FUNemployed: Finding the Upside in the Downturn

NOTE: The following is a guest post from Kerry Quinn, author of FUNemployed: Finding the Upside in the Downturn.

I don’t believe in economists or the unemployment rate or media stories of all the miserable unemployed. Well, I believe them. I just don’t believe in them.

My dogma is to find the silver lining in a bleak situation. So, I’m that (annoying?) person who always focuses on the positive. The economists, unemployment rate and media stories are all pointing out the negative, the dour, the depressing. If you’re reading this, you’re likely unemployed. Me too. Actually, I call myself FUNemployed.

I was laid off in October 2009 when my ad agency closed its Venice, CA office. I was ashamed, dejected and demoralized. I expected financial ruin and a black mark to appear on my forehead. And then I realized that I was given the gift of opportunity and I needed to stop wasting it.

Over the course of my journey, I’ve applied to approximately 506 jobs. I’ve also volunteered with children in hospitals, lost 20 lbs, learned to cook healthfully, set up payment arrangements for all of my credit card debt (and paid 40% of what I was paying before), hustled to get freelance projects, became an eBay seller, learned to surf, took up photography, started a blog called, and wrote a book to tell you how to be like me and others who’ve done the same. It’s called “FUNemployed: Finding the Upside in the Downturn.”

Make no mistake…I don’t make light of unemployment. But I am light-hearted about it. I could be a) sad, sitting on the couch carbo-loading thinking about how much life sucks or b) I can be positive and smiling while trying to make my hair-brained schemes work. Either way, I’m unemployed. Given the choice, which would you rather be? And, given the power to hire someone, who would you choose?


Kerry Quinn is a Connecticut native, ex-New Yorker and current Angeleno. Upon graduation from the University of Michigan, she began her career in advertising and has since worked on behalf of Fortune 500 companies at world-renowned advertising agencies in New York and Los Angeles. She began her blog, FUNemployed and Loving It, in 2010. FUNemployed: Finding the Upside in the Downturn was published in May 2011 by Smashwords. It sells for $7.99 at Sony,, Kobo, iBookstore, BookieJar, Diesel, Smashwords and Amazon.

3 comments to FUNemployed: Finding the Upside in the Downturn

  • barbara huntington

    I dont have a web sight. I was interested in the ideas of the book although I have not read it. Being unemployed is like a small taste of retirement, but, I dont want to grow moss on my ass, and so I get out walk my dog, and meet neighbors, who are also unemployed, we swap stories, and skills, bartering works, paint a room in my house, I’ll babysit or walk your dog, or whatever.
    How about schooling? Even if it is to learn basic soap making? Cake decorating? Get your supplies on line or garage sales.
    I could get a job tomorrow, but, I have a contract to be in the Pocono Mtns for the summer as a nurse. I am an LPN, just got done with 6 months in Hilo Hawaii, worked for an agency. It rocked, came back to small town Kansas to vacation. Gonna lecture at the junior college during career week about travel nursing, for every referal, I get $500. and the time and effort to speak is no cost to me! Stay optimistic, there are things to do, so the moss won’t get too thick on that spreading hiney!

  • JC

    I am a teacher laid off for more than a year now. I have began searching opportunities for self enemployment and stay at home work. I have a few questions re: setting up a blog and web site. Is the basic idea to set up my own web page and share information re: a particular hot topic others in this area are interested in. From there I find businesses or individuals..etc. that want a pop up to appear on my blog for their products or whatever they want to advertise…what about getting the most income for myself…any suggestions? thank u sooo much

    • Cranky In Carolina

      That seems to be the basic jist of it from my experience…. How is it going for you? I have had many scams nothing really honest…

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