In 2013, I was introduced to the world of network marketing. Three years on, I am not only surrounded by people from the network marketing company I myself got involved with, but people who have taken up different ventures such as Juice Plus or It Works. As a result of this, there is a certain sentiment that I am exposed to a lot:
"You're a slave to your boss"
"People who work traditional jobs are essentially in modern day slavery"
"People who work for themselves are free, people who don't aren't"
And so on.
But personally, I think this idea needs to STOP.
There are a number of reasons why I think the idea that employment is equal to slavery is complete and utter bull, but let's start with the most logical one: the very definition of slavery means that employment simply cannot be equated with this. You choose your job and then you get paid to do it, in no way does that resemble slavery.
Equating employment with slavery is also incredibly insensitive and offensive towards the ancestors of slaves and those who, even today, live in genuine slavery. Slavery has killed millions of people and continues to kill people today. It is a serious issue that needs addressing all over the world and it should not be used to push people into self employment or feeling bad about their job.
Onto more emotion based arguments. It's highly irresponsible to encourage people to hate working for someone else, especially when employment does come with so many benefits. For many people, their network marketing business or self employed status really is the best thing they've ever done for themselves and that's great, all the power to them. I just cannot stand it when they choose to use this as an excuse to belittle people who haven't chosen the same path.
It has taken me years to come to terms with the fact that having a job is actually the best way to earn my money for me and if I'm honest, being exposed to messages like those at the beginning of this blog post has hardly helped.
Here's why being an employee is great for me, and for many other people:
- I have set hours and a set routine and this greatly helps my mental health
- Knowing I have a team that I can't let down is really great motivation to get me out of bed on a morning
- I have a set income so I know how much money I get each month and can budget and plan accordingly
- I have very clear work/social/personal boundaries so I can avoid burnout
- I CHOSE TO DO THIS AND I AM PAID FOR MY TIME
Let's stop acting like being self employed has any more security than working a job. Let's stop acting like giving your time in exchange for money is the equivalent of being forced to work long hours for no pay. Let's stop belittling people for making choices that differ from your own.
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