Bill Tatro
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I’m currently on pins and needles.  At any moment, I’m expecting a phone call from the White House which will confirm my presence as a specially invited guest at the president’s next major speech regarding job creation.  I don’t anticipate accepting a seat next to the jovial dude in the group, that one that always seems to be seated directly behind the president.  I will, however, gladly agree to sit right beside the First Lady the next time the president addresses Congress.  Okay, on second thought, I’ll sit next to the jovial dude.  Why, you ask, should I be deemed with this honor?  It’s very simple.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) or myself, take your pick — I am a job creator.  Yet, according to my good friend Milo, an ivory tower academician, my logic is a little thin.  But heck, isn’t everyone’s?  

So here it goes.  At the grocery store the other day, I was asked once again if I would like some help with taking my groceries to the car.  Normally, my answer is no.  Yet, this time, for personal reasons (recent hip replacement), I said yes.  At the car, I asked the young man if he was compensated for this service.  He replied, “No sir, it’s part of the job.”  I then told him that I always shop on the same day at the same time, and that I’d like to have a shopping cart “at the ready” for my personal use.  For that service, I was willing to pay $5 per visit, with no employment benefits.  He readily accepted my terms.  Technically, this was a job over and above his existing job.  Albeit, it is a part-time job, but it’s still counted in the BLS monthly job statistics as far as I’m concerned.  

Continuing on, I recently asked my neighbor’s son if he could put my garbage cans at the curb for weekly pickup.  For that service, I was willing to pay $2 per week, with no employment benefits.  He gratefully accepted, and another job was added to the pallet of employment.  

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Bill Tatro

Along with his 40-years of dedication in the financial services industry, Bill is the President and CEO of GPSforLife, has authored a highly successful book entitled The One-Hour Survival Guide for the Downsized, acts as editor-in-chief of his dynamic monthly financial newsletter MacroProfit, maintains his very own website at billtatro.com, and faithfully continues his third decade on the radio with It’s All About Money which can be heard Monday through Friday on Money Radio 1510 KFNN (Phoenix, AZ). Bill can be reached via email: gpsforlife@yahoo.com.