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Building Your Own Successful Business After a Late Career Job Loss


Have Faith in Your Consulting Abilities Featuring Craig M. Chavis Sr.
Oct 16 • 21 min
Craig left his corporate job to start his own business, then worked for a vendor for a few years before launching his own business successfully. Being clear on what his skills were and how he could provide the most value as a consultant helped Craig build…
The Importance of Focus Featuring Danielle Pierce
Oct 9 • 22 min
Danielle left corporate accounting to pursue her dream as a real estate entrepreneur. In spite of pressure from those around her to just get another job, Danielle was determined to make entrepreneurship work. It took her several years until she figured…
Solo with Less Stress Featuring Simon Brady
Oct 2 • 23 min
Simon left a high-pressure job on Wall Street to create his own solo practice as a financial advisor with a fairly unique model. Simon discusses how he moved into a very crowded industry and created a business that served his needs, while being…
Fulfill Your Purpose Featuring Cole Baker Bagwell
Sep 25 • 25 min
Cole left corporate America after a lucrative career spanning more than two decades. She leapt into the unknown without any certain revenue. Cole discusses the emotional fallout from Going Solo and provides great practical strategies to use your life…
New Consultants Can Build Profitable Relationships Featuring Dov Gordon
Sep 18 • 26 min
If you are a starting your own consulting or coaching business following a long corporate career, you have relationships that you can turn into revenue right away. Dov shares how he struggled with marketing and sales until he realized that the way he was…
How to Communicate Your Transition Featuring Joan Rodman Smoller
Sep 11 • 23 min
Formerly an NYU Associate Professor and Director of an NYU Writing Program and a program for adults developing careers, Joan has made the transition into her own business. She uses her results-driven writing and editorial skills to help others communicate…
Why Your Own Business is Better than a Job Featuring Kindra Walker
Sep 4 • 24 min
Kindra found a new job after her long-time job was eliminated. She quickly realized that where she ended up was not the best solution, so Kindra decided to take control over her own work life.
Understand Your Vulnerability Featuring Knute Kallander
Aug 28 • 28 min
Knute is a coach and facilitator who has transitioned three times from employee to entrepreneur. In addition to describing what he has experienced in his own transitions, we discuss what Knute observes in his clients as they go through career transitions.
Discarding Outside Expectations to Fulfill Your Dreams Featuring Maki Moussavi
Aug 21 • 24 min
By all outward appearances, Maki was very successful in her corporate role. Yet, she kept feeling unfulfilled. In this episode, we discuss how Maki overcame outside expectations to follow a career path that supported her own dreams. She became a…
Courage Leading to Professional and Personal Transformation Featuring Ann Louden
Aug 14 • 26 min
Ann Louden is founder and CEO of the Ann Louden Company following three decades in Texas as a senior administrator in higher education. We discuss: A job offer that switches gears [1:48] An empowering awareness for going into the unknown without a…
Creating Viral Stories Featuring Justin Breen
Aug 7 • 22 min
Justin’s compensation as a journalist was cut in half. He took what he saw as a journalist – how PR agents pitched thought provoking stories – and combined that with his own knowledge of how journalists were receptive to certain kinds of stories – and…
Menopause Education Featuring Teresa Isabel Dias
Jul 31 • 23 min
In December 2019, Teresa Isabel’s job as a pharmacist ended. She saw her job loss as an opportunity to focus all her energy on what had been a side activity – a women’s health practice specializing in menopause. Teresa Isabel also took several key steps…
Find Your Hybrid Identity Featuring Sarabeth Berk
Jul 24 • 24 min
Sarabeth felt caught in boxes in her professional roles. Conducting research helped Sarabeth unlock the keys to her own core value proposition that led her to work that is fulfilling and successful.
Get Your Story Straight Featuring Scott Perelstein
Jul 17 • 26 min
Scott became an entrepreneur following a long career in higher education facilities management. Even though Scott had a plan for what he would do after he left his job, he learned that he really needed to work on his own story to be successful.
More Leads Through Focus Featuring Jürgen Strauss
Jul 10 • 23 min
With a PhD in Chemistry, Jürgen had a very successful global corporate career. When his employment ended, he found a way to combine his corporate expertise with his developing small business network to create a unique offering that was badly needed by…
Jump Start Your Consulting Business Featuring Elizabeth Borelli
Jul 3 • 23 min
Elizabeth made a number of pivots in her own career before becoming a career coach, where she helps high-achieving professionals go through a successful transition following a late-career termination. Even if you’ve had lots of success as an employee, it…
Workplace Culture Consultant Featuring Jenean Perelstein
Jun 26 • 26 min
Listen to how Jenean Perelstein used her own expertise in navigating change to learn when she needed to pivot in her own work – first as an employee, then as entrepreneur. In our current time of major disruption, being able to maneuver successfully…
Simply Processes Featuring Sharon Cully
Jun 19 • 25 min
After many years working for major corporations, Sharon’s role was made unexpectedly redundant a few years ago. Following a few pivots, Sharon eventually became an entrepreneur, founding her company, Simply Processes. You’ll find her story quite…
HR Consulting After 25 Years in Corporate Featuring Marion Witte
Jun 12 • 22 min
Marion Witte loves every minute of running her own HR consulting and coaching business after leaving 25 years of corporate life. In this episode we discuss some of the powerful ways to build your own consulting business, even in a time of great disruption.
From Creating Corporate Brands to Chocolatier Featuring Milène Jardine
Jun 5 • 22 min
Milène Jardine is an innovative chocolatier and entrepreneur with a strong background in product development and sales. After 12-years of creating brands for Macy’s, her position was eliminated in 2016, and she launched her own label Milène Jardine…
From Media Job to Launching an Airline Featuring Andrew Schmertz
May 29 • 25 min
After 15 years as an employee in the media business, Andrew Schmertz now runs an airline. Andrew has had his share of dealing with disruptions and knowing how to focus on and persevere to generate long-term success. In our current time of crisis, Andrew…
Midlife Transitions Featuring Mary K. Rogers
May 22 • 28 min
As host of The Experience 50 Podcast for Midlife and her work as a mentor and consultant, Mary Rogers has lots of dos and don’ts to share about what leads to success when you build your first business following a late career job loss. In our current time…
Your Entrepreneurial Path Will Emerge Featuring Riva Greenberg
May 15 • 22 min
Riva has gone back and forth from employee to entrepreneur multiple times. After the last company that employed Riva went bankrupt, she pursued her dream as a writer. In this episode, Riva shares how she maintained optimism and perseverance to drive her…
Using Alternatives to Overcome an Abrupt End to Your Job Featuring Dennis Boyle
May 8 • 25 min
Dennis Boyle moved up the corporate for 25 years before the company he led was suddenly shut down. Too often, major disruptions outside our control can upend our career and our income. In this episode, Dennis shares how, in spite of the abrupt end to his…
Self-Leadership Featuring Jim Strother
May 1 • 16 min
Even when you’re a top performer, your job may not last, especially in the midst of major economic disruption. In this episode, Jim shares the strategies he used to take charge of his career by launching his executive coaching and consulting business…
Me Too, What Now? Featuring Ed Squire
Apr 24 • 25 min
Ed Squire suddenly lost his job after 20 years of serving as a strategic consultant for Fortune 500 and global companies in the Unites States, Canada and Europe. Ed learned how to recover from his job loss. In doing so, he was able to guide others through…
Entrepreneurs Take Charge Featuring Mac Prichard
Apr 17 • 23 min
Mac Prichard founded a job board, career hub and public relations company following the end of his last job. Having sat on all sides – as an employee, consultant, employer and career guide, Mac has incredible experience and wisdom about what it takes to…
Your True Abundance Featuring Laura Rotter
Apr 10 • 20 min
Laura has an incredible gift – being able to find what gives us joy and using her solid financial acumen to build a life of purpose with the means to pay the bills. In today’s complex times, you will want to hear Laura’s story.
Author Coach and Consultant After 28 Years in Corporate Insurance Featuring Brian Ahearn
Apr 3 • 23 min
After 28 years, Brian left the corporate world of insurance to launch his own coaching and consulting business. Though he is an expert on INFLUENCE and he knew he would be leaving his job, some parts of Brian’s transition were easier than others.
The Power of Human Connection Featuring Alan Cohen
Mar 27 • 22 min
Alan discusses several transitions in his own career that really set the stage for his ability to coach leaders through a crisis. Especially at this time of seemingly endless chaos, you will want to listen to Alan’s calming words of guidance. It’s a…
Repurpose Your Career Featuring Marc Miller
Mar 20 • 23 min
Marc has learned how challenging it is for those in the second half of life to gain meaningful work. While successfully navigating many work transitions for himself, including going from corporate to entrepreneurship, Marc has become an expert in career…
Consulting Success as an Expert Featuring Boudewijn Bertsch
Mar 13 • 22 min
Boudewijn was born in the Netherlands and started his career in academia and eventually became an independent consultant. He now lives in Brooklyn, NY, and helps clients bring out the best in themselves and others and originated the Direct Path to…
From Global Corporate VP to Thriving Creative Business Featuring Anne LaFollette
Mar 6 • 24 min
After a long and successful career in retail at huge global companies, Anne was suddenly and unexpectedly laid off. In our discussion, you’ll hear how Anne overcame the trauma of her job loss and how she built her own thriving business that brings her joy…
Building an HR Consulting Business Based on Your Corporate HR Expertise Featuring Diana George
Feb 28 • 24 min
Diana George made the transition from employee to entrepreneur twice. She shares some of the strategies she has learned to help alleviate the anxiety caused when your paycheck disappears while you are building your business.
Building a Book Publicity Agency with Your Reputation Featuring Lori Ames
Feb 21 • 22 min
Lori Ames needed to stop full-time employment due to a family medical crisis. She describes how she ended up building her own successful book publicity agency on the latest episode of Going Solo.
Strategies to Go Solo as an Attorney Featuring David C. Holland
Feb 14 • 22 min
David Holland’s career path as an attorney had both steady trajectories and some unexpected twists and turns. He shares some of the strategies that were particularly effective to build his own practice on the latest episode of Going Solo.
How Your Coaching Business Can Exceed Your Last Corporate Job Featuring Michael OBrien
Feb 7 • 24 min
Michael needed to leave his position as a corporate executive. He wanted to start an executive coaching business, and he had many of the same fears about self-worth that are common for high achievers leaving the corporate cocoon and venturing forth on…
Building a Business Late in Your Career Following a Job Loss Featuring Martha Sue Yeary
Jan 31 • 19 min
Martha Sue had many roles in the golf industry, then spent nine years employed by a sorority as their house director. Late in her career, she was told that her job was over, and she launched a new, unique business that empowers golfers. Listen as we…
Building a Leadership Development Consulting Firm after Athletics Administration and Nonprofits Featuring Alex Winnicker
Jan 24 • 24 min
Alex was on a strong career trajectory as an executive leader in the nonprofit sector until a reorganization happened. Listen as we discuss how Alex created a new plan for his own work and how he managed a transition that has lots of challenges.
Finding Your Mission as an Entrepreneur Following a Lay Off Featuring Joel Salomon
Jan 17 • 21 min
Joel Salomon is a prosperity coach who helps others overcome obstacles standing in the way of their financial freedom. We discuss: Why it takes being laid off to get you to live your dream [2:08] When you believe everything happens for a reason [4:11] An…
Smartly Moving From Executive Into Entrepreneur Featuring Employment Attorney Gary Ireland
Jan 10 • 25 min
Gary Ireland represents executives in transition. Listen to Gary’s strategies for a successful business launch following employment termination.
Buying a Consulting Business Featuring Jonna Mooney
Jan 3 • 21 min
After losing her corporate job, Jonna became a successful employee in an HR consulting firm. And now, Jonna is one of the owners of that business. Listen as Jonna describes how she navigated two very successful transitions that put her in the driver’s…
From Fortune 500 Director to Marketing Consultant Featuring Susan Hartman
Dec 27, 2019 • 25 min
Susan’s last job was the director of global marketing at Fortune 500 company, Schneider Electric. Now running her own business, Susan has learned how to create positive outcomes for herself subsequent to a job loss. Listen as we discuss how Susan has…
Coaching after 25 years as a Corporate Leader Featuring Tricia Manning
Dec 20, 2019 • 28 min
For 25 years, Tricia was employed at the same company. Facing an unexpected health crisis, Tricia’s career as a corporate executive ended in 2016. Listen as we discuss how Tricia felt about her previously unanticipated decision and what she did to…
Using Your Job Termination as a Skill in Your Coaching Business Featuring Sandra Bartlett
Dec 13, 2019 • 24 min
Sandra was employed in the financial industry for over 20 years, working her way up the leadership ladder. All seemed to be going well. Then, in 2013, there were changes in the industry. Upon the loss of her job, Sandra said “Yes” to her dream – to coach…
From Corporate to Financially Independent Reluctant Entrepreneur Featuring Caroline Ceniza-Levine
Dec 6, 2019 • 26 min
Caroline Ceniza-Levine specializes in career change and has reinvented herself multiple times from traditional employee to co-founder of SixFigureStart, a career coaching firm in 2008; and CostaRicaFIRE.com, a real estate and FIRE site in 2017. Caroline…
From Employee to Self-Employed Intuitive Healer and Massage Therapist Featuring Sonja Lilljeberg
Nov 29, 2019 • 24 min
Sonja began her energy work long before she knew that was her calling. She combines this energy work with massage to customize the best possible outcome for clients that have a wide range of ailments. We discuss: Living your life and schedule in your way…
Your Entrepreneur’s Plan Needs Time for Ground Work Featuring Tabitha Laser
Nov 22, 2019 • 26 min
Tabitha Laser is a multi-faceted professional with over 25 years of leadership experience in a wide variety of industries ranging from oil and gas, energy, manufacturing, agriculture, construction and many more. We discuss: The key role of having a…
From Corporate Marketing Professional to Certified Empowerment Coach Featuring Stéphanie Virchaux
Nov 15, 2019 • 25 min
Stéphanie Virchaux is an ICF Certified Empowerment Coach, Motivational Speaker, Energy Healer and founder of SV Empowerment, LLC. We discuss: When your gut is telling you something has to change [2:31] The conflict between intuition versus external fears…
Courage to Pursue Your Mission as an Entrepreneur Featuring Brian Califano
Nov 8, 2019 • 26 min
Brian Califano is the co-founder and managing director of Accelerating CFO. We discuss: -A 10-year burning desire to help small and mid-size companies go through major financial deals [2:42] -Recognizing the right moment to stop dividing your time and…
From Corporate Management to Agency Owner Featuring Sherry Goldman
Nov 1, 2019 • 25 min
Sherry Goldman is president of Goldman Communications Group, an award-winning public relations/marketing communications agency, which she started 22 years ago, after holding senior management positions at several international PR agencies and working in…
How to Deal with the Trauma of Job Loss Featuring Ken Gorfinkle
Oct 25, 2019 • 24 min
Ken Gorfinkle is a clinical psychologist with over 40 years of experience caring for adults and children with chronic medical illness, mood and anxiety disorders. We discuss: -A huge financial step over the cliff [3:17] -Jumping into entrepreneurship in…
From Travel Agent to Dynamic Business Growth Catalyst Featuring Rochelle Lisner
Oct 18, 2019 • 26 min
In her company Dynamic Business Growth, Rochelle works with businesses that have reached a level of success and want to ramp it up. They are doing well and would like to continue consistent incremental growth. This means staff needs to be increased and…
From Litigation Lawyer to Entrepreneur Featuring Tsufit
Oct 11, 2019 • 27 min
After 10 years as a Dean’s List litigation lawyer, Tsufit left law for the limelight, performing comedy on national TV and gaining international attention for her debut music CD. We discuss: -The transformation process of going from “practical” to…
How to Persevere Until Your Idea Sells Featuring Marc Halpert
Oct 4, 2019 • 28 min
Marc W. Halpert is a self-described “multi-preneur.” Since leaving the corporate finance world in 2001, Marc has started 3 companies, all of which he still operates. In 2010 he started his third company, connect2collaborate, to spread his LinkedIn and…
From Employed Banker to Entrepreneur Featuring Peter Smyth
Sep 28, 2019 • 24 min
Peter Smyth has been a mortgage loan originator since 2006. He is the business manager at Americana Mortgage where he’s been since 2008. We discuss: -The necessary knowledge to employ yourself [2:41] -What outplacement firms do and don’t do for people who…
Building Your Business Following a Debilitating Job Featuring Geri Mazur
Sep 20, 2019 • 26 min
Geri Mazur has been a marketer and brand strategist for more than 30 years. During her corporate career she worked with clients as diverse as Pfizer, Purdue Chicken and Princess Cruises. We discuss: - The person who figures out the little piece of the…
Don’t Do It Alone Featuring Tammy Gooler Loeb
Sep 13, 2019 • 30 min
In her 20 years as an executive career and executive coach, facilitator and speaker, Tammy Gooler Loeb has inspired people to engage in work that is fulfilling, meaningful and satisfying. We discuss: Different ways to go once on a crossroad [3:06] A…
Controlling the Complexity of Business Ownership Featuring David Barnett
Sep 6, 2019 • 28 min
David has been working with small businesses for over 20 years and has been helping people buy and sell businesses since 2008. In 2011 he closed his business brokerage office and took a job with a bank! Thankfully, David is back in the world of…
Transforming Age 60 Unemployment into a Successful Business Featuring Lorianne Vaughan-Speaks
Sep 6, 2019 • 26 min
Lorianne was laid off and over 60 in Los Angeles. Holy Crap! Did she give up? No! She went through a mid-life reinvention and grew a business working with speakers and authors providing her expertise. Now Lorianne has other talented women of varying ages…
From Radio Station Employee to Founder of a Virtual Staffing Agency Featuring Jaime Jay
Sep 6, 2019 • 20 min
Jaime Jay is the founding and managing director of Bottleneck Virtual Assistants. We discuss: How to get your ex-boss to be your first client [2:33] Why it’s important to see termination as a blessing [6:05] Ego is the enemy [8:20] Time management for the…
Make Your Commitment to be an Entrepreneur Featuring Jane Wesman
Sep 6, 2019 • 23 min
Jane Wesman is a president of Jane Wesman Public Relations, Inc. a consulting firm that serves the book publishing industry and has worked with some of the world’s top business leaders. We discuss: From employment to entrepreneurship [2:56] Why being…
Building Your Brand Ecosystem Featuring Philip VanDusen
Sep 6, 2019 • 25 min
Philip VanDusen is the founder of Verhaal Brand Design, a brand strategy, design and marketing agency based in New Jersey, USA. We discuss: -When your body says it’s enough [2:50] -Day 1 on your own [5:55] -Beyond Plan B: How to revive your love for…
Introduction to Going Solo Featuring David Shriner-Cahn
Sep 6, 2019 • 1 min
Welcome to GOING SOLO: Building Your Own Successful Business After a Late Career Job Loss. In this show, we discuss building your own successful business after a late career job loss. I actually worked for many years before my own late career job loss in…