How to Make a Career Back-Up Plan

These recently laid-off workers avoided financial catastrophe by falling into their own safety nets.

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Those who used their entrepreneurial activities to survive a layoff often focus on a common theme when asked to share advice for others: The importance of getting started, even in a small way, before that pink slip arrives. Crimaldi's website doesn't yet replace the salary she made pre-layoff, but it's on its way to doing so. Her first thought when she received work of her layoff? "Awesome. Now I get to work for myself."

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