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The Laid Off IT Guy! The Entrepreneur

I’m normally too busy to mow my lawn.  I’d work until late at night, and it’d be dark when I got home, so my wife would usually take care of the chore.  But with all of this free time on my hands I thought a little sunshine, fresh air and exercise might do me some good.  I live in a suburban neighborhood where neighbors' homes back up to one another.  So I was day dreaming while riding along on my mower when an idea popped into my head. 

I was looking at the tremendous expanse of green grass straight ahead of me and I said to myself, “Self, if you just went straight you could cut about 4 backyards in a row without stopping!”  What if I could get paid for doing that?  What about starting my own lawn care business?  Then a company name immediately jumped out at me – Laid Off Lawn Care.  That has a nice ring to it. 

At this point I’m still cutting my own yard, but mentally drawing up content for a flyer to send out to my neighbors.  I was counting on the fellowship of my neighbors and a bit of sympathy from the title of the company.  Then I thought about my friend that started his own weed and feed lawn care company after he lost two jobs in a row.  I pictured myself subcontracting with him for strong and healthy lawns while I did the mowing.

Alas, I haven’t gone into the lawn care business yet.  So far I have been active enough with my networking and job hunting activities that I haven’t actually started a business but I’d love to hear if any of you taken control of your own destination by starting your own business after a lay off?

Let me hear from you. 

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