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What It Means
It occurred to me while I was working on getting this page together that some people may not understand what I mean when I say, “Gig That”.
I have learned that people will pay other people to do just about anything. Really. And if you have a very special set of skills, -any skills, really- you can turn that into a job, i.e. a gig. Someone once said if you do what you love for a living, you will never work a day in your life.
Well, many -far too many- of us are not doing what we love. We are doing what we must, to survive. And a few have found a way to thrive. In today’s highly connected, deeply digital world, you actually have a choice.
When I started looking for work from home online, I got blank stares, eyebrows raised; it was unheard of. Unless you were in one of the few industries that could allow that kind of thing, like music or writing, travel, real estate, you know: high paying positions, if you were good enough at it.
Granted, I have been writing for years and I did eventually find a few internet-based spots to ply that trade, but they never paid as much as I needed to keep the family fed. We never got to Fat & Happy. We were just treading water, just staying Afloat.
Well, my legs are tired. I’m ready to be Fat & Happy.
The opportunities are out there. We just have to find them. It can be a quagmire, though. You have to weed out the ops from the MLMs from the funnels from the penny payers from the real jobs. Not saying all the foregoing are suspect, but they are more likely to disappoint or discourage than a wage-paying, branded company.
The downside of the branded company is the same as with any brick-&-mortar job: You trade your time for a set wage and you do what they tell you when they tell you, or else your income suffers.
I am not knocking the #WageLife. It pays the bills and feeds the family. And many of those jobs are satisfying and deeply fulfilling. Some start as jobs and become careers. Some are just stepping stones or fillers. Either way, your time and skills are owned and utilized by a distant entity that -usually- makes way more money than you and can replace you in a heartbeat.
That’s #WageLife. It’s not bad. It’s very good for a lot of people. However, in the last decade or so, it has become stifling and unbearable for me, and a lot of people like me.
On this page, I will be sharing different things I have done to escape from #WageLife. Some of them work very well, others not as well. Some I am still doing or just starting, and others I have never tried before. Or forgot I was considering trying. #MomLife does that to you.
#WageLife is a good life for a lot of people. Some of us, however, want a little more. Some of us want #WAHLife.
Dreaming of #WAHLife
I have had a long-time dream of opening a restaurant that caters to people with special dietary needs. My oldest son has been working at one of my favorite eateries for years and is entering into management. When I discussed this with him, he told me he would be there to help me run the place.
“But you love your job,” I reminded him.
“I do,” he agreed, “but if I’m working for you, for us, that’s an entirely different thing.”
And that’s a point to ponder.
People work hard when they work for other people. If you are working for yourself, you will work 10 times harder, because it is for you.
So, take a moment. If you could do something you love to do, and get paid to do it, would you?
If not, why not?
Let me know in comments, and we’ll talk about it.