I meant to write five blog posts this week about being an entrepreneur. Many of my users are looking for a job, but they are also looking for security, and thinking about starting their own business.
So I wrote two posts about being an entrepreneur… but I need to wrap up my thoughts before the weekend on this entrepreneur stuff. (my two posts: When an Entrepreneur Quits and Has to Find a Job, Funding Your Business: The Four F’s and A Novel Idea)
We all know job security is gone.
I’m not saying that entrepreneurship is the new job security, I’m saying that thinking like an entrepreneur is the new job security.
I think having a job is simply one revenue stream. It might be your only revenue stream, or it might be your biggest of multiple revenue streams. But it’s just one revenue stream. In the olden days, when there was such a thing as job security, you would not worry about whether you were going to have a paycheck come in the next two weeks… it would automatically come.
Entrepreneurs don’t usually think that way. They are always concerned about the top line (revenue), the bottom line (profit, or how much might end up in your pocket), and cash flow (when you can pay your own bills).
Today, we need to think about top line income (how much money we bring into our household), bottom line (how much we get to keep after taxes and all of the bills), and cash flow (when the money hits our account, and how that matches up with our bills).
We need to have the financial mindset that entrepreneurs have. This means:
We think about our revenue streams more than we had to before.
We think about our pipeline… who are the prospects that we are courting (or should be courting).
We think about our current income streams, and how long we’ll have them.
We look at our competition and the market, and try to make decisions based on where things are headed.
We think about our product (aka, ourselves): are our skills outdated? What can we do to be more market-worthy?
We think about our relationships, and who in our network could help us, and how we can help them.
The stuff I wake up thinking about is the stuff that every person who needs to make money should think about. Your degree ain’t going to cut it, nor is it going to be the thing that gets or keeps you that job. I got a CIS undergrad and an MBA, neither of which (a) saved me from getting laid off, and (b) helped me get another job.
What is it that will provide you INCOME security?
How are you positioning yourself to create income security?
Those are two of today’s new career questions that we need to get serious about.
2 thoughts on “Entrepreneur-thinking is the New Job Security”
I think the word should be “Entrepreneurial-thinking”. Even when you’re stuck in the corporate rat race, you can be developing the skills necessary to go on your own. If you’re suitably afraid of losing your primary source of income, then you’ll be working on alternatives while making yourself more valuable to your current employer, future employers, and yourself.
Hi Jason, this article is completely in alignment with what I’ve been noticing in the labour market, too, here in Canada. I work as a career counsellor and it’s becoming more common that my clients are taking more short-term jobs or that they are working several jobs at the same time. I think that in order to stay competitive, you constantly have to be thinking about your next move, how to obtain more skills and how to market yourself. Thanks for the article – looking forward to any more thoughts that you might have on the subject.
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