Not many people become wealthy with a job...even a great job. In this article by Ron Taylor, you'll learn that in order to create wealth, you must look beyond your job and build multiple streams of income while working from home.
Your job is a necessary evil during the early stages of your wealth creation, but it should not represent a long-term plan. Not only do jobs restrict your income potential, they may also be hazardous to future income. Recent surveys and census data indicate approximately 30% of people will be forced to retire early due to circumstances beyond their control, including layoffs and illnesses. AXA Equitable and Nationwide Financial have an extensive database of figures related to forced layoffs and early retirements.
Jobs are created by entrepreneurs who understand that wealth is created by adding value to raw material or services, and selling finished products or services at a profit. Who adds the value to raw materials and services? You do. You are only valuable to an employer when you can effectively and efficiently add value to the organization’s product or service.
So, if you are interested in rising above a just over broke (J.O.B.) existence, you need to take Work sucks' advice and look for income opportunities outside employment.
There's no denying the fact that a job, with a steady income, is nice to have. It helps you pay the bills and keeps a roof over your family's head. Unfortunately, that's about all it does. What's in a job? Security? A pension? Some of us are dreaming of retirement, thinking we'll be happy living off half of what we can't afford to live on today.
A job was never meant to make people wealthy. In a free market environment we sell our labor to an employer for the highest pay possible, while your boss tries to pay you the lowest wage you will accept. Usually the boss wins, because he is in control of the purse strings. As long as you look to your job for wealth, you will be disappointed.
If you want to become wealthy, you must look beyond your job. You earn a living between 9 and 5, but you achieve wealth after 5 and on weekends.
Most Americans think a job is security, but they are wrong. As long as you depend upon somebody else for your livelihood, you are a slave to that person and/or organization. And like a slave, you can be dispensed with as soon as they deem your services uneconomical. It's a negative image, and I apologize for hitting you with it, but you can't sit back and relax in the pseudo security of a job or retirement plan and expect others to secure a financial future for you and your family. Dependence is not security; independence is security.
While dropping my son off at school recently, I noticed an elderly gentleman standing in front of the school with a sandwich sign draped around his neck. The man was protesting unfair hiring practices by the school in the form of age discrimination. We live in a society that rewards youth and beauty, while disregarding the value of experience and ability. This man was willing to stand before the community to protest this injustice. His dilemma is all too common today, where hard working people have entrusted employers to provide them lifetime employment. Unfortunately, this trust does not reflect reality.
Owning your own business is one vehicle you can use to take responsibility for your own financial future, without having to depend upon the vagaries of an unjust job market. The expression, "if you want to catch fish, you have to risk the bait," is so common it has become cliché. But how many of us actually incorporate that basic philosophy into our lives? Are you willing to risk the "security" of the traditional nine to five, Monday through Friday routine, to enjoy financial freedom? Vince Lombardi once stated "the will to excel, the will to win: these are the things that endure." A business built with your own hands, energy, and ingenuity can endure where a job cannot, but if you expect to become a successful entrepreneur, you will have to take risks.
Taking risks to create wealth does not mean senseless gambling of your savings in the stock or bond markets, or betting everything on a horse race. Taking a risk means putting your self-confidence and self-image on the line. It means taking the chance of being embarrassed in the marketplace. And, it can also mean going against popular opinion and peer pressure to follow a dream. As Teddy Roosevelt was fond of saying, "seek opportunity, not security."
Aside from the "job security" issues, your status as a wage or salary earner places you in the highest taxed form of income. Passive and portfolio income does not fall victim to Social Security taxes (so working from home is a real plus here), and expenses associated with operating your business come out of your gross receipts prior to taxes. The structure of business taxation can allow you to enjoy some of the finer things in life, such as dining out, vacations, and nice cars (provided they are legitimate business expenses), while the same pleasures in life for a wage earner must use after tax dollars to do so. Robert Kiyosaki talks about this concept in detail in his Rich Dad, Poor Dad series, which should be required reading for any wealth builder. You don't have to like him, agree with him, or buy real estate to get wealthy, but you should at least give him a try.
Not convinced? Take a look at some current statistics regarding employment.
It's been said that 80% of America is two missed paychecks away from financial disaster, and recent statistics indicate Americans spend 110% of their monthly income. Do you fit this mold? What would happen if you were laid off without pay tomorrow? Can Americans look forward to a secure retirement under Social Security or the company pension plan? If you choose to create multiple streams of income, working at home being one of them, you take more control of your future.
Current labor statistics do not paint a pretty picture, with quality jobs being outsourced overseas quicker than new jobs are being created. Sure, there are always low paying, low skill jobs available. But who can support a family on minimum wage?
Manufacturing jobs in particular have taken a beating in the marketplace during the past few decades, with some states, like Michigan, losing over 23,000 jobs in the course of a year. According to Labor Department figures, 26 states have seen manufacturing job losses in the past year.
In June 2006, 4.6% of the available workforce in America was unemployed for an average of 18.4 weeks. For workers over 45 years of age, this unemployment period jumped to 23.8 weeks. That is over 5 months. Compare this to the statistic in the Introduction of this report that reveals many Americans have less than 3 months worth of cash and assets available to sustain them without continuing income. Of course, there is unemployment insurance, but this may take weeks to kick in, is a degrading and frustrating process, and is certainly no route to achieving the standard of living your family deserves.
Most Americans think a job is security. They are wrong. As long as you depend upon somebody else for your livelihood, you are a slave to that person and/or organization. And like a slave, you can be dispensed with as soon as they deem your services uneconomical. I suggest it is time to change the way you do business and start working from home - for yourself.
Dependence is not security--independence is security. Don't sit back and relax in the pseudo security of a job or retirement plan. To achieve wealth you will need to learn how to accept and manage a certain amount of risk.
Success gurus like Anthony Robbins and Robert Kiyosaki teach that you have to get excited about wealth building to achieve success. What excites you about building personal wealth? How do you feel about poverty, or the lack of money? What motivates you to spend your free time reading books like this, studying interest rate tables, or analyzing stocks and real estate deals?
To achieve financial success you must get emotionally charged over something wealth represents. After all, it's probably not the money you are after. You are after the security and promise of a better life.
Use these emotional tags to drive you to work while others sleep. Use your anger over working for an unappreciative boss to push you to limit your spending on frivolous doodads. Use your desire to achieve a better quality of life for your family as an impetus to analyze more deals, take calculated risks, and strive for more sources of passive and portfolio income. In the end, use your determination to achieve the independence and security of sound financial management and personal wealth.
Ron Taylor mentors home business entreprenuers.
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