Your layoff can produce life!
“I’m here to tell you that your position has been eliminated…”
I really don’t remember much of what he said after that.
Termination was the last thing on my mind that Monday in March several years ago. I NEVER imagined that the area manager, unexpectedly zipping through the property early that morning, was THERE – FOR – ME. ??
If you’ve ever been laid off, you know how surreal it can be in those first few moments immediately after. Somehow, you’ve got to gather yourself, get up from the chair, and walk through your now-former place of employment without falling on your face.
Good luck with that.
So, now what? My recently, but happily-divorced, brand-new mother-self wasn’t quite sure what to do. That job gave me stability after divorce and, until that moment, I hadn’t worried about money. In the blink of an eye, it all changed. To make matters worse, I hadn’t seen it coming.
I had a child to care for and bills to pay! I had a mortgage to maintain! How was this supposed to work?
After the sting wore off, a realization set in. A self-assessment was long overdue. Big decisions were looming and I had to be honest about who my ‘work self’ was.
Here’s what I came to terms with.
I’m easily restless. Doing the same job over and over again aggravates me. It sucks the life and joy out of my day. Running on a schedule and punching a clock for someone else is just painful. So, while the layoff was a shock to the system, it wasn’t completely unwelcome.
I was ready for something new and I saw a HUGE opportunity.
Options, Options, Options
I’d wanted to work for myself for a very long time. I dreamed and daydreamed about it and the itch just wouldn’t go away.
I’ve tried several ventures over the years, but I remember at one point trying to sell Mary Kay Coooos-metics. Imagine trying to sell makeup when you just really don’t care about makeup. ???
That doesn’t work too well and it most definitely didn’t work for me.
It did, however, give me a taste of working by my own rules, in my own time, and striving to reach my own goals!
BEST – FEELING – EVER!
So, a few weeks later, while sitting in the kitchen feeding my then two-year-old and contemplating next steps, I made a decision to change my focus.
Why not help people just like me?
I pivoted into a totally different industry and began helping business owners build their online presence. I started by designing small business websites and quickly moved to teach entrepreneurs how social media integrated with their sites to increase business.
That led to my love of social media. This new digital phenomenon was great from a personal perspective, and I also saw how it could help small business owners thrive in ways they couldn’t before. It opened doors for entrepreneurs who didn’t have a budget for magazine, newspaper, and television ads.
Now, small business owners can get their product or service in front of thousands of potential customers…for $10! Before social media, even an ad in the local city or county newspaper could run you $500!
As for me, it allowed me to thrive in a space and place I’d created for myself. It felt wonderful, crazy, scary, overwhelming, and peaceful all at the same time.
I found purpose in helping other small business owners build their own online space in the social mediasphere.
Entrepreneurship can be tough, euphoric, and tear-inducing.
Calling it overwhelming is an understatement.
We’ve got 20 things to do in one day… every day, and sometimes we need help.
Allowing someone else to manage the pieces we aren’t so good at or just don’t have time for allows us to thrive.
So, if you need help finding your social media ‘space’, connect with me.
I can help you create and implement a strategy and free up your time to focus on other parts of your business.
Send me a message or schedule a time to talk.
Let’s get this done!