Tuesday, May 26, 2009

The Economic Impact on Small Businesses

The economy went from wonderful to bad to worse in about six months, or at least it felt like that. And for many people I know it included losing jobs, pay freezes, hiring freezes and decreases in benefits. So it's no wonder that people are still having a hard time taking their hands off of the little amount they still have saved and to spend it. But I can't blame anyone, I'm the same way too, and what can you do when you have just enough or not enough for your monthly bills?

Personally, it's been both a blessing and a curse to not find a job straight out of college. More than anything I wanted to graduate and immediately have a job, but as that did not work, I had to look to different paths toward my future and finances. It's been frustrating to do logo contests (you, if you're lucky only win about 10% you enter) and to search for jobs - especially when it seems like half the job listings out there are phishing schemes.

But in other ways, I can't complain. I doubt I would have even considered opening my etsy shop if I had found that "normal" 9-5 job right away. In fact, I know I wouldn't have. Even though I haven't actually sold anything yet from my little shop, I've been decently successful in starting to get my name out there - which is a 9-5 job in and of itself and half the battle. I'm grateful that I've had the opportunity to create and start my Etsy shop - even if I don't earn enough to cover my monthly bills, I'll at least have tried my hand at what I really want to do in life.

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