Since I have a captive audience, please forgive me as I diverge a little today.. I might even get a little preachy. Effective next Monday I'll be working for myself, which means my time is money. In preparation for life getting even more hectic, I started thinking of parts of my life I can outsource.
For example, I HATE opening mail. Mail can easily pile up a month or two before I go through it. I would LOVE to hire a personal assistant to come in once a week to open, sort, file and shred my mail. Before you even go there, YES, I could call to get my name off the lists, but that takes time. My personal assistant could make those calls for me. Another example, I keep my house very clean, especially since I have two dogs. I would LOVE to hire someone to come in once a month and thoroughly clean every nook and cranny of my house.
While these services exist, NONE of them are Wards 7 or 8 based businesses. With all this unemployment going on, where are the people that are determined to make a way even if there is no way? Where are the people that are tired of making someone else rich and ready to make life happen for themselves? Think about it... a cleaning service is a nice little hustle for anyone.
My grandparents where not academically educated people. My grandmother was nurse at night, but she turned the basement into a beauty salon and did hair during the day. My grandfather was a bellhop in hotel. He saved his pennies and eventually started his own taxi service. My grandparents put FIVE kids through college, owned their home, and made it work.
So how is it that two non-academically educated people in the South during Jim Crow where able to make it work, but the people living in DC with PLENTY of government services can complain that they can't find work? If you can't find work, start your own company. It's 2010 people... Let's do better and expect more of ourselves.