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Tough Times Never Last … Tough People Do

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

I believe the headline comes from Pastor Robert Schuller. I’m not taking time to check.

The last 12-18 months have been incredibly tough. Florida Incorporators, my bread-and-butter business since the mid ’90s is experiencing very tough times. A St. Louis Fed graph tells the tale, showing “self-employment” plummeting in the fall of ’07. It has not recovered, and incorporations are way down.

I’m developing a number of business ideas right now, working on each in the hopes that a clear frontrunner will emerge. Some are related and dovetail with each other, others are standalone:

markhankinslaw.com – a basic offering of my services as a business, tax, and estate planning lawyer

textament.com – online sales of a digital Bible translated into text message speech.

leadprompter.com – a business that buys PPC clicks wholesale and sells leads retail

northoftampa.com – a local social media portal for the northern part of the Tampa Bay Area

financialhopeseries.com – the site from which I plan to sell “Debt Hope: Down and Dirty Survival Strategies” an e-book for those with serious debt problems.

eChirpy.com – a service that allows users to e-mail mini-blog entries which are then tweeted out to their twitter followers

There are also a couple of other ideas lurking: a foreclosure clean-out service (this would require the Bay area’s woes to become much worse for it to be seriously needed) and a “Geek Squad” type service to provide help with home technology (a friend who possesses all the skills is currently out of work).

Each day I try to spend my time in the best possible way to move one or two of these a few yards down the field. Some days go better than others. I do a lot of praying now.

After all these years of having my own thriving business, it’s tough to reinvent, and I wrestle with the need to potentially re-enter the job market in order to keep food on the table.

But in the end tough times never last. Tough people do. I’ll do whatever I have to do.