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The other day I was having a conversation with a friend. We have been good friends for some years, but this conversation really made me say hmmmm. It was a brief conversation but impactful.
The conversation started out very general. Some how my friend decided to say I should work part-time with them. I am always open to opportunity to see if it fits with what I already have going on. So, I let my friend continue speaking. Now what I thought was interesting is that the money per hour is what seemed to be the selling point for my friend. It was nice but I wasn't impressed. Money is nice but it doesn't drive me. I asked do I have to leave my house. The answer was "YES." My friend proceeded with how they get to sit and do nothing and get paid. I chuckled and said no thank you.
Now in my mind if I have to leave my house to go to another establishment to work for someone to make them money by doing nothing...ehhhh something doesn't add up. The time spent getting there and back is a cost. Me getting dressed is a cost. I may get hungry just sitting, that's a cost. So I've probably spent the money before I've even made a dime. Then you have to do the numbers. Money spent vs Hours needed to work to make the money back and the hours needed to make extra money. Remember this is a part-time job.
Now I know my friend is thinking easy money. You get to do nothing and get paid. Yes, but you have spent the money already to do nothing and you haven't gotten paid yet. You have to work the hours needed to accumulate the extra money that you desire over what you have already spent. That's called WORK. You can't get something for nothing. It's so easy to believe that you can but trust me, you have to give something. It could be time or money. You will give something to get something.
This reason this conversation was impactful for me is because so many people would rather spend time getting a second job instead of building their own home business. There is nothing wrong with getting a second job, I've had quite a few. Yet I wonder if those getting these extra jobs have ever ran the numbers to see if the money is really being made or being loss.