It’s happened to A LOT of people over the past four months: finding yourself fired, laid off, or with your hours furloughed due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Let’s not gloss over it: it SUCKS to lose a full-time job, even if you have a successful side hustle you’re passionate about.

The good news is, no one’s going to hold it against you for losing your job right now, so if you’re trying to build a career alongside you’re entrepreneurial endeavors, you’re still in good shape. (Even if your bank account isn’t because those steady paychecks aren’t coming in anymore.)

In this interview, we’re talking to Kim Ikemia Arrington who’s the founder of BOTH Courageous Career Women and Courageant Consulting Group. Her speciality is in helping people she calls “parallelpreneurs” who have the full-time career and some kind of entrepreneurial endeavor on the side. This is also a BIG portion of the Business Bitch audience, so I know a lot of you will be interested in what she has to say.

She’s got some incredible advice and pointers on how to make it through this time and come out stronger on the other side, even if you lost your “dream job” like one of her clients did.

Here are some notes from the interview:


Trends almost ALL companies are taking a hold of right now:

  • Trying to forecast & plan for the worst-case scenario.
  • Identifying what they can preserve.
  • Preparing for when things don’t ever go back to the old normal. (Things like disposable menus, new waitress uniforms, lobby setups, etc.)
  • Who they need to keep & who’ll they’ll need on board when they open up their doors again.

How to manage yourself right now so you can get out of the unemployed / being laid off situation as soon as possible:

  • Give yourself grace to feel the feels & acknowledge that it does suck.
  • Recognize that opportunities are still there, they’re just on pause at the moment.
  • Use your time to live up to employers’ expectation of readiness:
    • Take online courses
    • Develop a new skill
    • Make a new, innovative business plan for your industry
    • Assess where you want your career to go & reverse engineer it

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