So You Don't Want to Be Self-Employed, But You Don't Want to Settle for Just Any Job?

The Summer Haven Gazette is dedicated to the entrepreneurial spirit and helping you control more of your life while making the money you need.

But let's say you'd rather be employed by someone else, at least for right now. How do you land the job you want and not settle for whatever comes your way?

This story might have a clue.

Last year, a young man from England had no job at all. The out-of-the-box thinker spent his last few hundred on a billboard advertising his unemployment with a link to his website where employers could find a Curriculum Vitae and contact infromation. (Link: "Unemployed graduate who spent last £500 on billboard begging for a job spends first pay packet on another to say thank you.")

It worked. Within hours of the billboard going up, hundreds of job offers poured in. He had his pick of the litter and finally chose the offer which gave him the most creative freedom.

The point for us is that whether you decide to be self-employed, employed by someone else or some combination of the two, you can make yourself attractive to employers (or potential clients) simply by doing the things that few other people do.

A Court Reporter Loses Job for Writing "I Hate My Job" (Entrepreneurial Solution)

A court reporter was recently fired for writing "I Hate My Job" several times. Instead of documenting questions and answers during court trials, the worker resorted to describing his dislike for the job and typing "gibberish." Over thirty court cases must now be reconstructed due to this deliberate dereliction of duty. (Link: "Rogue Alcoholic Reporter Kept Writing 'I Hate My Job'")

This is an extreme example of job lethargy, but it's not uncommon. Truly, the only difference between this worker and thousands of others who dislike their jobs is others have kept up appearances longer. Sometimes to the grave.

The crisis in the U.S. of people feeling trapped in their job has reached a fever pitch. Perhaps even more so now that there are fewer jobs to be had. So what's the solution?

There is no one solution, but there is a way out (and you've heard it before): Create your own job.

Why? To tailor your occupation to your interests.
  • Start by asking yourself what you would like your life to look like. Write down the answer to that question.
  • Let your mind explore solutions that take you from where you are to where you'd like to be. Do not censor yourself. Within what you think are silly ideas is the key to your escape from a job you do not like.
  • Read, read, read voraciously. Explore different kinds of content. Inside what seems like the most unrelated information might be a piece of the puzzle for your career enthusiasm. The British educational program "Engineering Connections" showcases examples of how people take several unrelated concepts and meld them into new, brilliant possibilities for tangible objects. You can use the same way of thinking to make your ideal occupation.
  • Associate with like-minded individuals with big ideas. Join a forum or a group.
  • Get guidance from out-of-the-box, self-employment counselors like Valarie Young and Rhea Perry.
  • Whatever you do, do not stop pushing to see your goal realized. Revamp, if necessary, but keep going.
The story of the court reporter above is a cautionary tale, but life is not over for him either. He can begin again with the steps mentioned above. His story brings to mind the Hermann Hesse quote:

“Life passes like a flash of lightning, whose blaze barely lasts long enough to see. While the earth and the sky stand still forever, how swiftly changing time flies across man’s face. Oh you who sit over your full cup and do not drink…tell me for whom are you still waiting?”

How can you drink from the cup of opportunity today and start your journey to the job you love?

Ban Babies at High-End Restaurants? Entrepreneurial Solution Found

Earlier this year,  a couple, whose baby-sitter suddenly canceled, took their disruptive eight month old infant to a high-end restaurant. The chef publicly complained and sparked a debate about banning babies at restaurants. (Link:"Chef Grant Achatz starts Twitter Debate")

There are arguments that babies should be banned in exclusive restaurants which serve multiple-course meals at hundreds of dollars per course. There are those who call the baby ban "heartless." There are those who noted the cost was non-refundable, so the meal should not have gone to waste.

There is at least one solution that those with an entrepreneurial spirit can implement: Pair high-end restaurants with baby-sitting services.

One envisions an in-building nursery with top-of-their-field child care professionals. There would be an extra charge for this service (and a minimum age in the main dining area).  Parents drop off the child and pick up a noiseless beeper that alerts them when baby needs them.

For older children, there could be a separate room with supervised concurrent dining. The children would experience some of the same flavors that the parents are enjoying, but in a meal that doesn't last for hours. When their tiny stomachs are satisfied, they may go to the play area or reading nook.

More mature children and teens may dine with the adults. The restaurant may also cater to teens with a concurrent dining experience that suits this particular age range.

In offering child care options,
  1. The restaurant signals that it desires to maintain decorum while also addressing customer concerns.
  2. It creates loyalty in both the customers who want to take children out in public and those who would rather not be disturbed by children at dinner.
  3. The parents do not have to arrange for separate baby-sitting services. The restaurant becomes a one-stop shop for evenings out. Less stress for parents, more money for restaurants.
  4. The children do not miss out on the flavor experience, developing sophisticated palettes.
  5. The restaurant cultivates the next generation of diners whose earliest memories, for instance, might be of eating beef tartar at its establishment.
Ultimately, the restaurant does not wish to ban the baby, it wants to exclude disruption in the main dining area. More discussion should be about the latter.

What other entrepreneurial opportunities do you see in this story? Let us know in the comments below.

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