Long, long ago on 8th April 2010, in the same month as Icelandic volcanic ash disrupted North Atlantic air travel and the Deepwater Horizon exploded, I lost my job.
It wasn’t much of a job, but it came with a van, unlimited diesel, a phone, and a wage.
I had (and still have) a mortgage, and unemployment benefit wasn’t even going to cover food, heating, and electricity. I needed an income.
I was 57 years old and over-educated for every job I could find. This was Ireland still in the depths of the 2008 Depression.
I decided I could write; after all, I wrote millions of words as a teacher, and I knew that my English was better than 95% of what I was reading online.
My Come Back
I found a site that gave writers a percentage of advertising revenue and I earned a few dollars.
More important though was the writers’ forum.
My Support System
Everyone on the forum was supportive and helpful, always willing to share everything they knew. I learned a lot, including some new ways of thinking.
I wrote on the site for a few years but never earned much directly. However, I did make contacts that gave me €100,000 worth of work over the next three years.
I still write but have moved on to become a blogger and entrepreneur.
This site is here for you.
My aim is to encourage owners of young businesses to join the community. I want MaXXers.com to give business owners the support that the writers’ forum gave to me.
There will be a lot of changes over the next few weeks. These will include:
- A forum where MaXXers members can help one another
- A members’ directory
- A page for each member to tell their business story