Getting Fired Might Not Be So Bad For Your Life

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Getting fired sucks. You won't be able to collect unemployment benefits. But it might not be so bad for your life in the long run.

On, I wrote a post about what I'd do if I got laid off tomorrow. Go check it out.  I am the perennial optimist and try to see the good in everything. 

However, black clouds are coming, and they are going to start throwing lightning bolts very soon!  I've seen this movie before in 1997-1998, 2000-2005, 2008-2009, and now 2011-X.  Things never end well in booms and busts. We saw more busts in 2020 and 2022.

Buckle down for a potential recession.

On the flip side, I interview my friend Jun Loayza from RewardMe on to understand the joys and tribulations of entrepreneurship. 

Getting Fired Might Not Be So Bad

He quit his six-figure job in the social media space to go launch a start-up in Silicon Valley.  He was kind enough to answer a ton of questions such as how he got the courage to quit, whether to raise money or bootstrap, and how one should balance profitability and market share.  Its a 2,400 word interview so I've broken it up into two posts.

From both posts, I find an interesting introspection.  On the one hand, I'm bracing for potential employment and income pain.  On the other hand, I realize that there are plenty of other things to do to make money and spend one's time on. 

If the decision is made for me, then so be it as clearly I was not good enough for the job. Getting fired isn't going to happen. The transition will just lead me straight towards becoming a full-time entrepreneur.

Don't Need Much To Survive

We really don't need that much to survive if I think about it. And since we don't need much to survive, the hurdle rate to replace that income is quite low. 

A couple with or without a kid can get by on $80,000 of income combined in San Francisco. If the couple were to move to any other city in America besides New York City, they'd probably lead a pretty comfortable life as $80k in SF is like $40k elsewhere.

I could live off $30,000 gross a year in SF ($15-20K elsewhere) for at least a couple years as I go find a roomie to shack up with and cut costs.  $1,600/month in unemployment for 99 weeks + some a cash job teaching tennis would do it!

However, some people are scraping by on $500,000 a year! These people are all caught up in the rate race and hardly ever see their kids.

And in 2024+, thanks to inflation, some families feel like they need to earn $300,000 a year just to stay middle class.

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Recommendation For Leaving A Job

If you want to leave a job you no longer enjoy, I negotiating a severance instead of quitting. If you negotiate a severance like I did back in 2012, you not only get a severance check, but potentially subsidized healthcare, deferred compensation, and worker training.

Since you got laid off, you're also eligible for up to 27 weeks of unemployment benefits. Having a financial runway is huge during your transition period.

Conversely, if you quit your job you get nothing. Check out, How To Engineer Your Layoff: Make A Small Fortune By Saying Goodbye, on how to negotiate a severance.

I first published the book in 2012 and have since expanded it to 200 pages from 100 pages in the latest edition thanks to tremendous reader feedback and successful case studies.

Both my wife negotiated six-figure severance packages to be free. Please never quit your job. Getting fired is a no no. Instead, get laid off, collect unemployment, and negotiate a severance package to help you with your next life!

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14 thoughts on “Getting Fired Might Not Be So Bad For Your Life”

  1. This article seems to be an underhanded promotion of self preservation through government funding.

    Maybe that’s just me…

  2. Your web dev skills should be in high demand in this day and age, so i wouldn’t worry, although I do recommend being a little paranoid!

    My advice for the couple is to start living on one income now and see how it goes. Make it a game!

    One can make about $30-60/hr teaching tennis. Not bad, but not great. I’d probably just work online.

  3. At my age (64), I am hard core unemployable! It would definitely upset my plans! I would suck it up and rearrange my finances to support us. It would not be as comfortable, but we would be okay. My pension would fall short and it would be without benefits like medical. The worst part is I am not ready to retire, I have a lot I want to do!

  4. If i got laid off I have savings to hold me down, but wouldnt qualify for unemployment b/c i also go to school full time. I’d still be ok for a year or so.

  5. We’ll be OK with one layoff. If both of us are laid off, we would probably take off for a few years to cheaper locations around the world. Heading over to Yakezie.

  6. As of right now we do not need much to survive on. But with the recent debt issues, it could most definitely, in my opinion turn for the worse. Inflation can go up, and that $1,600 for unemployment significantly decreases in value. Or deceases altogether. If or when hyper inflation happens, it is a rude awakening for a lot of people.

  7. Untemplater

    I’ve been building up my savings so I could get by for a while if I got laid off. I’m working hard and helping my boss as much as I can so hopefully I won’t get on the chopping block. Nice work on your posts. Love the interview with Jun. -Sydney

  8. Invest It Wisely

    We would survive with one layoff, but if both of us were laid off it could be tougher. That’s one of the reasons why I am aiming high with my savings goal for the year.

  9. Again, selfishly, as a young guy with mortgage debt, a secure teaching job, and aspirations of getting as much money into a down market as possible, I secretly (or not so secretly I guess!) believe that a “double-dip” recession would be great for my personal financial situation.

    On a side note, there are people that live comfortably in rural places on 30-50K a year. Just felt compelled to point this out to a city-slicker like yourself ;)

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