I read an article today about Americas Lowest Paying Jobs. There are millions of qualified, able bodied, hardworking, and educated adult working for $7.25 to $10 an hour. Many of these people have studied hard and done everything possible to elevate themselves financially, but they are still not earning a living wage with working one single jobs in the service industry. Here are some tips to move yourself closer to a living wage, even if your local economy does not support this.
There are many towns in across the country that appear to be dying. There are no thriving industries there. The businesses that are there may pay far less than is needed to live comfortably in a modest home or apartment.
Arkansas minimum wage is $7.25 an hour, the living wage for two adults and two children is $ 24.76 an hour according to the
Living Wage Calculator . So, even if two people in a household are working for minimum wage it is still not quite enough to live comfortably.
Provide a Service that Pays Well
Traditional education is a great foundation however, it does not guarantee a job. A good education idea may be a great way to learn a trade that is in demand in your local area. This will allow you to be a contractor or small business owner that can demand a good rate. This creates opportunities for income, even if there is not a company that his hiring. This strategy according to the Craigslist ads n my area works well with mobile cosmetology, improving real estate, and washer and dryer repair. The cosmetologist offers mobile make up, chemical hair services, hair extensions, and styling. People will never stop needing to repair the interior or exterior of personal residences and investment properties. It currently costs $50 to have a traditional style washer and dryer looked at, and may cost more to repair. If you were hired to provide these services by an employer the rate of pay maybe much lower.
Think for a minute about all of the things you can do. What problems can you solve for others? Figure out what you are good at, then seriously consider a career change. There may be some skills learned from a trade or from taking university related courses.
The jobs or career paths that pay the most offline and online are those that solve an immediate problem. Is home business the next frontier for service based economies where the jobs have moved into other geographic locations? Feel free to voice any comments regarding how your local economy has changed.
Originally posted 2010-12-04 03:39:51. Republished by Blog Post Promoter