I got a phone call today. It was my co-worker and friend Melissa calling to tell me that my company announced today that everyone is being forced to take off 1 day per week without pay for the next 3 months. (I love getting crappy news from work on the last day of a vacation, don't you?) In all honesty, I'm not surprised. The economy is in ruins, and my business is luxury. I am positive it won't be any better in 3 months, either. In fact, I would bet it will be worse. Much, much worse.
When I started in the jewelry industry, there were many jewelry companies in the area. Now there are 2, and I've worked for both. Both are cutting employee hours. (although our competitor is only cutting from 8 hours a day to 7)
I have to figure out something else to do, because my industry has fizzled due to the economy or moved overseas, and I don't know what other marketable talents I have. I guess I'm going to look locally for jobs as a buyer, or move to New York.
I'm stressed out.