Author: Becky Bruso
My wake-up call came in November of 2013. After having worked as in Information Technology Professional for the past 20 years, my position was being eliminated that very day. Presto change, do not pass go, do not collect $200 and do not talk about your severance package.
The harsh reality of life is that it is a numbers game. It is a too frequent occurrence to find people who are productive and otherwise good employees suddenly all dressed up with no-where to go. With a change in finance and corporate fortunes; I found myself no exception to this rule.
Faced with the prospect of finding a new position led me to explore the skills I have which someone might be willing to pay me for. Suddenly, I had an instinctive need to diversify my income and not ever again find myself so financially dependent and vulnerable again. Especially when this instant change was totally out of my control.
I decided to begin to translate my 20 years of experience planning, executing, and implementing IT projects to help small businesses get a firm footing as they step out of the gate and beyond. I am not new to small business start-up and setup of back office operations. At the early stages of my husband’s construction business, I devised all the back office processing which allowed him to track and manage his operations. From adding the first employee, to setting up payroll and billing and receivables, I have had experience in doing all these tasks and more.
My interest in starting a small business is not new. Throughout my life I have dabbled in money-making projects from running a small scale clothing alterations business to selling antiques and collectibles online on e-bay.
More recently, I experimented with product development of made-to-measure women’s apparel and designed my personal website, http://beckybruso.com as well as this website. I developed the concept and persona’s for both of my web’s site’s usage, as well as identified all the key components and all the jobs it needed to do for those who would use the site. I did all the detailed work to get it up and running too.
As I move along with my new venture, The BizPal Company, I will share with you the decisions and steps I am taking to put the plan into action in my blog.