Follow your Exit Strategy Timeline: Month 1 (January)

04 Jan

Review your relationship with your employer

  • Review your personnel file. Verify the vacation and sick time you’ve accrued and at what rate you are accruing them. Look for any derogatory items in your file. Seek out the author and ask for either an explanation or retraction. Write a memo that contests everything the author said. For example, suppose someone complained she saw you drinking alcohol on company property. Write your memo contesting her claims, saying either you have never consumed alcohol on company property or it was at a social event (holiday party, new customer celebration, etc.) and your boss granted permission. Be honest. You may need your employer as a reference. Make sure your file paints you in a positive light. Anything derogatory must be outweighed by something favorable.
  • Look for any noncompeting contracts. They may be in the personnel file or they may be somewhere else in the boss’s or HR office. Someone will probably ask, “Why do you want to know?” Say you may be starting a business someday.
  • Get the insurance details. Find out how much you and your employer (combined) are paying for your insurance. Make sure this amount includes what you (combined) are paying for your family.

Get your own copy of my second book Escape the Cubicle; How to leave your corporate or government job for something better. If you borrowed a copy from a friend, thank that friend for letting you borrow it. You should have your own copy so that you can make notes in the margins and dog-ear pages. You’ll have access to this book 24 hours a day. It is available in paperback at modest pricing. Make a small investment here and get your own copy. Mark needs a new pair of shows…nuf said.


Mark Anthony Germanos is the author of two books, Escape the Cubicle: How to leave your corporate or government job for something better and How to Make Computer Systems Work for You. He has faith in a slow but sure Sacramento business revival. Sacramento small business owners are leading the way. His second book, Escape the Cubicle, is for those who want to escape cubicle jobs and become successfully self-employed. Escape the Cubicle answers the questions: "How can I grow my business" and "How do I become my own boss."

Mark is the President of Cameron Park Computer Services. As a business owner and computer networking consultant, he has seen habits that successful Sacramento small business owners embrace. He helps Sacramento small business owners embrace those habits to increase their profits, efficiency and happiness. An advocate of Sacramento business revival, Mark believes everybody should run their lives like a small business, perform SWOT Analyses and use social media campaigns to improve business. He used to say “social media is stupid.” That was until he attended a conference and saw how Sacramento small business owners can use social media campaigns as a valuable tool. Since then, he has earned more than $40,000 in business via social media. His Sacramento small business clients also have five-figure returns. Sacramento small business owners that launch social media campaigns give themselves a comparative advantage over those who lag behind. Mark does not do everything, but his clients do receive great results and participate in the Sacramento business revival when they follow his advice.

Mark moved from Chicago and restarted his business in California with a cell phone and a Honda Civic. An active triathlete, he has a life, a dream wife and a dog. For additional details, visit Twitter: Facebook: LinkedIn:


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