If you’re not aware, I was laid off from my corporate job in February 2016. When I first launched my job search back in November 2015, there just wasn’t anything available. I looked to small businesses, and again, there just wasn’t much there. I was a cost engineer/manager for more than ten years, but the cost accounting jobs I found wanted people who have bachelor degrees in Accounting or Finance, MBAs or Masters in Accounting and/or Finance, as well as CPA certifications. I have none of that. What I do have is 30 years of work experience, much of it in  Accounting and Finance, and a degree in Business Administration. Apparently, the experience counts for little to nothing.

A lot has happened since then – I started Old Fashion Soap Co., and then Jill’s Fabric Arts. I combined them in to one company called Suds & Stitches, then heard from my customers that it was too confusing, and they just wanted to see what they were looking for on the website, not a bunch of “extra” stuff. So I set about separating them out once again, and I’m nearly completion on that project. In fact, one of the websites is done and ready for action. If you’re so inclined, pop over to Heat Wave Designs and check out the cool stuff we’re doing.

I thought Old Fashion Soap Co., was ready to go, but I ran in to issues today so I’m having to rethink the way I’m going to manage it. I’m at the point now to where I think I will just remove all the non-beauty products from the Suds & Stitches site and use it for Old Fashion Soap, and link from there to Heat Wave Designs.

During all of this website work over the last several weeks, I’m also back to the job search, with about the same results as last year. On Tuesday, I had an “interview” with a well known insurance company, which was even more disheartening than just not having any interview at all. Further to that, I’ve pretty much littered the city with my resume and I’m getting nothing in return. I’m not sure if that’s because of my lack of an accounting degree, or my age. My age nor birthdate are on my resume, but anyone can see that I have nearly 20 years of experience in the oil and gas industry and know I’m not just out of college. Add to that the wages that the oil and gas industry have paid for years, and employers think they either can’t afford me, or that I won’t hang around for long if O&G picks up again. Neither are true, for the most part. At this point, I would happily take a job from any legitimate business, if it paid enough for us to pay our bills. So if you know of anyone who’s looking for a hard worker, who will do either accounting work or administrative duties, send them my way. 😉

In other news, I’m still working on the Patchwork Quilt Along, and I’m enjoying it quite a bit. I wish I had some photos to share today, but I’m just getting started on the March blocks. As I said in my last post, I’m hoping to get the March blocks done this weekend, if not sooner. It would be great if I could have all six of them done by Friday evening, because Saturday we have to go across town to celebrate my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary. FIFTY YEARS! I cannot even begin to imagine.

Aren’t they cute!

Before Saturday afternoon, I need to pull together a little something for my parents’ anniversary party. I’m not sure what that will be yet, but I’m hoping for something magical. LOL

Meanwhile, the job search will continue, but one thing I’ve decided is that no matter what happens, no matter how good of a job I may eventually find, I will absolutely NOT give up my businesses. I may have to trim them back, but I will not give them up. I want to continue to grow the businesses because this could happen again. One of the things I’m considering doing is a marketing campaign. Well, actually two marketing campaigns – one campaign to small business owners that might be interested in setting up wholesale accounts for the soap products, and another campaign, also targeting small business owners, for t-shirts and hats. Maybe I’ll even include some promotional items like coffee mugs or coasters.

Someone asked me the other day what I’ll do if my job search isn’t successful. I jokingly said that we’d be living in a state park or our cars. I know it sounds flippant, and it’s serious business … but what DO people who are in this position do? Chris and I have both said that if we have to work several jobs to stay afloat we will. I’m just hoping I can find something. So far, it’s not really looking good.