This Week In Business

In Hard Times, Restaurants Change It Up

I love periodicals probably as much as I love blogs. When I have a doctor’s appointment, I sometimes go early so I can catch up on my reading.

But no medical appointment is necessary now; the inn has plenty of magazines for me to peruse, including some restaurant and lodging trade publications not carried by my doctor or my dentist.

One restaurant magazine, Santé had a feature article in their May issue called “Sarah’s: Succeeding In Tough Times.” Sarah and Bernard Bouissou own Bernard’s Restaurant in Ridgefield Connecticut. It’s an upscale place with great food that was doing well until the recession hit.

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Nicole runs Breaking Even Communications, an internet marketing company in Bar Harbor Maine. When she’s not online, she enjoys walking her short dog, cooking with bacon, and trying to be outdoorsy in Acadia National Park.

This Week In Business: The Sensation Of Stabilization

Week three my new business venture is going well. My energy level is higher, in part because it finally stopped raining in my corner of the world, and my anxiety level is lower, in part because I am in the process of securing regular work with a large client. Besides taking a mental deep breath, here’s what I have been up to:

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Nicole runs Breaking Even Communications, an internet marketing company in Bar Harbor Maine. When she’s not online, she enjoys walking her short dog, cooking with bacon, and trying to be outdoorsy in Acadia National Park.

This Week In Business: A Few Small Touches

In week two of self-employment, it has become clear that the honeymoon is over. My dog and I are officially sick of each other. The papers, for which a filing system was created last week, are in a small pile on the couch. Creating systems was one thing, and this week the challenge was to not only keep up with them but to improve them.

In order to hold myself accountable and entertain you at the same time, here is some of what I did/learned this week:

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Nicole runs Breaking Even Communications, an internet marketing company in Bar Harbor Maine. When she’s not online, she enjoys walking her short dog, cooking with bacon, and trying to be outdoorsy in Acadia National Park.

This Week In Business: Week One

Sadie loves my new self employment, if only because now she can lie outside all day.

The other day, I had lunch with the great business blogger Carl Natale. Since I am just starting a new business venture, Carl that I ought to do some kind of reporting out on a regular basis about how it’s going and what I’m learning on the blog.

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Nicole runs Breaking Even Communications, an internet marketing company in Bar Harbor Maine. When she’s not online, she enjoys walking her short dog, cooking with bacon, and trying to be outdoorsy in Acadia National Park.

How I Quit My Job: Part III

After securing part time employment for the transition and crunching the numbers, that's when the reality that this is possible really sunk in. It was time to tell my employer what was going on.

The Letter of Resignation

Rejection sucks. I once read somewhere though that while it is a necessary part of life, it is good that we feel bad when we do it. It means we are human and not heartless.

This letter was the hardest thing I've had to write in a long time. I really like and respect my boss and he was the one of course I had to address this to. It was a few sentences I worked on for a few hours.

I found some online examples and added some sincere thoughts about the position. I kept it short and to the point.

A letter of resignation is not where you complain or go on and on. It is for your employer to know what's going on. (If you want to get detailed, maybe wait for your exit interview, and consider if you want to burn any bridges, chosing words accordingly.)

I tried to give a month's notice for the position rather than the traditional two weeks. My boss said he appreciated that. I have also made it clear in a follow up email that I am happy to help with this transition in any way I can. It's true; I like the company and I don't want to leave anyone in the lurch by leaving. That said, everyone is replaceable and I'm not self-absorbed enough to think otherwise.

My boss and I I'm sure will have a sit down when I get back from my vacation.

After I turned in my letter, the whole thing felt really surreal. There was no going back. I had done it. I then had a rush of emotions that I wasn't expecting. Sadness, excitement, happiness, disappointment, terror… what followed though was an overwhelming feeling of relief.

I am sure I'll probably cry like a baby on my last day but I hope the newspaper is rooting for my success because I'll continue to root for theirs long after I get my last paycheck.

Nicole runs Breaking Even Communications, an internet marketing company in Bar Harbor Maine. When she’s not online, she enjoys walking her short dog, cooking with bacon, and trying to be outdoorsy in Acadia National Park.

How I Quit My Job: Part I

While it seems that I've quit my job all of a sudden, there was some planning before I finally turned in my resignation.

Part I of this series is how I got my part time job. I timed this perfectly with tourist season so I would be more likely to find part time local work. If you think of doing this, I would suggest looking at your local economy and getting your timing right to increase your odds for success.

The Seasonal Job Fair
I am currently living in a town that will be filled tourists in approximately 3 weeks. Most local businesses are hiring for summer help and I know that many of my friends work multiple jobs this summer to be able to make the money while it's here to be made. I heard about this job fair that was going on across the street from my house this past weekend and I decided to brush up my resume and go. I made the rounds at the tables, filling out applications and talking to people about different possibilities. As I was about to leave, a woman pulled me aside. "I've seen how you've been walking around this room and talking to people, and I would like to offer you a position with at my inn." I was pretty excited about this idea because I'm working late nights did not seem like the best idea when I was trying to grow a business and I also wanted something that could potentially do longer then August if I needed to.

The most random job I got offered with a bouncer position at a local club. Apparently, irate drunk people give girls less hard time than they do big burly guys. (What makes this hilarious: I am about 5' 6" and what I would describe as a medium build, not all the bouncer type!)

But I did walk away with a few possibilities to follow up on, both for the part-time job and a possible business clients. Filling out job applications that asked me about what high school I went to did initially feel a little disheartening but I found the whole job fair experience a good way to meet local business owners and brush up on my interviewing, resume writing, and other job hunting skills.

Tomorrow's Post: Number Crunching

Nicole runs Breaking Even Communications, an internet marketing company in Bar Harbor Maine. When she’s not online, she enjoys walking her short dog, cooking with bacon, and trying to be outdoorsy in Acadia National Park.
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