As summer draws to a close, it’s almost impossible not to think about new beginnings. Just drive to your local mall and you can’t help but notice the “Back to School” signs. Even if it has been years since you bought a loose-leaf notebook and new sneakers for the first day of class, you can’t help catching that sense of anticipation that permeates Long Island this time of year.
Why not capitalize on that sense of anticipation by creating work for yourself that you can do from home? Whether you are looking for work, bored, or fed up with the economy, you can take one of your favorite skills and begin to use it go generate income.
Here are five good reasons why you should hire yourself NOW:
1. If not me, who? If not now, when? This phrase, attributed to Rabbi Hillel, is one of the most powerful jump-starters in history. Say it to yourself a few times and then add: “If it is to be, it is up to me.” Don’t you feel unstoppable?
2. If you won’t hire yourself, why should someone else? It may look funny to you at first, but think about it? If you don’t have confidence in your own knowledge, skills, and experience, why would anyone else? Make a list of your strengths and skills. Add to that list your accomplishments: coaching Little League, baking brownies for your kids’ school fundraiser, getting them to school on time, returning phone calls, paying your bills. What does each accomplishment say about your character? Are you responsible, dedicated, persistent, punctual, reliable, consistent? Would you hire someone who has these traits? Of course! Is it starting to make sense now…? Yes, you can hire yourself.
3. Become preactive, not reactive. Why wait for someone else to tell you that you are good enough to work? You can give yourself the same reassurance. In the international best-seller The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey states that being proactive is one of the most important habits you can have. Here’s one way to become proactive about yourself: Think of all the jobs you have held. What skills have you acquired at each job? Make a list of your skills. You can rate yourself as Excellent/Good/Fair/Poor. Include mechanical and computer skills, language skills, negotiation, conflict resolution, organizational, and interpersonal skills. Are you proficient in Excel or Power Point? Do you give “good phone?” You might be surprised to learn that you have a lot more skills than you thought. And these skills can be used to generate income!
4. Find a need and fill it. In Think and Grow Rich, a motivational classic published in the 1930s, Napoleon Hill identified this rule for generating income and building wealth. Look at your list of abilities and skills and ask yourself, “What type of business or person could use my help?” There are several ways to reach out to potential customers: person-to-person, online ads, sending emails to people you know, and working the phone. Remember: your strength is someone else’s weakness. Your knowledge can be a powerful asset that can help his or her business. Start putting the word out today. You have nothing to lose, right?
5. There’s no future in a W-2. The only thing for certain in today’s economy is uncertainty. The pace of change is happening so quickly that not even economists can predict what services and products will be hot three to five years from now. Take today’s unpredictability and use it as a springboard to new opportunities. Grow your confidence. Market your skills. And say goodbye to unemployment forever.