What's the job market like in your area/industry/among people you know? I thought it was fairly stable though businesses were still tightening their belts ( and that does affect me A LOT - the amount of work I get, whether clients pay on time, even the demographic of my client base).
Then I spoke to childhood friend of mine this morning and she's getting retrenched. AGAIN! I think this is her fourth retrenchment in two years or something ridiculous like that. And I don't see how she manages to cope, being on a merry-go-round like that. I was retrenched twice in my whole career, and both instances rate in the top 5 worst incidences in my career.
I suppose that's why I like working for myself. Yes, the workflow can be very unstable, and getting the cash flow to match the workflow can also be rough. And yes, I have lost big income generators at some stage and had to scramble to replace them. Still, during hard times, I feel comforted by the fact that, I can still wake up everyday and go to work. Even if working involves looking for new clients and I don't see the results of that effort immediately.
But I digressed a bit. What I wanted to know was your thoughts on the current job market. Are people you know holding extra hard onto jobs, even if they hate them, because a job in hand is better than nothing? Are your friends getting retrenched?
P.S. Happenings in my world today involve:
1. Oral hearings on the Protection From Harassment Bill by the Portfolio Committee on Justice and Constitutional Development. Many thanks to those of you who expressed your opinions/even blogged about it. Laura (at Harassed Mom), your input was included in the written submission, so parliament did get to hear what you think.
2. Landed 2 international clients this week. Not sure how much volume of work I'll get from them. Maybe once-off. Maybe regular. But in the lead up to Christmas spending and a new assistant in place: the more the merrier, I say. Weird that it would happen in one week though:-).
3. Doing a lot of waiting. Waiting for graphic designer to send back proofs of client newsletter. Waiting for responses on proposals I sent out. Waiting for clients to approve material I sent to them ( or at least express an opinion). Waiting for clients to pay. Waiting for my mother to phone me back.....