There is a palpable sense of unease around the office these days. It has increased in recent days
What with the increased tensions around negotiating NAFTA and the ongoing tensions with the . . . let’s call it what it is an all out trade war between the US and China.
You see, I work for a company that designs products and has those products built for us in China, yet we ensure quality and that they meet all North American (as well as our own) standards.
It’s good stuff and we are proud of what we sell as it not just being the cheapest crap that we stuff out onto the market, yet we are still competitive.
We sell out products to installers and end users throughout Canada and the US.
Our products are not easily installed by the average user (but it is possible), so mostly a professional installer is involved in the process.
This means that through us selling our products we not only help the local economy, as well as help the Canadian economy, but we also help the economy of wherever our products are sold and installed.
Yet, because we are in Canada, and import products from China and then export them to the US then we are can be hit twice from these ongoing trade wars that the US is waging.
What this means is that, as I said, our own economic outlook is uncertain, as all of these extra costs unnecessarily inflates our costs and makes us less competitive, through no fault of our own.
My co-workers and I have our own “doomsday clock” where midnight means that Boss just throws up his hands and says . . .
“F*CKIT! I’M GOING TO DO SOME OTHER BUSINESS!”
At which point Boss will most likely go back to being a one man operation as he reconfigures into some other business that is not vulnerable to these pressures.
As of yesterday at close of business we co-workers figured that we are now at half a minute to that happening.
All I can say is that I am glad that I am where I am: Debt Free and building my savings instead of where I was five years ago: buried in debt with no hope of getting out from under it.
I would have been screwed and unable to pay any of those bills if I lost my job back then.
I will take that thought with me as I take it one paycheque at a time and continue to move forward as I save and conserve what I can as I build my savings and in so doing build my future.
As always: Keep your head up, your attitude positive, and keep moving forward!