By: Brad Manock
Now that I am out of college, my family expects me to get a ‘real job.’ I have a part-time job at UPS as a box unloader and I am spending most of my time building up passive income streams and potential businesses. But building up income over time does not seem to be considered a ‘real job’ in our society. In this article I will discuss what may be a ‘real job’ and why.
What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?
At this point, adults only ask kids what they want to be when they grow up because the adults are looking for ideas. The age of deciding what you want to ‘be’ and then being it is pretty much over. Dedicating your whole life to ‘being’ something seems like a very bad thing to do in the age where any given job will likely be cut or outsourced or replaced with automation within a human lifetime. I don’t want to ever ‘be’ a title, I only want to ‘do’ things.
Our society seems to have this expectation that every person should have a title that gives other people a financial snapshot of their life. Right now I am a: comedian, blogger, writer, Youtube creator, entrepreneur, UPS employee, and an income investor. But since none of these are a respectable title in and of itself, I am still considered to not have a ‘real job.’ Those things are things that I ‘do’ not things that I ‘am.’ A ‘real job’ has to produce nearly 100% of your income and have an easy-to-understand title.
“Get a Job!” but not “Make a Job!”
When someone is considered to not have a ‘real job,’ entrepreneurship seems to be frowned upon. When I get asked questions about my life by my parents they will usually say things like: “did you apply anywhere” or “have you done any interviews lately.” Back when my parents were young, it was impossible to start a business without a serious investment. To start a business back then you had to: buy or rent a physical location, buy the inventory, buy the equipment, have utilities hooked up, open the doors, and hope that you could break even within a few years. Today, I can pretty much launch a business for less than $100 on the internet. Entrepreneurship is significantly less dangerous now but in the pre-internet days it was like playing Russian roulette with your entire life savings.” I would much rather make my own job than apply for a job in a business owned by someone else.
But What about Benefits?
Meh. Benefits are not that important to me. I am financially literate enough to do my own investing and I am a 21 year old with no dependents so health insurance isn’t a huge deal to me quite yet. My job at UPS paid more for my health insurance than my entire pay for the whole year. What the fuck?! Just don’t pay for health insurance and double my hourly pay! These are frustrations that occur in a business you do not own. If I owned my business I could choose to do what I want with my income without some boss or system of bosses to tell me otherwise.