Develop New Ways to Think About Work

The entire world of work has been changing over the last several years, but even more rapidly since the recession began. I regularly hear clients express their concern over a lack of open positions; few are being posted, none of their friends’ companies have any openings, and the unemployment rate is rising. What can be done?

Keep in mind that these problems primarily apply to full-time employment. Yes, you probably need to make a certain income, and working 20 hours a week may not be the best way to accomplish this. Still, is working for a Fortune 500 company the only way?

For just a moment, consider some additional options that will allow you to work 40 hours, or make the same amount of income in less time. You can freelance, work as a contract employee, work two part-time jobs, start your own business, or work at a start-up company (which can consist of just 2 or 3 employees).

In this changing world, the old business models are falling away. That can be scary, but these new choices may have positives that previous jobs did not. For example, as a freelance or self-employed worker, you will likely be more in charge of your own schedule. Wouldn’t it be a nice change of pace to go on a field trip with your kids without first having to ask your boss?

Working two part-time jobs or in a small start-up organization may not give you the same flexibility, but they come with their own perks. You will have more variety, and both provide a greater opportunity to develop new skills. Specifically, at a start-up, you will have more of a chance to wear many hats. For people who get bored easily, these options may be worth taking a closer look at.

These choices are not without their downsides, but what is? If you have been out of work for a long time, or just want to try something different, it just might be time to explore these out-of-the-box options.