By the 1880’s life in the United States was changing from agrarian and small town to industrial and urban. Some farmers were the original “halfpreneurs” doing both farming and running a small business (making carriage wheels, barrels, rope, from their barn or house. In the small towns and cities, most business were run by one person or a family, things were changing. With the growth of the industrial revolution came factories, and a need for workers to run the machines, fix the machines, build the factories, build the roads for workers and materials to get to and from the factories. Manufactured goods meant for the first time ever the ordinary person might buy all the premade clothes or shoes they could afford. The day when only the self-employed tailor or shoe-makers could outfit you had come to an end. Of course the need for a skilled tailor or cobbler never went away, but if you need one today, they might be difficult to find. In the 1880s organized labor began to call for a holiday to celebrate the work of U.S. workers. In 1894, Congress declared Labor Day, a national holiday.
But if you are reading this blog, you probably have some type of small business of your own or want to start one. The U.S. laborer working for organized labor certainly contributed to the building of this country, but so didn’t the village shop owner or crafts person . So if you are one of their successors (or want to be) with your online goods or services or a craft or service you provide from home or “office” don’t forget to celebrate your labors as well for you may have discovered what the “employed” have never considered or taken seriously.
” Your real security is yourself. You know you can do it, and they can’t ever take that away from you.” — Mae West
“People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. The people who get on in this world are those who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.” — George Bernard Shaw
“No amount of money, no matter how much it is, will ever compensate you sufficiently for remaining in a job that is drudgery and robs you of your spirit, or one that prevents you from fulfilling a dream.” — John Kehoe
“You miss 100% of the shots you never take.” — Wayne Gretzky
“There is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way.” — Christopher Morley