"When men stop believing in God, it isn't that they then believe in nothing: they believe in everything." ~UMBERTO ECO, (Foucault's Pendulum)
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Does unjobbing lead to freedom?
The talk around my home of late has been almost entirely about how to initiate and sustain one's life without recourse to employment. This doesn't translate to self-employment, as is commonly suspected. It does equal-out to a fancy new term I've recently become familiar with: unjobbing.
Essentially, by unjobbing, a person is taking the initiative to motivate their own income through multi-streaming, and a constant evolution of creative efforts as they align with personal values. Perhaps one day you go out and wash windows, and another day you accept cash to do clean-up at a construction site. And in the meanwhile, you're plugging away at that article for a local publication while querying an editor for yet another spot in a different press. It doesn't really matter so long as you're investing your time and effort into things that make a return on your terms, and that keep in step with your values.
The essential difference between unjobbing and self-employment, as I've been able to figure out, is that self-employment is (generally) a single-focus, self-styled business that doesn't necessarily rely on creativity so much as networking and resource savvy, and takes more time from you than it can reasonably give back to you.
This is not to decry self-employment. Not by any means. I, personally, would much prefer self-employment to the job I presently do. On the other hand, I would much prefer living by my wits and creativity. However, since I'm in a job, and I'm not unjobbing, I'm starting to question my creativity. As for my wits: they've always been a question.