#DaddyDebates Music Football Fatherhood Asked Is The 9-5 Out Of Fashion? [Twitter Chat]
Music. Football. Fatherhood is a parenting and lifestyle platform. They are the ‘mumsnet for dads’. Each week they have a Twitter chat and they asked the community: is the 9-5 out of fashion? This is what they said #DaddyDebates. Music Football Fatherhood Asked The Community If The 9-5 Is Out Of Fashion. This is a summary of the Twitter chat.
Misemployment is worse than unemployment. Have you ever been on the phone talking to a customer service officer that clearly doesn’t want to be there? It makes your reason for calling even worse. Entrepreneurship and a 9-5 are both about identifying your strengths and understanding that you are stronger than you think.
The introduction to the topic was – having a 9-5 stable employment is less fashionable as more people chose to create their own jobs. We are told to excel in education, study hard at university, get those letters after our name and secure a good job. The perception of how we earn a living is changing. More people are taking a different route into entrepreneurship. Millennials, in particular, are setting the trend and breaking what has been a social norm for so long. This is a summary of the conversation that – 9-5 out of fashion.
As employment becomes less stable, creating job opportunities has become far more attractive. The paradigm is shifting; the associated risks of entrepreneurship are feared less. More often, individuals are choosing flexibility over financial stability and turning a side hustle into lucrative businesses.
1. Commitments, stability, and security
If you have commitments such as a mortgage and children, then stable employment offers security. As an employee, the benefits include a regular income and company benefits such as paid – maternity/paternity leave, sick leave, and annual leave. A stable income allows individuals and families to manage their finances and lifestyle. On the other hand, jobs have become less secure. A job for life is becoming a myth. Some employees experience financial difficulties regardless of having a regular income.
Millenials are not discouraged by the challenges of the constant hard work of starting a business. Access to technology and social media makes entrepreneurship attractive because the target audience see the results. We have access to resources that give us the choice to run our own businesses. It’s a generational shift away from the ethic that you must study, work hard and get excel in an existing company.
Parents are also taking the risk and turning their hobbies into an income, with many mothers starting businesses on maternity leave, and fathers adapting to spend more time with their families. Founder of Music Football Fathers, Elliot Rae, submitted a post to The Independent about being a young, married, black father and being ignored by media. In the article, he discusses working flexible hours so he is able to go mid week baby group with his daughter. In a recent Buzzed article, Elliott and some other feature – Men Tell Us What Being A Father Means To Them.
Whilst creating your own job allows people the flexibility to manage their time, finances and relationships, it is also hard work. When you work for yourself, prioritising the time to switch off can be difficult. It is important that take care of yourself. Read the summary of the previous #DaddyDebate on maintaining mental health.
The decision to become your own boss, allows individuals the opportunities to access unlimited earnings. Also, being in charge of your income is also rewarding because you manage your own time. The decision to start a business is not always a reaction to a 9-5 becoming unfashionable. Instead, it is a proactive step to turn a passion, skill or gap in the market into an income. Therefore, working for a company is a means to an end, which helps to finance the ‘side hustle’.
4. Ego entrepreneurship
Social media highlights the glamorous destination of a business and not the difficult journey to success. People become fixated on becoming entrepreneurs, rather than reflecting on what their passion and skills are. Social media can ‘post what we supposed to be’. For instance, sick days are taken for granted and entrepreneurs have to continue pushing.
In the conversation, some rightly argued that not everyone is ready to be his or her own boss. The negative perception society has given to a 9-5 is flawed and based on ego. It works for some but not all. The perception is that entrepreneurship will lead to better results, however, some people jump into leadership prematurely. Not everyone has the skills to think outside the box and fulfil the role.
5. Working for an existing company is not for everyone
People go through a number of different jobs before realising that for working for an existing company is not the right path for them. This can help with the transition into starting your own business. The reaction to a lack of opportunities in an existing career, lack of empowerment can turn negative job prospects into positive opportunities to create their own employment.
Overall, a 9-5 offers the stability of income; a regular amount on a weekly or monthly basis allows people to manage their finances. People also rely on having a regular job to help them to develop professionally. Not everyone is ready to be their own boss or be the boss of others.
In sum, in a global age, we have so much access to resources, and the regular ‘9-5’ is less attractive. Instead of working for an employer, people are taking the risk of starting a business. The reasons for doing so will vary from turning a passion into an income, not maintaining stable employment, to flexibility and time management. More often, people choose to start their own businesses to spend more time with their families or turn a passion, gap in the market into an income. Although it may take longer, it is possible to do both, and even allow the regular job to finance the ‘side hustle’. Take the time to review your personal goals, career goals and look beyond where you are.
Comment below with your thoughts – is a 9-5 out of fashion?
#DaddyDebates is a debate about all things parenting (and occasionally music and football!). The chats will take place on Twitter at 9 pm every Thursday. Follow Music Football Fatherhood on Twitter @MFFonline_ and watch out for the hash tag. They also post the debates on their Facebook page and Instagram every Thursday at 9 pm so there are multiple ways to engage.
Music Football Fatherhood is a parenting and lifestyle platform. The platform is described as ‘mumsnet for dads’. Check out the latest Buzzfeed article where Men Tell Us What Being A Father Means To Them.
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