An Open Letter to Millennials Like Talia…
Stefanie Williams

As a small business owner, I often have conversations with other business owners from all types of industries. And they are ALWAYS in 100% agreement when I say, “There are a lot of people who want a job, but it’s real hard to find somebody who wants to work.”

A couple of additions to the author’s points:

  1. Take off the blinders. Publicly traded corporations are not “the economy”. According to U.S. Census Bureau data, employer firms with fewer than 100 workers employed 34.3 percent (of the work force), and those with less than 20 workers employed 17.6 percent.
  2. In my conversations, the growth of most small businesses is limited not by capital, but by the inability to hire and keep competent staff. “Competent” means employees who actually show up and who keep getting better at what they do. “Good” employees (i.e.: employees whose productivity is at least 50% of the business’s owner) are even harder to find. Considering these low standards, it should’t be all that difficult to make yourself invaluable. To quote filmaker Woody Allen, “80% of success is just showing up.” Here’s another quote from most of the adult world, “Work sucks, but you have to do it. Get moving.”