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Why you shouldn't get a job

Updated on April 5, 2012

A guide to start living on your own

When I worked retail for a couple months I learned a lot about the work world as well as myself. I'd be lying if I said it was a great experience. I mean sure I gained some friends and got along great with everyone (except the manager) but I didn't really feel in control of my life when I was there. It was like I was some pawn in some rich guys scheme to make money. Even though this probably wasn't the case it still felt that way to me. Another person was in control of what I do and how I acted. I can't tell you how many times I heard things like, "put a smile on", "be friendlier", "don't be yourself." Ok, the last one wasn't said exactly, but it sure was implied through everything else I was told by the boss. What was I going to do. I could stay there and let my life be ruled by someone other than myself, or I could quit and become my own man.

Now how could I become my own man all of the sudden with no college degree and no money. That's when I turned to babysitting. Babysitting gave me a chance to do things with a little more control and it was fun not having to wear a uniform and have someone watch over me all the time like Big Brother. I was definitely more happy than I was as a cashier at a retail store. However, after a few weeks at this job I started to feel more and more disconnected with it. I mean sure I was happier, but I didn't feel doing something I wasn't really passionate about for right dollars an hour wasn't a good fit for who I am. That's when I turned to the internet.

There is so much misinformation about the internet out in the real world. Everyone thinks everything is a scam and there is no way to make any money. I always knew that what those people were saying wasn't the truth. For example, when I started building a website about horror movies on highly regarded website back when I was in retail, my manager told me that all those things were scams. Huh? could it be that she was the one scamming me so I would go my whole life being a happy little slave, never questioning the widely accepted beliefs.

Even with all the limits people were trying to place on me I continued looking for a way to make money doing something I loved that allowed me to be my own person. I read about Google ad sense and saw that was a great way to start generating revenue. All I had to do was generate worthwhile content and get people to read it and I would do great. I knew I had to try for my peace of mind at least. That's when I came across Hub Pages and Webanswers. I saw that people were generating income from providing meaningful content to people through answering questions and posting informative articles.

How I know this is a great fit for myself? Because I love writing and I love expressing myself through writing. I want to reach as many people as I can and hopefully teach them as well a learn from them. I'm so glad I have found my calling. With what I know now, I can tell you that I will be working my heart out to provide as much content as I can. I'm still growing out of the idea of working for someone else and I know this is where I belong. I will continue writing no matter what. This can work for you to if you just follow your passion and do what you love. It's that easy. It's going to be awhile before I can actually generate enough money to quit my job as a babysitter, but as the days go by I'm finding more and more ways to become free and be happy doing what I love.


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      TimFellow 5 years ago from The Universe

      Oh ya!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 6 years ago from Western NC

      Welcome to HubPages! Keep on keepin' on! Great ideas and a fun hub. I think most of us on here have this dream to work at home and write full-time. It's really fun. It can get a little precarious at times, but all in all, I'll take the good with the bad because the good far outweighs any bad. :D

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      TENKAY 6 years ago from Philippines

      I am 55 and plan to retire at the age of 60. I was thinking of going into retail business for pet products. But I realized later that it is a type of endeavor that would need muscles and brains. The brains I have but the muscles won't be around that long. So here I am trying my hand on writing. I still have 5 years to go, so I hope by that time, I have learned and polished my skill in writing.

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      James Kenny 6 years ago from Birmingham, England

      Great hub, Tim, and welcome to hubpages. Your experience sounds very similar to mine. I was stuck in a dead end retail job. Now, at 26 I've rediscovered my passion for writing and telling stories. I love hubpages, because you can earn money from writing about anything you want. Plus, because you earn money from it, you can call yourself a professional writer, pretty cool huh? Great start, voted up and shared.

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      Christabel Evans 6 years ago from England, UK

      This is a great hub Tim. Hubpages is definitely a place to be. I earned my first $0.02 dollars the day after i registered and publish my first hub in hubpages. As at today, i know approximatley how much i can earn with how many hubs. It just requires you to do a bit of research, check out what other successful hubbers are doing that are working. All this will take a bit of your time, but be assured it is worth it. Voted up and awesome.

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      Anastasia Kingsley 6 years ago from Croatia, Europe

      Tim, you said a lot. I agree with you. The only problem may be health insurance. Like many others here, I prefer not to work for corporate America, and during the 1980s and 1990s many of my cohorts and I turned to temp work which was a good solution. You earn money but don't get to heavily involved in power trips. At any rate, stick around. Glad you found us. Voted Up and interesting.

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      Lisa Stover 6 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

      Welcome :)

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      anglnwu 6 years ago

      Welcome to Hubpages too. This is definitely the site where you're basically in control of how you want your article to turn out from assembling the capsules to the content. I don't have a job--writing is my job and I totally love it. It would be a while before the revenue rolls in but til, then you can always work two jobs. Good luck on following your heart.

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      Victoria Lynn 6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I'm in a place now that I can work on my writing, but it may be a while before i can make a living at it. What about paying a mortgage, health insurance...? I'm going to keep working on my writing a hard as I have been lately but am afraid I'll have to get a full-time job with benefits for at least a few more years until I pay my mortgage off. I'm 45, so there's still time to be self-employed. Great hub. I'll be curious to see how you do. :-)Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting...

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      Irob 6 years ago from St. Charles

      MY profile says it all - starting over

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      David Stillwell 6 years ago from Sacramento, California

      Welcome to hubpages! This is a great hub and I agree with much you have said here. It was not until I was 42 that I quit the corporate world and just worked for myself. I have never been happier in my life than I am now. Voted up and awesome. If you have questions about hubpages let me know....again Welcome!

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      LucidDreams 6 years ago from St Petersburg, Florida

      Hi Tim

      I really understand what you are saying. At 43 I just recently realized that I have spent the majority of my life working for myself. Even when I was in my mid twenties and held down a few different jobs, I was investing in real estate and made my own money.

      Now I have had a business for over 14 years and even though sometimes it can be tough, I would never do it another way. I enjoy challenges and the truth is, there are so many ways to make some cash, I just cant see getting a job!

      Go for your dreams and just be creative. I enjoyed this hub and will rate it up for pure truth!