Here's an interview with Krystle Downie, co-founder of “It’s My Magazine” and Kadence Bluu Hair Integration Solutions.
Krystle, how did you feel when you learnt that you were being made redundant?
I was initially quite disappointed when I was informed that I’d be made redundant, as I’d been with the company for four years. However, upon reflection I realised that this was the opportunity I’d been waiting for to really spread my wings. I was keen to be able to express my creativity and indulge my passions, which I hadn’t been able to do within the confines of a typical nine to five job. However I’d become slightly institutionalised in that I would probably never have made the step if redundancy hadn’t come along. For me personally, redundancy was the best thing that ever happened to me.
What’s your advice to people losing their jobs especially those being made redundant?
I’d advise that anyone facing redundancy view it as the chance to take their personal development to the next level. If you are at the stage where you dread Mondays, then redundancy can give you the opportunity to start your own business, change careers or do something completely different like go travelling. Grab the opportunity with both hands and banish fear.
Any other comment?
When starting your own business, explore your passions, and develop it from there. The end game is to reach a point where you’re happy to “go to work”, even if it’s just initially in your sitting room. Networking is vital, utilise any links that you may have to promote your new business. Finally, a viable business idea will sell itself. Market research is key, so if you find yourself struggling to get to the next level with your business, then spend time considering if there is a demand for your concept.
By Stephen Ogongo Ongong’a