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Got Laid-Off? Time to Start Your Freelance Career

Posted by Valencia on June 30th, 2008

laid-off.jpgA recent lay off creates a tailspin of emotions. How will I provide for myself and family? What will I do for health insurance? How long can I survive without a steady paycheck?

Some people are fortunate, and they’re able to find new employment within a few weeks. Then again, if you work in a competitive field, or a low-demand service industry, it can be awhile before a new opportunity knocks.

There’s nothing exciting or glamorous about unemployment. Yeah, you get to enjoy a little down time, and you may be slightly relieved that your old, stressful job is finally behind you. But then reality sets in…and you need a plan.

There’s no better time to start a freelance career than after a recent lay off or job loss, considering you have “some” cash flow (savings, spouse, severance pay, unemployment, etc.) But, how do you get started?

The Escape from Corporate America blog recently featured an article on how to get started in freelancing or consulting. Even if you never considered yourself an entrepreneur, it doesn’t hurt to give it a try.

Besides, what else are you doing with your time? Sleeping late and waiting for an interview? You might as well make some money in the meantime.

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