By Raymond Mhor
BUT… what is really looming on the horizon are layoffs.
See, it is cool to talk about how you are prepared to deal with all these “what if” situations sitting out there. But are you truly prepared when you get that pink slip?
The odds of being laid off from your job are far more probable than the walking dead ripping your nose off your face.
Signs of the coming layoff wave are already here.
We have seen that Elon Musk just laid off a huge number of Twitter employees.
Follow that up with Facebook, aka Meta.
In fact, Mark Zuckerberg just announced he was letting over 11,000 employees go. This is what he said…
Today I’m sharing some of the most difficult changes we’ve made in Meta’s history. I’ve decided to reduce the size of our team by about 13% and let more than 11,000 of our talented employees go. We are also taking a number of additional steps to become a leaner and more efficient company by cutting discretionary spending and extending our hiring freeze through Q1.
I want to take accountability for these decisions and for how we got here. I know this is tough for everyone, and I’m especially sorry for those impacted.
Uhhhh. Yeah, it is easy for him to say this. He has wads of cash in the bank, and who is going to fire him? He owns the company.
In fact, it is interesting to see a lot of tech companies are laying off. The Kobeissi Letter just posted this list of tech companies that are laying off as well as instituting hiring freezes.
- Twitter: 50%
- Cameo: 25%
- Robinhood: 23%
- Intel: 20%
- Snapchat: 20%
- Coinbase: 18%
- Opendoor: 18%
- Stripe: 14%
- Lyft: 13%
- Shopify: 10%
- Meta: “Thousands.”
- Apple: Hiring Freeze
- Amazon: Hiring Freeze
I will share with you later a website that posted probably 20 pages of companies that are going to be downsizing and laying off.
What’s the probable “apocalypse?”
I share all this because we like to talk about surviving when the SHTF or some Zombie Apocalypse.
But will these really affect you in the very near future?
But what will affect you and your family is if you or you and your spouse lose your jobs.
The great thing is if you are a prepper and you have prepared for some of these events you see in the movies and read about in books, then you probably are pretty set.
People in this position have created what I call “Food Insurance.”
See, with the high and continuing-to-rise food prices, one will have to think about how they are going to pay the bills, feed the family, and what will happen if little Johnny or little Jane gets sick. That unemployment check you ‘might’ get won’t go very far.
But, if you have stocked up food, medicine, and such, then you will not be dipping into the little bit of money you may possibly have come in. What many people do not realize is food is an investment, and when you have prepared, that food will be a God-send, and you will be glad you had the knowledge to stock up your pantry.
What happens if your pantry is pretty lean? Well, my best advice is to start stocking up now.
This is how you can take action now…
It is never too late to start building up your pantry. Our parents and grandparents did this in their day because they did not have the big box stores nor had restaurants on every corner where getting a meal was pretty easy like it is today.
Now, I am not telling you to start panic buying, but to start acquiring food you and your family eat and a steady pace now.
Good plans are…
The $5 Dollar Rule – every time you go to the store, buy $5 of food specifically for your pantry.
Buy Double Rule – if your family likes tuna, then instead of buying 2-3 cans, buy 4 – 6 cans and stock away the extra.
The 5 Can Rule – Like the $5 rule, buy five cans of food. I can’t take credit for this one; I learned this from Patara from ‘Appalachia’s Homestead with Patara’ when I interviewed her for my YouTube channel.
Buy In Bulk Rule – Instead of buying a lot of different food items, buy a case of pasta one time and then maybe a case of green beans, corn, or pasta sauce. Buying in bulk will help you save over the long run, and you don’t have to go out and repurchase that item for some time.
Finally, consider getting my book Survive The Coming Storm – The Poor Man’s Guide To Preserving Your Wealth in an Economic Collapse.
(Looking for more information about building up your food stores? Check out our free QUICKSTART Guide to building a 3-layer food storage system.)
Maybe what you can do is mix and match these plans and come up with something that is unique to you and your family.
The key is that you start acquiring food now. Don’t wait for tomorrow; start doing it now because the REALITY and odds of you getting the pink slip are growing better and better daily. As inflation grows, so will the job losses.
Understand you are nothing but a number to your employer.
Also, do not think you are too valuable to be replaced with someone better, faster or who will work for less pay. As much as I hate to say it, companies are no longer loyal to their employees. You are just a number to help them improve their bottom line and report positive earnings reports to their stockholders.
Don’t expect them to keep you on when hard times come to pass. If you do lose your job, be sure to take these steps to put yourself in the best possible position.
I mentioned a website that is tracking all this. It is called intellizence.com. They have assembled a massive list of companies that are going to start the layoff process. It might be wise of you to check this list and see if the company you work for is listed.
But not only that, if your company has anything to do with any of these companies listed, then take heed because it boils down to supply chain and interoperability.
If Company “A” makes bolts for you and you can not get them anywhere else, and they start laying off, guess what? You are not going to get your bolts.
So how does that affect the company you work for? It will slow down production and if that happens, guess what your company will do? Yes, start laying off all because they cannot get those bolts from Company “A.”
You need to be prepared for the layoff wave. It’s already here.
I hope that this article has given you some ideas as well as food for thought. Please do not think that this can’t happen to you, it is becoming an economic epidemic, and many are going to lose their jobs. The best thing to do is know it is coming, and you can do something about it now.
Have you ever been laid off or lost a job? If so, do you have any advice to share with others who may find themselves in that position? Do you feel like your neck might be on the chopping block soon? What are your plans?
Let’s talk about it in the comments.
Raymond Mhor is The Kilted Prepper. He is an author, blogger, and internet influencer who has been in the survival arena for over 20 years. Ray has eight books, multiple television appearances, and many radio and podcast interviews to his credit.
Ray’s motto is “Real Prepping for Real People – None of the Hollywood Stuff.”
He currently lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia with his wife, Cynthia, his daughter, and their three dogs. The Mhor family enjoys living the homesteading and preparedness lifestyle. He can be found at Facebook, Truth Social, Instagram, Linkedin, and YouTube.