Can’t Find a Job Make a Job...
“Struggling” is the name of the game many people today are playing. With jobs becoming scarce, small businesses closing, unemployment benefits running out, people are panicking and with good reason. People who never needed a second income are now finding themselves in a position to have to sell those things they have worked so hard for. I know many who have sold their homes, their cars, their boats, and even their clothing just to make sure the lights stay on. And it is sad. “The American Dream” in reverse.
But unfortunately for them they had no choice. And you wonder why people pick up cans in the streets?
People in depressed areas, or who are economically disadvantaged always managed to find a way to have a second income. This was not out of luxury but necessity. When jobs were plenty, those who needed a second income were able to get one. Granted illegal activities were an answer for some, but for most people, working second shift at one plant, and first at another was doable. But you would think in the year 2011, that a job would not be an issue. Jobs should not be in short supply. (And I am sure you know at least one person looking for employment.)
Even if you weren’t one of those who worked a second job for extra money, you might find yourself thinking a little more seriously these days on how are you going to do that now.
What I’ve discovered, most people who are unemployed are thinking critically on how to save what little they have and how to generate an income while waiting for a better or new job opportunity. But if you’re lucky enough, and also in a position to sustain yourself for a few months, then you might want to consider turning your hobby into cold hard cash.
Now many would think this is not a good time to go out on a limb and blow what little I have, but I ask you, if you don’t take a chance on you, why should someone else take a chance on you? I tend to look at things a little finite, but if things are critical, I think it is a lesson in futility and the universe is seeing what you’re made of.
Being an entrepreneur comes with a price. Many sacrifices, unseen profits and basically it is a gamble with your future. But it is all worth it, if you find your forte and then make money at it. You have to be active daily to grow your hobby into a business. But before you get started you need to know what will it take to pull it off and do your homework. But above all, it takes dedication, commitment and some money.
Many people manage to start their business simply because of an interest. Something peaks their curiosity, and the next thing you know, they have developed a business out of it. Well, anyone can turn his or her hobby into a business, but you have to do some careful development if want to seriously cash in. There is nothing that cannot be turned into a business. Check out the Internet and see what’s out there in your field of interest. If it keeps your concentration, then your chances of it being successful is better than none.
However, all new businesses all starts with a logo, business cards, a flyer or brochure, a few advertising tools, a website, a telephone number and most importantly, a viable product that people will support and buy. If it is junk, then keep it a hobby, but if it is great, and can be made it affordable and it doesn’t require a lot of time to produce, then you may have a winner on your hand.
This is how those who have a decent idea turned their business into multi million dollar companies, because they have learned to utilized basic tools like a website or just the internet in general.
There is so much available for individuals to turn any hobby into a business. If you make skate boards, then you need to find out who buys them? If you make crochet baby items, then find a local specialty shop that sells hand made goods or unique baby stuff. It takes a creative approach. You have to step outside the box. And if you have a service to offer, then that is even easier to get off the ground.
You just have let people know what you can do and how much it will cost. A business card and a flyer really work well. Just make sure everyone has your information. For example, a friend of mine is a bookkeeper. She worked for the local sheriff’s dept, and got laid off. I ran into her crying hysterically about her job situation.
I suggested to her to go get some business cards made, and hand them to everyone she knew and let them know about her bookkeeping services. All she needed was a few customers to keep her life going. She followed my advice and now has quite a few customers per month, making more money than she did at the sheriff’s office, and eventually was hired by a reputable company because someone saw her card.
If you want to sell something that is already made, then look for the best wholesale prices, and figure out what you’re going to do next with your items. My point is, no matter what is going on with the economy; you have to keep things moving. If the conventional way is no longer working, then find an unconventional way to make it work and give it your personal best. Don’t wait on a job make your job. Eating is a luxury you can’t afford to give up.