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Beat the Dole Cheque!
Member Name: rosiesmum
Date: 13/07/01, updated on 25/07/02 (1009 review reads)
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It is getting more difficult by the day to find secure employment in our country, and if you are unfortunate enough not to have any skills then it is nigh on impossible to find work.
In our town the majority of people are signing on as unemployed, it is a sad fact but work is very scarce unless you are prepared to take on part time bar work etc. That is no good for a man trying to support his family.
If you cannot find employment then why not try going self employed. It is not easy but if you hit on the right idea and work hard you can make a living.
Ten years ago my husband was made redundant and he could not find a job for love or money even though he is a qualified electrician, but that did not deter him.
He decided that if he could not find a job then he would make a job for himself.
With £350.00 to our name he started off by making sandwiches to sell in offices and shops, as this took off he then went on to renting a pub kitchen for fifty pounds a week and started doing Sunday lunches etc. One year later I gave up my job and went in with him. We set up a café and made our sandwiches from there, he would go out every day doing his round and I ran the café side of it.
Being self-employed is not so easy believe me.
Everybody wants a wedge of the profit from the accountant to the taxman. It is very hard to break even but with effort and a lot of determination it is possible to make a living.
First of all you have to find a demand for something, then you have to do your market research.
Cost everything out to the last penny; find an understanding bank manager! (This is for when you find that your projections are not projecting as you thought they might.)
You must be prepared to work seven days a week to get your business off the ground, there are no holidays to be had, unless you want to eat into that profit and pay somebody to do your job.
At the end of a hard day you have to sit down an
d do the books and pay the bills etc. Before you go to bed you have to write yourself a list of things that you must not forget the following day, the jobs go on and on.
Why do we do it? Simple really, we don’t have a boss breathing down our necks, we get such a thrill when we have a few quid to spare at the end of the month because we have made good profit, and the best thing of all, we have built something up from nothing.
It certainly beats a dole cheque!
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