I'm tired being unemployed

I’m tired being unemployed – If you’re thinking that, read this

If you are tired being unemployed I want you to read this. I have been in you situation and I want to share with you what I would do if I was in your situation with my current knowledge. I will also talk about why it’s highly unlikely your unemployment is due to you own shortcomings. The working life has changed and you should not blame yourself if you are unemployed. That’s the most important thing to remember.

That said, getting employed might not even turn out to be the real solution to your problem. Sure it helps with the financial stuff but as the demands of working life have gotten very high, being employed full time can be worse at times than being unemployed. Believe me, I know from experience.

So read on to find out what happened when I decided I’m tired being unemployed and decided to start working on online business, found a job and almost had a burnout before truly starting to work for myself.

And of course I will share with you how you can start working for yourself today. I assure you I’m not talking about some make instant money online scam. This stuff requires actual work and requires minor investment and time if you want results, but anyone can do it, I’m doing it right now by writing this article. Thousands of people are doing it from everywhere in the world and so can you. Read on to find out how.

Being unemployed can make you passive

The thing about unemployment is that it tends to make you passive if it stretches out. You lose focus, motivation and the sense of accomplishment. This can be very hard on your psyche and easily leads to depression.

Depending on your financial situation unemployment can even feel relaxing in the beginning, if you have savings. It can also be extremely stressing if you are already struggling to make the ends meet. In the beginning you have a lot of energy to send applications, be it from excitement or from necessity, but as the unemployment stretches out you start to get tired. You run out money, motivation, ideas and eventually hope.

Prolonged unemployment

Most governments are aware of this fact and try to do their best to get people back to work as soon as possible even if they aren’t willing. The problem is that there simply aren’t suitable jobs for every profession available at a given time so people are going to have to make compromises.

It can understandably make you angry and frustrated if you are forced to work at a local burger joint with a master’s degree.

Why finding work is so hard these days

Work has changed. Not long ago there were manual jobs available to all willing and getting an academic education meant certain employment and a comfortable income. It doesn’t work like that anymore.

Automation and unemployment

Manual labor jobs have all but vanished due to automation and digitalization and they will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Not long from now we will have synthetic workers to do the jobs that still require human locomotion and dexterity like construction work.

The only work we humans will need to do is to program and oversee all the automated processes. Ok, I’m sure there will be a ton service jobs for long time to come, but you get the point about manual jobs reducing by the minute.

Demands and competition of work are getting harder by the day

Loss of manual labor jobs and the oversupply of workforce has demanded a need for more people to get a higher education, which in turn has led to more competition and risen job requirements in many fields.

So in essence education has been inflated and a diploma no longer means instant employment, it has become the bare minimum requirement. This has made working life and finding a job very competitive and stressful.

Demands and competition of work are getting harder by the day

Polls in many countries have shown that young people are more pessimistic about their career possibilities than ever. The high demand of constant education and competition has led the age of giving birth to rise to an all time high and many young adults are choosing to not get children due to career demands. When you are closing thirty, without ever having worked a permanent job, having offspring can feel quite daunting.

This all means you can’t really trust in society or your employer to take care of you. You have to take the matters in your own hands and rule your own destiny. This requires educating yourself on how to employ yourself in a way that is sustainable now and in the future so you are not dependent on others.

My story

Back in the beginning of 2012 I had just gotten my bachelors degree in engineering and was sending job applications everywhere. The economy had just took a serious dive in Finland and finding a job even vaguely related to my field turned out to be a lot more troublesome than I had anticipated.

After about three months I was out of money and really tired being unemployed. That’s when I remembered a few sites about making money online and working from home I had stumbled upon maybe half a year before.

Back then I did not take it seriously, as it seemed too good to be true, but after being unemployed for months I felt desperate and decided to try to start an internet business.

I created my first internet site without really understanding too much about the business or without having any real experience in web design or other technical stuff. I managed to work on the site for couple of months before finding a temp job that lead to a full time employment and I forgot about the site and making money online for a couple of years so it obviously was not a success.

My story

I’m still working full time on the same employer and have had all the symptoms of a burnout for quite some time. I’ve been popping antidepressants for a couple years now just to cope with my work stress.

Financially it’s impossible for me to quit without finding a new job that pays well enough and from what I have gathered from college mates and friends, the grass ain’t greener on the other side. Pretty much all of them are feeling the same way I am and desperately looking for a way out.

Back to business

That’s why couple months ago I made a comeback to working online for myself. That’s when I stumbled upon Wealthy Affiliate, or WA for short. I did some research and found out pretty much all of its users were very satisfied with the service and especially the training and community. It’s essentially a step by step education to making money online by content creation and affiliate marketing. WA also offers all the tools you need to run your own sites from hosting to content creation and wordpress installation to keyword research tool Jaaxy.

You really don’t need to understand about the technical stuff as it’s all explained very simply in the training. I ran the free trial for a week or so before going to premium to get on with the training and building my first site.

The thing is – this stuff works. For the first time I have a clear plan for how to get traffic and find topics and keywords people are looking for and the best thing is the WA community, they will help you with any problems or questions you may encounter. The only thing the community expects in return is that you help others out when possible – it truly is a win-win situation for all involved.

And the best part is doing this is fun! If I get to help people by writing about stuff I actually enjoy writing about and simultaneously creating a cumulative income for myself while working from anywhere in the world – count me in! Btw I actually wrote this whole post on the plain and train while returning from a holiday in Spain.

Conclusion

In hindsight if I had had the knowledge I have now and knew I was going to be unemployed for 6 months I would have worked my ass off as I now know I could have made a comfortable living that way and avoid 6 years of work stress.

I am seeing results with the system but don’t have enough content and traffic to be able to quit my job just yet. That takes time and work but my goal is to be able to quit my day job within year from now. You need to have realistic goals with this stuff.

If I was unemployed currently I would find a way to pay the bills with minimum time commitment, join Wealthy Affiliate, follow their training and bust my ass working night and day creating content to start making money for myself, on my own terms without outside demands. I highly suggest you think about it too!

If you have any questions, suggestions or maybe just want to chat with someone who has been in your situation please drop a comment, I promise to get back to you.

 

 

Why do people want to work from home?

Why do people want to work from home? – 5 reasons to avoid the office

Many people fantasize about working from home. The reasons are many but sometimes you can’t help wondering why is it exactly, why do people want to work from home?

Today I will talk about some of the most common reasons to avoid the office or what ever your workplace is and staying home instead. I will also talk a little about how anyone can start working from home (or anywhere with an internet connection) for themselves, regardless of their current working situation. You can read more about that from here if you are interested.

So let’s get cracking! Let me introduce the 5 reasons to avoid the office and work from home instead.

Reason 1: Other people

This is by far the biggest reason many fantasize about working at home. Other people. Be it colleagues, bosses or customers, other people can be taxing. This of course depends on your own persona and of the atmosphere at your work place or if you have to deal with demanding customers.

Some people are the opposite and think that other people are the reason to go to office but many don’t.

Other people

If you are an introvert who dislikes small talk and likes to focus on their work, offices can be incredibly distracting and annoying with the interrupting chatting, office politics and obligatory small talk. An introvert can be so taxed from socializing at the office and with customers, that they need to recharge their batteries in complete silence for the rest of the day, to be able to go back to work the next day. As you can imagine this can be very taxing on the long run and working from home can seem like a great option at that point.

Even if you are not an introvert you can find other people at your work place stressful. This is especially true if there are issues with the atmosphere of the work place. Things like bullying, harassment or an overly demanding boss can drive anyone to fantasize about working from the safety of their own home on their own terms.

Reason 2: The Commute

As most offices these days are situated at the centers of large cities, many people have to commute long ways every day to their work place. This can be incredibly time-consuming if you can’t use the commute for working, like most can’t.

Commute

Ask someone who has a longer office commute than say 15 minutes if they would choose to work from home instead of using many hours of their week for sitting in the car or the train and I bet most would say yes without hesitation.

Most people don’t have the option to choose a shorter commute since the cost of living in large cities has risen to an all time high and especially larger family sized flats and houses simply are not a possibility for many financially.

Reason 3: Family

The next one is obvious to anyone with small children or maybe elderly parents they are looking after for. Or even pets that they would rather spend most of their waking hours with.

The fact is that commuting to work and staying at the work place for 8 to 10 hours is all taken out of your family time. Often it can feel heart braking to leave to the office on Monday morning knowing the next time you will truly have time to be with you family, while not feeling taxed from work, will be at the week end.

Family

When working from home you will get to use your coffee and lunch breaks to hang out with your family and this can be really rewarding. Of course this requires you to have a study or an office room dedicated for working so you can get stuff done without interruptions. Your family has to understand you are working when you are working.

Reason 4: Time

The fact is that working from home will leave you more time for other parts of your life. While working at home you can actually multitask small but obligatory and time-consuming chores like running the dish washer which will save you even more time from your evening and weekends.

Time

 

When you combine the time lost on the commute, the time lost spend with your family and the time you save doing small chores throughout the week the time can add up to 10 to 15 hours. Think about that for while. What would you do with 15 hours of extra time in a week if you were suddenly offered the possibility? You might simply use it to sleep and relax more or maybe you have hobbies that you could use the extra hours on. No matter what you would dedicate the time to, I’m sure it would be a welcome addition.

Reason 5: Sleeping in

Some people are morning persons. Others really aren’t. That’s why working from home can be great if you hate waking to the alarm clock hell every morning feeling dead tired. Every minute of sleep in the morning is a god send if you are not a morning person – believe me I know.

Sleeping in

Even if you are just working remotely for normal office hours from home, you can wake up a lot later since you don’t have to commute and freshen up. You can actually start working in your underwear while drinking you morning coffee 15 minutes from waking up, which is heavenly for people who dislike mornings.

Conclusion and how to start working from home yourself

There you have it. Five points why people want to work from home instead of an office or other places of work. These points apply to people working remotely for an employer or people running their own companies from home.

The biggest thing in favor of working from home for me personally is the complete freedom to decide my own schedules and content of work. This of course is possible only if you are working for yourself and don’t have the burdens of a traditional business model like inventory, business premises and employees.

Working like this is possible because of the internet and thousands of people are doing it around the world. I’m doing it while writing this article. If you would like to know more, I will soon write more about it. Meanwhile, please drop a comment if you have any questions.

 

 

 

 

How to quit my job and travel

How to quit my job and travel?

UPDATED 17/12/2018

If you are reading this you are probably thinking if it’s possible to quit your day job and travel the world. It’s a big ass world out there and you will only get a chance to see a glimpse of it during your life – especially if you spend most of your adult life rotting in a cubicle in some mindless nine to five job.

Work and travel

I found myself asking how to quit my job and travel far too often and decided to do something about it.

I made a lot of research on the subject and today I will share with you my own plan and a few other ideas for financing your life abroad.

Because that’s what it boils down to doesn’t it? Money.

Every body knows how to resign or how to book a trip, it’s making the ends meet that’s the hard part.

You have essentially three options when it comes to quitting your current job and start traveling the world.

Option 1: Work abroad

The first one is to work abroad at what ever country you are currently staying in.

Finding work abroad has never been as easy because of the internet and there are many sites dedicated to working away.

The problem is that the jobs usually pay just for food and accommodation and if you have any bills back home this can be an obvious problem.

Finding “real” work abroad requires your normal recruiting process and can be really hit-and-miss depending on your profession, expertise and language skills obviously.

Usually there are also permits required to work in another country, especially if it’s on a different continent.

On the other hand work force can move pretty freely within the EU and there are probably similar agreements between Canada and the US, so working in another country can be pretty easy if you stay in your own “neighborhood”.

The point is, it’s up to you to make sure you have all the necessary paperwork done if you plan to work in another country.

And job is always a job, you get to change the scenery but most of your waking hours will be spent at the workplace.

Option 2: Achieve financial independence

The second option is the hardest, yet the one many thrive for or at least fantasize about. Make enough money to achieve financial independence – as in you have enough money in the bank to never need to work again.

There are two ways to go about this. The first one requires decent income, minimal expenditure and diligent low risk investment. This way you can achieve enough capital to be able to quit your job before 45 or so if you are willing to keep your expenditure minimal your whole life. It takes a certain type of character to be able to pull this off though.

Financial independence

The other way requires business sense, some education, and a crap ton of hard work and luck. I’m talking about becoming rich by succeeding in business. Be it selling a gaming company, writing few best-seller novels or even succeeding with a band.

The options are endless yet the likelihood of catching a break like this is as small as winning in the lottery – which we might as well include in this category.

Oh, and you can always marry someone rich or inherit a hefty fortune 😉

Option 3: Work online

The third option is the one I’m using myself and anyone capable of reading and comprehending this post can use it too. I’m talking about working online.

You’d be surprised at the options you have these days for online work. If you know how to code you can easily find work coding for big companies remotely.

If you are very good at writing you can find freelance writing jobs and content creation. If you are good with graphics you can do graphics design or sell your artwork and photography

The examples of online jobs that can pay over $ 100 daily in the above video are:

Virtual Book keeper

Just like the name describes, you can do book keeping for other people online from anywhere in the world.

The great thing about digitalization is that many traditional professions can now be done completely online.

https://www.glassdoor.com

Youtuber

If you feel comfortable in front of a camera and have some interesting stuff to share with the world, YouTube is a possible source of income. It’s easier to rank videos in YouTube than it is to rank websites in Google.

Just beware that you have to push content out fresh content constantly or you will drop out of the radar.  The competition is fierce on many niches and the demand for production quality is high. Grainy videos with bad audio just won’t cut it in 2019 anymore.

Transcriber

You listen to audio and transcribe it. If you can do it decently fast you can earn a decent living with this, and it doesn’t require any special skills besides writing skills and knowledge of grammar.

The fact that you can do this in other languages than English is a big plus to many people.

https://www.3playmedia.com

Chat Customer Service

Like you know, almost every company has an online chat customer service these days. There’s always a person on the other side of that chat, that is getting paid for answering customers. You can be that person.

https://www.apple.com/jobs/us/aha.html

Home stylist  

Good with fashion and clothing? There are people looking for your services and companies that will pay you to advice them.

https://www.stitchfix.com/careers

Online Course Creator

Know some valuable information? Think you can put up a interesting online course on the subject? You can easily earn a good income this way. Beware the competition and demand for quality is high unless you have a very specific niche with low competition.

https://www.udemy.com

Virtual Assistant

Virtual assistant do just what the name suggests. They assist people in doing stuff. The stuff can be pretty much anything from coding to organizing notes.

https://www.redbutler.com/

All these of course require some prior expertise and constant work. I really don’t have any expertise on those fields, but I know so I decided to get in to affiliate marketing. In my case it means creating content on my own website.

How affiliate marketing works

Affiliate marketing essentially means offering products to people looking for a solution to a problem.

If they find the product appropriate and decide to make a purchase you receive an affiliate commission for referring the customer.

There are affiliate programs for pretty much everything – from apples to zebras.

Well I’m not sure about real Zebras but if there are plastic ones in Amazon, then yes, Zebras.

I’m writing this post sitting in a hotel bar in Spain (I’m from Finland BTW) and since IHateWorking.net is a new site no one will find this post for a few months which it takes for new sites to climb the google ranks.

Working at hotel

The system I use requires my post to rank on google on certain keywords for me to be able to gain traffic to offer my affiliate products to.

If you stumbled upon here, in all likelihood you wrote one of my keywords in to Google.

If you want to learn more about affiliate marketing, check out my Wealthy Affiliate review.

Why I chose affiliate marketing over other online work?

Affiliate marketing is an awesome way to make a living. All I need with me while traveling is a cheap compact laptop and a place with WiFi to do my work.

The thing about online affiliate marketing through content creation and SEO (search engine optimization), is that all the work you put in is cumulative.

Once you have a site that is ranking in google and has good offers for the customers with affiliate links in place, the site will do the work for you on automation 24/7.

So instead of getting paid once every time you do a “task” (e.g..write a post) the income will be cumulative.

It takes work, especially at the beginning but I bet you can see the silver lining – complete freedom to work from anywhere in the world and eventually an automated system that you just have to cultivate to keep it running smoothly and increase your income.

It’s essentially like writing a book. You invest your time without expecting an instant gratification like a monthly salary.

Instead you work diligently to create something you love. If everything goes well you will get rewarded ten-fold and possibly for the rest of your life.

The difference with online marketing is that you will have much better odds at creating a successful website instead of a successful  book if you do your research right.

It also requires some maintenance to keep things up and running but the main point is that in the online world success is cumulative.

Once you start seeing results they start piling up fast and things like website traffic will usually remain fairly stable on and established site even if you leave it for a few months.

Conclusion

So if you want to quit your job and travel and my recommendations caught your attention and intrigued your thirst for knowledge stay tuned.

This site is dedicated to helping people find options to the conventional working life and I will be adding a lot of useful stuff for you to read. If you have any questions don’t be afraid to ask in the comment section below!

Oh and if you got interested in affiliate marketing I can recommend it from the bottom of my heart.

I’ve been at it for few months now and I’m just starting to see results and I’ve learned a ton about how things truly work in the online world.

If you truly want to quit your job and travel the time to take action is now – the faster you get started the faster you will reach your goal!

About IHateWorking.net

About I hate working

Hello Stranger! My name is Jukka and I’m the proud owner of IHateWorking.net. The site dedicated to helping people who don’t like working find solutions for their situation.

I’m not here to tell you that you don’t need to work for a living. But I am here to tell you there are much better options to the 9 to 5 grind.

My story

I’m an engineer in my thirties and I live in Finland. I have been in the working life for around 15 years of which the last 6 years working full time in my own field. Before that full time and part-time in different kinds of manual labor jobs.

When I graduated with my bachelors degree of science in the end of 2011 I wound up being unemployed for a half a year. The economy had just had hit a depression and companies simply weren’t hiring

That was the first time I stumbled upon internet marketing. I think I just wrote “making money online” on google and ended up surfing the sites that came up for days.

It soon became obvious there are lots of pushy businesses and downright scams associated with the making money online business.

I picked part here and there and scraped up my first two sites in the spring of 2012. I had a general knowledge how marketers make money online. But I had no idea about the specifics and no real experience in web design or content creation.

I found a full time job in the summer of 2012 and it took my focus of the sites. Suffice to say the pages never received any traffic and wound up failures.

In 2013, I started in my current position. The job was extremely demanding and stressful from the start. It got a bit better once I had enough experience to trust myself more.

The couple last years my workload has be climbing and I always have something that should be done yesterday and there is no chance to get things done in time even if I bust my ass doing over time. That’s just how work in government goes. Nothing get’s done in time. I pretty much hate going there these days.

The work stress has led me to suffer from burnout symptoms, anxiety and depression and I have decided I need to get out. Changing to another full time job as an engineer is out of the question since I have found out I don’t really find my field interesting enough.

This spring I remembered the make money online thing and decided to do some research and wound up reading about Wealthy Affiliate. It’s an education platform with an incredible community, hosting services, keyword research tools and pretty much everything an internet marketer could need to run a business online.

I decided to create an account since it’s free and there are no commitments and they are really up front about everything. I was sold in about a day and decided to go premium and within a week had created my first new site following their step by step training. This is my site number two btw.

My aim is to make a full time income online following the training at Wealthy Affiliate within a year and quit my day job. You can check out my review of the site here.

Why I want to help people

Look, I know how much going to work can suck. I don’t even always hate my day job. There are some great people there, I get some nice benefits and working for the city I get to know a lot of important stuff beforehand.

But after every single day and week I feel drained and stressed. I know there is a better way and have decided to follow that path myself and I want to spread the word to anyone willing to listen.

I also love traveling and I can only squeeze in a couple week-long trips to a year while working a full time job. I also hate the Finnish winter and want to be able to spend most of the winter somewhere warm.

So if you hate your job, hate the working life in general, want to travel more or just want to work from home, I’m here to help. I don’t think anyone should suffer in a job they hate, life is too short for that.

The working life is in a turning point. There are more educated people unemployed in western countries than ever before. This means that even if you are employed now, the competition is only going to get harder and you can’t trust you employer to keep you employed. People get fired out of the blue all the time these days.

That’s why it’s important to take matters in to your own hands and I want to help you do it.

The goal of this site

My goal is to share with you how to make a living online. The method I’m using involves something called affiliate marketing.

It essentially means offering people solutions to problems they are having. You point them to right product and service and get paid an affiliate fee if they decide to make a purchase.

The tricky part is getting the traffic and finding the low competition keywords people are looking for. That’s where Wealthy Affiliate comes in. They know their stuff and show you step-by-step how to create a site, find keywords and rank your site in google. After that, it’s simply a matter of creating content.

I won’t lie to you. It takes work and effort to make it in this business. I’m just in beginning of my journey and I know that already. But I find incredible motivation in working for myself, helping people out and getting to work from anywhere in the world.

The most intriguing part for myself is the residual income. Every post or page you create can make you money for years to come. When you have tens, hundreds or thousands you start to realize how much potential there is. It only takes 20 posts that bring in on average $ 200 to make a monthly income of $ 4000. So every “task” you accomplish essentially creates cumulative income.

That’s about it for now. If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

All the best,

Jukka

IHateWorking.net