How to Create Jobs

Four Methods:Get Your Idea and HopeMake a WayJust Do ItExpect to Do It Yourself

You may be in the area or edge of many opportunities to create jobs which could extend and expand from there -- and to possibly do that sooner than you think.

Including getting odd jobs, part-time, or hobby/craft -- could you eventually create your own area of opportunity -- visualize it in your mind: first imagine, then believe, and decide how to act out, to actualize this: Maybe or "Yes!" or "No?" Get experience by trying. Live on beans in an attic, or whatever works "your way".

Ever wonder if you can become a job creator -- like a creative, innovative entrepreneur -- such as a business owner who may create jobs for yourself and other people... or alternatively choice to:

There are many ways to proceed. Oddly, many businesses innovators have never attended college or dropped out to be an entrepreneur (do an innovative venture) -- but made huge impacts in arts, business and industry.

Your dorm room or in your garage are typical start-up locations: It happens. In the electronic age it is up to your imagination: there are the newer technological way makers such as Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak (started Apple Computer in a home garage), and college drop-out Bill Gates (started Microsoft with a friend at home). They grabbed opportunities and created small companies "from very near nowhere with almost nothing", which grew into huge new industrial technological forces. Just, never say die: persist!

Recently there are the computer aided social networking ideas involving technology (streaming audio and video, email, instant/chat, Facebook, Twitter...). There are new stores, manufacturers and services always starting up and possibly becoming good successes.

Where do the opportunities lie to create your potential company and jobs for just yourself, friends, family and over some time, possibly, become quite large -- that's part of your challenge. Are you capable of dreaming? What the mind can conceive, can be achieved, if it matters, then begin to do it...

Method 1
Get Your Idea and Hope

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    Plan how to start catching ideas and making hopes and dreams "appear" (something "ventured" makes it possible to "gain", earn, serve) in your life, in the flesh -- solving problems, whether you are employed or not, as small (even alone) as you may first desire or need (as fits your reality) -- to create a micro, small service, retail, wholesale, e-Internet, or make things like hand crafts, or building, fabricating or manufacturing, as large as is practical. You define "practical" for your own pathways and realities.
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    Find your niche. Like it may be by taking your own opportunity and making your own luck. People can still go to community colleges, study, understand, make the grades or forget college, and learn a lot on YouTube and at the library (books are still there!) for you idea for creating jobs.

    Be realistic: whether that means start part-time or as a hobby -- and "don't give up your day job", if you need to support your job creation idea, to get started.
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    Do what works -- on the scale that works -- for you. Plan (hopefully) for enough available resources: Live with parents or with spouse supporting you, to keep afloat until you're making enough or breaking even (after paying all fixed and variable operating costs)! Making a living is not just self-serving, self-interest, as: enough can bring progress and there remains "hope, faith and charity," to spur you and your workers -- but being a failed business may be a stepping stone -- or breaking-even, really a "bare bones" existence, but keep hope alive! (Greek: "charity" translates to "love". Love your neighbor as you love yourself. Support each other, if possible).
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    Start "something", hopefully in growing services/abstract or concrete products, enterprises (services may be "industries", too) -- and eventually create jobs for several or multitudes (dream it). All these started very small:
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    Believe big, i.e.: imagine that "Sky is the limit"; so, en garde: Ben Franklin, once just a printer (started a small printing shop) [realize that computers have changed printing and publishing areas], but Franklin eventually invented the stove, bifocal glasses, became a giant of the political, scientific experiment, as well as publishing areas. Bell expanded telegraph concepts and created the telephone. Edison (started small with financiers support, did "1000-odd" experiments and went on to create (invent) the light bulb, phonograph, motion pictures, DC electrification). Tesla created fluorescent light, AC electrification. Ford started at home in his garage workshop: created the idea, then the economical automobile, airplanes, mass production assembly-line and well paid factory workers. Burbank bred new plants and sold seeds. Wright brothers started as bicycles mechanics, created the first successful, engine powered aircraft.
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    Serve and create in an area of a need -- or create a product or a market; especially, start in a need that is opening up in a new way, possibly. This could be great, if you think of a unique service, or new -- or even an old idea (like a phone), becomes the new idea (smart-phone), or one of a kind creations, or an application of an existing idea -- possibly with a twist or turn which may often be a registered or trademarked name or a patented product.

Method 2
Make a Way

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    Consider moving to where there are people smiling on opportunity with hearts and minds open. Avoid doomsayers... Do not let the complexity of "the system" stifle your drive and creativity.
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    Have a one-track mind as a smarter working entrepreneur who has "the right idea at the right time". Nothing tried, nothing achieved. Use your ideas, smarts, training and education to help you make it.
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    Establish a formal business and place, if needed, if that is your intention; observe laws so that you can hire employees, or independent contractors, subcontractors, etc.;
    • Most examples and names of laws, etc. are for USA. Other jurisdictions may have similar rules of law and regulations.
    • Caution (caveat): Monarchies and socialist may be similar to democratic countries -- or very different.
    • Caveat: Some countries, such as those with religious oligarchy, or with communist party governments, may:
      • Assign you what you can or must do for an occupation; such as:
        • Educational goal assigned according to gender, talent, aptitude and achievement testing results, and
        • Decisions such as quotas, for the various jurisdictions, down to your own town and block committees, etc.
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    Don't be deterred nor let regulations, red tape or opinions stop you. Decide to learn about complying (or expect to be treated as if you should have known!) with city, county, state, national government regulations and tax laws (as required); work through "red tape" of "regs" including:
    • Register your company name (if you are sole proprietor or partnership, file your doing business as, called "dba", at county courthouse), etc.
      • If sole proprietor, use your own personal social security number as company ID number, or other assigned number, for sending in employee tax and FICA and matching FICA employer "contribution" payments, and your own, as well;
    • Get required W4 filled in, filed, social security numbers, claim dependents, etc., for employees;
    • Find out about requirements for insurance of various kind,
    • Keep required business records: logs, journals, compile taxable receipts and do cost records;
      • Do all purchase and payments, with business checks, as record;
      • Keep records for deductions, depreciation of equipment, etc.;
    • Make reports send in; give out copies to employees;
    • Post copies of some licenses, proof of registrations, sales tax permit, etc.
    • Federal tax ID number for your LLC, or such;
    • Withhold IRS, FICA (social security) and such and state income taxes and send in quarterly,
    • Comply with labor postings for OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Admin.), EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Admin.) laws, etc.;
    • Commercial licensing for vehicle and driver (for certain sizes and types of vehicles), etc.
    • Incorporate if you need to limit liability (Inc., LLC, and such);
    • Register for "sales tax" (plus some nations have VAT, value added tax) and such;
    • Trade and professional certifications and license (plumber, electrician, etc.).
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    Expect help and courtesy from many departments who may eventually or occasionally visit your place of business, if you have one, including:
    • Fire department inspects the size, number, accessibility of fire extinguishers, identifying exits, exit doors unlocked for inside, and to open outward, and signs like "NOT an exit", etc.;
    • Building "certificate of occupancy" (number of customers allowed, such as seating and standing room),
    • Health department inspections (if preparing/handling food),
      • Comply with laws about hazardous materials,
    • Get building inspections for new wiring, plumbing, etc.;
    • Engineering and reports for septic tank and soil percolation test, especially near bodies of water;
    • Survey for building set-back from street,
    • Landscaping requirements: established lawn, etc.;
    • Ensure legality of rainwater run-off from lot, parking (and such) about flow amount, area and about roof run-off regs about distance from property lines, storm drains, etc.
    • Permit for new fence, business signs, parking space and other such laws,
    • Copyright and patent laws, social and legal considerations...
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    Imagine without fear how and when you may innovate in the area of work and creating jobs. You should not wait for the economy to decide your future. Consider, start thinking, planning, saving and eventually you might start a business or company. Large companies are likely to create plenty of industrial and manufacturing jobs in coming years, but can you say:
    • How many of those new jobs that are created will be in the U.S. with the global economy growing and attracting business?
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    Develop self-esteem using a one track mind: like great entrepreneurs and inventors who were criticized for taking huge risks, being stubbornly or oddly of an extremely "one-track-mind". They were pioneers who "blazed new trails."
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    Devote your time to your calling -- as when inventing the light bulb, Edison reportedly worked 18 hours a day and tried over 1000 different filaments and other ideas to become more successful.
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    Take a risk: "Be the change you want to see in the world." (Gandhi)
    • So, find an area of intense causation (every activity has a cause) in yourself such as the more famous innovators had.
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    Motivate yourself; get trained and educated "enough" or "just enough" for turning out to:
    • Be a unique student (You are one of a kind!) with ability to create and innovate.
    • Join the next generation of mavericks of business pioneers?
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    Live Urgently, and do what you may to ignite your own job creation, and to show how you can be the best at educating yourself, and the kids.
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    Inspire yourself to enough intensity within so that you can get started working "smarter" (not just harder), learning and thinking more and then keeping yourself on your various goals to get on and stay on track.

Method 3
Just Do It

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    Get training and education that you need to be a maverick-entrepreneur. Stop Making Excuses: Plan. Save. Search. Network. Create.
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    Consider whether to Leverage a Business With Other People's Money -- which may mean "borrow to invest." But it might be "no down payment" if you find a motivated seller -- and if real estate, then dependable renters in your building can pay the bills and the mortgage, for example; that is how rentals work (be reasonable and maintain property; expect renters to cause ordinary wear and tear; so that as landlord, you usually should do the needed, usual kinds of repairs).
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    Decide whether to buy a business or rental property: in your name or in a new corporate name. Search for an opportunity. One usually only can and will find any desired item, if one is looking: Look for opportunity or look for ways to "create your own luck".
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    Use up to 100% OPM, ie: the principle of using "other people's money." Make sure:
    • That you are getting a very good deal (paying less than market value) in a stable or improving location.
    • "Make your profit when you buy your merchandise" means you buy right and sell right -- whether its retail, wholesale, raw materials, real estate, ideas, talent or hiring people as smart or smarter than yourself (who needs unsuitable goods or lazy workers?)!
    • That you have real potential to increase the value significantly by fixing-up with repairs, and dressing up with some inexpensive, minor improvements.
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    Visualize creatively that your customers and/or your renters pay for the deal for you. You, therefore, would need only a little money to own your business or property. Consider holding your purchase so that the business income or rents pay it off for you over the course of time.
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    Make a profit. Is more money coming in than is going out, over a period of time? Do you see that when you own a business or rental property that you need to make a "positive cash flow" (or call it a profit) to have the business pay you and pay for itself -- to avoid going broke.
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    Buy low and sell high applies to anything. Check the contents of your bank account, pockets or purse -- "Where's the money?" If you can not make a positive cash flow, significant profit, you might still stay in business, if the reason that there is "not a good profit" is called a "loss on paper," ie: after all expenses of the business are paid and depreciation is figured on the equipment, and on improvements and fixtures -- then you are still able to exist pretty-well, and hold on and eventually it can get better...
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    Work up to twice as many hours in your business as you would like until it improves. Many store owners have lived in the attic or the back of the store to get it up and running.
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    Recognize how the game has changed. Several decades after World War II, the great American job creating economy made plenty of jobs: but how many new innovators? Jobs were plentiful including 20 million in the 1990s: "But since December 1999, there has been 'zero net job' creation—'nada, zippo'."[1] Understand that this has positive as well as the obvious negative effects for jobs creators.
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    Make Money and create employment opportunities, even if it is not your most preferred area. (Realize that one in six Americans -- Spring, 2010 -- was unemployed or under-employed, in essence: can not find full-time work or that pays. Some economists say to expect pre-recession levels in around 2016.[1])
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    Consider how you may create even a job for not only yourself but for both graduates and dropouts: if you can, and help those looking for work -- and especially until the economy and job growth recover.

Method 4
Expect to Do It Yourself

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    Don't wait for your educational system or government to turn "scholars" into innovative business pioneers! That kind of assumption would be a problem. That has not been the pattern of success. One must launch -- go get your share by starting small but dreaming big.
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    Try to encourage the politicians to pursue real bipartisan programs not with a mere two, four or six from another party or ideology to help your prospects in business. All parties could love creating pure opportunities and jobs in the private sector, if possible.
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    Join with others to write your representatives and to write your senators to encourage legislation for better small business opportunity, small business loans, infrastructure careers and jobs, to ease the unemployment as much as possible -- especially to open up lending for existing and new entrepreneurs, small businesses. But progress may be painfully slow for millions of families. Be sure to include your town or city and postal zip code to avoid having your emails or letters ignored as from anonymous person.
    • Consider rallying with other people to shout with a PAC, T.E.A. Party or the newer "Coffee Party", or a formal political party, etc. for renewing the economic ideals and incentives for the long term, long run, for the American light, medium and heavy industries to help create the atmosphere for small business and working for profit.
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    Try to buy your own area or nation's products to support your economy for the good of your business efforts, for example: "Buy American" during this the hardest "international" competition of a lifetime.
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    Check the evidence to see that you can win the economic race. Signs of unbelievable ideas that bring on decline are all around us:[1]
      • The lower 20 floors of the new World Trade Center is to be enclosed in glass made in China?
      • Who ordered the new 28-foot statue of Martin Luther King Jr. for the Mall in Washington from the Chinese workshops?
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    Consider, "Get even!" -- but first maybe you should get mad -- and then get into business in whatever works for you and create jobs.
    • Remember what made the U.S. a most dynamic nation in the world and can do so again: Consider the importance of educating the motivated and innovative young people. In their new book, Harvard economists Claudia Goldin and Larry Katz when the U.S. became the world’s richest nation at the beginning of the 20th century because we developed industries and educated more of our kids than anyone else.[2]
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    Consider influencing thousands of students over a lifetime as a teacher with alternative certification. "40,000 college seniors applied this year to Teach for America, the volunteer teaching corp."[1]
    • Consider starting a charter school (state chartered), private or church related school. Find or organize a group, club -- or more likely your kind of church that is interested in having a school; your church can furnish the class building, Chapel area, playground, cafeteria area, and parking lot, etc. Start with daycare, two preschool classes, then increase in the next year to include one or two kindergarten classes, and keep expanding.
    • When enough of you kindergarten graduates want to go to your first grade, then register first graders early as possible in the Spring for the Fall of that year; if can you build that up to two first grade classes, then start one second grade. This can grow to middle school (if you have few students then 3rd and 4th graders may be taught together in one classroom; also the 5th and 6th grader in another -- with different textbooks per grade level). Check related accredited schools for regional and national, private organizations for certifying teachers under guidelines for full accreditation after a period of time. State related accreditation, certification, may or may not be required in your state for private or church related schools.
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    Develop, improve or invent new products because: personal, scientific and technological research is key to job creation. MIT president Susan Hockfield notes that "investment after World War II created waves of new industries and jobs in electronics, nuclear power, aerospace, communications, and computing."[1]
    • Don't be slow relative to other hungry competition. As "New York Times" columnist Thomas Friedman points out, we "have only a tiny handful of the top 10 global companies in emerging green industries" so far in the U.S.[1]
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    Be Reliable, and expect relentless competition. It is here to stay. You shouldn’t be scared off nor discouraged by hard work and competition. That’s not who you are, if you have the kind of ambition required to do this innovating.
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    Innovate during a time of adversity, “Get used to it, get over it, and get on with it.” per a preacher Peter Gomes, saying about how one should handle adversity in life.[1]
    • Until you are an employer you may need to search for a job. Try using "free job search tools" such as one at Parade Magazine,[3]


  • Since when did it become the business sector responsibility for success or "failure" of your education to turn you out as a business pioneer? Such an assumption is a problem, but many young grads have no experience and you have to educate/re-educate them as needed.
    • Each person must decide one's own career path and destiny.
      • You can not expect the business or industry to take responsibility for your business and work "success or failure", but you could create jobs!

Look at the list of ways for persons of some mobility, some mental acuity, can create one or more jobs:

  • When writing emails and/or letters to government officials, include your complete address to avoid having your writing ignored.
  • You may just need just one, but you can find a hundred, or hundreds, more ideas besides these.
  • Examples of creating any sort of odd jobs -- part-time -- up to full-time, as starters, just try fulfilling needs, such as:
    • flea-market other people's junk,
    • go around, pick up and sell junk and scrap metal on garbage days,
    • get food and shelter for washing clothes, dishes, etc. (it happens);
    • residential, clean houses,
    • commercial, clean offices,
    • make repairs and maintenance on:
      • cars, mowers, etc.
      • computers,
      • houses;
    • wash windows,
    • babysit,
    • create a daycare (get licensed),
    • cook,
    • sell greeting cards,
    • house sit,
    • paint,
    • sew, monogram, embroider, alter clothes;
    • tint windows,
    • do remodeling,
    • gardening,
    • rake leaves,
    • shovel snow,
    • walk dogs,
    • groom dogs,
    • do help-personals:
      • elderly in their homes;
      • sick or recovering;
      • shopping services...
    • sell your art;
    • sell your writing skills at college;
    • do word processing;
    • do bookkeeping, do tax return forms,...


  • Politicians may put too much emphasis on a college education for help. That is why someone who seeks a loan for career training (not a four year degree) may have difficulty to get a loan!
  • Firms could train staff for many new jobs (e.g. computer programming, IT, HR, sales, etc) and pay you less until the training was completed, but the firms may look to foreign workers for cheaper already trained help from other countries.
  • In the past children finished about two more years of schooling than their parents, but not now. Some slowed down and others sped up:[1]
    • America's college graduation rates of young people have fallen into 12th place.
    • In the 1960s, the U.S. had the top high school graduation rate in the world; by the early 2000s, we were 19th.
  • Politics can hurt or help you; so think about not working against politicians who allow or erect self-defeating rules and trade barriers — like those which allegedly helped to spark the Great Depression, when other nations may have therefore not bought your nations products.[1]

Sources and Citations

  • Partially adapted from "How America Can Create New Jobs," by David Gergen: Adviser to four Presidents; a Professor of Public Service at Harvard -- and a Senior Political Analyst at CNN -- and a Board Member of Teach for America].
  1. in his article by David Gergen, Professor of Public Service at Harvard and Senior Political Analyst at CNN
  2. Claudia Goldin and Larry Katz, "The Race between Education and Technology", Harvard University Press; 2008.
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