We are in the midst of a job revolution due to industry change and rapid evolution of technology. Exponential technologies like AI, robotics and automation are predicted to replace many jobs and new inventions will make old technology obsolete. The McKinsey Report states that 15-30% of jobs could be displaced by 2030.
However, it does not mean jobs will disappear entirely; they will be replaced by new jobs in new industries. In addition, the structure of “work” will change. In fact, it has already started. With “gig economy” jobs, like driving for Uber or delivering for InstaCart, traditional full-time employment is becoming less of the go-to standard, both for employers and employees.
What this means is that regardless of the industry in which you currently work, you would be wise to pay attention to changes in the marketplace and where your industry is going. Many people will need to re-tool their skills to pivot into new industries, as old ones fall away.
There is no need to panic though; we have been here before. And with each new wave of innovation, old technologies and industries have fallen away. But every single time industries have died, new ones have been born.
The electric refrigerator disrupted the ice industry. The gasoline automobile replaced the horse and buggy. In the same way, robotics are automating jobs once held by people, and smartphones have replaced the need for CDs, newspapers, books, magazines, cameras, calculators, GPS, and more.
Our grandparents’ generation tended to hold 1 job in their lifetime. Our parents likely changed jobs a handful of times. Today, holding a job longer than 10 years is uncommon. For our children, they are a lot more likely to hold multiple jobs or gigs at once than to have a full-time, long-term position.
So, what does this mean for you?
We believe it means that regardless of who you are, NOW is the best time to start learning how to play the game of entrepreneurship.
In fact, we believe that self-employment is the ultimate form of empowerment!
Even if you have no desire to be a full-fledged, self-employed business owner, starting a side hustle is the best way to capitalize on the opportunities of the growing gig economy and new trends in the marketplace while minimizing your risk of being in an industry that is disrupted.
TAKE YOUR FINANCIAL SECURITY INTO YOUR OWN HANDS: In an uncertain economy, the worst position to be in is depending on a paycheck from a company that could quickly become obsolete. Of course, you can adapt to a new industry or position, but an even better way to protect yourself is to find a way to make money on your own.
- No matter what happens in the broader economy, you have both a stream of income that you have control of.
- More importantly, you have the knowing within yourself that you are capable of creating an income yourself.
- LIVE LIFE ON YOUR TERMS: Even without the risk of rapid industry disruption, having a side hustle gives you more control over your time, your money and your quality of life.
- Being self-employed comes with it’s stresses and a lot of responsibility, but it also gives you back the power to determine your own schedule and how you spend your time.
- Creating your own stream of income means you are no longer limited to how much someone else feels your time is worth. The extra money can be used to enjoy life more or invest in your future.
- Even if your job is mundane and not fulfilling, a side hustle can help you make money doing what you love on the side.
There are so many reasons to develop a side hustle:
- Take back your power
- Increase your income
- Protect your future
- Get paid to do what you love
But there are also a lot of reasons people resist entrepreneurship. The internet is filled with business “gurus” and talk about business startups, raising capital, and ways to make money. Unfortunately, a lot of the tips are bogus or just not applicable. Plus, with so many options and so much pressure, it can feel complicated and overwhelming, not to mention expensive and time consuming!
The good news is that making money on your own terms does not have to be hard or overwhelming. In fact, there are literally hundreds of ways you could start making money TOMORROW in your spare time using easily accessible information and tools.
Technology: Technology has made it easy to plug into existing money-making gigs. Whether you want to create an online store or become a service provider for a gig employer, like Uber, all it takes is downloading an app or signing up for a website platform to get started.
Information: Google, YouTube and online courses make the tactical strategies and steps you need to know to get started easily accessible and either free or low-cost, so you do not have to figure it out for yourself. Learn from a mentor who has done what you want to do.
Freelancing: Regardless of your experience or skill (whether it’s designing, bookkeeping, writing, research, administrative support, or any form of expertise, there are websites like Upwork, Fiverr and many others where you can find opportunities to take on side projects or contract positions.
Local Gigs: You can serve your local community and make extra cash by offering services, such as tutoring, pet sitting, cleaning, yard car, or repairs.
Infopreneurship: If online businesses are more appealing to you, there are numerous ways to make money off information products. You can start a blog, become an affiliate, create online courses or write an ebook.
Monetize Your Stuff or Space: There are dozens of apps that allow you to rent or sell your stuff:
- Rent out a room in your house through AirBNB
- Rent your lawn equipment through MyEquipment4Rent or sports equipment through Sinlister
- Sell your designer clothes on ThredUp or Poshmark
- Deliver meals or people using your car through Uber or Instacart
There has never been a better time to become an entrepreneur, both because it provides security in a rapidly changing world and because the tools and resources are at your fingertips.
Whether you want to make an extra hundred bucks a month or plant the seeds of a business that can one day replace your job all together, know that your future is in your hands. You can do this!
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Are you completely new to networking?
Then this article is a great place to start. Networking isn’t hard on paper…you go along to online and in-person meetings, make new connections and build relationships, and those relationships lead to more work so you can grow your business! The challenge is that in reality, it isn’t quite so straightforward, as our emotions get involved and make things much tougher.
It’s incredibly common for nerves to creep in and to feel overwhelmed and apprehensive when it comes to networking – even when it isn’t new to you. But how can you become more successful at it, feel less self-conscious, and make networking work for you and your business?
Here’s a few tips to help you embrace every business networking opportunity you get, so you can grow your business and achieve your goals.
Rock up with confidence
If you want to keep those nerves at bay and ooze confidence at networking get-togethers, you’ll need to downplay it rather than seeing it as a big occasion. Try not to put pressure on yourself and see it as a casual meet-up with a bunch of people with similar goals to you. To help you relax in the run-up to the event, be sure to set achievable goals and expectations before you go.
Keep your chin up and your goals in mind – positivity is key. One easy goal for your first networking meeting is very simply to speak to one other person and see where the conversation goes. Introduce yourself and your business, but take the time to listen to their story, too. It’ll only take a few minutes and will be over before you know it, so it’s nothing to fear. You may even enjoy it and want to speak to a few more people, too!
Where to go networking
If you’ve never been networking before, it might not be very easy to find a group – but only because there’s so much choice and you don’t know where to start your search! Groups come in different sizes and styles, so it’s important to find one that suits you and your business. Informal, formal, big, small… the choice is yours.
For your first meeting, start small to ease yourself in – a big group could prove too daunting, and stop you from feeling comfortable enough to get involved. After all, you want to make a strong first impression!
If you’re wondering which group to opt for in the long-term, give a few a go! Get a feel for them, speak to as many people as you can, and see which one suits! You’ll know when a group feels right for you, and you can see where those all-important relationships are most likely to be built. If a group doesn’t feel like the right for you, give a different one a go.
Get more leads and referrals
This will happen for you, as long as you put the effort into building those relationships. If you take the time to get to know people, and then check in with them and support them, they’ll see you as a trustworthy and reliable contact who they can call on. And when they feel that way, those leads and referrals you’re looking for will come a-knocking.
Once you’ve made relationships with people who you trust, and they’ve had a positive experience working with you, you can even ask for referrals! But don’t rush this, as you don’t want to inadvertently push people away or try and force the relationship along too quickly.
When you do get an opportunity to work with someone you’ve met at a networking group, go above and beyond to offer more value than they’re expecting, as then, they’ll be much more likely recommend you and introduce you to more of their contacts!
Grow your business
By investing your time and effort in networking, you will gain more business through the relationships you make, and you will be able to grow your business.
We know that it’s not easy, going networking for the very first time. And that’s why we want to give you all the advice and tools that you need so you can walk in with confidence and make the most of the opportunity.
2023 is just around the corner, and you have the chance to make it the year you make networking work for your business. And the benefits could be incredibly amazing for your business, just like they have been for ours, and many business owners we have worked with over the years.
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