This is real market research -- it won't make you rich, but it will make you some cash and won't cost you anything but a little time.
Unemployed and No Skills? I'm Callin' BS.
Somebody (a 52-year-old man) e-mailed me through the site recently. The gentleman said that he had no skills and felt hopeless.
Really? 52 years old and not a single marketable skill? Unemployment can do a number on self-esteem. Not to be a drill sergeant or anything, but I find it nearly impossible to believe that someone with that much experience in the working world has no skills.
Hear me now but listen to me later:
Every human being on the face of this planet has something positive to offer.
Whether you get a job or strike out on your own, that "something positive" is what gets you paid. The trick is to offer it to the right people, the people who want or need it.
Actually, the real trick is figuring out what it is that you have to offer, especially when you're feeling like dog doo on an old bum's shoe which is the way unemployment tends to make people feel after a while.
So I'ma' be a drill sergeant over here and get up in your face a bit: Cut the self-pitying crap! This is about survival. It's about putting food on the table. It's about not having to burn the table for heat. You don't have time to wallow in self-pity!
If you want to figure out what you're good at, think about what you like to do. Make a list of everything you like to do. Start with, "Sit around in my boxers watching football, scratching my you-know-whats and nursing a brewski," and work your way up to "playing golf," "mowing the lawn," "driving," and other activities that are -- if you think about them long enough -- potentially remunerative. Maybe you won't get paid for playing golf, but maybe just maybe your love of golf combined with your enjoyment of mowing the lawn could lead somewhere, you know?
So make that list and stop feeling sorry for yourself.
If you really, truly have no skills, great! Now is your chance to learn how to do all those things you wish you could do. But you have skills. Trust me on this. I've been there.