We Are All Insecure Workers!
So, why be an employee?
What are the disadvantages of being an employee?
How secure is my job?
How often has a business owner heard this; “I could never do what you do. I need the security of a regular paycheck.”
Many people who started their own business, people who took the leap and left the perceived security of a corporate job, have lost track of the number of times they heard those words.
There is no doubt that owning and running your own business is hard work, many would say they never worked so hard in their previous careers.
They would also say that corporate employment was, by comparison, easy. However, having your own business is very fulfilling personally and the rewards can be plentiful and entirely within your own control and influence. Most would say they can’t imagine returning to the insecurity of a corporate role!
Yes, you read that right, the insecurity of a corporate role.
Why do they say that?
Well, because the regular paycheck that employees receive only gives the illusion of security. When you realise that many countries and many states in the USA operate an “at will” employment relationship, you will understand that this “security” is merely an illusion. The reality is, you could arrive at your workplace or office tomorrow and find yourself without a job for any reason; not a heinous mistake; not a poor performance review; simply because……………..
So, taking all that into account, how would you like to have your very own business as an online affiliate marketer at very little or even zero cost? Well you can and even if you are only vaguely interested, you should read the Powerful Affiliate pages “What is an Affiliate Marketing Business” and “Why Become an Affiliate Marketer” – these will help you decide if it’s for you, well worth reading now or after you finish here.
All Employees Are Insecure Workers
The reality is, all employees are insecure workers in the 21st Century workplace.
It’s reported that more than 40% of the workforce will become independent workers by 2020 and it’s apparent that legislation will need to move quickly in order to keep up.
In his book “The Alliance”, Reid Hoffman (Co-founder of LinkedIn), shares his vision for the future of work. He states that the days of the career for life are gone, instead it’s the concept of “tours of duty” where the nature of work is becoming more fluid and where individuals with specific skills are hired to complete a specific project.
Work Has Come a Full Circle
In many ways the term freelance workforce is old news. If you looked back say two-hundred years ago, before the industrial revolution that brought about the modern workplace, you would find a freelance economy where work was a 24×7 endeavour.
In fact, the very word “freelance” is from medieval times when knights, who had not pledged loyalty to one family, were available to fight, whether in tournaments or in battle, for those willing to pay for their service—the ultimate Free-Lancers.
Prior to the Industrial Revolution people worked for themselves or in small family groups, and usually out of their home or close neighbourhood. The proverbial butcher, baker and candlestick maker were the industries of their day. People’s relationship with work was flexible and part of their lifestyle.
The Industrial revolution brought about automation which centralised production, brought the individual workers out of their weaving lofts and into the factories, and brought the farm workers to the growing towns to seek a different type of employment – employment as hired hands working in the factories.
Now We’re all 21st Century Freelancers
Those times, during the industrial revolution, were not all idyllic and painless by any means. There were riots, there was resistance and there were even organised protests.
“Luddites” were bands of English workers who destroyed machinery, especially in cotton and woollen mills, which they believed was threatening their jobs in the period 1811–1816. These were real people, textile workers, who saw the newfangled factories and massive looms as a threat to their existence and their way of life.
The Luddite of today may not be smashing equipment with hammers or throwing clogs into the machinery, but their concerns are very real.
Warnings of driver-less cars, robot developments and advances in artificial intelligence, all combine to fuel a new fear – a fear of the unknown impact on how we interact as human beings.
The rapid acceleration of new technologies is having a direct effect on how and where work is done, and that effect will far surpass the impact of the Industrial Revolution.
We’re now in the midst of the digital revolution, one that requires not just hired hands, but the hired minds and hired hearts that fuel creativity and innovation.
So, What Are The Options?
Fiverr.com, Upwork.com and TaskRabbit.com are internet platforms that connect a global army of freelancers with opportunities that match their skills. Tapping into the flexible economy will allow companies to scale up and down rapidly in response to their market and project needs.
If we so wish, this flexible economy also allows each of us to earn some extra money with part time, in the moment work, that supplements our “normal income”.
Also, or alternatively, you can use your creative passions to start your own business – full time or part time, build your very own website and “open your doors” to the 3.5 billion active potential customers on the internet.
Likewise, this flexible economy can also be the launching point for many start-up service businesses, easing the transition for the founder from employee to business owner.
Make Sure You Pack Your Waterwings!
The 21st century workplace makes it much harder if you intend being a big fish in a small pond. No longer are individual employees competing in a local market for the next opportunity, instead they are all swimming in a Global Talent Pool.
When it comes to finding new sources of talent it seems that 21st Century companies are destined to play a never-ending game of global whack-a-mole. As fast as a new talent hot spot pops up, whether it’s a city or a country, other companies quickly follow—draining the pond and market of talent. Everyone then rushes off to anticipate and capture the next talent hot spot.
Transparency and opportunity on the Internet means we are now competing with an unseen colleague who may be thousands of miles and many time zones away.
When you’re sleeping, they’re working.
Work is no longer the mythical 9-5 office-bound activity.
In today’s world, work can happen anytime, anyplace and with anyone. The lines between work-time and personal-time are blurred. It’s no longer a question of work-life balance and trying to fit everything else around a standard workday. Instead, the evolving expectation is that work and life are a braided system – blended, overlapping, and seamless.
The future of work will centre on the fluid workforce, the gig economy and the freelancer.
As such we all need to embrace the insecure workplace and change our mindset from “I’m an employee” to “I’m a freelancer who is currently retained by this company.”
So, What About Your Situation?
Could you be a Freelancer?
Have You Got A Passion?
A hobby or interest that you are passionate about?
If the answer is yes, then I can tell you with certainty, that passion – no matter what it is – can be turned into an online business that generates an income.
So, now ask yourself, how secure is my job?
I can tell you, it is possible to move out of an “employee” situation or an “unemployment” situation into a “business of your own” situation.
That new business can be set up very easily, it can start with you working on it in your spare time and can then be gradually expanded to become a full time business.
Have a good look at the other pages and posts on this Powerful Affiliate website, start with “What is an Affiliate Marketing Business” and “Why Become an Affiliate Marketer” – as I said before, these will help you decide if it’s for you. Then move on to How To Start An Online Business That Makes Money where you will also find links to the current most popular articles.
So there you have it for now.
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