These cultural changes have brought about changes to job titles. A secretary who worked in an office as an executive assistant, today works from home as a virtual assistant. A graphic designer today is also a web designer and a sales executive a Freelance Consultant.
When I am working with clients, I often encourage them to think about their passions and personal interests and how they can build them into a high paying income for themselves.
When I have asked clients this question, “If you could do anything you love to do and earn an income doing it, what would it be?” Many have an immediate answer, but they just don't know how to put together a strategic plan and build it into a business.
The future promises further cultural change, with the strong possibility of more people consciously choosing to work from home and instead of working for just one company in an office, why not choose to work for multiple companies.
Just because a company may not be willing to pay you the salary you want, they may be willing to pay you more money for less hours under this type of arrangement and working for multiple companies can subsequently provide you with better quality of life and a higher income.
I believe, that as children, we are good at coming up with many ideas, but education often teaches us to conform and listen to authority, so we lose our creativity as adults, therefore, we lose the ability to think outside the box when it comes to being creative about employment.
To summarise, these are my lessons learned during the recession:
• Be more creative when it comes to employment and learn to think outside the box.
• Do not be frightened to incorporate technology into your business.
• Think about having multiple streams of income.
• Think about alternative methods of financing your business.
• Use the need to change as an opportunity to think about what you have a passion for and how you can build it into a high-paying income.
• Build a mentor group around you, so that you can bounce ideas off them when growing your business.
• Since so many people are solo-preneurs today, why not use each other as a resource to outsource your business needs so that you are not wearing all the hats at the same time?
To tie all of this together one needs to learn to become adapted to their environment because it is always changing, just like the workplace is constantly changing. Jobs that existed 10 years ago don't exist today, jobs that exist today didn't exist 10 years ago, and there will be jobs in the future that haven't been invented yet. I came across an article that talked about how the job market has changed and how many jobs have gone overseas and these jobs have been lost to America forever. Part of the reason is because the unions out price the job market, but it's also because third world countries are becoming more educated and technology savvy, so they are able to fill positions that home grown employees are unable to do.