The difference between worker and business.
Have you considered the difference between a worker and a business, and in particular how you see yourself?
I had an instance yesterday where I responded to someone who stopped paying for Wealthy Affiliate membership, and failed to move her website before she did this or at least within the time-frame required after termination of her membership.
I tried to convey in a short paragraph what I have written in this post, that Wealthy Affiliate shouldn’t be expected to keep everything alive, just in case she changed her mind!.
The response I got, was “it isn’t fair”. Really!!!!
This is only my opinion, but have you considered this?
- a)Is someone who provides their labour to perform tasks to provide income for themselves and the business that employs them.
- b)Learns and grows and often adds input to make the business perform better.
- c)Turns up each day and does what is expected of them and often more.
- a)Provides the framework to ensure the worker can perform
- b)Pays the worker for the job that they do.
- c)Provides training, tools and equipment to grow the business and make money for itself and to pay its workers.
Can the business fail to pay the worker?
In Australia we have unfair dismissal laws and usually the answer to this is No. The worker needs to be doing something drastic to have their employment terminated like not complying with Occupational Health and Safety regulations.
Even if the worker fails to perform their duties properly, the business needs to give 3 warning to enable the worker to address the issues.
However, sometimes financial circumstances require a business to terminate a workers’ position and this can be done by paying a large sum of money as compensation.
If the business decides it simply doesn’t want to pay, not withstanding the above, what does the worker do? Do they continue to provide their labour, skills and input hoping the business will change its mind, or do they move on and find another job?
Lets’ look at this another way.
Let’s imagine Wealthy Affiliate is the worker who provides hosting, website backup and an environment where it and the members can learn and grow. Wealthy Affiliate provides the physical presence a worker would in a business, as it is the means to service customers.
The members are an online business who pay for the services offered, advertising and promote and contribute to the business structure. The members, like any business, need to put in the work, effort and money to make their business grow and prosper.
The members can choose to continue to learn, grow and teach just as any business would through joining mastermind and other business groups and attending conferences. A business always learns, grows and adapts to change.
What mindset should be considered.
If a member (business) choses not to continue to pay for the services of Wealthy Affiliate, what should they expect the worker (Wealthy Affiliate) to do? What should they expect?
Should they give Wealthy Affiliate 3 warnings and only be able to terminate if Wealthy Affiliate fails to perform? Should a member be expected to compensate the worker (Wealthy Affiliate) for terminating their employment? I know this is simplistic, but it really is the mindset you need to consider if you want to be a business owner.
Does a business always make money?
Unfortunately, not always. Some businesses go broke for many reasons. This could be lack of planning, lack of effort, financial problems, failure to find sufficient customers, too much competition, not being able to access products at a competitive price, circumstances completely beyond their control, market changes and just bad luck. This is by no means a complete list. This is true of both offline and online businesses.
We are all trying to build an online business and we need to think like a business and
- a)Plan our website and its direction
- b)Put in the money and effort required to build it
- c)Continue to advertise and promote to attract customers
- d)Provide quality products and service to these customers
- e)Continue to grow and find new customers
- f)Continue to learn and adapt to new market conditions.
What about selling a business?
I sold a business, associated with a buying group – (similar to a franchise), and the buyer was required to
- a)Be prepared to join the group to get the required product buying prices.
- b)Pay the group $20,000.
- c)Buy my business.
After completing these three steps he had a business.
We can sell our online business, and our buyer can choose to join Wealthy Affiliate and transfer the website or move it elsewhere. WordPress is able to be transferred away from Wealthy Affiliate for hosting. We do have control of our business, as does our purchaser. We just need to transfer in a timely manner. Wealthy Affiliate cannot be expected to continue to work for a business that is not paying for its service.
My message is to start thinking like a business and not like a customer. You are the one in control of your destiny. You can take advantage of the business services Wealthy Affiliate offers and use the community as a mastermind group. Surround yourself with people who are more successful than you and learn from them. Engage with people who are heading in the direction you want to go.
Or, you can act like a customer, just take the product and hope you will be able to make it work.
Then when it doesn’t work, you can fail to realize that you had a wonderful business opportunity that you let slip through your fingers. By the way, the customer is NOT always right.
No I am not getting paid for this. It is my take on the wonderful opportunity that we are given with this website and the community within. It took me a while to realise the wonderful opportunity that I was given when I first joined. I now am willing to shout from the rooftops for everyone to hear.
The motivation and business experts tell us to mastermind with successful people and people who are trying to build and grow, and leave behind those who are negative, so that we can learn and grow alongside the best. This community of mentors and helpers is right here under our noses. We just need to open our eyes and see the opportunity that we have been gifted.