If you’ve been brainwashed by society into thinking that a job is the most secure way in which you can generate income, you’re about to become enlightened. Not only is a job one of the worst ways to make income, but it is also quite risky. Many people compete for the same job. Nowadays, there is no such thing as job security as there had been in the past. With technology, people are learning more and more to seek out other sources of income (both passive and active). Here are ten reasons why getting a job is stupid.
1. Income for dummies
Unfortunately, the school system does not teach you how to make money. It teaches you how to settle for a mediocre job and to rely on an employer. There are few people who went to school and said that school prepared them to earn income. What we learn instead is how to depend on external sources (our boss or employer) for income.
Plus, the only time you make money is when you are working. If you don’t see the problem with that, it’s because you’ve been brainwashed to believe that a job is the only secure way to make income. You’ve been trained to trade hours for dollars. Did you know that there are many other ways to make income that do not involve trading time for money?
2. (Unpaid) Sick days
When you’re working a 9-5 job, you cannot afford to take a sick day. You are either limited to how many sick days you have, or you cannot make money when you take off. This is a struggle that many people face at work. Sometimes, they head to work not in their best state, only to prolong their sickness or damage their health. And it’s all because they are depending on you to make it to work that day. If you take too many sick days, they might consider hiring someone else for your same position. Or, you might get laid off.
3. Limited vacation time
You only get to take vacation on specific dates. You can’t take advantage of traveling deals. Or, maybe you end up getting so tired of work that you don’t even plan vacations. Either way, your leisure time is sure limited.
4. Working for less than your net worth
Some people manage millions of dollars in exchange for a two-figure hourly rate. Who decided how much you would be paid, and why is it so little? When you settle for a job, you limit your income. It is based on however little they can get away with for hiring you. Unfortunately, school didn’t prepare you for negotiating your income either now, did it?
5. Dress code
Are you required to wear a suit and tie to work (or a dress for ladies)? Nothing too sexy, or nothing too casual? Who made up these rules anyway? Well if you’re taking the job route, you have to give in to following the dress code.
Not only is this a tad bit confusing, but silly. You have to spend your paycheck making sure that you have enough professional outfits for work. What if your boss gets offended for you wearing the color orange? That’s just more money down the drain on top of the taxes that you pay. Speaking of which…
6. More taxes
Employees have to pay a large percentage of their income in taxes compared to others who learn how to generate passive income. That doesn’t sound fair, does it? But, it is the harsh reality of earning money through a job. And if you don’t fill out those 1040s, the IRS may come and seize your assets. Ha, what a lot of fun that is. You have to figure out how to fill out those papers, or hire someone else to do your taxes for you. Who invented such a complicated tax system? Too bad no one stood up for fixing it.
7. Job security is just an illusion
Oh you might be the most loyal employee out there ever, but if you ever fudge up and make mistakes, you might just lose your job. And trust me, no one who is living paycheck to paycheck likes the idea of losing their job. But, it is a cold harsh reality for some people. Job security depends on your interactions with the company and how well you’re doing. And unfortunately, if you do not make the cut, you might end up losing your job at some point.
8. Living paycheck to paycheck
When you have a job, you might accidentally cause yourself to live paycheck to paycheck. First, you start off with student loans. Then, you have to pay off your car loan (a necessity for commuting to that job of yours). And on top of that, you might have a mortgage. In addition to all of that, now you have to pay for food, electric bills, water bills, gas, doctor’s visits, clothes, and more.
Wait a second, how much money did you say you’re making again? Are you sure that income is sustainable, or are you just kidding yourself? Time to check your cash flow and see how much is going in and how much is going out. Keep grinding until you realize that you’re stuck in the rat race, going nowhere fast.
9. Limited experience and growth of skills
You typically have to spend your time on routine tasks when it comes to a job. As a result, you may not build up other valuable skills or talents. You might settle for only expressing a few of your skills for little pay.
On the other hand, entrepreneurs can build up their skills and talents in many ways. Freelancers get to do the same too, settling for taking jobs that inspire them rather than restrict them. Why haven’t you caught onto at least being a freelancer? Maybe it’s because the rest of disillusioned society still haven’t waken up to the digital age, where you have plenty of opportunity to make money outside of a job.
10. Loss of ambition or creativity
You lose your drive to pursue your hobbies and interests, possibly because you are too burnt out from work. By the time you head home, all you want to do is eat, watch Netflix, and maybe take a shower. And you forget that you have other hobbies or interests that you want to explore, probably because your work now takes a huge chunk of your time. Suddenly, your life becomes work-focused and can lead you to feeling stressed out, all because you’ve forgot how to enjoy your life.
If you are one of those people who decided to go the job route, it’s never too late to reclaim your time and to return to infinite possibilities of creating passive income. Believe it or not, there are ways to earn money through your own unique talents and skills. You could build an eCourse and earn passive income on a variety of topics. Or, you could invest some of that money you’ve earned into real estate. The sky’s the limit.
Unfortunately, they do not teach you how to make money in school. However, there are plenty of blog articles that teach you how to make income passively. You might want to explore this topic in more depth by doing your research. Hey, even if you’re still in high school, you can try making money by developing a smartphone app. Or, you can start your own website. Why not? You don’t have anything to lose anyway. Well, that is unless you feel motivated to quit your job. Did you wake up yet? (;