If there's one "surprise" benefit I wasn't expecting when I clocked out and started to enjoy the decline, it was the sheer amount of effort, time, and resources I saved by never having to apply for a job again. And not just the chronological time, but also the fact I don't have to deal with the bi-polar, passive-aggressive, psychotic traits of the labor market.
For example, I met a guy at the Liberty Mastermind Symposium who works at Miles Franklin, a precious metals dealer. He realized I had advertising potential. I realized his product was aligned with my audience and in what was no more than a 1 minute conversation, we had already concluded business and are likely to start setting them up as an advertiser.
Another example, Ed over at Ranger Self Defense. For him and me to conduct business took all of two e-mails. Him asking me to put ads on my site and me saying "sure."
Contrast this with negotiating for employment with a modern day employer.
First there's the "initial call."
Then the screening interview.
Then the 3 weeks that go by when they said they'd get back to you in 1.
Then you give up.
A month later they call for a second screening interview.
Then set a time for a phone interview with the hiring manager next week.
Oops, can we make it the week after.
Then another 2 weeks.
Then the in person interview.
Then the "panel" interview.
And when it's all said and done you've spent the equivalent of 3 weeks of full time work dealing with these inefficient, private-sector bureaucratic, morons only not to get the job.
The latest bank I worked at was so inefficient, that it took them 3 months to finally get around to making a decision. I remember them setting up their 4th phone interview during which I purposely ensured to be drinking a martini when they called because of all their dicking around.
Regardless, this article highlights and outlines how the situation is not improving. So much so that it's just more straws on the camel's back to abandon "traditional" employment. And I believe it has gotten to that point, especially for impatient and standard-holding people such as myself. And you must understand how powerful a statement that is.
It is EASIER for you to just not go to college, pick up a skill or a trade, and start a business from scratch
than it is to
go to college, rely on the economies to scale of the traditional labor market, spend all the time sending out resumes, etc. etc.
In otherwords, the system has become so corrupted, so dysfunctional it is no longer efficient. A 19 year old sole proprietor stands a higher chance at making more money eeking out some niche or morsel of a market than he/she does wasting their lives and sanity dealing with the HR ditzes, progressive credentialism, compliance, 4 hour meetings, and sociopathic bosses that plague corporate America. You stand a better shot at being a freaking blogger than becoming a "valued employee" as an accountant at a Fortune 500 company.
So you all go to college. You all go to those "networking events." You all force yourself to act interested as the recruited comes to school to promise one of the 600 of you a job. You get your bachelors, then masters, the CPE certifications. Oh, and by god, you enjoy that commute. The rest of us are going to the internet, meeting up with people who don't have time for corporate schmoozing bullshit, want to get the shit done, and make some money. Our system may not be as glorious, but we'll be the ones waking up at 10AM and pulling down the real money and not having to talk to a therapist because of the psychotic mental environment of modern day corporate employers.