So yesterday I woke up with a vengeance, time to look at the reality this job loss puts us in. The first thing I did was get to work. I completed my tasks for the existing clients and put some work into a new website I am working on, sent out bills and THEN I sent a thank you note/reference request to these clients:
Thank you for the advance notice of your downsizing. I cannot express how sad I am about this for you both and XXXXXX but also for myself as I have been truly gifted by working for and with you both for these last 7 or so years! I certainly would love to be kept in mind for further projects or on-going work if the need should arise again.
In the meantime, would you mind doing me a favor….would you please write a reference for me on LinkedIn as a consultant under my EPOH business and also provide a letter of reference I can include in job applications (or take blurbs from for website presence.) I would greatly appreciate it.
I full intend to continue work as normal through the end of the month, please let me know if there are specific tasks you want me to complete….on my list are: ….
They responded in the affirmative that they would be happy to do this for me. For that I am truly grateful.
Then I started looking at the money. THANK GOD for MY EMERGENCY FUND!!! Based on a cut throat budget and estimated income from all existing clients and projects, I figure we are good through the end of the year, maybe a bit longer depending on what we do with holidays and the twins’ birthday this month. I can BREATHE!
And then I exhaled for the first time since the call on Monday. And I started poking around on the internet looking at local jobs…just a tiny bit. And then I started making lists. I made a list of:
- Things I could sell
- What are my passions in rank order
- What are my priority in rank order
- What are needs I see around me that my skill set could meet
- What other resources can I reach out to for temporary assistance
And I decided to give myself a small break from panic mode. I need to process and decide what the next step is without rushing into a wrong decision. Not that I am going to sit back and twiddle my thumbs.