Given the state of current affairs, you may be a bit skeptical to invest your money in a new business that may or may not succeed. Essentially, you are putting money that could be used towards your own improvements to help improve the business affairs of someone else. It can be intimidating if you don’t have a lot of money. However, the rewards could be great if the venture succeeds.
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After an individual invests money into a business, this goes towards various expenses in order to help it succeed. This could be anything from paper for invoices and receipts to hiring local graphic designers for logos and signs. Landlords, utility companies, office equipment stores and more will receive additional sales due to the fact that the new company needs specific supplies and equipment. As long as the new establishment can maintain itself, this income could become residual for other companies in the area that need the income.
There’s an interesting story that some companies in Japan have banishment rooms. According to Marginal Revolution:
“Basically, banishment rooms are departments where companies transfer surplus employees and give them menial or useless tasks or even nothing to do until they become depressed or disheartened enough to quit on their own, thus not getting full benefits, unlike if they were actually let go. Imagine having to stare at a TV monitor for 10 hours at a time each day, in order to look for “program footage irregularities.” Of course companies would not admit to doing this, and instead will make up generic (or even creative) titles and department names like “Business & Human Resource Development Center” or “career development team”
You’ll see this in American operations, too. Hoping to avoid paying out unemployment compensation, some organizations will try to demoralize and demean employees into quitting on their own.
What’s even more dismaying, employees will stick it out. Apparently, Japanese workers will remain in these banishment rooms. Only 10 percent will leave the company. The rest sit around and scrutinize television for 10 hours a day. A horrible waste of potential. Doubly dismaying: Most studies indicate that employees who are laid off or quit find better jobs: higher paying and more richly satisfying. They tend to perform well in these jobs, too.
So what gives? The Buddha might say it is nothing more than attachment. We are attached to our routines and our relationships. We derive too much of our self-esteem and self-worth from our job titles and the brand of the place where we work, too. I might add that there’s always the fear of the unknown. The saying that comes to mind: The devil that you know is better than the devil you may face in the future.
Somehow, workers become blinded by fear and are unable to see that with unemployment — or even new employment — that new positions bring not just uncertainty, but also opportunity.
What’s your opinion? Do you stay in a bad situation, or do you move on and try a new job? What’s your bottom line?
As you know, the world is changing quickly. And, one of the things that needs to change is the way we learn. Many people go to school and assume that traditional school is the only way to learn. I have written in the past about the shortcomings of a traditional education.
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Today’s post is about new and better ways to learn. I have been doing that programming stuff for a long time, and it is interesting to see how changes in technology make it easier to learn. eBooks and online videos are a great complement to the old printed book.
Unfortunately for the American people, the U.S. national debt is approaching $14 trillion, and growing at a record pace. In fact, this works out to about $45,000 per citizen. This is far greater than the average savings of each citizen!
Are we bankrupt yet?
After ignoring the problem for decades, the media has finally begun to publicize the problem. And, the congress is actually considering doing something about fixing it. People say that democracy moves slowly, but if they take action within the next two years that would be great.
With high-speed internet, Skype, and a global economy, the possibility is there. But, after nearly a few thousands dollars in tools, tapes, training, and a long list of fake jobs, she still works a 9 to 5.
Are there legitimate work-from-home jobs out there?
Actually, there are legitimate organizations that offer work-from-home opportunities. The trick is to screen the job announcements for real work-from-home jobs.
Here are a few ways you can tell if a work-from-home offer is legitimate:
Last night I was watching the news (a terrible habit I need to get rid of!) and there was another story about how bad the economy is and how hard it is to find a job. I always have the same reaction when people say they are looking for a job. It makes me wonder, “Who wants a job?”
Having a job for decades and retiring on a pension was a system that ended in the 1980’s. Since then, the economy has changed so rapidly that working in the same job for 20 years is nearly impossible. Besides that, the financial mismanagement of companies and the government has made pensions and social security unreliable.
The unemployment rate is considered a lagging indicator. In other words, once the economy revs up, it takes awhile for the unemployment rate to change.
Since the process of determining company employment levels, reviewing applications, interviewing, and hiring people can take weeks, if not months, the unemployment rate lags the rest of the economic indicators.
In our current economic climate, we’re seeing economic indicators that indicate a recovery is on the way. The market has adjusted. Earnings are improving. When this happened in other economic periods, the unemployment rate slowly dropped.