I have recently done posts on abundance, gratitude, and even vision. Your next question may be “OK now what?”

One of the most discussed issues that I’ve been hearing about during this pandemic has been the survival of business and, by extension, employment. And likely, you have wondered “Is my job or career safe? If I can go back, do I even want to?”

In addition, in the amount of downtime and forced isolation, you’ve had an opportunity to think, and perhaps discover, “What do I want to be when this is over?” There have been some people who have avoided this question, but I don’t think that strategy provides any meaningful solutions.

I do not want to stay in the theoretical in this post. I believe heading to the goal usually begins with work or career. Do the skills you have or can easily gain get you to that happy ending? After some reflection, is what you were doing before, or during the pandemic, what you want to do? If not, decide with some clarity, what is it you want to do, and how you might get there.

This can take time. Do you have aptitudes that, married with new skills, would lead you to a career that would be more satisfying? There is currently a buffet of skill development and certifications being offered, some with programs that pay an income!  Or, if you are in the right job but without the right people, can you buy out your employer? Can you go looking for the right people? It is not always true, but very often a higher degree of job satisfaction, using the new skills that you are developing, could include a pay raise.

Self-employment is where I have spent much of my life, so if I have any wisdom, this is where it was developed. If starting a business seems slow or expensive, maybe you should consider buying one. A business broker I know, Jim Nairn of Sunbelt Kingston, offers some thoughts on this subject. He says “Certainly we need new businesses to bring innovation and create new jobs our community, but at the same time we have many existing businesses where the owner(s) are needing to retire and their staff, customers, suppliers, etc. would appreciate those businesses surviving for many years to come. If you would prefer to short-cut the work of starting a new business by buying an existing one, with an established staff and customer base, please contact me to see if I can help you with this goal.”

If you are curious about how much it might cost to buy a business, please visit this link that will provide you with some insights on that. Should you wish to receive a copy of the e-book “Insider Tips on Buying a Business in Canada” please email Jim at jim.nairn@sunbeltcanada.com with the book’s title in the subject line.

As always, I would love to hear what you think about this post, and if it was any help, please send me a note: wayne@waynepratt.ca