Originally posted by captaintyinknots
Simply not true. The majority of plumbers and electricians must go through trade school.
If you disagree, Id gladly challenge you to go out and apply to get that "on the job training" as a plumber. You will absolutely NOT get hired.
edit on 19-5-2012 by captaintyinknots because: (no reason given)
Granted for plumbers and electricians. I could see professional landscaping needing extra insurance. But not for just going to mow someone's lawn. If
so, then someone better tell that to all the people suggesting this particular job to kids to make some extra cash. It isn't a bad way to raise some
extra cash when needed, or start savings for another career/business.
I believe it was you who asked earlier why get an education to change a job when you already had an education in another feild? If my dad took that
stance, he would have lost the house. I remember eating peanut butter sandwiches, because there was nothing else to eat. There were no jobs for people
his age in the type of job he was in and pay salary he wanted.
My parents took a chance with no money and started a business with no knowledge of how to run one except basic math. They knew a minimum wage job
would not pay the bills. I don't know if he was on unemployment or not. When they started their store front at first was the yard with items in the
house. Called a yard sale. They grew from there to flea markets, to antique shows, to having a storefront. Economy crashed, they changed with the
times and started to sell on e-bay, and upgraded to Ruby Lane after they learned the basics of selling online.
They created their own opportunity. I'm sure some people could start out mowing just lawns for their neighbors and eventually growing a landscaping
company. I seriously don't think insurance is a problem if you are just mowing lawns, or else someone better tell all the people who are suggesting
that job to teens as a way to make some extra cash.
It seems like what many forget is that for the average Joe business start out small. For those with families and a large number of children, the extra
money can come from the tax return. If you don't get a nice tax return with EIC, then you are doing better financially than we are with a family of
five. If you are doing worse, then how are you living without major assistance? Take odd jobs, and save the money up. Yes, it is hard, and you always
need the extra money for something. So what if are now trained for two careers. Take a job in the new career until the old one rebounds, and you can
find another job like you use to do.
It takes courage to take the first step. Fear is what stops people. Fear is what keeps people stuck for years in the same situation they are in. In
not taking that step, you could find yourself in a worse situation later on.
What if I fail? Give up? If my husband had that attitude, we would have lost all our money he invested in learning about his passion, real estate
investing. The past two years have been failures. This is his third year, and taking a different approach. He now has a house under contract with no
money down. He is close to having another house under contract. His mentor is helping him every step of the way. We are close to finally start seeing
our investment money returned to us with a profit.
Did we have the money to spend on the knowledge and later a mentor? No. It could have always been used for something else from getting caught up on
bills, replacing something, fixing the car, clothes, food, you name it. We also knew our current situation has gone on far too long. If we didn't do
something drastic, it would get worse. He loves real estate. Why investor instead of agent? Investors make more with less hassle if done right. Yes,
you can loose your shirt, but we already lost our (figuratively speaking) a long time ago.
Sometimes training for a new career even if for only a year or two isn't an option. I think it was assistant nurses that could train and get a
certificate in 6 months or a year. Then they could make enough money to become a registered nurse, and etc.
Sometimes it is turning your passion into profit, for others it is thinking outside the box, for others it is picking up books or learning knowledge
If the economy totally tanks, then thinking outside the box and doing what ever is necessary will even be more imperative. Sometimes I think the
economy is somehow in a shift, and if we don't shift with it we will get crushed. Jobs are not stable any longer, and big businesses are replacing
people with machines. How many cashiers did Giant Eagle replace with the self checkout? It is like people are so focused on jobs not realizing
everything is shifting. I see more and more people going into business for themselves, finding unique ways to make money online and off line, and the
shift seems to be gradually going away from jobs.
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