How to Recession-Proof Your Career

 

There’s been some chatter out there on the internet about a possible recession, or maybe just an economic downturn next year. Don’t freak out, this is totally normal. We’ve had a lot of growth since the Great Recession of 2008, and it’s natural for the market to even out a bit.

But what does that mean for the future of your career? I remember how scary it was graduating into the recession and not being able to find a job. The traditional way of supporting ourselves wasn’t available to most of us, seemingly overnight.

But what came out of that experience was the most amazing wave of creativity. People were finding and learning new, unique ways to support themselves beyond the traditional 9-5. And that willingness to learn is KEY to making sure you’re covered, no matter what the economy looks like…

Experts say if you’re worried about your job or you want to make more money, you should do this one thing: Invest in yourself and learn a new skill.

 
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It sounds counter-intuitive, I know. Like you should be saving money if you're worried about it, not spending it, right? But across the board people who study business and how to be successful all say the same thing: Learning a new skill is one of the most profitable things you can do.

Why? Because the return on that investment is HUGE.

First, staying up to date (or even better, ahead of the game) with the trends and skills in your industry means you have a better chance of keeping your job. It keeps you relevant, not to mention, desired by others in your field.

Next, it literally increases your value. When you learn a new skill, you're then able to use that skill to help others, which makes you more valuable every time you learn something new. Once you get good at a new skill, you can start charging for it with confidence. If you have one skill, that's one stream of income. If you have three skills, that's three streams of income...you get it. The more skills you have, the more possible ways you have to help others and make money doing it.

Also, once you learn a skill, you have it FOR LIFE. No one can take that knowledge away from you, and chances are, it will help you in a myriad of ways beyond just business.

Copywriting is one of those skills that can help you no matter what industry you're in. It's helped me WAY beyond writing better websites and finding and keeping clients. It's helped me do everything from convincing people to go to the movies with me, to re-working my resume to land the highest paying job I've ever had, to convincing my landlord to give me a new kitchen sink via email. If you want to learn more about how copywriting can help you in your business, click here.

So, if you're feeling stuck in your career or creative path, wondering what your next steps are, think about learning a new skill. Invest in yourself. You're worth it.