I’ve written a lot about how other folks are holding onto their careers — or not — during the economic downturn. But I’ve not shared a whole lot about how the economy is hitting me, and what I’m doing about it.
So here’s a little bit: Before the recession, I specialized in writing about residential real estate. I wrote for several newspapers and trade magazines about this topic. It was great during the housing boom. I never lacked for markets for my stories. But now that the housing industry is in the toilet? All those markets have disappeared.
So, I’m branching out. I’m doing more ghost blogging, writing for blogging networks, Web site writing and content writing. It’s a lot of work, and it doesn’t pay nearly as well, but it is keeping me afloat. It allows me to pay my bills without having to get a side job working the night shift at the local 7-11.
I won’t lie, though. I’d love a time machine. I’d love to hope back to 2004 and do things differently. If I had had more foresight, I would have already been branching out from my real estate niche back then. I mean, everyone knew that housing prices were going to fall eventually, right?
But you know what they say about hindsight …
Today I’m working harder for less money. But I do console myself with the fact that I’m working, at least.
How about you out there? How has the economy impacted your career?