Thread regarding Ford layoffs

Starting your own business?

I wonder how many have gone and started their own business using the experience gained in this company?
I’ve been here a long time but I have a few more years until retirement and lately I’ve been thinking about whether it’s worth taking the risk and starting my own business, rather than waiting for retirement here.

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Post ID: @OP+1aGhtZel

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@2wxv spot on.
We have people in our department running their own business on company time.
They claim to be working @ Ford during the day, but everyone knows they are not.
One guy runs his restaurant and he can be seen physically working at his restaurant everyday while getting paid by Ford for “working” at Ford.
Another guy has a landscaping business, you can here mowers and weedwackers running when he is attending team meetings.
Both of these guys also manufacture comp time by claiming any time spent working outside of 8-5 as comp time.
One guy has 4 months of comp time banked, all of it manufactured out of thin air.

It is the Ford way, steal from the company.

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Post ID: @2vsw+1aGhtZel

Why are you id--ts waiting to retire before starting and running your own business?? I know current full time employees that maintain their business while on company time and even while using a company manufacturing plate car everyday!
No doubt WFH made this easier, but if you're slippery enough, you can easily pull it off even when you have to be reporting to the office daily. I've seen it.

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Post ID: @2wxv+1aGhtZel

I was looking into the semiconductor chip manufacturing business. Possibly some operations in the old Troy, MI Kmart HQ but this looks very complicated.

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Post ID: @2yml+1aGhtZel

Skills learned at Ford are really only relevant in a large dysfunctional bureaucratic environment. You would never run a company like Ford. If you start young enough, you can unlearned what you learned at Ford and start from scratch. This assumes you want to start a business to generate enough profit to pay yourself a salary similar to your Ford salary.

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Post ID: @2cet+1aGhtZel

You'll be amazed what getting clients is all about and the time it takes to run a business. I love it but it is a lifestyle. You at IT, technical and PR all in one. At least you don't need to deal with HR because you or one of your close associates will be.

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Post ID: @2jjc+1aGhtZel

Myself and I know of one other coworker who did. However, we did this when we were in our early 30’s. Retirement is too late. We did use a lot of skills Ford taught us.

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Post ID: @1phl+1aGhtZel

Last 12 months Im trying to effing unlearn my experience at Ford.....
I challenge anyone to site people who have worked for Ford for more than 10 years and THEN went on to become entrepreneurs...you will find none!!

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Post ID: @1rws+1aGhtZel

Lets see - Ford experience:

  • Work at most 2 hours of an 8 hour day
  • Copy/Paste all day in Excel and PP
  • Blindly follow orders from above
  • good luck trying to monetize that in the real world!
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Post ID: @1jfs+1aGhtZel

Don't retire rewire is a book about what you are asking.

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Post ID: @1iua+1aGhtZel

Hi OP I am the ....Zel poster please forgive me and lighten up please..... you might as well have some fun before the new world order with their totalitarian lockdowns and PC politics suck the life out of everything.

I'm not mocking your post I'm mocking the corrupt corporatocracy we live in.

Seriously most Ford Motor Company jobs will teach you to suck up to corporate politicians and are not great for learning skills that are good for starting your own company in my opinion. You would be better off at a smaller more fast moving nimble company .....or just getting really focused on discovering what opportunities are a good fit for you then doing self study and deep work and networking with people who can help you like a mastermind group and then GOING FOR IT.

Good luck

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Post ID: @1ysq+1aGhtZel

Post ID: @llh+1aGhtZel
This is a thoughtful post and you have to be an a$$. Please grow up or find another blog to haunt.

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Post ID: @qab+1aGhtZel

I thought about starting my own auto company but it's pretty expensive.

I thought about getting into HR but I'm a white man and HR hates white men and lays them off as soon as they get a chance because they learned in college about critical race theory.

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Post ID: @llh+1aGhtZel

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