When it’s time to pay the rent and the kids need new shoes, you just might run to Google to search out “how to get a job.”
It makes sense, doesn’t it?
You need money and income. A business, company or government agency can give you the money you need, in return for your time and effort on their behalf.
So, you sit at their desk, or drive their truck, or swing their ax, or run their machine.
You create something of value.
In return, you get a check at the end of the week.
You cash the check and the money becomes yours.
But notice this.
All the tools you used to create that money are “theirs.” The desk, truck, ax or machine belong to the business, company or government agency.
So, in order to keep drawing the income, getting the check at the end of the week… earning money… you need to keep your job.
Sounds fair, right?
“They” own the equipment, system, customers and clients. You just have to put in your “8 hours” of helping them out. They, in turn, reward you with a check for your services.
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But think about it for a moment.
You own the money you earn, but “the job” owns the means for earning it. So, without the job, you no longer have the ability to generate an income.
You must never stop working for the business, company or agency or else you won’t get that end-of-the-week check.
Without the job, you can’t pay the rent and the kids can’t get new shoes.
But what if YOU owned the desk, truck, ax or machine ?
Now, you’d have the ability to go out and get your own customers and clients. You’d have the ability to generate income without the middle-man that we call our “boss.”
You see, the only thing standing between you and the freedom to create the income you want, when you want, how you want and as much as you want… is the business, company or government agency.
In other words, the “boss” gets the bigger portion of the value you create when you serve him or her.
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In medieval feudal society, farmers called “serfs” worked the fields to harvest a healthy crop.
When the crop came in, though, it didn’t belong to the serf, it belonged to the king or the lord (the “land-lord”). The serf could keep just enough to keep from starving, but the “authorities” took the rest. They took the rest to better “the kingdom” of course, but the serf had no say in what that meant.
In modern society, the same relationship persists.
Workers and agents do the work that allows the “boss” to accumulate wealth. At the end of the day, the workers are left begging to gain higher compensation for their labor, or even just to keep their job at all.
But that all changes when you own the systems and equipment for generating your own income without the “middle man” that you call your employer.
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Now the problem with being your own boss, historically, is that systems, equipment and other means of producing income were far too costly for small groups of people.
It was certainly out of reach for ordinary individuals like you and me.
Workers, therefore, joined in groups to try to force changes that would benefit them, or even to take over the means of production altogether. Sometimes, governments would take over businesses and convert them into state operations rather than private ones.
The result for the individual worker, though, was the same. He/she was essentially losing one boss, but gaining another.
Instead of the private owner controlling the fortunes of the individual, the worker group or the state controlled it.
In modern society, though, you actually have the means and ability to be your own boss.
You can put systems and technologies to work to create your own business, your own method of production and income. These things are no longer for exclusive groups of wealthy land owners, workers groups or government agencies.
The best way to be your own boss in today’s economy, is to create your own online business.
This requires, too, that you take the responsibility of running it consistently and efficiently.
Instead of an employee or an employer, you can become what I’ve called a “webpreneur.”
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Now understand, the old economy is gone.
Your economic power as an individual is no longer derived from a business, company or government agency.
Your power no longer has anything to do with getting a job.
It’s all about creating your own job.
But even that is not entirely accurate.
Creating your own job implies setting up a business format, and then working it repeatedly… End of story.
But the economy has moved away from that static, business place, job focused model altogether.
Doing business online is not so much a job as it is a series of projects.
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If you open a shoe store and attract customers, they will keep shopping in your store on a regular basis. Your “job” will be to stock the store with shoes, do the accounting and all that.
But the world of the webpreneur is not that neat, and it’s not nearly as repetitive. That’s why I say it’s more like a series of projects than a job.
Running an online business means setting up systems, executing a plan and making it work. Inevitably though, that model will only last a short time.
That’s because the internet is always changing. Systems, strategies, information, the way we retrieve and utilize information… it all changes constantly.
So, for a webpreneur, you have to create a project that is profitable today, but expect to undertake an entirely new project for tomorrow. You have to keep reinventing your approach, your strategy and your business model to fit the ever changing online climate.
But rest assured, project based employment is the future of the world’s economy. You will either create your own projects to profit from, or forever beg others to be a part of theirs.
So, I must confess…
This article is not really about how to get a job at all. It’s about how to take actions that can leap-frog this “default mindset;” this short term, band aid solution to your financial security.
Does a job underlie your financial security?
Are you satisfied that it should?
Or, do you have a different model to follow?
I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.