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Hi all,<br><br>
A little background: a few months ago, I left a good, steady job to work closer to home, less hours so I could reduce baby's time in day care (18 months now)......anyway, after 3 weeks, this ridiculous woman FIRED me at 5 months pregnant!! This came as a blow, but I thought that maybe this is just a trick of the universe and I better role with it. SO, instead of getting BACK on the freeway, working full time again for my old employer, I am launching a consulting biz. I thought I might do this in the future, but the time is now since I am not so marketable as a 6 month pregnant woman. My question is:<br><br>
Am I crazy for making this change now? should I just collect the unemployment?<br>
What strategies have worked for others in this field? Any advice? I have the potential to at least double my income in the next few years. I have one contract already, with a few others brewing...sigh....just wanting some support and feedback I guess. Thanks in advance!
 

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That is great news about your new company! Congratulations. I don't think you're crazy. I've been on my own since May. I had a lot of little clients over the summer, which was interesting, but not paying the bills. I just took on a big client in October, and now I have really turned the corner.<br><br>
My advice is talk to everyone you know about what you are doing. I got my first client through someone I used to commute with that I bumped into at Whole Foods. Also, my big client had placed an ad in my industry's trade journal for an employee, but I sent in my resume and a proposal to do their sales and marketing as a consultant, from home, instead of as an employee in their office. They were very receptive. It was a little out of the box, but it worked.<br><br>
I love the flexibility, and I love that it's my company. I have a lot more time with my daughter, and more time to take care of myself, too!
 

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Well I have been doing non-profit consulting off and on for a few years, and my work has not always been steady, so my suggestion is collect unemployment and make plans for the business. In my state when you collect you either have to be actively job searching or if you want you can get approval to start a business and get help from the state while you start things up but still collect unemployment. If your state has that type of program, it would be the best of both worlds, some income coming in yet working on your business.<br><br>
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I agree with this. I have been doing nonprofit consulting for the past year and just took a full-time job because it just wasn't cutting is and nothing was steady. However I was not marketing and was only going off of contacts I already had. It was really just a bridge until I found the "right" position, which took about a year. I had a situation similar to yours where I lost my job and from the beginning I knew that it wasn't the right fit so I didn't want to do that again.
 

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I quit my job to go freelance which involved consulting for non-profits. It took about two years to build the business so that dh could work for it too, and now three years in, our business is big enough that our cash flow (usually) can pay us the same salary every month. It ain't easy, though, and it is more work that many full time jobs.<br><br>
HOWEVER, this is a great time to start, especially if you can take advantage of state programs for starting your business. If you have a steady income and health benefits from your dh, you can let the company grow in fits and starts for the first little while. And you don't have the horrible "when do I go back to work" torture after the baby is born. I started answering emails and stuff two weeks post partum with my second, and back full time at 8 weeks - but since I worked from home, it wasn't nearly as traumatic or intrusive as if I'd been working outside the home. I could NAK for nearly every feeding.
 
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