Last week, it was announced (by email of course) that there will be a round of redundancies in the company. Well, they didn’t actually use the word ‘redundancy’; they said we would undergo a ‘restructure’ but we all know what that means.
So, there’s a moral in this blog – be careful what you wish for! (And make sure you belong to a union.)
My colleague, Mia, said to me, “What would you do, if you were made redundant?” Obviously, she is oblivious to the fact that I already have another brilliant career with my ‘print on demand’ Zazzle store (have I mentioned it before?) in addition to my animal portrait commissions which, seriously, I do make money from but it’s not exactly what you’d call a regular income, and I do have the dogs to feed.
So, I told Mia that, if the worst comes to the worst, I possibly would start a dog walking business. Now, I have researched this thoroughly as I once was made redundant and I was all set to become a dog walker when I got offered a job at the eleventh hour – yes, you’ve guessed it, in an office. I believe there is a good living to be made from dog walking. A relative of mine employs a dog walker and they charge £11 per hour – but they walk six dogs at the same time! I worked it all out, factoring in insurance costs, time spent travelling to collect the dogs, bad weather, illness, getting bitten etc and I concluded that I could maintain my current standard of living and probably have a better work-life balance than I do with the office job. So that’s one idea.
Then I said if she were to be made redundant she could always start a blog. She pulled a face, curled her lip and said that ‘blogs are for people who want money for doing nothing!’
Well, as any blog writer knows, nothing could be further from the truth. If you want to make money from a blog I think it would take a massive amount of time and effort and be harder work than going to work for someone else, safe in the knowledge that you will be paid at the end of the month, and those ravenous dogs snapping at your ankles will get fed.
Redundancy can be and often is a devastating experience, but, when we have no choice, the only thing we can do is move forward and try to see it as a chance for a new beginning.
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