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jimd_stock
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Posted Sat Apr 26, 2008 7:06AM
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/Actually, it quit me. The corporation, under code name Project Impact is reducing its workforce by 5,000.
My site let go of 120 people. My job was one that they eliminated. I got a severance package, but that will only last so long.


Anyway, I can now devote 100% of my time to photography. I don't expeci iStock alone to be my sole source of income, I am shooting for the local papers and will be soliciting local businesses and publications for work. And if I have to, I'll slip back into a little consulting work.


iStock has given me a great start by building my portfolio and getting my quality up. I look at a lot of work that passes as professional and see alot of flaws that would never get by the inspectors here. So Thank-you, inspectors.


My first goal is to max out my upload limit every week. So keep watching.


Any tips, comments, support, encouragement, or downloads would be greatly appreciated.


 


ETA: smiley








 

(Edited on 2008-04-26 07:08:08 by jimd_stock)
sjlocke
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Posted Sat Apr 26, 2008 7:11AM
Ummmm... Congrats on getting fired? Keep your chin up
kelvinjay
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Posted Sat Apr 26, 2008 7:15AM
Good luck with maxing out that upload limit. I've never even come close.
tomorrowspix
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Posted Sat Apr 26, 2008 7:22AM
Sorry to hear about your situation, jimd_stock. Same thing happened to me the first week in February, and it took me over two months to get back into full-time employ. Ironically, I'm working now for a social service agency training others  on how to get and keep good paying jobs. My encouragement throughout the unemployment days was my love for photography. It sure as hell beats paying for therapy! Hang in there, my friend! You have a great portfolio, and seem to be doing very well with iStock. I'll eco the idea to keep your chin up, and add I'll be keeping you in good thoughts and prayers.  Hey, at least you have a good start by quality planning. Many don't (like me!).
fstop123
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Posted Sat Apr 26, 2008 7:23AM
Good luck, work it like a job and it can be the best job you ever hard.
oneclearvision
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Posted Sat Apr 26, 2008 7:29AM
Go for it! I often think how much easier starting a business would be with iStock as a back-up/back bone. I launched my own freelance photog business many years ago without the nice monthly income supplement I now receive from iStock. Now I've launched another business in another part of the world iStock income is a great blessing as we are just getting up and running!

(Edited on 2008-04-26 08:04:55 by oneclearvision)
mbbirdy
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Posted Sat Apr 26, 2008 7:37AM
Jim wishing you good luck! Only brave can win.
lisafx
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Posted Sat Apr 26, 2008 7:50AM

Very challenging economic times right now.  Istock may become the main source of income for a lot of folks in the coming months. 

Good for you for keeping a positive attitude!  Best wishes for a successful new career
D4Fish
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Posted Sat Apr 26, 2008 7:57AM
Sorry to hear about your situation. However just keep shooting. You never can tell what could happen. Cheers
JBryson
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Posted Sat Apr 26, 2008 8:04AM
Posted By jimd_stock:
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/Actually, it quit me. 


Maybe it knew what was best for you.


Best wishes.
cglade
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Posted Sat Apr 26, 2008 8:06AM
Sounds like this could be one of those life changing moments you'll look back on and smile! Go for it!
jimd_stock
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Posted Sat Apr 26, 2008 8:39AM

Thanks for all the kind words.  I'm definitely going to work it as a business.  I had my own consulting practice for 10 years and had to give it up after 9/11.  Nearly lost the house, etc.  So, I feel like I've already been through the worst and survived.  This should be a cakewalk in comparison.  Besides, at 53 years old it gets harder to find work, so I am going to hire myself (I got an in with the boss). 


 


 
PickStock
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Posted Sat Apr 26, 2008 9:21AM
Best of Luck !
razberry
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Posted Sat Apr 26, 2008 12:55PM
Sorry to hear about your misfortuned. Best of luck with the microstocking and photographing.
mikemcd
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Posted Sat Apr 26, 2008 2:30PM
I can't tell you how many times I've heard someone say, "Losing my job was the best thing that could have happened to me."

It may take time, but often these little set-backs turn into life-changing events that you can look back on and smile about, when you are far better off than you would have been if you still had that old job.
Maytals
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Posted Sat Apr 26, 2008 2:49PM
It happened to me 6 years ago... I thought, I am totally screwed... who is going to hire me?
I've been at my new job well over 5 years and it was the best thing that could have happened... it all happens for a reason
keep positive
Goldmund
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Posted Sat Apr 26, 2008 3:21PM
Well I'm about to fire myself from my own company and start doing iStock full time. (Although in my case full-time becomes questionable cause I could never force myself to work more than a couple hours a day. )
MichaelJay
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Posted Sun Apr 27, 2008 2:01AM

As I mentioned some days ago in another thread I was coming out of unemployment slightly more than a year ago at the same time when I discovered iStock. Today I'm feeling so much better and relaxed that I actually have an alternative plan if things go wrong at the place I work.

Congratulations - not on getting fired but for having built up an option for yourself. Looking forward to see what you are making out of it. 
fcarucci
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Posted Sun Apr 27, 2008 5:02AM

Best of luck
crazychristina
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Posted Sun Apr 27, 2008 5:05AM
Didn't Lise Gagne lose her job before becoming full-time on istock?
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