I was at friends house for dinner last week and I noticed that many of their guests were discussing self employment opportunities. Since I have been self employed for many years I’m always interested in offering self employment ideas and support and I was curious to find out what the buzz was all about.
Apparently since times are so tough, a lot of people are turning to self employment as a last resort. Millions of Americans have found themselves situations similar to the one that this readers “friend” happens to be in. The question to Steve Strauss in his column in USA Today was how to talk someone out of pursuing self employment.
Q: Hey Steve, I have a friend who has been unemployed for about two years. His unemployment insurance is about to run out and he has this kooky plan now to go the self-employment route. I have tried to explain to him that this is no time to start a business. He won’t listen to me. He likes your column – can you steer him on the right path. Thanks.
Steve’s answer is a bit of surprise to some because of the fact that it is so tough to start up a small business these days but with all the current self employment ideas and support out there, more and more people are happy to be earning again and loving the flexibility that self employment offers.
Self Employment Ideas and Support
I have a question for you: Let’s say that you have been out of work for almost 99 weeks and your unemployment benefits are about to expire and you have no real prospects of finding a job? What do you do? Or what if you are a single mom and need the flexibility of making your own hours but your boss doesn’t quite see things that way? Or what if you have had it working for someone else and what you really long for is to be your own boss? What do you do?
You join the ranks of the self-employed, that’s what….”It’s a revolution, a self-employment revolution.”
The article goes on to explain how many unemployed or under-employed are tired of being rejected or just not finding anything that can restore their previous levels of income. In other words they may be able to find a job but they can’t support their family on it.
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