Wednesday, June 30, 2010

It's Official

My speculations have been correct. The company I work for is letting me go at the end of September. Basically, the director of a group that's bigger than mine decided his team would be safer if they also did what we do--he had some meetings, and before we knew it, his group got the go-ahead to absorb my group, and move the positions to North Carolina to sit next to his team (because a group devoted to ecommerce solutions just HAS to work face to face with each other.... yep).

Throw a sinus infection into the mix, and this has just been a fantastic week (my friends say I'm sarcastic... I have no idea why). Oh, and did I mention that today is my two year anniversary with this company too? Not too long, I know, but long enough to get used to the paycheck and benefits.

Time to advertise my portrait photography! Wouldn't it be great if I could actually do something I love on a full-time basis. I've got three months to set it all up! If any of you know of good advertising ideas, do tell!

18 comments:

  1. Oh, no!! That's terrible. Sorry you're havig such a bad time right now.
    I hope this is only a turning point to something better for you.

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  2. All I can suggest is that moo.com do cheap, cool photographic business cards.

    Best of luck Kristin, I hope that in time you will look back on this as having been a great opportunity :)

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  3. Man that sucks! And it really does. I've been through it a couple of times. I'm not promising anything, and you won't feel it for long time, but it could be the best thing to happen.

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  4. Yikes Kristin!!! I'm so sorry!! I hate it especially when it happens around your anniversary time, so sad!

    I wish you the best of luck on your photography venture and I would be glad to pass out business cards (along with my sisters) at local coffee shops in the area!! It's a great way to get your name out there! If I think of anything else I'll be sure to let you know!

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  5. Sorry to hear about that, Kristin, but this could very well turn into something quite good for you!

    Some thoughts...

    My wife was let go a little over a year ago, but found a different job a month later, working for a better boss at a job she enjoys so much more and at greater pay! It has really ended up being a positive change for her. So sometimes things DO work out for the best!

    This gives you a great chance to branch out and start up on your own. You have an obvious talent with photography (having seen pictures you've shared with us), but I know that sometimes having the safety of a "day job" can make it hard to walk away.

    As a positive note, you do have a couple of months with your current job. That gives you time to get set up, so you can hit the ground running! :)

    With regard to advertising and marketing, branding will be really important for you. This is probably obvious, but make sure you incorporate both your name and something photography-related in a simple, easy to remember name.

    I'd strongly recommend putting together a web site after you have your name and logo established. It'll be an excellent way for you to showcase your work. I would definitely do that before ordering the business cards, so you can include your website on them.

    (Just checked out moo.com -- I'll eventually need some business cards for myself -- and that was a fantastic suggestion from Ellen.)

    You should also think about putting together a brochure with some sample pics and examples of photography services offered.

    Good luck! I really hope you are able to make it doing something you love to do. :)

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  6. Oh, sorry to hear that. If it's any consolation I'm also currently in a crazy professional situation :(

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  7. I'm so sorry Kristin! I totally echo Jennifer's sentiments - I hope this is a turning point for you that allows you to do something you love! :-)

    Sending warm thoughts and hugs your way!!!

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  8. So sorry. I'm glad they gave you enough warning though. Here's to hoping photography works out or you find something else that you will enjoy.

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  9. I'm so sorry to hear that, but maybe you can take the bad news and turn it into something wonderful and maybe be able to make a living doing something you love. I wish you the very best!

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  10. Oh, Kristin. :( I'm so sorry. But your photography business will take off, for sure! You take the most beautiful pictures! :)

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  11. this happened to me in 2006 - it was the best thing in the long run and got me writing - finally. good luck and sorry you're going thru it!

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  12. :( That's such a bummer Kristin.

    But I think that this will open an opportunity for you with your photography. Now you can focus more energy on it. I'm still sending you good vibes.

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  13. Y'all are all so sweet, and thanks to those of you with marketing ideas! Thanks!! I've been passing out fliers today and now have one up where I took piano lessons, my cousin's hair salon, and the break room of wherever it is her husband works. And I have a couple up in the break rooms where I work too. It's a slow process, but I am very excited about the prospect of doing something I love!

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  14. I know you will land on your feet!! No doubt!! None. :)

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  15. I'm so sorry to hear that. It would be cool if your photography took off.

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  16. Damn, that sucks. I'll keep my fingers crossed that the photography takes off for you. Hang in there. =o)

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  17. B.E. - You know what... sometimes, that's REALLY what I want to hear. I just want someone to say, MAN! SUCKS TO BE YOU RIGHT NOW! Because YES IT FEELS THAT WAY!!! bwahahahahaha

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