LinkedIn Success Story: Paul Johnson

Eight months ago, Paul Johnson had never used LinkedIn but he had heard that doing so might be beneficial to his marketing consulting business, Missing Piece Marketing. Johnson created an account and began experimenting. First Johnson joined 20 LinkedIn groups associated with marketing and the small business community. To increase his level of involvement and […]

How To Use LinkedIn: Patricia Nixon

When Patricia Nixon was laid off in 2008 from her consulting position as a Business Analyst for the NYC Mayor’s Office, she decided that since she loves to write, her first priority was to write. She began writing everywhere. While reading discussions on LinkedIn, she realized that most discussions posted there weren’t really discussions at […]

10 Things I Learned At A Joyfully Jobless Weekend

I have been recommending Barbara Winter’s book, “Making A Living Without A Job,” for years, so when I discovered that she was coming to the city where I live for a Joyfully Jobless weekend, I jumped at the opportunity to participate in her event. I wanted to learn new resources for self-employed clients and also […]

Entrepreneur Success Story: Jellyfish Art

Today’s blog post continues my series of interviews with people who started companies after a failed job search, only to discover that entrepreneurship offers rewards so compelling they wouldn’t accept a salaried job now even if offered one. This interview is with Alex Andon, founder of Jellyfish Art, LLC. In May of 2008, Mr. Andon […]

Janet Scarborough and Bridgeway Career Development

I am frequently asked if I am still affiliated with Bridgeway Career Development (now called Bridgeway Career & Professional Development), the Seattle career counseling and executive coaching company I launched and ran from 1999 to 2009. The short answer is, “No.” The long answer is, “No, and giving up BridgewayCareer.com taught me some lessons I […]

Mid-Life Entrepreneur Success Story

PR professional Sydney Weisman shares her mid-life entrepreneur success story.

Entrepreneur Creates His Own Job In Custom Chocolate Niche

When Eric B. Heinbockel graduated from Columbia University, he launched a job search during one of the worst economic recessions in recent history. After a full year of job searching, he still had not landed a job. With little to lose since he was unemployed, Mr. Heinbockel co-launched a specialty chocolate company. I interviewed Mr. […]

From Unemployed Teacher To Education Entrepreneur

Lindsay Barron was an unemployed teacher who was first challenged by the stress of substitute teaching and then by temp firms where she was told, “You have no skills.” Lindsay decided to shape her own career destiny by launching The Whole Child Learning Company, which provides enrichment services for young children (age 2-5) in child […]

Downsized Executive Thrives As A Coffee Entrepreneur

This interview was originally published in 2010. Imagine losing your job right after Christmas! That’s what happened to Fortune 5 executive Forrest Graves. He turned his career challenge into an opportunity to launch a successful business as a coffee roaster. I am excited to tell the story of this coffee entrepreneur. Forrest, what type of […]

Creating A Career As An Infopreneur

One day after she received the highest possible raise and performance review, Melanie Jordan was laid off from her job. Rather than hunt for another job, Melanie decided to create her own job. She became a successful infopreneur, author, and coach. I interviewed Melanie about her story. What type of career did you have before […]