Feb. 6th, 2011

When I moved to Colorado, I got a job in a print shop. I've worked in printing and I'm pretty good at it. The level of work I did was more than just hitting the print button. I did pre-press, production (including color correction and alignment) all sorts of bindery (using industrial cutters, folders, scoring machines, etc.), hand production work (to the point that I had a really high piece per minute rate), quality control and delivery. The shop is small, and I did most everything there.

At the beginning of 2010 I was told that there wasn't enough work to keep me on, and I was let go. 2 weeks later, a big project came in, and they called me and asked me to come back and work on it. I spent the rest of 2010 under-employed, on unemployment, but working when I could get the hours.

At the beginning of 2011, I got a letter stating that because I had worked in 2010, I was not eligible for an extension of unemployment, but could re-open a new claim. The new claim was for the amount I had made in 2010, as an under-employed individual, therefore drastically lower an amount than I had previously been making.

I spoke to the owner of the print shop, and he asked how I felt about going in to sales. I've never done sales, but I know printing pretty well. There is no one bringing in new work to the shop, other than people walking in through the front door, and he needs an account manager. Money is tight, so I'll primarily be working on commission. I don't have any accounts at this point, and I start tomorrow. It will take me awhile to find some accounts and start making money, but it is a job at this point.

I'm worried. When I close my eyes I can see myself succeeding but there are a lot of X factors, and a lot of things I need to wrap my arms around to do well at this.

If anyone know anywhere that needs some printing, send them my way.

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