There is a growing trend with many businesses to start to outsource many of the functions of their businesses that once were done in house. This is usually done for one or two reasons. The number one reason that many people outsource work is that they want to save money. It is cheaper to hire someone to do data entry in a country where the cost of living is cheaper. The other reason is the fact that they believe it will be more efficient. Whether this is true or not most people are jumping on the bandwagon to outsource their business.
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So what is the employee that is laid off due to their job having been outsourced? This is not an easy question to answer. Imagine you are called into what seems like a normal company meeting. Ten minutes later you walk out like a deer in the headlights. You were told that the company will be restructuring in the next 2 to 4 months and many of the jobs in your department will be outsourced. To make it even worse, no one knows who will have a job when all the dust settles and who will be collecting unemployment.
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Doesn't Happen
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So, you think these things do not happen. I am sorry to tell you that they happen more often then not. I had this exact experience happen this past week. Most of my coworkers went back to their cubicles mad and upset about their future. It was very hard to hear these people who had poured a lot of their life into this company. I felt bad for these people, but as I sat back and continued to work my thoughts became clear. If the company decides to outsource my job, I am no worse for the where.
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Afford It
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Ok, the first thing that I did was figure out what my monthly expenses where per month. I made sure to note in my first lists expenses that would quickly disappear if I did not have to commute over an hour each way to my current job. These cuts include $30 a week in toll money and $40 a week in gas. The next thing I did was mark expenses that if I ended up being outsourced that I did not need and could cut. What I did next was make a budget of expenses that I would need to cover if my job was outsourced.
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I jotted down on paper a rough idea of what I would get for unemployment. I then added the money that I make as a freelance writer online. I have been steadily building revenue as a freelance writer and internet marketer for the past couple of years part time. This means I have a secure amount of money that I have coming in each month. I also have room to grow what amount of money that I make online. This gives me an edge that many who are facing the idea of having their job outsourced, would not have.
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Relax
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Once I crunched the numbers, I realized that I had nothing to fear about being outsourced. I knew that I could live comfortably and take my time looking for my next job if I wanted to. This the best place to be if your company is restructuring and you do not know if your job will be there in 6 months. Being laid off is not the end of the world. It can open up your life to more possibilities that you could achieve.