The title of this post is so often repeated in the media — all the way from college students who have just graduated to middle managers who have lost their job to workers in the sunset of their career.

“I get up — I check out the job market — I send out a few resumes — and I never get a call back!” “What should I do?”

TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR LIFE.

It’s easier said than done. But the reality is, there are more workers than jobs out there right now. And the premium jobs (management) are disappearing at a rapid pace due to productivity gains, technology, and the current economy. Check out this article.

BUT WHAT CAN I DO?

One option is to start your own business. It’s never been easier in the history of people working. To start your own business, you need to clearly understand a number of areas:

  • Knowledge of the Marketplace – is this needed?, is there a market for this?, are people willing to pay you for it?
  • Drive & Hustle – a ‘get off your ass’ attitude to make it happen AND a drive to help you through the hard and complex times.
  • A Vision – what is the future of this business?, where is it going?, who is your competition?
  • A Mission – what are you going to do . . . exactly?
  • A Plan – what are the steps, the timing, the resources, – the who, what, where, when, why and how?

Now you might say — “Start a business? How will I make money?”
Let me give you an example:

There’s a small shop in Kentucky called Gil Hibben Knives. You might have heard about them. Gil makes knives. Really good knives.

In addition to manufacturing his own knives, he runs classes where he teaches people to make their own knives:

  • It’s only offered once a month.
  • The class runs for one week, each day from 9 AM to 5:30 PM.
  • He only allows four people in each class. (he can probably run the class by himself)
  • The classes are held at his shop in LaGrange, KY. (hotel, travel, food, etc. are your responsibility)
  • He charges $995 for each participant.

The classes are FULL for the rest of the year.

Let’s do a little broad math here: $1000 X 4 Students X 12 = $48,000/year.

And that’s only working one week per month! This model allows him to work on manufacturing and other projects the other three weeks of the month! And let’s be honest here — his site is pretty basic — it does the job, but anyone can do the same thing to market their services and wares. What I’m really saying is that it’s pretty easy — don’t let your mind develop obstacles.

And let me hazard a guess . . . he probably LOVES what he does.

So if the corporation work environment is slowly collapsing/changing — maybe you should strike out on your own and start that business?

It will be hard — it will tax you — but in the end, it will be well worth it.

P.S. I know there will be commenters who will say, “He’s a famous knifemaker!” or “He’s had his business for years!” or “Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah”. You may be right, but from my viewpoint, they’re just more obstacles you’re putting in your way — moving you from success to mediocrity and failure. Get out there and do something!