Let’s start by addressing the most important concern head-on…
“I NEED MONEY! And I NEED IT NOW!”
How can you stop job hunting if you have bills to pay and people to feed & clothe?
If this is your situation then you should, by all means, continue your hunt. But in addition to your hunt, please consider the fact that the short-term benefits of landing a job will not help you sustain long term. (For reasons that will be explained throughout this article.)
We highly recommend, that once you’ve completed your hunt and stabilized your income situation, to utilize the information in this article and begin your journey of becoming less and less dependent on a single source of income.
If your situation isn’t as urgent as the one above, you’ll want to stop looking for a job immediately and consider the reasons below:
1) Jobs are a thing of the past-
Believe it or not, “Jobs” as they were known in the past, hardly exist any longer. 45+ years ago jobs were incredibly dependable and provided nearly all the basic necessities one needed to support their families.
One could be fairly confident and have “Peace of Mind” that as long as they delivered good work, their job was going to be there for as long as they needed it.
Today the market has become increasingly unstable with layoffs, downsizing, and firings. The days of 50 year job anniversaries are quickly dwindling.
However, there’s a reason for the volatile conditions of the job market and it has a lot to do with recent advancements in technology.
Companies both large and small are incorporating newly developed software, artificial intelligence and robotics to increase production and save on the costs of employment. Even fast-food restaurants like McDonald’s and Wendy’s are replacing workers with self-service kiosks.
There’s no foreseeable end to technology pushing human beings out of the job market. And this doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Actually, here’s a reason to be excited by it…
2) Technology produces BETTER ALTERNATIVES to jobs-
Once you realize that you don’t have to be a victim to technology, you’ll begin learning new ways to make it work for you.
Technology is a GREAT THING! Who says that large corporations are the only ones capable of using it to make more money? With the right knowledge, you can learn how to leverage technology to enable you to work fewer hours and make more money.
It will take you changing your perspective on “working for a living”, but the temporary unfamiliarity will be worth the long-term gains.
It’s really the “starting point” that is the most complicated. Most people find it hard to wrap their mind around the idea that they could actually use technology to do something they truly ENJOY doing. Yet this is THE MOST IMPORTANT point.
It’s so important because you’ll literally be starting your own business. And when starting a business, you’ll need to be doing something that you LOVE DOING, because there WILL BE rough times. If you can’t get through the rough times, your business will not succeed and you’ll make an undesired return to job hunting.
So what common technological alternatives are there to jobs? Well, you can…
Buy and sell stuff online
Develop online properties
Create digital products
Provide freelance services
Manage social media for clients
Sell photography or video services
Produce digital entertainment