Submitted by James Folsom on Fri, 10/14/2011 - 06:23
So your white collar job has vanished. I can relate. You no longer have that nice pay check coming in every two weeks like you were used to. No more bonuses that gave you nice chunk of money all at once so you could take the family on a little vacation or had money for Christmas shopping. I know your pain.
No more company credit card to take your business contacts to lunch on? I know, that one hurts. And no more company vehicle either? Yeah, I miss that one. So here you are, well educated, experienced, well-trained in your field, but now your field is no more. So what can you do now?
Unlike in the past if you lost your job for whatever reason, there were plenty more where that came from. “I was looking for a job when I found this one” used to be a rather popular phrase. Those days are no more. This is especially true for a middle aged, highly educated, experienced, white collar man. The few jobs there are out there are too low paying and too unskilled for us. So what do people in that situation do? Well, you better learn to do something else.
There is only one thing to do when you can’t find a job. You have to create your own job. Here are some suggestions of things you can do.
- Handy man type jobs. If you can learn to do things that home owners can’t do around their houses, you can make a little money there. Houses need upkeep no matter what. Even if the occupants have little money, some things have to be fixed. Leaky roofs, busted windows, etc have to get repaired. There is always plenty of this type of work.
- Home improvement projects. Since the value of houses have plummeted, people are forced to keep their homes. Some will want to fix them up. If you can learn how to remodel kitchens by installing new cabinets and counter tops, or bathrooms by re-tiling, or install carpet, etc, you can make a living.
- Building web sites. All these new small businesses need to advertise. They will all need web sites. If you know your way around the computer and have an artistic eye, you can stay busy doing this.
- Sales. Even in a down economy, a good salesman can make a living. People will hire you if they don’t have to pay you unless you sell something. 100% commission jobs might be something you swore you would never do, but in this economy, you might need to reconsider.
- Landscaping. The plants keep growing whether the economy is good or bad. The grass will need mowing, the weeds pulled, etc.
- Pest control. Bugs live on even when the economy is terrible. Somebody needs to kill them.
- School Teacher. Remember that joke you used to tell? “Those who can’t do, teach.” Well, you can’t “do” if there is nowhere to “do” it. Children still need to be taught. So maybe becoming a school teacher is something you can do? Shrinking state budgets may leave a decrease in opportunities in traditional teaching roles, but what about a position as a tutor? You may not have many people who can affford this in the inner city, but the upscale suburbs may provide plenty of takers.
- Security. When the economy is bad, people get desperate. This will lead to more crime. More burglaries, car-jackings etc, means more need for able bodied and sharp people to guard valuables. This could be where you come in.
- Repossessions. People aren’t making their payments. They’ve lost their jobs. They have little or no income. Hard to make the car payments when that happens. Somebody needs to go get those cars. While we're at it, either working as a mover or starting a company as movers may be a smart move to make.
- Buy and sell things. If you had a bit of cash when you lost your job, and you still have some of it left, you can buy a lot of things cheap right now. People hard up for money are selling whatever they can. Houses are dirt cheap right now. If you can afford to sit on them, when the market rebounds, you can make a lot of money. You can also do the same with autos, jewelry, (especially gold) etc. You don’t have to sit on gold very long. The price seems to rise by the minute.
These are just a few suggestions of some things one can do who finds himself unemployed with nowhere to turn. Hope this is helpful. Me? I became a writer?