Merly and Liza
Having one of your best friend’s as your business partner has got to be the best thing ever because you get to design your life with the people you care most about.
I was watching an interesting video the other day and it was a parody of employment. So I’m going to recreate it for sh*ts and giggles in a shorter version.
A really good friend calls up to tell her Liza that she has a really good opportunity and wanted to tell her friend all about it. So her friend Liza says “tell me more!”
Merly then goes on to say, “well it’s a great company and you will be working around 40 hours per week minimum. Sometimes there are late nights but it’s really rare, other than that the hours are good as you get an hour lunch break.”
Liza said “can I choose the hours I work?”
Merly said she couldn’t choose the hours because it had to between 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.
“How much will I get paid.” Liza asked.
“The salary is pretty good Liza, you’re looking at around $60,000 pa and there is opportunities for promotions as the company is growing and expanding” said Merly.
Liza didn’t seem very convinced. But because Merly sounded so excited about it, she thought it was worth to keep listening.
“Can I work the 40 hours from home so I don’t have to travel?” Liza asked.
“No you have to go to the office 5 days per week.”
“Does the company pay for me to travel to the office?”
Merly replied “no you have to make your own way there, but don’t worry the office is really close to where you live.”
“Can I claim it as a tax expense?”
Liza paused. Trying to work out numbers. She figured it would be a 50 hour week including travel time, she’d have to go to an office 5 days per week for about $60,000 pa minus travel costs. Liza was still not convinced, it sounded like a lot of work for such little pay.
Merly couldn’t see why Liza wasn’t jumping for joy about this job opportunity. “So what do you think Liza?” she asked.
Liza still trying to find a sliver lining in all of this, asked Merly about the promotions. If Liza spent 50 hours a week getting to and from work, working as hard as possible and getting paid $60,000 pa minus travel expenses would this guarantee a promotion?
Merly starting to feel frustrated and said “well Liza, there is no guarantee of a promotion because you would be competing with internal staff as well as external staff but you’ll be in for a really good chance if you work hard for 5-7 years!”
” Wait a minute ….If I’m going to be working with other people do I at least get to choose who I work with and be part of the recruitment process?”
“No because you are not a manager.”
“So you are telling me that I would need to work 50 hours a week including travel time, I would need to work really hard for 5-7 years to get a promotion but it’s not guaranteed. Lastly I have to work in an office from 9-5pm and work with people I might not even like!” …. Liza paused and they said ” thanks Merly but I’m happy being an entrepreneur, choosing the people whom I work and associate with, to work where and went I want, to decide what income I like and give myself a promotion in proportion to the effort I put in.”
So the moral of the story is, often we worry about speaking to people about the opportunity of becoming an entrepreneur because we don’t have enough belief in what we offer. As someone who use to work in Recruitment and as cliche as this may sound, I much prefer being an entrepreneur and offering people the opportunity to be their own boss building their own dreams rather than someone else’s.
Hope you liked the story!