This is the road you travel to get to New Zealand’s famous Mount Cook. I took this picture, and several more, standing in the middle of the road. The vehicle in the distance was the only one we saw for about an hour. A big wide, empty road, stretching for miles in an even bigger, empty landscape and with this iconic mountain in the distance. Fantastic!
I recently came across a rare piece of good news in the business press – average UK incomes are likely to rise this year.
However, reading on from the headlines – the article also states that average incomes will only rise by about 0.2% to 0.5%.
That’s a rise of £2 to £5 for every £1000 earned – for someone on the average income in the UK it means an annual rise of about nothing to not much more!! And that’s before taxes, national insurance etc!
The reality for most people, whatever the percentages are, is they will not see any real benefit even if their salary does rise slightly.
I suspect most of us were raised and educated to work as hard as we could, pass our exams, get a good job and work until we’re 65 then have a happy retirement.
Sound familiar? Is that what your parents and teachers told you? This cartoon seamed to sum up many people’s thoughts on this traditional plan:
Well, we all know that JOB stands for “Just Over Broke” – earn just enough to keep you there.
The newspaper headline ‘One in 10 of over-65s are still in work: More than a million people have now put off retirement’.
It doesn’t have to be that way!
What is retirement? For many it is the time when they can stop working in a 40+ hour a week job and change their lifestyle. Perhaps working part-time to get out of the house and bring in some extra money as well as having plenty of time to do the things that really matter, family, friends, hobbies etc.
But for someone over 50 or 60, what is working part-time these days? Stacking shelves? Cashier at the petrol station? Cleaning?
There has to be a better way than that! And there is.
A recent headline ‘Terror of being the work experience girl at 50: Surrounded by tech-savvy young people and getting paid NOTHING’. Why?
Why would someone in their 40s, 50s or even more mature want to work in a strange environment and get paid little or nothing for it? I’m sure there are some good reasons out there but there must be a better way!
For anyone, not just mums, looking to get back into work there is an alternative. To me, our business is the ideal vehicle to help people get back into work AND earn some money.