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Renae’s Lesson

Renae Hartson shares her story

Renae Hartson, Out of the Box Web Solutions

Renae Hartson, Out of the Box Web Solutions

We are all taught at a young age to go to school, get good grades, get into a good college and then graduate and take the world by storm when you land the perfect job. Happily ever after, right? Unfortunately, life doesn’t always work out that way. Someone forgot to tell our employers that they can’t change those rules.

When you hear the garage door open at 9 a.m. on a Thursday morning, it’s never a good sign. And, when you see your husband carrying a small box, it’s even more ominous. Ironically, just days before we were commenting on how sad it was that our neighbor was let go the week prior to Christmas. We never thought it would happen to us. After all, Steve got the company to a very significant level of achievement the year before. He has an M.B.A. and was a hard worker, dedicated to the company to the point of relocating to another state only 9 months after starting with the company at their request.  I was a work from home designer/manufacturer in my own business and was struggling. The long hours, the stress of business ownership and the debt was taking its toll. Boutiques and brick and mortar stores weren’t buying, planning for another season was out of the question and Steve’s salary was the only thing keeping us afloat. [Read More]


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