As most of you know, I’m a big proponent of people starting their own businesses. I think having your own business is not only good for you, but good for the community you live in as well as your family.
I also think it’s becoming a necessity.
Just last week, a company in California used a robot for the first time to flip burgers:
Miso Robotics created the machine and it has created quite a buzz on the internet. Some people are saying it will cut costs and increase profits for companies. Others say paying someone $15/hour to flip burgers is too much, and they need to find better jobs anyway. Others are worried about the jobs lost and how it will affect workers.
No matter a person’s opinion on this, one thing that we all should wonder is how will this affect jobs? If this machine catches on, how will this affect the workers?
In order to fully understand what’s going on, we have to look at the big picture.
Automation is affecting many industries across the board. Thanks to ATM’s, many bank workers have been displaced. CVS, J.C. Penny, Macy’s Sports Authority and others have closed stores, causing layoffs across the country and putting shopping malls in jeopardy. Automated systems can answer many of our questions when we call customer service for many companies.
Job security is virtually nonexistent today. Many of us have either been laid off or had someone close to us lose their job through no fault of their own.
I’ve written several blog posts about automation and how it will affect society. This machine just points out the urgency that we as a society should be feeling about future employment opportunities. Not just for us, but for our children.
The number one goal of companies is to make money, and if a machine will help increase their profit margins, they will use that machine. That leaves us out in the cold.
Automation is not going away. If anything, it will only increase. Instead of waiting to see if you’ll be affected, it’s time to be proactive and seek other methods of securing income. Starting your own business may be the best bet.
I foresee a future much different for my children than what my parents saw for me. We can’t rely on a company to provide us with a great job that pays well. We have to create that for ourselves.
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These days, we all should be thankful if we have a job. Unfortunately, tomorrow isn’t promised to any of us, and neither is a job. Now is the time to educate yourself on how to run a business and create a job of your own that no one can take from you.