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The pros and cons of being self employed

The pros and cons of being self employed

Somehow I always knew that I wanted to "do something on my own". It was more of a subliminal feeling. Working in a suit, sitting in the office, that was always absurd to me. Sure, I’ve been employed before and it was not the typical nine to five job, but  still I couldn’t find satisfaction in it. Money was never that important to me, or let's put it this way: the money I need for a living is so little that any career plan wouldn’t be bothered by it. If something annoys me or if I find something meaningless, I analyze the problem and try to solve it. Of course, this is not always possible with some things, but paired with my "I can do it better anyway" attitude unfortunately often leads to megalomania and in this case to founding Manitober. In this case I use the phrase self-employed as a synonym for self-responsible, because I'm not a classical freelancer. While some can immerse as an employee and can pretend to make their work look hard, when you on your own it’s rather : You can’t get something from nothing!

And who knows that he is not getting paid for doing nothing prefers a job that doesn’t feel too much like work. Of course you can spontaneously go on holiday, drink beer at lunch time or take some time off whenever you want, but I can say from my own experience, it’s not that easy and already requires a certain amount of preparation. That's probably the difference: As a self-employed person you try to optimize your position, get better jobs, improve the portfolio, build something up. You can then feed on this later, while as an employee, you are only slowly ascending the ladder and somehow always dependent on many others. I just like the combination of freedom and the feeling to realize your own idea. I can understand, if one quarrels with self-responsibility to work, be it because of the financial security, not wanting to give up the developed situation or the continuous bureaucratic effort.

But the most important reason for me to think about it is the fact that you always work, even when you think you’re not. I have to admit, I may have underestimated that, and while some employees may enjoy their time off now, I'm sitting on the couch in the evenings, typing these lines. So if you can’t switch off very well, have a pretty perfectionist streak and are rarely satisfied with yourself, then you should become aware that being a founder is a bigger part of your everyday life than a nine to five job. All other worries, on the other hand, will soon turn out to be a "right decision".

E-Scooter Invasion

E-Scooter Invasion

Everyone living in a bigger City will have a hard time overlooking the army of electric scooters that have shaped the cities scape for several weeks now. Unfortunately, since I don't use them myself, I'm tempted to find them extremely redundant and that's not due to my hesitation about fast tools of transportation. Maybe they are a missing puzzle piece in urban mobility? However, I have my reservations. Interesting about most providers: The data of the scooters are available, thanks to open data policy. This means that the movements, downtimes and distances traveled are easy to comprehend and analyze. And that's exactly what some have already done. It is hardly surprising that the average distance traveled is exactly between walking (0.9 km) and cycling (3.4 km). Especially in Hamburg, where there are actually only 3 ½ metro and 2 ½ S Bahn lines or in Berlin, where all roads are just incredible long, I actually feel  a little immobile without a bike sometimes.

Im terms of environmental issues, the e-scooter is rather disappointing. Although the locomotion is 'emission-free', but of course the scooters must also be loaded, for which they are collected by car. You can see where this goes ...

The average life of a scooter moves, depending on the source, is between one and six months – the truth is probably somewhere in between. If you now put the production of scooters, the charging and repairing in relation to the saved trips with cars and an average of 2-3 borrowing a day (as a data analysis found out), a positive impact on the environment remains questionable to me.. 

 

A brief summary of the european elections

A brief summary of the european elections

Two weeks since the European election – time for a recap! One positive turn out is the participation which has risen by almost 10 percent in Germany. This shows not only the increased importance of international solutions that people want, but also a progressive politicization. Especially among young voters, the European elections and their impact on the climate crisis was an important issue, and not just because of active Youtubers. Because of their almost arrogant, cocky handling of legitimate criticism, the established parties have lost even more sympathy than they probably would have with the Rezo video alone. In return, many small parties have been able to use the European elections to attract attention. This also shows the Sunday question of yesterday: Other parties reached over nine percent. Also interesting: ‚Die Grünen’ would have been the strongest party, if yesterday would have been federal election. They combine the power of an established party with ecological and liberal values. Together with the ‚Linken‘, they combined twice as many votes in the European election as the AFD (and even more in the fictitious election of yesterday). As long as it stays that way, the parties in the center can continue to lose votes. Of course it’s a problem that right and extreme right-wing parties and 'politicians' sit in the European Parliament and the Bundestag. I see it like that: those people already existed before the AFD. They were members of the CDU / CSU, the NPD, the Republican or non-voters. Through their fusion, they have become more powerful, but also more controllable. They no longer hide behind christian values ​​and have obviously led to a renewed politicization of the population. They are an indicator of what is not working in this country and therefore, in a sense, are useful for political debate. But we shouldn’t get too used to it. © @seriously_kids