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.

 

 

8 thoughts on “I’m tired being unemployed – If you’re thinking that, read this

  1. Denver Saucier says:

    We’ve definitely all been there. Heck, the reason why people try so hard to make money online is because the issues with employment that you outlined.

    You really hit the nail on the head. Wealthy Affiliate is definitely the way to go when it comes to starting right. Like you also said, wandering this landscape of the internet without any guidance is a recipe for failure. Wouldn’t want that, would we?

    1. Jukka says:

      Thanks for the comment Denver. I think the competition online and in affiliate marketing is getting harder by the day so you can’t really make it without a good training if you don’t have prior experience.

      Things like SEO and google keyword ranking are changing almost daily and without a community of like minded experts you really are on your own guessing what to do next. That’s the biggest thing about WA, up-to-date education and a very active and helpful community to help you solve your problems and motivate you.

  2. Gigi says:

    Yes, times have changed. 30 years ago in the US, one can land a good job just armed with a high school diploma. Today, a college education can guarantee huge student loans for most but not employment.
    I’m very interested in WA. Please post a link to the site so I can check it out further.
    Thanks for your post.
    Gigi

    1. Jukka says:

      Hi Gigi! I agree student loans are another huge problem with education in many countries. Fortunately here in Finland education is pretty much paid for with tax money, but you pretty much have to work or take a loan to make the ends meet while studying. You can read more about Wealthy Affiliate here.

  3. Eden says:

    I can identify with what you are saying, being unemployed. Thankfully being in the situation I am in, it hasn’t affected me in serious ways but been depressing. It is very tough today and with education, it does not guarantee employment. Wages are not high enough, people have to work so many hours in a week and are like zombies when it gets to Friday. I have joined Wealthy Affiliate because I don’t want to be stuck in the rut and really achieve success. A great post you have written that will help a lot of people.

    1. Jukka says:

      I know what you mean Eden. I truly feel like a zombie after a full week of work and one weekend is not enough to recover from the stress. That’s why I have decided to take things in to my own hands and work for myself.

  4. Steve says:

    Jukka,, Great article, I like the perspective you add to the situation. If a person kicks themselves for being unemployed, it’s counterproductive. Best of success to you with this new endeavor!

    Steve

    1. Jukka says:

      Thanks for the comment Steve! I agree that it’s usually counterproductive to blame yourself for your situation. Of course it’s always productive to analyze your situation and try to figure out how to improve it and yourself.

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