I recently read a very interesting article, "The United States of Work", featured in New Republic by Miya Tokumitsu, that chronicles the role that corporations are playing in many aspects of their employee's life. Tokumitsu's piece explores the roots of our modern concepts about work and takes a peak at a future full of uncertainty for its employees.
The author also introduces us to what modern thinkers propose for solutions. She quotes President Abraham Lincoln's address before the Wisconsin State Agricultural Society in 1859. Granted, this oration is not nearly as spicy as the Lincoln-Douglas Debate, but it gives a glimpse into the vision America had for itself and its workers at that time
Lincoln states, "The penniless beginner in the world labors for wages awhile, saves a surplus with which to buy tools or land for himself, then labors on his own account another while, and at length hires another new beginner to help him."
My (Humble) Interpretation of Lincoln:
BEING A "WAGE EARNER" (AKA EMPLOYEE) IS MEANT TO BE A STEPPING STONE TO SELF EMPLOYMENT, EVEN IF YOU BEGIN WITH NOTHING. NEXT, YOU START YOUR OWN BUSINESS, HIRE OTHERS AND REPEAT THE PROCESS...
No one disputes that the world we live in is very different from President Lincoln's, but perhaps, in our modern day, we have lost some of the beneficial wisdom of his time. When we take notice of the demands on the average employee today, struggling to maintain a solid middle-class existence, we are keenly aware of the extraordinary effort required. There are demands of time>, dedication, as well as the need for constant re-education, for an employee to stay essential in their organization. The output does not stop with time and effort.
In fact, Tokumitsu makes the point that many of today's employers demand even more of their workers: They are told how to dress and act, not just on the job but, because of social media, in their off time too. Employers today can also question our personal habits, in exchange for benefits like health care coverage. Tokumitsu even goes so far as to say that if the government asked as much of us as our employers do, we would be outraged. Perhaps we should be?
Why Does Business Ownership Seem Less Risky To Some?
However, no one can dispute that there are many great people running great companies in today's world. I think we would all agree to that. In fact, I am happy to say that Caring Senior Service is led by an extremely ethical and loyal executive team. As someone who speaks to a lot of people that feel the need to change career paths, I see how fortunate I am in that respect.
When I ask people why they are interested in starting a Caring Senior Service franchise, I often hear an answer that surprises me: People tell me that they are turning to business ownership as a way to find job security. That may not sound like the conventional path to a job security, but more and more professionals would rather put their destiny in their own hands. They have endured repeated layoffs, buyouts, ever-increasing quotas at the hands of their employers, and find out all too often how dispensable they are. They tell me they are frustrated with giving their all to a company and having far too little to show for it. They know they are determined hard workers, and feel confident in their ability to face adversity and be resilient because they have spent their whole career doing so. However, they now recognize that all of their hard work at any company, as an employee, will never give them an asset in the form of a profitable company they can sell or a legacy they can pass on to their children.
How Much More Work Is It?
Just as it seems counter intuitive that security would come from quitting your job and starting your own business, it is also the case that amount of work involved rarely seems like a shock to those who start their own business. Very few franchise owners at Caring Senior Service notice an uptick in hours worked when they transition from the role of employee to business owner. The average Caring owner was already spending far over 40 hours per week at their previous workplace. Many had far too ambitious timelines for multiple projects, spent vacations tethered to their phones, and contend frequently with expectations that only increased each time they meet their goals.
I am not saying that these demands vanish for business owners, because they most definitely do not! However, for many franchise owners, that is not the issue. The difference is they are working with the same dedication and commitment as always, but now they are doing it on their terms, for their future, for their family, to provide a workplace in heir community, just like our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln envisioned!
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