It seems that no matter where you turn, there are people out there telling you that there is something wrong with being an employee, either because you are never going to get rich in doing so or that it is a waste of your life and you should follow your passion.
I’ll admit that being an employee is not something that I grew up wanting to be. I always had dreams of one day having my own business, but I never really knew what that was.
Luckily the the world has changed and there is nothing stopping you from being both and employee and have a part-time business, so long as you are prepared to roll up your sleeves.
Where would we be without the employee?
Though the high street is nearly on its knees and more of us are moving to online shopping, we can’t forget that if it wasn’t for an employee the world would pretty much come to a stand still. There would no one delivering your supermarket shop, no doctors, bin collectors or serving you your fancy coffee, the list is endless.
Governments across the world are also always telling business that they should grow and make their mark in the big bad world, something maybe that career politicians can’t understand is that this can only be achieved by them being able to find the necessary qualified employees to fill their vacant positions.
What is wrong with being an employee?
Nothing! not everyone wants to work for themselves and that shouldn’t be frowned upon. I’ve heard people ask others what they do for a living and their instant reply is “Oh, I’m only a ……….” like there is some shame in what they do. I have to admit even to this day I will sometimes start with this reply if I’m ever asked the question.
Maybe this reply is the go to for someone that is isn’t happy with their lot in life or doesn’t want to be judged purely by what they do to earn a living.
Pros and Cons of being an employee
- certain guarantee of some money coming in at the end of the month
- employee benefits i.e. holiday pay, sick pay
- tax is sorted for you
- you are learning skills that might help you set up your own business one day
- someone else is getting rich from your hard work
- you might have to work for someone that you don’t particularly like
- it could take time to get that promotion, if at all
- threat of redundancy
The world she is a
changing, has changed
When I was growing up there were only two options as I saw it, either work for someone else and be a wage slave or work for myself and reap the rewards of my hard work.
This mindset probably came about from seeing my mum leaving the house early to make someone else rich and coming home late at night. Even to this day she will get up at silly o’clock to get to her job and leave late at night and for what? a small wage and an employer that might or might not appreciate the work that she does.
The internet has changed that, and starting a part time business now, so long as you have an idea, is somewhat easier and faster and things this could eventually lead to these part-time ventures seeing more people becoming self-employed if that is the route that they want to take.
I understand that not everyone is technically minded and there are other businesses that are outside of the walls of the internet, but it is the internet that allows others to spread the word.
Things that an employee can do part time to earn a little more money
If you can’t be bothered to read my post, The importance of multiple income streams, the list below might give you some ideas for a part time business. It is by no means exhaustive but they are certainly ideas that I have explored or would consider myself. For a more exhaustive list you can check out 30 business ideas you can start for peanuts.
- Start a blog
- write an e-book
- Dog walker/pet sitter
- Sell your skills
- Sell photography
- Virtual Assistant