What to Do When You’re Laid Off

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I’ve held a job since I was 15 years old. My first job was at Mickey D’s (McDonald’s) as a cashier. My next job was at a fast food carnival themed restaurant. That place didn’t last very long.

After high school, I joined the military as a Food Service Specialist – a.k.a a cook. I was stationed in Korea for one year and worked harder than I ever had before.

After the military, I went to a junior college. I was still completely lost as to what I wanted to do career-wise. Then one day, I end up talking to a neighbor who went to a technical college to learn computer programming.

Hmm, that sounds cool. I’ll do that. So I did. At the time, the school was teaching software programming. It wasn’t the most exciting thing to me but I figured it would help me get a better job.

One day, one of the TA’s was sitting at one of the computers building a webpage. “What is that?” I asked. “It’s HTML. I just made a webpage.” That’s so cool, I thought. He let me borrow one of the HTML books and I learned it over the weekend.

What I taught myself is how I got my first web job. I worked that job for 5 years until I resigned because I was tired of my commute and the stress.

The Layoff

After a brief period of freelance work, I got my second web job. It was great until the company was sold to an even larger company. Things took a turn.

Rumors began to spread that the web department was going to be laid off. Months went by while we stressed out about it. Then finally, the day came. Our positions were terminated.

We were all emotional. Sadness and tears. What do you do when you’ve been laid off? It’s a scary feeling. Especially if you have nothing as a back up which is the case for most people with a 9 to 5 job.

A lot of us live paycheck to paycheck. I was done with it. I had been fed up with working for other people. Not everyone has an entrepreneurial spirit but I had been feeling mine for a long time.

I no longer believe in job security. In my opinion, there is no such thing.

Taking a Chance

Starting a business isn’t easy. Starting a business is brave. It takes a lot of guts to go out on your own to make your dreams come true.

Not everyone can handle not having a steady paycheck. Sometimes you have to hold down a job while you run your side hustle. There is nothing wrong with that.

Is it scary? It sure is. It is rewarding too. Every time we make a sale, we feel accomplished. Every time we make a sale, whether it is physical or digital, we know our business is growing.

Why I Choose Online Businesses


I’ve been making sales online for years with affiliate marketing. I started dabbling in affiliate marketing back in 2008-09. I’ve made a lot of money over the years but it was never steady.

My problem was, I was looking for the quick-fix. Overnight success. I never treated affiliate marketing as a real business. Not only that, I got too comfortable with my 9 to 5 job to put any real effort into an online business.

The same way I knew it was time to take a chance and start a business after being laid off, I knew it was time to educate myself about affiliate marketing.

Don’t Wait Until You’re Laid Off

If you are comfortable in your job, that is great. I still suggest you figure out a side-hustle and work on it every chance you get.

No one expects to be laid off. I think being comfortable in a job is dangerous. I let the comfortability hinder my progress.

Imagine where your side hustle could be 6 months from now or even a year from now. A year goes fast. Be productive. Build a business. You could be thanking yourself a year from now.

2 thoughts on “What to Do When You’re Laid Off”

  1. Wow. This was so inspiring. Like you, I had the itch to do something for myself business wise. I worked in a bank here in Nigeria for 8 years. Though my bills were paid, I was highly unfulfilled. I resigned my job in Feb 2014 not having a clear path forward. This I knew though – life is too short. I have to make an impact for myself while am still here. And I can’t do it on a job I hate.
    I started a haulage business but I really longed for online businesses. I am currently studying to become a full stack javascript developer (I guess that’s what attracted me to you page when I read you were once a web developer). However, I still wanted to online biz that could generate income quietly by the side. I guess your youtube channel and blog will help me do just that.

    • Hi Obinna,

      Thanks for sharing your story. I couldn’t agree with you more. I no longer wanted to work in an office environment or for anyone else for that matter. Starting a business online attracted me as I wanted time freedom more than anything else. I wish you all the best on your journey!


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