Now, I’m no expert on economic crisis nor am I a Realtor but when it comes to the current state of our economy, the job market, and the housing market it seems as though you don’t have to be one to write about it. On one hand you hear conservative, positive news, on the other hand, “we haven’t seen the worst of it yet”…I feel sorry for consumers, it’s so confusing and misleading. We are at the mercy of those writing the articles. Media, schmedia…for every problem, there is a solution. Sometimes you just have to get REALLY creative and sometimes you need to ask for help. Nothing wrong with that. It’s about self-fulfilling prophecies…if you think things are bad, they’re bad. If they aren’t, then they aren’t. Perception is reality, your economy, you job situation, and your housing market is no different. Of course, you have to remember there are things you can’t control but sitting back on you tush waiting for life to happen isn’t going to accomplish anything either.
Don’t get me wrong, I can only really speak for the area I live in. I truly believe some areas are affected more by this “downturn” than others, many people have moved to different states or have done whatever it takes just to support their families. What I’m talking about is when you look in the paper and there are hundreds of jobs posted yet there are those out there who won’t even apply because it’s not EXACTLY what they want or it’s “beneath” them because it only pays $X per hour when they used to make double. What happened to the old values of working hard, providing for your family, and playing hard too? Believe me, I can understand when unemployment pays more, I’m not gonna lie, I would do the same thing but that will run out if it hasn’t already. Isn’t it better to make $10/hour than nothing? Have only a small gap on your resume instead of a huge one? Show that HR person at the company you’re applying for that you will do whatever it takes? Among many, not all, there appears to be an attitude of entitlement and it isn’t an attractive trait on anyone.
As you can tell, I find this entitlement attitude very irritating. Here are my reasons why… I started my business in early 2009 when it felt like the bottom dropped out of the housing market. Many thought I was out of my mind for starting a new business. I was tired of working for someone else and not reaping the rewards of my labor. I work hard and I’m proud of it even though, at times, it can also be a downfall. Honestly, things moved at a snail’s pace but I continued to work hard and watched my business grow little by little. Sure, there were times when I had to work another job to pay the bills but I knew that if I kept working hard, eventually, I would be able to do what I loved. As of the end of 2011, my numbers were up 300% from 2010. I’m happy at the growth, it’s amazing and far exceeded any expectations. With that being said, I’m ready to grow…I NEED help. I really can’t do it all at this point. Here are my challenges and one of the biggest reasons for my frustration. Keep in mind, I’m still a small business so work is not always completely steady even though I have enough to make a fairly stable part-time position for someone. I’ve had several express interest in helping me grow. However, here is the kicker…they either want a ridiculous amount of money (about 3X what I make) and/or the type of help I need, they don’t want to do the work. On several occasions, I’ve asked some of these people to help me on jobs so I can give them a trial run. I’ve been stood up, yes, they didn’t even show up; I’ve had to babysit them, watch every move because I’ve caught them lounging around; and on a job that’s only a couple of hours, they want to take several breaks because they weren’t prepared to work or they have errands they need to do. I’m sorry to interrupt your day for 2 hours with pesky work that’s paying you more than double what you’d make at a retail chain, forgive me your majesty.
I will apologize right now for the rant but it really is so frustrating. This is merely my personal opinion and I do not expect others to share it. You are entitled (haha!) to your own opinion and I will respect you for it. As I said before, I believe there are solutions for every problem you just have to get creative. For now, until I find that magical “clone”, I will be hitting up the temporary staffing firm. No need to search and no obligation to keep the employee yet they want to work otherwise they wouldn’t be there. Suffering from growing pains is a GREAT problem to have right now, I’m happy to have them. Work smarter and not harder, good things will happen.
I know it will all work out for the best and BEST WISHES to you ALL in 2012!