Entrepreneurs, Social Standards

Unemployment Stigma

Many ¬†unemployed people are met with a disgraceful opinion from their peers, unless of course you were one of the many people who were laid off from your job recently. For those of us who haven’t had a job in the last year or more and are¬†being productive, this blog post is for you.

A lot of people think that if you are unemployed, you spend every day watching television shows, sitting on the couch, or sleeping in. That isn’t the case for all unemployed people. If you are like me, you have gone to school earned a degree, applied for jobs, but still haven’t met the right employer. You have done everything you thought you needed to do to get a job in your field, but you still haven’t gotten one. You have to make ends meet somehow. I freelance my work, I write via blogging, twitter and work on one of several books I am writing.

My theory is that people who do have jobs they have to go to either don’t like their job or wish they had more time to do what they wanted after their work day is over. They see us entrepreneurs doing what we want and look down upon us for thinking outside the box instead of conforming with the rest of the job force.

Another stigma of being unemployed is that your friends think you always have an open schedule. I still have people to see and places to be, so if your one night off work in two weeks is the night I’m busy, don’t get mad. I can’t change my schedule any more than you can.

Another stigma of being unemployed is that you don’t have any money. I have a little income, so I can still go out when my friends invite me to events. I have been asked by people I know how I make the money I spend. It can be considered a rude question depending on the kind of person you are. In my case, the people asking have always been people who travel every other month to other cities, other states, and/or other countries. Then they complain about not being able to pay their rent. I never once suggested to them that maybe they shouldn’t take so many trips that costs money to drive or fly plus having to pay for hotel stays. It’s not my business to suggest to them how they should spend their money unless, of course, they ask me. And none of them ever do. It baffles me when people ask me about my finances when they should be worried about their own, even if they are curious.

Entrepreneurs and freelance workers just live a different way. And it’s easy for people to look down upon you if you are different. So if you are one the many who are unemployed and still work, don’t let the other people’s negativity stop you. All you can do is shrug their comments off and go about your way. If they refuse to let it go, it’s about time you let them go.