The New York Times had an article last week about how laid-off workers are taking matters into their own hands. The article talks about when, in a recession, do people start thinking about starting a company vs. just sending out resumes and trying to get a job:

Economists say that when the economy takes a dive, it is common for people to turn to their inner entrepreneur to try to make their own work. But they say that it takes months for that mentality to sink in, and that this is about the time in the economic cycle when it really starts to happen — when the formerly employed realize that traditional job searches are not working, and that they are running out of time and money.

I know there are a lot of people in this boat right now – laid off for a few months, no prospects in sight, and money is starting to run out. If you find yourself in this situation, why not think about starting a new company? What do you have to lose? Think about what skills you bring to the table, what you are REALLY good at, and figure out what services or potential products you can offer to people. It’s better than sitting around waiting for something to happen to you. Funny how people say that the harder they work, the luckier they get!

Food for thought!

Sabrina Parsons aka Mommy CEO

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Sabrina has served as CEO of Palo Alto Software since 2007.