The benefits of losing a job can be difficult to envision, especially after losing a job that provided benefits. It’s even more difficult to envision a future full of possibilities, especially when the focus is solely on the bills to be paid and the mouths to feed.
While the benefits of losing a job may not be glaringly obvious at the time of loss, the event may not always be an unpleasant experience. For example, having to step away from a job you did not like for what ever reason, or a job that was stressful, can be in our absolute best interest.
In this post, I’ll address a few questions that might be on your mind, if you are facing a situation of losing a job or have lost a job and I’ll share with you some of the benefits of losing a job as well as some selected options you can utilize to get yourself back on that income earning track. Okay? Good.
Just so you know, you can always share your thoughts and experiences in the comment section of my site as I look forward to hearing from you.
I’d like to address a few things you might think about when faced with the circumstance of losing a job.
You Are Not Married to Your Job!
Contrary to popular opinion, you should not behave as if you are married to your job. I am not saying that you shouldn’t like or love your job. However, if you consider yourself married to a job, it can be difficult to part ways amicably, because you feel like you’ve sacrificed so much for it.
But unlike a marriage, that employee-boss relationship can be severed quite easily and without the hassles and hiccups, regarding who gets to keep what and paid how much.
Here’s the real truth about that situation. Regardless of whether you feel you put in all the time and effort into that job, no one is indispensable; we can all be replaced one way or the other.
Furthermore, with all the technological changes and advances, no job is guaranteed for life anymore. With the use of technology, companies are becoming more and more efficient and streamlining their systems for maximum output and profits. As a result, certain jobs are becoming redundant while others are in demand.
Unless your job falls into the category of the top 100 best jobs, then you might be safe and it might be easy for you to get another one at some point in time if you ever lost it. However, if it’s not in that top 100 list, how safe are you?
Why wait until you become a statistic? Start putting things in place that you can fall back on if it happens.
It is interesting to note that, we don’t often have the courage to give up a job we don’t like because of the financial security it might be providing. Not that I am advocating that you do, as you may have dire financial commitments.
But aren’t we limiting our potential by staying within our comfort zone and blindsiding our self from realizing our true potential? Something to think about, right?
Did You Waste Your Time on That Job You Just Lost?
I agree that losing a job can be tough for most people. At that point in time you’re confused, wondering why, what to do now, and most likely just seeing a dead end. It’s often an easier situation to deal with when we walk away as opposed to being asked to leave.
Losing a job can also feel as if the time invested in that job or career was a total waste, and that you have nothing to show for it, but that simply isn’t true, because along the way you’ve:
- Built a foundation
- Acquired new skills, even if they might not be obvious to you at that moment in time.
- Perhaps you may have established a network
Understandably, facing a loss of income and other benefits is not something that anyone would look forward to. Regardless of your lifestyle you may need more than what unemployment benefits might allow you, to cover your monthly expenses.
While some organizations may plan ahead and might be kind enough to allow you the time to mentally adjust to the loss of your job, some are not that kind, and this new situation has to be faced one way or another.
Could That Lost Job Be an Opportunity Gained?
When we are at our wits end and not sure what to do, sometimes that’s the best time for us, because we have to dig a bit to come up with new ideas concerning how to move forward.
In this respect, our creativity gets an opportunity to emerge. We remember all the things we wanted to do and somewhere in there lies an opportunity waiting to be maximized and bring you the benefits of a lifetime.
What are some options when losing that job is imminent?
- Part-time work to help make ends meet
- Going back to school
- Moving to where other possible jobs are
Depending on your situation all of the above options may not be possible right away. For example, going back to school would require an investment on your part, which you may not have catered for at the time. However, let’s just chat about option #4 for a few minutes.
One of the best ways to avoid unemployment or losing a job, is to work for yourself.
I know, capitalizing on that option requires an investment as well. But here is a question for you. “Have you ever considered the possibilities of an online business?”
I know you are probably thinking that people don’t really make money online, and it’s all a scam, but that is not true. People are making money online and there are legitimate online business opportunities you can tap into and make yourself an income, you just have to know how to find them.
Think about this for a moment. Do you shop online? Or perhaps you know people who shop online. Now more that ever, more and more people are shopping online because they have more confidence doing so.
So instead of spending that time surfing the internet for random things, why not invest that same time into an online business? Invest that time toward something that can bring in residual income for you in the long-run.
Let’s just address some of the concerns you may have about doing something like this.
#1. Sounds like a good idea but you’re not sure where to start.
One of the things you do not want to do is waste your hard earned money on an investment that promises the moon and the stars overnight. There is no such thing as getting rich quick online. What ever you do, you have to work at it. In this respect, you want to look for legitimate opportunities.
Simply click on the link to find out about the 7 factors you need to pay attention to when looking for a legitimate online business opportunity. One of the things you want to ensure is that the opportunity “fits” you. In other words, that there is “goodness of fit” between you and the opportunity. You can envision the possibilities.
#2. How do you find an idea that’s right for you and your new business.
That’s easy enough. Think about your hobbies, your interests, something that you think you’d like to do as a business. Whatever your passion, it can be easily converted into your online business.
I know that might sound impossible to you, but it’s the truth, which leads to the next important question you may have.
#3. How much would it cost to learn how to do this?
Well, there are quite a number of options and the prices vary. However, it’s important to consider the loss of the job and be cognizant that you may have to be on a budget for sometime. For example, you can sell items on Amazon.com but that would require an investment on your part, depending on what you wanted to sell.
You may also have to invest in training to do that the right way especially if it’s new to you.
Apart from selling stuff on Amazon.com, there are other avenues you can utilize to make money with Amazon. For example, affiliate marketing.
Okay so I’m interested, where can I get started at minimal to no cost?
That’s easy enough. Check out this getting started video and envision the potential.
Change Is The Only Constant
Let’s just do a quick review:
- No one is guaranteed a job for life
- Don’t wait until you become a statistic to start putting things in place
- A lost job can represent an opportunity of a lifetime if you deal with it the right way
- You can learn how to turn your passion into a thriving online business
- Be your own boss; no one can fire you then
In light of all these changes, I think it is so important to have the correct mindset as far as employment goes. We are not indispensable. Although some people might like to think that, the focus now is more on profit margins, so anyone can be a statistic as far as a job goes.
What is also important is having the right mindset to deal with a situation like this. Having the proper mindset will influence your interpretation of the situation as well as decrease your level of stress.
For example, if you see a potential job loss as a challenge, then you are likely to experience more positive emotions, as opposed to appraising the situation as harm/loss of threat.
Such negative appraisals would elicit negative emotions like anger, fear, fright, anxiety and even depression, just to name a few.
So I want to encourage you, if you have had to face a situation like losing a job or you know of someone who has, don’t look at it as the end of the world, but try to look past the event and see the myriad of possibilities.
I know that might be difficult to do but it’s not impossible. Sometimes it takes an unfortunate circumstance like losing a job for us to get out of our comfort zone and realize our potential.
At times we just need someone to remind us of our talents and abilities as well as point out the possibilities we can access, and I hope that this post has done absolutely that for you.
If you have any questions or concerns or need any other information, please do not hesitate to utilize the comment section on my website. Like I said before, I look forward to hearing from you.
To your future success and financial security