“In case you didn’t get the memo, jobs are dead.”
-Kate Phillips, Total Wealth Coaching
This week we are proud to feature a guest post by Kate Phillips in celebration of independent entrepreneurs who have left paychecks behind to create their own source of income. A “brief history of business trends, and 7 reasons why self-employed business people are the salt of the earth,” this article was first published on Biznik.com (an online-and-beyond community for “solo-preneurs” and indie business people) in the wake of the 2008-2009 market crash. The original article has been read over 13,400 times and generated over 100 comments.
Why Entrepreneurs Rule the World
Once upon a time… the world was full of small business people and independent entrepreneurs. Every town had a butcher, a baker, and a candlestick maker. A blacksmith, a barber, and a farmer (or two). A shepherd, a weaver, and a preacher. There were no factories, no corporations, and… no employees.
With the Industrial Revolution, the urban centers grew, and more and more people began to “go to work” for fewer and fewer people. Employees and employers were born. Traditional family trades gave way to companies and corporations, and now mothers, fathers, sometimes even children went to factories for work.
An era of prosperity in the 20th century saw the birth of “homemakers.” No longer working in the fields or the factories, children concentrated on school and home chores, while moms cooked, cleaned, and volunteered. (Mere decades later, evangelists would proclaim this the “traditional family,” the way it had always been. Dad brings home the bacon, mom fries it up in a pan. Amen.) Continue reading