The following blog post originally appeared on this blog 1/18/12.
Small business will bring back the American economy from The Great Recession as it did after The Great Depression. I am (at least) a fourth generation working woman on my mother’s side. My great grandmother and grandmother worked in factories and small businesses. My mother held a variety of jobs the most distinguished of which was writing a book on behavior and positive reinforcement. Looking at the family history it seems I was somehow destined to be a business owner.
After college graduation I worked in New York City and then moved to Arizona. After a few years I was hired by a small company in a healthcare related field. I stayed at that company through two acquisitions and more than six years. Shortly after the passing of Obamacare, in September 2010 I was laid off.
If you can believe, it was a shock to me but I am not one to sit on my laurels. I turned my personal blog into a business blog and eventually it became my business website. Did I know what I was doing? Not exactly. Google is my best friend and I, like the women before me, am determined.
Don’t let anyone tell you that you cannot do something. I ignored darn near everything every boss in corporate America told me in my nearly 20 years of work. I listened to my heart, soul, father and my aunt who has told me for years to be a writer. I found resources and prayed more than I had in nine years of Catholic school.
One person gave me a chance to write for their business…and they referred me to someone else….and one year almost to the day of being laid off I appeared in the Arizona Republic, “Laid off Analyst Grows Start-up in a New Field.” Business beat expectations in the first year and continues to grow.
As more colleagues are laid off from the same company I was they are reaching out and asking for guidance from me. Some are becoming entrepreneurs while others are staying in corporate America and another is gathering information on both options. While the roller coaster ride of this recession isn’t over I am happy to say I have found my home as an entrepreneur where I determine my personal and financial future and you can too.