It's been written that we're heading toward a world in which most workers will be in effect contractors or temps, and self-employment will become the norm.
Millions of jobs in the United States have been outsourced to China, Mexico, India, and elsewhere.
Outsourcing does not have to be a problem that has to effect you.
Starting up and operating your own screen printing business provides a certain "immunity" to the outsourcing problem.
- Reason #1: Logistics. It's not practical to produce small to medium size orders of custom printed shirts (or other custom printed goods) and ship them to customers thousands of miles away. The cost of shipping is prohibitive.
- Reason #2: Delivery time. Most customers need to have orders in their hands quickly. Overseas production simply cannot deliver the orders in a timely manner. As a a result, being a local or regional supplier of custom printed products will continue to be a line of work that will be largely unaffected by globalization for the foreseeable future.
Moreover, becoming a self employed screen printer, sign maker, or apparel printer does not require extensive (or expensive) training. For just a fraction of the cost of a college education, you can be up and running with your own screen printing business. If grow your business sensibly, you won't be saddled with a large debt burden and you will have built yourself a lifetime, money-making business.
Many "right out of high school" unskilled manufacturing and construction jobs are a thing of the past. They aren't coming back because the U.S. can't compete in a world market cost-wise. Good jobs are still here in America, but many refuse to acquire the knowledge and skill set to get started. Instead of waiting for the "good old days" to return, why not instead obtain some new credentials? Learn a trade that will serve you for life. Screen printing is one of these trades.
If you want a better life for yourself and your family, get your mind right and get started in screen printing. Those that work harder and smarter than their peers, usually succeed. Determination and persistence is key. True motivation leads to success and this comes from within, whether you were born with a silver spoon in your mouth or somewhere in the ghetto. The most important thing to remember is don't let anyone tell that you can't–because you can. You just have to believe it and no one can do that but you.