Do you love animals? Want to start a small business? Consider creating a Doggy Daycare business. Each summer, my son would be looking for ways to earn a little pocket money and helping people with their pets and house sitting became a great little micro-business.
He changed it up a bit. Rather than bringing a pack of dogs home, he went to them and provided a home service. Not only will the dogs feel less stressed in their own yard, but the owners may feel better about the security the dog provides in their absence. Tasks often included feeding, watering, playing, and a quick security check.
Even though the business was tiny, it could have benefited from a pint-size business plan outlining the business, services, fees, etc. It could have also included a service agreement outlining service desired, costs, and capturing emergency procedures and contact numbers.
What a great way to grow your own entrepreneaur-spirit, learn about creating a business, and make a little extra money! For more deTAILS check out “How to Start a Doggy Daycare Business” at https://smallbiztrends.com/2019/10/how-to-start-a-doggy-daycare.html.
“We didn’t have to teach you how to use a pen, why do we need to teach you how to use a computer?”
In the early 1980’s, I was rather shocked to hear a manager exclaim that employees needed to figure out how to use computers to do their jobs. There were no training guides, and only a few classes available, with most being devoted to coding. The manager, at that time, did not use computers, but dreamed of the potential productivity gains promised by the marketers.
Fast forward. In 2019, most households now own at least one computer. Many use computers for entertainment or basic communications, but not necessarily business applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and Internet. Many people use their phones and other mobile devices to access the Internet. Even then, approximately 10 percent of the US population do not use the Internet at all. 
Yet, most jobs today involve interacting with technology on a regular basis and there is a certain amount of people who are being literally ‘left behind’ due to the lack of skills and knowledge. It involves more than just jobs, but social interaction opportunities, education and continued learning, resource access, and making everyday tasks easier. 
It is like driving a car, you don’t need to know how to repair it to drive it well. But just because you have the key to the car doesn’t mean you know how to drive it.
Any truly gifted crafter, be it a tradesperson, artist, musician, builder, etc., well understands their tools: when and how to use them, and how to take care of them. But...i is like driving a car, you don't need to know how to repair it to drive it well. But just because you have the key to the cr doesn't mean you know how to drive it.
Many companies are expecting this of all modern workforce workers. They expect them to know a bit about the application software (such as word processing, spreadsheet, electronic mail, and basic Internet searches) and when to use each. People who understand these basics can qualify for better and higher paying jobs. These basic applications may be required for taking orders, communicating with other co-workers, accessing information, and completing a timecard. Many companies are now doing their hiring using automated systems, which requires a certain amount of Internet suave.
People that don’t know these things may not be employable. A recent example occurred in Oahu, Hawaii when local unemployment processes were assessed. Fully 60 percent of job-seekers did not have adequate computer skills, access to the Internet, or navigational skills to use the online hiring system without assistance. 
Technological illiteracy and technophobia is no longer a sustainable for many modern careers. Both young and more mature workers may demonstrate this in different ways. Mature workers, often the dependable workhorses, have the highest unemployment rates, and often need to bring their skills up-to-date or develop the basics. Younger workers may have more exposure to certain computer uses, but may lack both soft and hard skills needed in business.
“Entire sectors of the U.S. economy have no place for workers who do not at least have the basic digital skills to undertake tasks like word processing and maintaining spreadsheets...” Don’t get left behind.
1 Internet usage in the United States - Statistics & Facts (https://www.statista.com/topics/2237/internet-usage-in-the-united-states/#dossierSummary__chapter1)
2 Lack of computer skills foils many job-seekers (http://www.nbcnews.com/id/33106445/ns/technology_and_science/t/lack-computer-skills-foils-many-job-seekers/#.XbCHqOhKjcs)
3 Unqualified? 5 Computer Skills That Too Many People Lack (https://www.cheatsheet.com/money-career/unqualified-computer-skills-people-lack.html/
My brother-in-law has working remotely figured out. That comfy lounge chair with hidden chargers, power strip, and mini-foldup desktop, along with a myriad of electronic devices make it possible for him to live in a small community and work for a large company. There are also other necessary support things, such as a close by airport for jetting into the office, dependable high-speed internet, year around skiing, the pool in the backyard, and view off the upper back deck.
While not every job is a good fit for remote work, every economy and community can benefit from it. Most jobs are location dependent , but not all. My brother-in-law is a MAP or highly specialized, Multi-Affiliated Professional with decades of experience in IT.
Many computer-related jobs fit in with working remotely, but so do careers such as writers, artists, accountants, and other jobs that are more project based, which appears to be the new trend with 89 percent of jobs moving to more project-based work. It has been projected that 30 percent of the near future workforce will be freelance, outsourced, or remote. It also helps if they are trusted, dependable, and skilled in the tools needed to make a near seamlessly shift to home.
Economic benefits include:
--Retention and employee loyalty can be enhanced through working remotely. Employers benefit from reduced turnover. Communities benefit by retaining typically better paid employees and keeping more of those paycheck dollars local. Combine working remotely with flexible schedules and open the door to more potential employees. Families struggle to meet scheduling needs of education, health care, and family care/assistance. Being able to work around some of those issues using remote work and flexible schedules demonstrate compassion to the challenges families face every day.
--Reducing office overhead costs for employers. It has been estimated that a typical employer can reduce $11,000 per year in office space by employing a remote worksite strategy half of the time and adopting a hot-space strategy. Additional reduced costs could include janitorial services, supplies, and parking.
--Providing opportunities for underemployed or part-time workers, which could include retirees and students alike. Working remotely has enticed my brother-in-law to work a few more years rather than retiring early. Working remotely is a great strategy for retaining older generations in the workforce and 74 percent of them want work flexibility. 
--Reducing absenteeism which has been reported by some companies as a69 percent reduction. Why? Reduction in commuting stress (reported to be a whopping 55 percent), reduced recovery time, ability to better manage health issues (such as autoimmune diseases and allergies), and reducing exposure to illnesses often spread in the office (colds, flu, etc.).
--Improving productivity by minimizing workplace distraction and noise. There are reports that productivity can be increased by 13 percent . It has been reported that the US loses $1.8 trillion a year in productivity from distractions like water cooler gossip to excessive commuting, health problems and more. Productivity could also be increased by being able to offer a job to the most qualified candidate regardless of where they live. This could be particularly critical if those skills/knowledges are not available locally, and if those potential employees are unable to move due to family commitments or even a lack of local housing options.
--Reducing time and resources. What’s excessive when it comes to commuting? It has been estimated that the US could save 280 million barrels of oil every year and get the equivalent of 9 million cars of the road by leveraging remote work. Reducing the commute pays back dividends in happier employees that are more productive.
It also reduces costs employees absorb such as: vehicle purchase, fuel, maintenance; coffee in route; higher clothing and grooming expenses (not only for the workplace but to withstand the weather during the commute), increased risk of disease (exposure to illness during the commute especially on public transportation, and exposure to poor air and water quality), injury (weather related slips/falls, heat exhaustion, frost bite, etc.), and potential for vehicle accidents, slips and falls due to foot traffic congestion and traffic), and finally the potential for crime). Working remotely may be more desirable than a raise to many workers. 
--Creativity... imagine creativity being inspired by a work site. Could that give your company an edge over competition?
Many States are supporting working remotely as a way to attract businesses (Maine, New Hampshire, Montana, Michigan, Vermont to name a few). Some are offering incentives, legislation, and have initiated programs to help bring college graduates back home that might benefit from a remote job.[1,5]
Remote Work Benefits Rural Economies and Communities (https://www.workflexibility.org/remote-work-benefits-rural-economies-communities/)
8 Benefits of Allowing Employees to Work Remotely (https://recruitloop.com/blog/8-benefits-allowing-employees-work-remotely/)
How the Rise of the Remote Worker Will Change the Economy Forever (https://blog.mavenlink.com/how-the-rise-of-the-remote-worker-will-change-the-economy-forever)
Benefits Of Telecommuting For The Future Of Work (https://www.forbes.com/sites/andrealoubier/2017/07/20/benefits-of-telecommuting-for-the-future-of-work/#2e8b328a16c6)
Rural Economies Have a Labor Problem. Are Remote Workers the Solution? (https://www.zenefits.com/blog/rural-economies-remote-workers-solution/)
Not only is it difficult to find a job but your private data could be stolen in the process.
After several very public lawsuits some companies are realizing that they must do a better job at protecting private information. And then there are the companies that are hunting for the gold that selling private information brings.
One of the latest scams falsely luring people to share their private information are online job applications (like you don’t have enough to worry about when you are searching for a job! Yikes!) Even a trusted recruiting site can be plagued with a fake announcement because most of those sites just provide a place to advertise and do not guarantee that the information or links are valid. Like famous maker products, anything can be a fake.
When it doubt, check it out!
No need to create a crime scene!
Think about what kinds of information that your resume has on it... your name, address, phone, email, job history, and maybe more depending on what you have included. There is some information that employers don’t need to know (at least right away) yet people will include it, such as birth date, Social Security number, Driver’s License number, credit information, and more. If this any of this sensitive information or money is requested beware it is most likely a scam.
“Trust After Verify” was the advice provided by Susan P. Joyce in her article “How to Avoid 5 Major Types of Online Job Scams.”  Unfortunately some of these scams may sound all to familiar and may come not only online but over the phone.
Now, now, NOW! You may be contacted with a job opportunity that wanted someone yesterday. If you have been looking for a while, it is easy to deduce that if they REALLY wanted you yesterday, they probably could have found you. Be suspicious of this bravado behavior because it is often a scam.
If it doesn't smell right,
it probably isn't.
Ways to verify:
1. Check the company’s website: Most companies will list openings on their sites and not just on a job board.
2. Go direct: Call the company using the phone number on the company’s website and not the phone number on job board. Ask for the specific job announcement, if it exists, where it might exist (luring you in with a job that is not local), and if the company has a direct email address for their HR department. If you go through the the job board it could be a scam.
3. Check the reviews: Reviews can also be faked, but they could be a signal that something is not right. Check for complaints and poor reviews. Company names and logos can be easily copied and faked without permission. This is also a great time to check for management reviews—how well does this company treat their employees? Are the complaints valid?
4. Don’t trust job boards: Many do not verify their announcements and thus a fake announcement (or thousands) can easily slip in.
5. If it doesn’t smell right, it probably isn’t: Put your inner voice antenna up and ‘when in doubt, check it out.’
REFERENCE: How to Avoid 5 Major Types of Online Job Scams (https://www.job-hunt.org/onlinejobsearchguide/job-search-scams.shtml)
The bad news? Some just are. The good news? You are in control.
As an employer you already know the harsh reality that some jobs are, and will always be, tough to fill. It doesn’t matter where you live, how affluent the community is, etc. there are always some jobs that challenge even the top talent hunters. It won’t be easy for you.
But that doesn’t mean it is impossible to get these jobs filled. You might just have to be a little more creative to be successful.
Know the challenge... Is this a ‘unicorn’ (one in a million) job? What do the staffing reports say? If the job title (or a similar one) appears on ‘The toughest jobs to fill in [ANY YEAR]’ article you know you are in for a challenge. These articles may have tips for attracting that illusive unicorn and there are a ton of staffing reports every year that forecast needs in specific fields in specific countries.
What makes these jobs so hard to fill? There have always been jobs that require specialty training and skills; a shortage in sector or another; and some jobs that simply aren’t very popular. In some sectors, like healthcare, the demands are increasing faster than workers can be trained.
Hard-to-fill jobs are often defined as those that remain vacant for a long period of time or as one requiring specialized skills/experience not readily found. Things that can make a job hard to fill often includes an unrealistic job description that fails to describe entry level skills/performance and focuses on higher level of experience/expertise frequently at entry wages. The problem may also be external to your company—such as lack of housing or daycare facilities.
Challenge: Identify potential drivers--Aging Baby Boomers, for instance, are driving the need for more personal and home health care aides, personal assistants, etc. Some of these positions have a reported need growth of nearly 50 percent in the next eight years—some of these positions need specialized training to perform their jobs. Strong drivers in any field will create shortages when the jobs require specialized training or certifications that are not readily available or affordable. Five of the10 top toughest jobs to fill in 2018 relate to health care.
Where to look: Get plugged into the specialized training sources and see if they keep an employer list for recent graduates to contact for jobs. Encourage them to create one if they don’t have it already. Found a good candidate that lacks the education? Consider sponsoring them on an apprenticeship that helps cover costs in trade for paid work experience, and perhaps a retainer guarantee of 3-4 years.
Challenge: Identify local resources to speed up training/certification and build in experience. This might include a mentor or tutor, or practice using an automated simulation system.
How to leverage: While the automated system is not perfect, it can expose the new employee to situations and alternatives, common errors and safety needs, and start the conversation. These virtual-reality training systems can also be used by other employees who may need a little brush up, or as an introduction for other employees.
Where to look: A heavy construction equipment operator makes significantly more than an administrative clerk. Maybe a tried and true existing employee would be a good fit for a grow your own program. Never hurts to ask.
Challenge: Evaluate the pay and benefits. Are you competitive? While advertising higher pay may be out of the question, there may be some other tax-deductible benefits that you can used to ‘sweeten the pie.’ Check with your tax adviser for deductible activities.
How to leverage: One of those could be tuition reimbursement or assistance paying off student loans, for instance. Link benefits to performance standards (such as must score above average to be eligible) or time (courses must be completed within the past two years with a score or B or better). There could also be recruiting bonuses for existing employees that help recruit new employees that are hired and stay on the job for six months. These costs could be balanced against recruiting costs which are estimated to be over an average of $4,000 and to take 42 days. Can you do without a unicorn that long and how will that affect your company? 
Challenge: Get on top of your succession plan. Is your industry is evolving? Will your future jobs require the same skill set as they do today?
How to leverage: Consider what skills you will need in the near future that may create some harder-to-fill positions. Begin the process of identifying and potentially giving introductory training to potential candidates that might be existing employees or new hires. Consider targeting specific underserved groups such as veterans. Consider offering an entry level jobs that could fit within your long-term plan.
 The Toughest Jobs to Fill in 2018 (https://www.careercast.com/jobs-rated/toughest-jobs-to-fill-2018?page=0)
 The Myth of the Hard-to-fill Job (https://www.ere.net/the-myth-of-the-hard-to-fill-job/)
 Average Cost-per-Hire for Companies Is $4,129, SHRM Survey Finds, 42 days is the average time it takes to fill an open position (https://www.shrm.org/about-shrm/press-room/press-releases/pages/human-capital-benchmarking-report.aspx)
What are the highest paid occupations in Oregon? Based on 2018 median wage, a salary more than the annual average of $39,707 is considered to be high. Half of the 2+ million jobs in Oregon in 2017 were paying more than the average.
High wage jobs can be found in every occupational group with 522 of the 805 occupation classifications reporting high wages. Most of these require some type of training, certification, or secondary education levels, but a few can be had with a high school diploma. Competition can be tougher for these desirable positions.
Some of the highest paying occupations include legal, computer/mathematical, engineering/architectural, business/finance, and management. Health care and sciences are found in the next tier followed by things like construction, service, media, education, and social services.
To find out more about these interesting statistics see “Show Me the Money! Oregon’s High Wage Occupations” at https://www.qualityinfo.org/-/show-me-the-money-oregon-s-high-wage-occupations?inheritRedirect=true
The Hustle, a 5-step dance from the 1970 disco craze, is still popular in many countries. The Side Hustle is too, but it isn’t the same type of dance.
According to a new Bankrate.com report almost half of the US workers earn extra income at a side job, or Side Hustle. The report described the average Side Hustler as bringing in an extra $1,122 per month by working an extra 12 hours per week. This extra money typically accounts for less than half of their normal monthly earnings and is often used for discretionary spending, to boost savings, and for some, to cover living expenses.
With the unemployment rate being so low and workers in big demand, it is fairly easy to find a side hustle. Younger workers with technology skills can earn better money than Baby Boomers who are not as tech savvy. Side hustles can offer an opportunity to explore potential career options, develop new skills, network, build a resume, and have a little fun.
Your business can also benefit from offering Side Hustle opportunities. The strategy provides relatively inexpensive workforce relief, let you screen potential future recruits, support working options, fill in for vacationing employees, build your brand, and infuse some new ideas into your company. This strategy might also help balance out the impacts of increasing minimum wage rates.
For more information dance on down to: https://www.bankrate.com/pdfs/pr/20190605-side-hustles-survey.pdf
Bobby Unser, the famous race car driver, may not have thought about his quote (above) when thinking about his first job. But he may have thought about it when, at the age of 15, he won the Southwest Modified Stock Car race, and later when he won the Indianapolis 500 in three different decades.
Getting a job can be tough, especially if your resume doesn’t have a lot on it. Preparation, like Bobby said, can lead to success. Job preparation might be in the form of some work experience, an internship, or targeted study. For instance, if you are interested in the tourism industry, which really heats up here in the summer, a little preparation could open doors in lodging, food and drink services, event planning, theme parks, traveling, tourist venues, cruise lines, and more. One in three Americans start their work career in the food industry.1
Taking on a little bit of extra study can open the doors to several jobs. For instance, a food handling permit, can open the door to many jobs, and a basic understanding of how to keep your food safe is golden. It is amazing how many Americans have worked or started working in the food industry. A recent search of the Oregon Employment Job list for jobs listing a food handler permit brought up the following job assortment:
The food handler certification can be done totally online and costs between $9-101 (depending on site selected) and is good in Oregon for three years.
There is also more advanced training (and a bit more expensive and does not expire so quickly) called Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association's (ORLA) ServSafe® manager training.2 This course provides more in-depth training, blending the latest FDA Food Code, food safety and sanitation research information which may be just the thing to land that entry level management position. Keep in mind that the ORLA also helps support additional education including offering grants and experience building intern and apprenticeships.
50% of American adults have worked in the restaurant business...
There are also programs that help prepare a person for work. These programs often include information on safety, expectations, and skills needed to blend in to an established work environment. If you don't have a lot of experience, these programs will help demonstrate to employers that you are ready for work. These skills will help you understand what is needed to be successful on the job, how to fit in, and what behaviors (such as being on time) will be needed for long-term employment and promotion. Stay tuned, we are working with local resources to see what courses can be made available.
1 Oregon Food Handlers (https://www.orfoodhandlers.com/eMain.aspx?State=OREGON)
2 Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association’s ServSafe.com program.
The car shown above is Bobby Unser's 1979 Penske Cosworth Champ Car. Picture provided by Stahlkocher - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1452148