My wife, daughter and I rode the train to Philadelphia today. While at the train station, I ran into the mother of a former piano student. In the conversation, she mentioned that her oldest son had graduated from college with a business and marketing degree and, at age 26, was living in her basement. She also said that he can’t find a job. HMMMMMMMMMMMM. I told her that if I was him, I would probably start my own business.
Personally, I can’t think of anything that I would rather have less than a job. In this economy, it’s possible that I could be like him; out of work! But I'm not because I'm my own boss. I wanted to be independent and did everything I could think of to create that. I make a good living in the suburbs of Philadelphia, all centered around the “Great Highland Bagpipe of Scotland". Who would’ve thought that was possible?
What are you good at? Is that thing, service, etc. something someone else would buy from you? Do you have a skill that would allow you to trade your time for money?
Here’s the thing. What I like about being self-employed is that I am not dependent on any one person or business for income. Security is created by not having all of your eggs in one basket. That chance meeting led me to think about some new endeavors. Perhaps another commodity that I could sell in addition to bagpipe stuff is how to create independence.
Gary Guth is a professional bagpiper with over 45 years of playing experience and has been teaching bagpipes full time for the last 20 years. He has written "Bagpipes For Beginners", "the Bagpipe Hymnal", and " A Piper's Christmas".