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Step One: Don't panic!

On Dec. 7, 2011, I was laid off the second time.

I was out in the garage doing some work, when I saw several voicemails. It was the HR department where I worked. At least up until that day.

The call started with, "I don't know if you've heard, but we had to let Larry go this morning."

Larry and I were hired the same day, and it didn't take an idiot to quickly figure out what the next words would be from the HR person.

It was a short call, and I took a few minutes to gather my thoughts.

"You've been through this before," I told myself. Time to get over it quickly.

By the time that I went into the house, I had stopped caring about that job. That's just how it had to be.

In the ensuing weeks, I had plenty of extra time to think about what I wanted to do, I began to think about what I would do next.

For various reasons, returning to where I had a home and lived for the previous nine years wasn't possible. I had to stay where I was. 

I took a job temporarily, and when that ended, I began to think about what would come next.

What skills and knowledge did I have? Would I be able to make it on my own?

I was fairly disgusted with the corporate world, and it was obvious that there was no company loyalty - not even for high performers. When it came down to it, you and I and most everyone else are still a line item in someone's budget.

  • Valid skills: Writing, editing, page layout, photo editing, tenacity
  • Useless to the corporate world: Experience, loyalty, knowledge, creativity

With that in mind, an idea began to form: Use all of the knowledge that I've accumulated and create a website.

This was all well and good, and my idea made sense. However, I still had to bring in some money, because my dwindling bank account was becoming huge problem.