NOT ONLY WAS THERE LIFE AFTER CORPORATE, BUT THERE WAS A GOOD LIFE WAITING FOR ME…AND THERE COULD BE ONE WAITING FOR YOU
On Friday, December 13, 2013, the job I’d held for nearly eight years came to a sudden end. I had a suspected something wasn’t normal when received an email invitation for a one-on-one meeting with the division head the following morning. The appointment was just sent to me and didn’t include my manager, nor was he copied on the communication.
Upon arriving that morning for my meeting I noticed that his SUV wasn’t in the parking lot and when I got to my office, a coworker informed me that my manager had been fired and escorted from the building.
I walked in his boss’s office and heard the words that I knew were a possibility, but still wasn’t expecting:
“Barry, your position has been eliminated.”
I sat there, a bit stunned, and immediately thought about the projects that were on the table. Who would complete them? Why do this now? I was full of questions to which no answer was forthcoming. There was subsequent discussion about being paid through the end of the year and a description of the typical severance package for salaried workers.
I was also given the option to finish out the year and still receive my compensation as outlined in the documents that were placed in front of me.
Just like that, I was gone.
THERE IS NO SAFETY IN WORKING FOR SOMEONE ELSE
I realize that not everyone thinks about being self-employed or starting a business, that the reality is that there is no see safe job in the modern economy. It doesn’t matter where you work or what kind of success you’ve achieved, you’re never more than one paycheck away from being unemployed.
I never thought it would happen to me. I’d helped my employer win over $5 billion (yes, BILLION) in large, complex projects as a Sr. Proposal Manager for a publicly traded Fortune 500 AEC firm. But when expenses and revenues needed to be balanced, despite my achievements, I was gone.
IS THERE LIFE AFTER CORPORATE?
Yes, there is…and it’s a good life, too. Even though it might seem bleak at first, there is an enormously ripe opportunity for nearly anyone to continue earning money -even surpassing their corporate salary- performing nearly the same work you did as an employee, but with a difference. You can now perform this work as a consultant and work on your terms.
To be certain, it wasn’t all roses and butterflies at first. There is always a period of adjustment when you leave or suddenly lose your 9-to-5, but yI found that not only did I survive, but with some effort and some connections, I could thrive.
I wrote this book to explain how I coped with both losing my job as well as coming to the conclusion that working for another corporation is something I would never do again.
This 67-page collaborative eBook includes 27 essays on the nature of self-employment and how to properly view the unsafe world of traditional employment.
Inspired by Ev Bogue (and used with his permission), this eBook includes 27 mini-essays about working for yourself and why you should think 27 times before accepting another unsafe job in corporate America or anywhere for that matter.
Here’s a peek at what’s inside the book.
“The day they came to me and told me my job had been eliminated, I felt like standing up, raising my arms toward the heavens, and shouting, ‘Halle-freakin-lujah!”