Oct 12, 2017
If They Are All In Somebody Else's Basket Then You
Best Beware! The reality of life these days is that
companies don't really give a damn about their employees. Not the
vast majority anyway. In fact, employees are seen as little more
than a necessary evil and as just a means to an end toward
reaching company objectives. When it comes right down to it you are
replaceable and expendable. When the day comes where the
company decides that you are no longer in its best interest you
will find yourself suddenly unemployed. That is what has already
happened to thousands upon thousands of people - and is going to
happen to a great many more regardless of whether they have any
idea it is coming or not. Others will lose their jobs not because
the company decided to cut them loose but rather because the
company itself will go under, fail and close its doors. Bye bye
employees! Think it can't happen to you too? Better think again.
That's what many of those who lost their jobs already thought too.
When you work for a company you are putting your eggs in a basket
that you do not own and can't control. There is a ton of risk with
doing that, especially if that is your only source of income.
Consider Starting A Side Business Now that you are
fully aware of this - just in case you weren't already - then why
not be proactive and do something now to protect yourself? Start
your own business and grow it slowly as you learn and develop your
knowledge and skills. Keep growing it at least to the point that it
can easily provide you with enough income on its own - after all
expenses - to comfortably live on and maintain your current
lifestyle. When you do that you take half of your eggs away from
your employer and put them in your own basket. One you control
instead of one controlled by anyone else. That alone will give you
more security, and a lot more peace of mind. Since you do not need
any of that income so long as you keep working the job and it keeps
being available for you to work - you can build a sizable emergency
reserve fund very quickly and very easily. After that you can
eliminate your debt if you choose to - and I highly suggest you do.
The less debt you have the less indentured you are, and the more
freedom and independence you have. The less you owe the more money
you have to continue doing things that constantly improve your
situation and your life more and more with each passing month. So
what kind of business could you start? Here are a few for you to
look into and consider. All of these are what I would call
microbusinesses and could be started for very little money, then
slowly grown over a period of time. Beyond that many of them have
opportunities to grow them into a substantial business if that is
your goal - or you can keep them as small as you like and just big
enough to meet your own requirements.
- Online Retail Business - Start selling
products on Amazon and using their Fulfillment By Amazon (FBA)
- Driver Recruiting Firm - Truck drivers are in
high demand and most trucking companies have numerous trucks empty
they are desperate to fill. That's where your services as an
independent driver recruiter come in.
- Become An Instructor - What skills and
specialized knowledge have you already accumulated? Chances are
that you have information, knowledge, skills, and experience that
students are ready willing and able to pay you to learn more about
what you know. Look at Udemy or one of the other numerous platforms
where you can become an instructor and start sharing what you
- Write A Book - The same things we just
mentioned above can be covered in a nonfiction book and or eBook
and you can publish your work directly through Amazon yourself.
Take a look at Createspace and Kindle for starters. Keep in mind
you will probably need to write a few books to begin to earn decent
recurring income from - but if you like to write and have something
to share this might be a great opportunity for you to look at
- Furniture Business - There are several ways
you can do this. One is to find old furniture people are willing to
sell cheap and in many cases will give it away just to get rid of
it. Take it and clean it up, repair and or repurpose it and then
sell it through Craigslist, yard sales etc. Another way is to get
some basic plans for farm tables, benches or Adirondack furniture
and make it yourself then sell it the same way.
- Soap Business - Make soap and sell it online
and at craft fares and whatever other ways works for you.
- Candles Business - Candle making is fun and
can be relaxing. Try it out as a hobby and if you like it then
start a candle making business.
- Freight Broker - Chances are you may have
never even heard of freight brokers or if you have you probably
don't have much of an idea what they really do or how they do it.
This is a multi-billion dollar industry and one you can enter with
little more than a computer, phone, good internet connection, some
software - a little specialized information and a few hundred
dollars in fees to uncle same and to a surety bond company. Then
learn and grow slowly until you become comfortable and then just
increase the number of loads you handle per day. As a freight
broker, you act as an intermediary between shippers and motor
carriers arranging transportation of loads all over the
- Custom Decorative Signs - With little more
than a few inexpensive woodworking tools, a good router, a few
board and some patience you can learn how to make and sell wooden
signs. Lots of people love these things for their homes, garages,
workshops and even for campers and boats.
- Trucking Business - OK... This one will be
better pursued on a full time basis instead of part time. But if
you really want to change your life completely and change it fast
then become a truck driver and then once you have a little time and
experience under your belt there are NUMEROUS part time business
opportunities for you while you are out there on the road.
All these things, of course, will require research and study on
your part if you want to pursue any of them. But anyone of them can
help you build a more secure and better life for yourself and your