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#31 drumminmama


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Posted December 06 2015 - 08:39 AM

I heard a statement on a news show (maybe 60 minutes?)that 45% of jobs presently done by humans would be done by robots in the future.I don't remember the time frame mentioned, but it wasn't THAT far down the line. Before I learned my trade, I worked in the Ford plant in Milpitas, California installing dashboards in Mustangs. I'm sure a monkey could have been trained to do the job--wasn't difficult. But--it paid well. Now anyone that even casually watches the boob tube has seen that all those welding jobs that I and others did--are now done by robots.I would say--pick something that is not subject to robotic takeover. Although what CAN be done by them in the future will probably surprise us.Jobs in the medical field, construction, landscaping and many others will always need human hands to do. Self employment is the way to go for the freedom, if nothing else.And checking out the ultimate need for what one does is good to know. In my case, I noticed that EVERY BUILDING IN THE WORLD has some type of roofing to protect what is the biggest investment most will ever make. And they will ALL wear out--over and over again! Too hard for most, but it's an option if one can actually work hard and love it.


There's a limit to how mechanized the humans are willing to go.
While factory welding can be robotic, the average homeowner wants a human to explain, and maybe negotiate with.

In theory, my job can be done by a mechanical table (massage therapy), but no robot/ balls in a mat can adjust pressure, find new issues to address, calm down an upset client, switch suddenly from deep tissue to craniosacral, etc.
a machine can't be taught ethics.
(Alternately, be the machines' overlord.)
For example, I could get a Roomba vacuum. It would, in theory, negate or at least reduce my desire to hire a weekly cleaner. Because floors are what I sacrifice when cleaning in limited time. (I'm hoping my business will be healthy enough this year to afford either a cleaning service quarterly or a Roomba. If I go back a couple models, it's about the same cost, first year. It is a business expense as I have clients in my home.)
But in reality, I want a human in my space, someone with a discerning eye. I hire annually right now, and they know that. I'll be involved, doing a part of the cleaning. Having people pushes me to do a better job!
I've had mechanical massage. It's weird. Not bad, just odd.
It'll do in a pinch, and I'd have an electric shiatsu mat in a minute, budget allowing. Because I'd like some daily work without having to get daily appointments. Even if I could afford.

Because self employment is often a close existence, financially. My work goes in waves. I'm trying to figure out the best month to close for a sabbatical, knowing the week either end would be packed.
I need the time for continuing education, rejuvenation and down time. And some deductible travel. Because that education can be anywhere.


I plan on doing door to door terra card readings for $5 just to see how much I can generate doing it.

17 slammed doors, two cop calls and the weird child molester guy's reading.
And it's Tarot.
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Posted December 31 2015 - 03:51 AM

Ever see the show " The Profit"? I don't invest any money but I go in and fix what's broken. I work for a base plus a percentage of growth normally. This makes it very interesting to a lot of businesses because they have nothing to lose if I can't fix it .

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Posted April 03 2016 - 10:04 AM

I've been self-employed for about 20 years now.  I usually work through agencies, but every so often I land my own gigs.  A few things suck about it.  One is how much money I'm usually in arrears with a company when it's not an agency gig.  Sometimes they take 30 days to eve look at an invoice.  After a trip to the middle east it took me 3 months to get paid for my time in the desert.  But they resumed my regular pay the moment I returned.  Some agencies are slow to return travel expenses.  Few ever pay on time and some want you to take your per diem as part of an inflated salary figure or some such bullshit.  There are so many scams out there.


I've only been taken by a few people abroad and never usually for very much.  It's when I get back to the US that the real robbery takes place.  Because I am self employed I have to pay both sides of my old age pittance and meager medical.  Uncle Obama gets a slice of any money that crosses borders into my checking account.  So does the state.  I also have to keep my shots up to date and I somehow have to keep looking for work when I'm working.  But I need the flexibility, I'm a terrible employee.  And my bad habits infect the whole crew fast.  I can hold out for maybe 4 months of good behavior, acting like a real team player and swallowing all that lean 6-sigma tripe.  


Then the real me comes out.  The one with a bottle of scotch in my cubicle.  The 3 hour lunch guy.  The snoring on conference calls legend.  None of them know that I'm also the guy who bugged the conference room and the break room.  I LOVE 21st century wireless technology!  There's nothing like knowing 3 months ahead how many people are going to be fired.  You can ramp up a smear campaign on the competition while honing your brown nose skills.  


Part of my poison pen is that before I became self employed I was a good little corporate cog from the time I left the Navy till I burned out in 1994.  I burned out because I kept getting laid off.  I didn't have more than 4 years with any company.  And I was doing everything I was told.  And it wasn't just me.  I started doing contract work after a 30 day rehab that kept me out of jail.  I was clean so I easily passed the whiz test.  I ended up on a factory floor making machine parts for excellent freakin money.  Almost new car money but Jane, my wife, was not about to allow such foolishness.  That job lasted just over a year and I landed another in a copier repair depot.  It was like an assembly line shop for fast refurbs.  One thing led to another.


I have tried to go back to being a normal cog twice now.  The first time lasted a year.  The second lasted 2 weeks.  I have to be true to my self and working in a lame dead end job drives me down way too quickly after 20 years of freedom.  Even though I get raked over the coals for taxes, I think the freedom is the only reason I have been able to rise as much as I have.  Being able to take 3 months off here and there for sanity, works for me.

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