While this may be okay as a temporary solution, long term it is very damaging. What you can and can’t do?
Yes, this has become the middle-class mantra.
Yes, I agree that any job is better than no job. Or at least that’s the thinking when it comes to preserving physical and mental health after unemployment.
But if you are stuck in a dead-end job that you hate, it is very bad for you. The world is a much different place than it was before the recent recession. The good-paying jobs for unskilled or semi-skilled blue-collar workers have either left the country or have been given to younger workers at a much lower pay rate.
If you have a family and don’t want to live in your car, then you are willing to take any job you can get and are happy to get one.
Sure, any job gets you money, but if you are stuck in a dead-end job that you hate, it is very bad for you. It hurts your mental state and drags you down, in the end making your life worse.
There are harmful jobs which would not be better than “no job”.
Any job is not better than no job. There may be many jobs which could fit that category, say, working minimum wage in a job that you hate. That might be better than no job. At least you are keeping up with your responsibilities and earning some money, which is better than doing nothing.
Even then these jobs which get you stuck could be worse than no job. With these jobs, you become complacent and stuck, never looking for anything better.
Additionally, there are some jobs which are positively toxic environments, where workers are constantly demeaned and trodden down upon. These are cases where any job is not better than no job.
Keep your health in mind
Many people have had a job that makes them miserable. Maybe the hours are erratic or long, the work soul-crushing, the employer thankless, the pay dismal. But still, that’s better than sitting at home with no pay at all, right? If you’re desperate for a job and you land one that’s less than ideal, it’s not a bad idea to take it.
But you should check in with yourself regularly and be on the hunt for something better. After all, we spend a lot of time at work. It’s worth it to find an environment that’s happy and healthy. Or prepare yourself and start freelancing! if you want to become in charge of your advancement!
Come to terms with what you need to survive and become a freelancer
People in a situation like this, where making the move from part-time to full time freelancing would ultimately make them happier, but the leap gets more difficult to make.
However, in response to my articles, the most common questions I get asked, by far, are from those with little or no freelance experience:
-How do I get started freelancing?
-How do I find my first clients?
-How do I turn this into a consistent full-time career?
And then I asked them: Why are you freelancing in the first place?
This question should not be underestimated.
Define and record your top 5 reasons for wanting to go freelance, and pair them with realistic short and long-term freelance business goals.
Entrepreneurs are successful because they think big and are willing to take risks, but don’t jump into freelancing blindly.
I don’t believe that running your own business is for everyone. It’s okay if it’s not right for you. But for many of us, it’s a reachable reality.
The worst that can happen is your business goes belly up and that you go back and get your old job back. Or you go back, get your job, and regroup until you’re ready to take a stab at entrepreneurship again. Good Luck!
Aida Behmen Milicevic
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