August 3, 2009 7 Comments AUTHOR: brucemarler CATEGORIES: Random Tags: , ,

Screw The Economy And Go For It!

As with most people right now I have many friends out of work, some have been looking for something solid for over a year. Many of them are top end, quality sales people who know how to close a deal, get stuff done, and in normal times are sought after daily by leading tech companies. Obvioulsy things are different these days….

We all know people that were previously well thought of employees of companies that have had a hard time finding the employment they want and rightly deserve.  Many have depleted their savings, lost their homes, went bankrupt, etc. Its tough and I hate to see good people go through this. I do not have this sympathy for everyone since I think at times certrain people will always find an excuse not to  be successful, for them I have no compassion, sorry just don’t. They seem to find away to have an excuse even during boom times.

But recently I was having a conversation with a friend of mine I have known for sometime, have worked with him at a few different companies, and know the quality of his work and his ability to succeed. But he has been trying to find full time employment since May of last year, his savings are close to being depleted and he is on edge to say the least. This person is a hard worker, one of those that you get emails from at 2 AM and then check again and have more at 7 AM.

We are pretty close friends so I felt comfortable asking him how much he had depleted his savings, how much time and effort he had spent in looking for a job. I then laid out something for him. In the time he had been looking for a job, and with the amount of money he had depleted from his savings he could of started a company and created some income for himself. Maybe not the amount he had before his lay off but something near it. Overtime he could of exceeded it. I had these thoughts in the past but after sitting with someone and then seeing the numbers and time that had been wasted (and I do mean wasted) by my close friend it was a bit sad to see what he  could of done rather than allowing the drive to help someone else (i.e. looking for that 40/60 hr a week job) consume him. My concern now is that its too late for him.

We talked a bit after the conversation about ideas he would of liked to of acted on and what he thought he could of created. He is both frustrated and excited now that he thinks about it this way. The way he sees it and wishes he would of seen it earlier is that the economy sucks, lets face it, and if pretty much everyone you know has spent an extended amount of time searching and not finding a job, and if they do find one its much less pay than before which means they end up depleting savings they may have, then why not start from the beginning and create something for yourself. The biggest hurdle that lay before most would be business owners is getting away from their day job, trust me I know.

Anyway, just wanted to relate that story, there really is no end to it, he is at a point now that he does not have the resources left to invest in himself like he could of several months back, but now has a different focus on the job hunt. If theres nothing there MAKE SOMETHING!

Sorry for the lack of domaining talk in this one…..


  1. jay tracy 7 years ago says:

    I could not agree more with this post. At the end of the day, even though I have not been out of work that long, I see a potential tough road ahead. The good news is, I am somewhat a kept man, the wife earns well. But the gator is big as well, it needs lots of feeding. Enter the concept above, as well, the idea of “piecing together” the living. For two years now I have run a part time business as a Texas Process Server. Easy entry, one half day of classes, a certificate, a background check, and away you go. Now my best client is my wife, this still can bring several hundred dollars a week. The website is under development now….thanks Bruce for all of this knowledge on webbing. I am learning.

    But we are also starting a consulting practice that will focus on cost reductions and going green. Offered will be fee based consultation on communications, IT arenas, and telecom and utilitiy audits. Its a slow start, word of mouth is how this gets going…but this embraces exactly what the blog post above suggests, get something in house that is your own, build it up in these unemployed times, piece together business opportunities to get incremental dollars in, and who knows, with a few right moves, hard work, you may just end up saying goodbye to those idiots that let you go in the first place, forever!

    Check out our website Anyone needs this type of services, our contact info is on there, and we are good at what we do!

    Thanks for listening……

  2. Christine Masson 7 years ago says:


    I started a business in October of last year. I felt scared because of the serious recession; however, I didn’t stop.

    Today, I have people coming to my shop in downtown Bonne Terre that never came to my father-in-law’s business.

    It takes guts – some resources, but hard work is also the key. Don’t stop trying. Push forward and things will come around. You got to want to be successful and you have to believe in yourself.

    I also found that when you give back to your community – rewards continue to come your way.

    Artcraft SIGNS

  3. bruce 7 years ago says:

    That is great news for your wife. I really truly hate to see good people going through the stuff they are going through. Its good to see a good story for once, glad to hear bud!

    You got it, its never a guarantee but when things are like they are it seems that at some point it makes sense to spend a portion of your time building something for yourself rather than waiting for something to happen.

    Thanks for the comments both of you, appreciated.


  4. Leonard Britt 7 years ago says:

    Yes, finding a job even when the economy is healthy takes time. We are in the midst of a severe recession unlike any most of us have seen in our adult lifetimes. The number of retail stores and restaurants in nearby shopping centers which have closed is astounding (three nearby shopping centers have a 30%+ vacancy rate, another is “only 16%”). A startup company is no guarantee of an immediate income stream. But you if you don’t give it a try, you’ll never know…Be flexible and ready to change course as necessary.

  5. Brian Freed 7 years ago says:

    Nice post, I know a lot of ideas in this world were born after someone got laid off. I guess my wife got lucky. She got laid off from her company on June 30, but they called her back so now she goes back on August 10.


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