With any real end to the financial hardship the recent recession has brought nowhere in sight, many may be feeling the economic doom and gloom weighing heavy upon them. This can make it difficult to see any positive side to the effects of the Great Recession, but sometimes we must force ourselves to see through the fog of despair to the light of positivity that might lie just beyond its edge.
I’m not really one to talk, since I’m typically more of a “glass half empty” type of guy. Seeing the brighter side of things isn’t always easy for me. Like staring at one of those posters in the mall in which you must let your eyes adjust to see the true image, we must sometimes concentrate hard and focus our minds toward a different train of thought – almost a separate reality from the one in which we currently live. In this reality, we might find the ability to turn an event as terrible as the current recession into something positive such as the chance to pursue our entrepreneurial dreams.
Still not buying my alternate frame of mind, reality creation mumbo jumbo? That’s all right. If you’re a more ‘feet planted firmly upon the ground’ type person, then you might consider the following thoughts instead.
Utilize That Time on Your Hands
You might have found that with the recent recession, whether through a choice of your own or by way of outside influences, you’ve been left with a bit more time on your hands than normal. This might be due to a job loss, reduced hours at work, or the inability, for those of you fresh out of school, to find a job.
For others, it may be that you are still working the same amount of hours you’ve always been, but in your spare time, you’ve decided to look for a little something extra. This could be because you’re afraid of what the future might hold when it comes to employment, or you just want to hedge your bets and develop skills or work on money making projects as a sort of security blanket in the chance that something happens to your regular income.
Using your extra time to investigate and start building the knowledge needed for an entrepreneurial venture or two can be a great way, not to mention a productive way, to pursue your dreams.
Review Your Skills
The recession may have caused you to realize that having more than one skill set is pertinent to maintaining job, and maybe more importantly, maintaining income security. It might be time to start reviewing what skills you have that could earn you money, what skills you are interested in honing or improving, and what skills you might want to learn from scratch that could be useful in starting your own business or pursuing your dream job.
It may be that your job related skills could allow you to begin your entrepreneurial endeavors with very little extra training or development. Otherwise, it could be time to start researching or training upon the skills you think you’ll need for the type of work in which you are interested. This research could include speaking to people already in that particular field of work, reading online reviews and articles about that line of work, or actually taking part in activities needed for working in a certain trade or business such as online courses, certification, or coursework at a local college or university.
The Entrepreneurial Plunge
All the training in the world might not actually prepare you for what you will encounter once you take the entrepreneurial plunge. Sometimes you just have to get out there and do it. And what better excuse to take a chance than a recession in which regular paying jobs are scarce and unemployment is high?
With such a situation presenting itself, you could find yourself in a position to try your hand a something completely new. With the prevalence the internet now plays in so many entrepreneurial enterprises, this could be a chance with very limited risk involved. The internet might allow you to start a business with no, or at least limited overhead or startup costs involved. This means that you may be able to give your entrepreneurial dreams a stab, while still working, or at least looking for regular paying work if that is something you are still attempting to do.
A Security Blanket
While starting off, your dream work might not be making you the equivalent pay of full-time work; you could still be gaining valuable skills and creating a customer base that could serve you well in the future. Either as an extra or backup income, your entrepreneurial enterprise could serve as a valuable financial security blanket. Whether you have trouble finding a job, lose a current position, or another economic downturn hits, the experience and knowledge you build now could protect you from the most severe aspects of another recession.
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