Is there life after redundancy?
One of the many things we face in the current economic climate is the fear of redundancy, and this is made so much worse if you are slightly older, say beyond 50, and it can feel like your world is going to come crashing in.
Now for some, those words don’t hold the fear that they do for most of us if they have the big, fat payoff that can make life so much easier, but the vast majority of us just don’t get the life changing sums from our redundancy to feel like this, and this is where this site comes in.
You see, in November 2010, I heard the dreaded words “you are facing redundancy”, after the best part of 20 years working for a blue chip company and thinking I had a job for life (you can read more about my work life on the about me page).
Now, don’t get me wrong, I was 50 years old and had worked in the IT industry for a long time so I thought it would be pretty easy to get another job, but that all changes after 1 interview.
Part of my redundancy package was a retraining grant which allowed me to train in another discipline to further my career prospects, and the IT industry being what it is, I decided to stay within that but just go down a slightly different, less technical path, and when you consider that my job within the IT industry was data warehousing and trend analysis, which is incredibly hard core, this seemed a sensible thing to do.
I managed to book myself on this course for March 2011 and duly attended and passed the final exams and ended up being able to give myself a fancy title, but on that course I met 2 people who worked for a company that was in the process of changing its internal methods and they said I would be a perfect fit for their company so would I be interested in going for an interview.
How could I refuse, it looked as though all of my Xmas’s had come at once.
To cut a long story short, I turned up for the interview to be met by someone who was as old as my son and questioned for 90 minutes about how I would take the company forward if I had the opportunity, which sounds great in theory and the opportunity of a lifetime, but the reality is that I had gone in to be interviewed about a job that nobody could tell me the responsibilities or tasks that I would need to carry out, where I would actually be based or what the salary and package was.
All in all, I came out more confused after the interview than when I had gone in.
This scared me in the fact that not only are individuals feeling threatened, but businesses are feeling this way as well and the last thing I wanted was to start a new job as one thing, it changes and goes in a different direction after a while and then I find myself back in the same situation 6 months down the road when nobody still has a clue what is going on and me facing redundancy again, and this to me was like someone switching the light on, but this also brought another question to mind.
How to use redundancy to my advantage?
When you speak to anyone about what they really wanted from life and have you gone some way towards achieving this, most people will respond with “I wanted a nice house with no mortgage and the time to enjoy this”.
The key word in there is “time” and after redundancy, this is something you will find you have plenty of, but what do you do with it.
This is where it gets really interesting because you can either spiral down into a pit of despair and feel like the world is against you or you can do something about getting what you always wanted, and believe me, it is out there if you look for it hard enough and want it badly enough.
Let redundancy be my friend.
How many times have you been asked by your partner, when you were working, to go away for a few days or go somewhere nice for a week, you can afford it financially but the time is the issue, well now, the thing has turned full circle where time is not the issue but I am looking after the bit of payoff because I don’t know when my next pay will come in.
Wouldn’t it be nice to do something with all this time that you have on your hands that would make the response to the question from your partner be yes without worrying about time or money and your redundancy may give you that opportunity?
If you are reading this blog now, believe me, you almost have all of the tools that you need to make that a reality.
Now I will be upfront about this and say it will not be for everyone.
There are certain things that you have to get in place before we can go any further, but they are all about attitude and mindset, and you will need a small amount of money, but this won’t be a problem because we will have the correct attitude.
Lets look at some numbers before we go any further.
- Over 30% of the world population use the internet, that’s over 2 billion people and the number is growing every year.
- In America and some parts of Europe, that percentage is nearer to 80%
- Mobile internet usage on smartphones etc. is growing faster than the desktop and laptop usage ever did and giving people who never had access an entry point into the internet.
- Revenues on the internet are going through the roof with almost $100 billion spent on internet advertising in America alone.
As you can see from the eye watering numbers above, this is a serious business, and this leads me nicely to the first part of the mindset equation, your attitude and approach.
If you are serious about trying to make money online, and I used the word trying advisedly, you have to treat this as a full time business not a part time hobby.
Too many people fall into the trap of treating this as a hobby and if you ask some of the biggest marketers in the internet industry today what they wish they could have had at the start, one of the things they will always say is more time to devote to their internet business, but hey, we’re redundant so we have all the time in the world, but that doesn’t mean we want to spend it slaving over a keyboard, we want to enjoy some of it, and the more the better.
The second part of the mindset equation comes from being proud of what you are doing and telling people you are going to set yourself up as an internet marketer.
Your family will try to tell you that it is wrong and not the right type of business to get into at your age, in your position etc., but that is the beauty of the internet, you can be as anonymous as you like, nobody needs to know you are sixty or only sixteen unless you want them to know, but honesty is by far the best policy so don’t be too shy.
The third and most crucial part of the mindset equation is don’t be too proud to ask about how something is done or why something is done as the only stupid question is the unasked question, but be careful who you ask the question of.
There are thousands of internet marketing “gurus” out there who want you to join their mailing lists so you can join their courses or become part of their mentoring group.
That’s fine and you should have someone with whom you can share your concerns with but you are not ready for the “gurus” yet.
Is redundancy my friend yet?
Have you decided what you want to do with your redundancy yet, because if you have got this far, I’m assuming you want to learn more.
You see, over the last few months, I have searched high and low for the “Golden Opportunity” and spent a small fortune trying to find it, but do you know what, it doesn’t exist.
If you are trying to find a job for life then it is staring you in the face but you just don’t know it yet.
There is no quick fix you can use to be banking $xxxxx next month because if that were the case, everyone would be doing it and the reality is that only 5% of people who set out on an internet marketing career actually succeed and what I want to do is give you the best opportunity of being on of the 5%.
I don’t say this as a “guru” because I’m not one and will never profess to be one, but what I am is just someone who tried the internet, liked it and spent a fortune trying to succeed.
What I want to do is put all of the resource you need into one place and stop you from wasting your money as I did.
I’ve bought turnkey websites, built for you websites, training course after training course and you know what, the only thing that makes money is taking action with what you have.
Now for the surprising bit, it needn’t cost a fortune if you don’t fall into the traps I have fallen into.
If you are prepared to work “smart”, you will find it is easy to do this and create the job for life you want with the time to enjoy the fruits of your reward.
Over the coming days and weeks, I will be developing the redundancy website to allow you to build a sustainable business.
Redundancy isn’t as bad as all that.
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