Tomorrow morning I will most likely be laid off from my job as a commercial insurance underwriter. I'm not surprised and actually pretty darn excited about having some free time. For more than six months we've been waiting to hear when/where/how many? On the "company" side of the insurance industry layoffs are fairly standard these days--a bad year or two and the shareholders want blood, so they sell part or all of the company to put some cash on the books.
Of course most of my coworkers have not been muttering "sweet freedom will be mine!" under their breath like I have so it will be a weird and emotional morning--good for me and bad for most everyone else. For the last six months I've been mulling over what I would do when this time arrived and now that it's here I think it's time to commit to some goals for the year:
1. Not have to get a full time job for the rest of the year. The option of temping is always available and there is a special temp service just for the insurance industry, so the jobs pay pretty well. I definitely want to do some insurance work because insurance is my career insurance--if I can't make it on my own it will be there waiting to take me back. But not right away, because...
2. I should focus on my business for a good chunk of time while I have the luxury of doing so. One day a few years back I just signed up on etsy and over time it's evolved on it's own. It's been so great and so many people give me great compliments and all those kind words really make you think you can make it work somehow. But the somehow part is tricky. I'm used to making money and going back to being poor and living on a strict budget is a wee bit frightening to me.
3. Revamp my "look". Two years ago I made my own banner. It's not even the right size since they upgraded the site. And I'm tired of the old banner. It's time for a makeover.
4. Send packages to Bouncing Wall in Seattle on a regular basis. My stuff sells there, but I've never had the time to send her a regular supply.
5. Finish my business plan and go to SBA counseling to figure out that "somehow" part mentioned above.