Skip to comments.Survival Tips For A Tumultuous Economy
Posted on 11/03/2013 4:44:32 AM PST by Kaslin
Tumultuous economy? What tumultuous economy?
If youre in one of Americas wealth creation epicenters Seattle, Boston, Dallas or D.C. as examples you might not be feeling the brunt of a brutal labor market. But most of us are keenly aware of the lack of job creation.
There seems to be no end to Americans acceptance of destructive, job-killing government policies these days, so hoping for a quick course-correction in Washington is probably not realistic. But here are a couple of things we can all start doing now to help ensure a brighter future for ourselves and our families.
Understand the basic economic dynamics of your profession or industry: It is sad to realize how many highly-trained and well educated professionals nonetheless dont understand cash flow at their place of employment. Ask them how do you get paid? and youre likely to hear through automatic deposit or I get a check every 2 weeks.
If you earn a living at, say, a local restaurant, then the cash flow equation is pretty obvious. Your restaurant will probably need some specific number of cash-paying customers to spend some specific amount of money every month in order for the restaurant owner to keep the doors open.
But with other occupations the equation isnt so obvious. Years ago my local public school district made a big push to get voters to approve higher property taxes, supposedly so local schools would have more money. The campaign slogan was vote YES for education, but the implication was that if voters rejected higher taxes then teachers would have to be laid-off.
During the campaign I was visited by a teacher at my door saying Im worried about losing my job; will vote yes for education? In response I asked a very simple money question:why is it that the school district needs more money when student enrollment has been declining for fifteen years?
We talked for a few brief minutes. The lady had absolutely no clue about the taxpayer funded personal cars,and hotel, air travel, and dining expense accounts being paid to the big-salary administrators at the school district office money that never went to teachers or classrooms -and worse yet, she seemingly had absolutely no interest or inclination to learn about them. All I know is that I love teaching children, and I want to keep my job she said as she stormed off. The threats about losing her job were probably disingenuous and un-warranted, but without taking the time to understand the economic dynamics of her work, she lived in fear and became a pawn in other peoples selfish politics.
And then there are the medical doctors among us. There was a day when the American Medical Association officially opposed Medicare, the federal healthcare program for retirees and the disabled, because physicians feared too much government meddling in their practices. But soon after the program launched, the AMA quickly fell in love with Medicare because it created continuous revenue streams in to doctors offices.
But after two and a half decades or so of financial bliss, things began to change. The federal government began telling physicians, in essence, we dont care what your billing rate is for any particular service well pay you what we think your service is worth. As a result many physicians try to limit the number of Medicare patients they see today, because dealing with Medicare is financially a loser.
Having still not learned their lesson, the AMA then began an on again off again flirtation with President Barack Obama. In 2009 the group tacitly opposed Obamacare; then in 2010 they said they were open to it; and in 2012 in the final few weeks of the presidential re-election cycle they officially opposed it again. Without any clear understanding of the economic dynamics of their profession, today physicians are losing their jobs in some regions of the country because the Obamacare law drives up the operational costs of hospitals and clinics, making physicians salaries unmanageable.
If you provide services directly to the individual or organization that pays you, the cash flow quandary is easier to navigate. If, on the other hand, your income is dependent on the whims of a third party an insurance company or government agency that reimburses you, or a government bureaucracy that is willing to use you for political manipulation (think federal government shutdown last month) then the basic economic dynamics of your work might not be so obvious. Ignore these matters at your own peril.
Know what youve got and what you havent got for the marketplace: Recently I was consulting a woman who launched a successful career as an Attorney in her 20s, got married and eventually chose to stay at home to raise children, and who is now trying to re-enter the job market. But guess what? The job market for Attorneys has changed since the 1990s. Im competing against all these youngster law school grads who are willing to work for peanuts she told me.
I made the observation that her law degree came from a top-ranking and highly accredited school, and that the accreditation could probably help enable her to practice law in multiple states. She was insisting on a full-time job at somebody elses firm, and hadnt even considered the possibility of providing legal and consulting services nationwide out of her own virtual office.
Similarly I was contacted by another mom who was re-entering the workforce wondering if shed ever find another job as an accountant. Do your accounting credentials allow you to work in other states? I asked.I have no idea she responded, admitting that she had never entertained the question before.
Bad government policy and our geographic location can both hinder our ability work. But sometimes our own lack of knowledge and unwillingness to think out of the box is our worst enemy. Knowing how the dollars flow and knowing what youve got to offer is a step in the right direction.
They created this economy, never let a crisis go to waste, remember? They created this economy
It is interesting that they are so keen to imitate Europe’s socialist economy, which has high unemployment, while nations like Sweden are cutting back on welfare because it is unsustainable.
Japan, which is fairly restrictive/socialistic, recently adjusted its welfare so that benefits are equal or less than what you get for working for minimum wage.
Liberals think doctors make too much money. Period.
There’s a large homebuilder in Houston who is on record saying “No salesperson should make more than $60,000 a year.” If a salesperson is paid 2% commission, the more he makes, the more the builder makes. Most management types believe salespeople make too much. I never could understand it. Car sales is the only business that seems to have figured it out.
We know a guy - loaded. takes care of other peoples’ money they pay him what hes worth to them and they know how much that is .
Pharmaceutical reps making $250. with a company car and travel expenses is too much, period. And when obamadontcare or some generation of it kicks people into CVS to pay out of pocket, $60.00 for one migraine pill, for ex., its going to leave a mark
Got a letter in response to something we wrote to a hospital CEO. The walls of the place the curtains and the nurse aide all rudely neglected/neglectful. His letter came in on gold engraved stationery. We wrote back nice stationery. But you’re spending too much money on your personal luxuries when you have a neglected facility
That’s too much money
Economics is common sense
I learned long ago that some people in business shouldn’t be. Some of them are actually more concerned with holding down compensation than they are with increasing the bottome line. If you could show them how to triple their bottom line profit but it involved doubling the wages they pay they absolutely would not consider one thing you have to say. Some of those who are happy with paying three people ten dollars an hour each to do a given amount of work would refuse to pay one person twenty dollars an hour even if he proved that he could do MORE work than three had been doing. It sounds crazy as hell but that actually is the way some people think.
Note the blue, for you Clinton left us with a surplus folks. No, the rise of internet commerce and consumer computing left us with a surplus, folks. Clinton grew the debt, as has every president since (at least) Nixon
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