business. It took a while to get
going, but that works very well for me. Usually on average of once or twice a year someone I know will ask me if I want a job at such and such place
of business they are working for, as an employee, and I just laugh, and say no thanks.
The only person who can fire me is me, and conversely the only person who is ever going to pay me what I am truly worth is me.
Market yourself as a private tutor, write term papers and sell them, write short stories and sell them, check with local small businesses if they have
correspondences or advertizing that could use grammatical revue or correction.
Think what else you might be able to do that would have an individual per instance value to someone. Think of a cheap product you might be able to
create, paintings, woodworking, candle making, pie baking etc., and get out there and market them and sell them.
Buying flowers wholesale cheap and then bundling them into arrangement requires little investment. Check with your township and get a vendors license,
and find a street corner and peddle them. Appeal to your students to make their parents become customers.
There are two time honored sayings you might want to keep in mind.
Those who can do, do those who can’t teach. Obviously being in the former category can be more beneficial than the latter. Figure out what you can
really do, and then do it well, and sell it well, which leads to the second time honored statement.
Your raise becomes effective when you do!