They Say necessity is the father of invention. This is kind of similar.
I quit my job in April.
I know, I have heard them all before, but I knew that I wasn't getting any younger and I needed a change badly. This was supposed to be a cinch, quit my job, call in a few favors, and a couple of handshakes later I would be hawking some on Else's wares. Piece of cake right, especially for a super star sales guy who was responsible for more than a million dollars in business each year AND did a lot of the install and customer service field work. Boy was I surprised.
For 60 days, I was diligent in searching for work, in my field and any other field that could easily fit into my varied skill set. Then an old colleague contacted me telling me that he had been downsized too and we started discussing the beauty of unemployment. It wasn't too much longer after that, that we were reminded how our careers had been cut short the first time around because of petty jealously so hatched a plan that would lead us to a new(old) career and business ownership a short time later .
Most people don't realize that in post Korean War America the paradigm of the American dream shifted from one of proud small business ownership that can be handed down from one generation to one of "Get a good education, land a good job, retire after 40 years and get the gold watch". Sadly in 2009 less than 7% of Americans own their own business, making 93% of Americans working for someone else. We truly are a service oriented country.
As one of the newly 7%'ers I was hoping that I could hear similar tales of unemployment, or entrepreneurship from other members. If interested my new media company is Black Sky Broadcasting LLC, web site is www.blackskyradio.com
. My business has been up and running for 30 days now and we have seen unprecedented growth and public approval. And not just for us personally but we have shown our advertisers a 300% increase in their web traffic and a 30% overall sales increase. Our web site has over 400K hits and roughly 10K daily listeners in 57 countries.
Looking forward to some good dialog