In today’s world full of uncertainty and often misdirected, most people do not realize that, in truth, you are self-employed, even when it appears that you are working for someone else.
It does not matter what kind of work you do, what company you work for during the week, you are self-employed. The best workers in any field at any level either know this concept or sense it and act like it. Why? Because the person who must be satisfied with the quality of your work and output is you.
Besides, you are self-employed only because you are working or expressing to fulfill your spirit(god) implanted talents and need to be of service to the world. All work is a valuable service to others. That is what it is all about, whether you know it or not.
Furthermore, any job would not exist, and nobody would pay a cent for it if there were not a purpose or service to others. We need to view our work as our power, which is part of the foundation of a well-balanced life.
This concept can be perplexing in the beginning because we generally do not think that work or being creative in our work give us power. Perhaps that is why many people drag themselves from home to work and then back home exhausted instead of exhilarated and satisfied.
Another way of looking at this is that the pressure in our work is never the job, but it is always within the worker’s consciousness. The worker brings the stress, value, skills, all the negative baggage, or the excellence that he/she puts into it or comes out of it.
The funny thing is that if you ask most people the question of who they are, they will undoubtedly tell you what they do; for example, I’m a secretary, or an accountant or department manager. Somehow, we think that our work defines us, justifies us, gives meaning, or makes something out of us that is more than we are, but this is an incorrect view.
You are a creative being, and work is just a way to express yourself satisfyingly and productively. You are self-employed as you work in exchange for your time, skills, knowledge, and contributions you make to another person, which can be measured in many ways, not only with money.
Obviously, in the world we live in right now, it is all about money, you work for money, and that work can take in many forms, whether legal or illegal, according to laws within society.
You are self-employed, whether you are acting to generate one’s income directly from a customer or you decide to develop your revenue by pairing with a group or business that provides some leads or work that they operate. Either way, it is somehow disguised as a contractual – business relationship, or what others will call an employer-employee relationship.
To most people with the employee mentality, they bought into the idea that they can have someone else take care of the taxation process, FICA tax, and all the business laws and regulations.
They want to trade time for the money with no responsibilities, rather than be independent contractor once and for all and take care of the taxation and regulations.
In case you have not noticed, self-employment used to be in few private sectors, such as sales, insurance agents, but slowly and indeed, it has spread to manufacturing, banking, and many home-based businesses.
The shift is happening in consciousness, affecting how people view their careers and opportunities to fully express their talents in the workforce of culture and society. Current research has shown that self-employment levels are increasing worldwide, and it has a positive effect overall on the creations of meaningful work and sustain growth.
In the daily news, we read about the many layoff and restructuring in different industries that people are left without jobs. Your contract is up; the company you work for just found cheaper ways to replace you with foreign independent contractors.
Perfect example, this past week, CEO of Walmart Doug McMillon announced that 450 home office staff would lose their jobs. In a brief statement, McMillon said the job cuts would make Wal-Mart, a “more nimble organization that serves customers better.”
Furthermore, McMillon said: Our customers are changing, retail is changing, and we must change. We need to become a more agile company that can quickly adapt to shifting customer demand. After months of evaluation, we’ve concluded there is an opportunity to position our Home Office teams better to move with speed and purpose.
There you have it, it is all changing; for some people, the veil is lifted, and clarity emerges from within, suddenly reality is there for the viewing, and illusion is gone. You are self-employed, and it does not matter what path you take or category you may name it; it all comes back to the original point of view.
In the work we do, whether pay with money or volunteer to assist people, our part is to keep trying and do our best. It is to serve the living, achieving a better life, a happy experience for people all the time.
When we view our work in this matter, that work serves as a creating force and power for good, and it helps many prosper in all ways; remember, you are self-employed.
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Coach Lionel Sanabria