Top 10 Terrific Opportunities in Lean Times
There are always opportunities in economic recessions. When most people look around and see nothing but trouble and misery, others see new opportunities to profit and grow. It has always been this way.
For the past 30 years I have been helping people look at things in a different light, from Fortune 500 companies to individuals who want to take advantage of government programs to get ahead.
During the current recession, government programs and services offer the best opportunities. No one else is spending a fraction of what the government is offering to help speed an economic recovery. Right or wrong, the government offers the best help for business and personal growth, and it is spending at a phenomenal rate.
If you are looking for opportunities, go where the money is.
Here are my Top Ten government programs to help get you started. (The links provided can help you learn more about these opportunities.)
Get A Job From The Stimulus Money
About the only organizations that will have money to hire new people are those who will be getting part of Obama's $787 billion stimulus package. The great thing about this money is that "who gets it" and "when" is all public information. Contact your state capitol and ask for the state office that follows who is getting this money in your state. Follow this money to a job or a contract if you are a business or a freelance assignment.See: http://www.lesko.com/obama_opportunities.php
Start A Business For Free
In a service and information economy you don't need much money to start a business. With a website you have a store or a place to sell information you get for free like I do. With a phone and free ads on Craigslist or fliers on people's cars, you can start a dog walking business, come to people' cars and perform home car repairs, run errands for seniors, do people's taxes or develop websites. And with a truck you can haul away junk and deliver to non-profit organizations to get a tax deduction for your customers. And the government even offers free management and legal help for entrepreneurs.
Take a look: http://www.lesko.com/columbus_sbdc.php
Make Money Weatherizing
Last year the government spent about $227 million to weatherize 150,000 homes. This year they are spending $5 BILLION to weatherize about 1 million homes. Increasing one government program that much in one year is going to be crazy. Over 87,000 jobs will be created from this budget increase and it will be mostly all in the private sector. And training funds are available to help people get these jobs and contracts for small business to do the work. Learn more here: http://www.lesko.com/fifty_percent_wage_increase_with_green_training.php
and here: http://www.lesko.com/content.php?cat=_1258
Make More As A Freelancer
In this economy you are more likely to be hired as a freelancer than as an employee. Organizations have work to do, but are afraid to hire new full-time employees because that requires benefits, office space, and then it becomes difficult to let you go if the work load declines. We all know that most jobs in organizations can be done in about a third of the time that it takes for a full-time employee to do it. So, you can approach companies saying you can do the work for half the cost of a full-time employee. You can then get 3 freelance contracts like this and make a lot more money than if you are one full-time employee. And with 3 clients you will also be more secure if one client fires you, as you will have the other two to fall back on. And you can get all the free help you need with any legal, tax or management problems by contacting a local government supported Small Business Development Center. See: http://www.lesko.com/columbus_sbdc.php
Become A Teacher
Some estimates state that we will need to hire 1 million teachers in the next decade mainly because of aging baby boomers retiring in droves. States and cities are offering money for people to study to become teachers as well as incentives like $20,000 signing bonuses, $14,000 housing allowances or free hunting licensees and free gym membership. This is a national problem and a great way to contribute to America. Read more: http://www.lesko.com/content.php?cat=_727
Invest In You: Go Back To School
People with a college degree earn $1 million more in their lifetime than those with just a high school diploma. Financial assistance is available to go to most any school at any age and with any income. People making over $100,000 per year get more financial aid than people making $50,000. And there are more women on campus today over 35 than there are 18-19 year olds. Learn more here: http://lesko.com/content.php?cat=_162
Join The Health Care Profession
There are still occupations that are growing and looking for people. In the last 12 months New York City alone created 13,800 NEW jobs in the health care field. Few industries are creating jobs at this rate, and certainly not in real estate or financial services. New York City even set up a new program at one of their community colleges to get people trained and employed into these growing job opportunities. To see what job growth and job training is going on in your area, contact your local One-Stop Career Center. See: http://lesko.com/content.php?cat=_1380
Get Your Home Fixed For Free
In one year the government's home weatherization program budget increased from $227 million to $5 billion so they can weatherize home for families earning up to $44,000. They are fixing up over 1 million homes instead of the 150,000 homes they did last year. This alone is going to create over 87,000 new jobs for both skilled and unskilled workers as well as free training and small business opportunities. There is not much else in America that is likely to be growing this much in just one year. Go to: http://www.lesko.com/content.php?cat=_1359
Get A Government Job
In the next 2 years the federal government is expecting to hire 600,000 people to fill positions for baby boomer retirees and to help with new initiatives like the economic stimulus package programs. And don't forget that government jobs are the dwindling few where you can get full benefits including health care, retirement and up to $60,000 in bonuses to pay student loans. Take a look at: http://www.lesko.com/content.php?cat=_1001
Escape On A Free Government Vacation
You don't have to put on a uniform and wind up in Iraq or Afghanistan. These are real programs where you can volunteer and learn how to do fun stuff like go on an archeological dig and discover dinosaur bones. My family and I did three such government vacations. We on an archeological dig in Alaska. Private sources can charge you $3,000 + just in tuition. For these programs you just have to pay transportation to get there and camp for free. Learn more at: http://www.lesko.com/content.php?cat=_436
Sure, it may take some work for you to create a new opportunity for yourself. But you'll make yourself more miserable just sitting around and complaining that there are no opportunities in America. America is the Land of Opportunities, but you need to know where to look.
Best Selling Author and Entrepreneur