Note from Kimanzi: This is a guest post by Bill White who is the founder of Succinct Research, a company dedicated to conducting quality research products for business clients and the non-academic public. An enthusiast of alternative health, he is also the creator of “http://www.jobsinayurveda.com/”Ayurveda, which focuses on helping professionals in holistic healing and alternative medicine find jobs and improve their businesses. His most recent book, Resume Writing for Scientists, explains the techniques recruiters use to create killer resumes that help place their clients. It’s an excellent resource for anyone that needs a job. To guest post on this blog email a post to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll review it.
My job situation got extremely precarious this year. I was laid off and had to scramble to find a new job. With a mortgage and other bills looming large, I had to make sure my job search paid dividends quickly. My family was depending on me. Fortunately, I landed a new job in my career field within a few short weeks. Unfortunately, it only paid about 70 percent of what my former job used to pay. This new job has allowed me to cover the bills, but it fails to provide a few extra funds for all the little things I used to enjoy with my family. Eating out, going to the movies, grabbing a coffee, checking out a MLB game most of those fun activities have been cut from our downsized lifestyle.
Even though I’d found another job, I still felt like my back was still against the wall. I was searching for something that would make up that financial shortfall because my family and I deserve a little fun for all the hard work we put into our lives. That’s when I decided to start my own business as a resume and non-fiction eBook writer and consultant.
What did I know about eBook publishing? Not much, but I knew how to write and research. I had written or contributed to nearly 50 research reports, some of which were more than 2,000 pages long! Also, I had written several articles and done a number of public presentations. My job for the last 8 years has been conducting research and writing-up the results. Research is still what I do today. I decided to take the plunge in order to make things better for myself and my family. My financial situation was the impetus I needed to start getting paid directly for what I already knew how to do rather than keep using my skills to enrich my bosses. (more…)