2010 is not ending nearly as well as I had hoped. After almost 3 and a half years with Walgreens I found myself without employment about three weeks ago. It was not expected, but it is potentially a good thing as I was spinning my wheels there. I enjoyed my work and my customers liked me and I performed well in the areas they seemed to focus on, but the economy hit the company hard and the advancement I anticipated when I first started there never happened, so if this is what it takes to get me into a better job, then this is what it takes.
In the meantime, to try to bring in SOME income, I have started delivering a once-a-week newspaper called "Just Busted." Just Busted takes the mug shots from about 10 North Georgia counties and publishes them along with the names of the accused and the crimes with which they were charged. It does not pay a lot, but it is income and I am responsible only to myself for my work. There is potential to grow the business, but it will take some work as there is another distributor in my area and a lot of retailers do not want to try it even though there is no risk for them, purely profit potential as they only pay for the copies that are not returned, and they keep 45 cents for each copy sold, so if they can sell 11 copies a week, they will earn $250 in pure profit without making any investment other than some counter space.