It happened. 85% of my income just vanished. How was I going to take care of my family? How was I going to tell my wife?
I got the call early one evening. A startup I was working with had too large a team for the revenues they were generating only a few months after their launch, and I agreed. There were two of us handling the marketing, and in order to cut down on expenses and become profitable, they only needed one.
Startup or not, anybody can lose a job or a client. It happens all the time, but especially so in the startup world. That’s the risk you take. That’s the risk I took.
I sobbed to some of my best friends about it that night and wondered how I was going to tell Christine. We were already out at a guys thing so by the time I arrived home, she was already asleep. No sense in waking her with bad news.
I was up forever. Researching. Surely there’s work out there I’ve overlooked. A few phone calls and I’ll have the income replaced, right?
After little sleep, I was up early the next morning. It was tough to hide my disappointment when Christine walked into the kitchen. Better to tell her early and get it over with, so when she asked what was wrong, I let it flow.
I wasn’t concerned about her being worried. If you’ve heard any of the shows we’ve done together, you’ll remember I’ve never given her a reason not to believe in me. This could be the first.
But she wasn’t worried. In fact, it wasn’t a big deal at all. She said we’d be ok and that I’d replace the work in time. Now, if only I could believe her words.
Mostly, I was worried about letting down my family. I’m the provider, the worker. What I do during the day puts food on the table and fuel in the car. And now I can’t do that.
How did I let 85% of my income be dictated by one project? I’m still not sure, but I’m determined not to let it happen again.
At the end of the day, I’ve had to get over it. Work won’t come unless I pursue it. Sitting around feeling sorry for myself won’t solve anything so I’ve been pounding the streets, highly determined.
This is what emergency funds are for, right?
Have you lost a job or major source of income? How do you deal with it?
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