The Employment Comfort Zone

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It is the most common problem most Pinoys have. 

A lot of Pinoys are actually talented not only in their major in college but in other areas of life which they could serve to paying customers and yet this area has not been exploited.

If you remember about 80% of your life will be spent at work or doing something for a living so if you are unhappy or unsatisfied with your work then you are unhappy 80% of your life.

We can do two things to change this situation:

  • One is to love what we hate(read my post about this topic here)
  • Two is to get out of your comfort zone, that is get out of the job.

But why am I writing about this anyways when this is a  blog about stock investment?

Lots of Pinoys complain about their meager jobs or their mean bosses and felt that the compensation is not worth it and yet they can’t get out because their job has become their only source of income. With that all their take home pay goes to their necessities or some partying or get away to take out the stress or to make them feel happy.

And then it happens, they are broke again and thus have to get back to work and to the mean boss and it seems their life is in this cycle.

Why not break the cycle?

Now here where this blog’s topic is all about. 

Why not save some to be invested in a small business or stock investment?

Yes just save some. People always cringe when I say save some because they would always tell me that what they have from their paycheck is just enough for them and their family to live by.

Well start cutting unnecessary spending. 
You would be surprise how much money you are throwing away because of unnecessary spending. If it so happens that you are the only bread winner of the family then you have to sit down with your family and discuss the matter. Do you have cable TV? You don’t need it actually and TV actually makes people lazy. 

If you are able to take out some spending don’t think of another expense where you can spend your savings. That is the very reason why even making a big savings you still end up broke because the moment you have that savings in your hand you are already thinking of spending it.
Now why not make that savings earn extra money to support you and your family?
Why not have a barbecue stand if your house is just near the waiting shed(a structure for passengers waiting for the public vehicle)? You have some household members not doing anything anyways so why not get them employed. I guess after running this small business you will surely have enough savings(if the people you employed to run it are trustworthy enough) to put on a investment vehicle like a mutual fund, time deposit, or stocks for your future. 

Be creative.

You shouldn’t be relax and depend on your employment. There will be a time that you might not be able to work anymore or be retrenched. Always have another source of income or if not an investment that keeps on earning on itself.

At the end of the day it is not about how much you have earned but rather how did you make it.
About the blogger

Louis Delos Angeles is a Certified Public Accountant, blogger behind Investing in Philippines, and author of Investing in Stocks: Preparing for the future small amount at a time. Check him out in Google+ Learn more about Louis and his financial freedom advocacy here.

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6 comments for “The Employment Comfort Zone

  1. June 9, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    great post louis as always.. ^^

  2. June 9, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    love your posts louis!

  3. June 10, 2012 at 7:21 am

    Thanks Mommy Krissy and Cecil!

    It is a matter of how will we be creative in the small funds that we have. Real Estate in the Metro Manila is getting higher but what if we can buy a house which we can convert either into a duplex, boarding, or room for rent when all we need is just two rooms of that house 🙂 just had this idea when Bo interviewed Larry Gamboa 🙂

    It all boils down to one’s creativity and how one sees the need more than the wants…

  4. June 10, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    True, Kuya Louis. 🙂 If I may add lng din sa creativity, as sabi ni idol Steve Jobs, “Innovation distinguishes a leader and a follower.” I firmly believe na lahat tau has that certain passion na unique satin and if we just try to dwell on it and re-discover it, then pwede nating gawing sideline at negosyo. 🙂 Kudos to us, and great article!

  5. June 11, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Thanks sis LynLyn, as for me I am thinking of where to put extra money while I can earn to support my future family with my fiancee, Kris Diane Domingo. I make that as my inspiration to focus on that goal of owning and having several easily managed businesses that can earn on their own and can support our needs.

  6. June 11, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Hmmm…. as you are very much aware (haha), the internet has provided us lots of options and information to create our “cash machines”. 🙂 E-commerce, real estate, stock investing, online businesses, etc..etc… =) Just do your own “due diligence”, Kuya Louis, when you engage into a new venture. I wish you good luck! \(“,)/

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