se my brain and other abilities I didn’t know I had. I couldn’t go back to working at a “real” job. I had more guts than money and decided to just go for it. It was a lot different then. $4000 could get you an office, furniture and telephones…..all I needed to take the plunge.
So here I am 34 years later. It’s been a roller coaster ride of high rolling years of plenty and frantic "will I ever make another placement" periods of despair. I cried at my desk in 1981 when I thought it was all over because I just lost 2 deals and had no new job orders. In 1988 I bought myself a beautiful chunky gold & diamond bracelet to celebrate all the successful placements I made and the $$$ that were rolling in. Through some of those years I was a single mom with two kids depending on me to bring home the pizza and pay the rent. I had two states of mind at work, euphoria and despondency.
Through it all I just kept rowing the boat. There wasn't much choice because I was too stubborn and proud to not make it. Of course, there was that year that I worked part-time as a bartender to help pay the bills....but that ended up being a lot of fun and gave me a whole other story to tell someday. It got me through 1981 and kept my name on the door of the business.
Being self-employed is not for the faint of heart. Maybe you just have to be a little crazy and a lot courageous, or the other way around. Or then again, in my case and apparently Maureen's, you just have to make a terrible employee and not have much choice except to be self-employed.
If you need security and a stable income (and you’re sane) being self-employed is not the way to go. If you are a risk-taker and have enough confidence in your ability and your determination to make it work, then go for it. There have been plenty of times over the years I wished with all my heart that I was getting a paycheck every week instead of being the chief cook. But now, looking back and ahead, I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Added by Fran Hogan at 9:48pm on November 16, 2009
t that recessions tend to focus our minds, and we're more likely to watch out cash flow, pay more attention to the quality of our hires, work hard, and seek out clients who can pay.
People who lost their jobs in boom times and struggled to find work were in the same boat as people who lost jobs recently. I don't mean to make light of someone who lost a position, but if you are out of work, you should be spending 8 hours a day looking for work.
Personally, I'm going to make 2009 my best year ever. I'm going to double what I made in any other year - no matter what it takes to do so. That's my dream - because my wife wants a house on the beach too, though I've told her we'll just rent in Del Mar and live in Texas. Cheaper on the income taxes.
John Sumser said:I don't think it's possible to overestimate the impact that the media is having on perceptions of the Recession. Provoking fear (which requires a load of status updating and reassurrance) is the best way to sell news media.
The more scared you are, the more you have to check to see if there's still a reason to be scared.
It's very primal stuff (and very manipulative).
When you consider the fact that the folks in the News Media are all insecure (because their jobs are going away), it's reasonably easy to see the way their fears are amplified. It's a great big echo chamber.
Around here, the restaurants have waiting lines and the malls seem reasonably busy. There are a lot of vacant houses (where do those people go?). Since there's no banking or manufacturing, most jobs are reasonably secure.
I really like this chart (courtesy Brian DeGroodt) . It shows the ups and downs of the stock market (DJIA) since 1928. We aren't even close to the worst it's ever been.
So, like I've been saying, focus on the dream and make room for it to come true. This is a powerful time to get clear about exactly what you want. It's a skill that will serve you in any economic climate.
If you believe that your dreams can't be fulfilled, then they won't be. The hardest time to dream is when everyone says not to.