My name is Jason Alba and I am the author of 51 Alternatives to a Real Job.
I thought I was on track to become some big traditional corporate executive. That is, until I got laid off.
My lay off led me to a completely different path, which I’ve been on since 2006. This is my third book. My fourth is already written, and I have a few more ideas for books that might come out.
I remember a conversation I had with one of my best friends who was trying to get me to study computers. He said “computers and languages are so awesome! You learn new stuff every day!”
I didn’t want to learn new stuff every day. To me, that felt like I was always behind. I wanted to learn something once and then let my career coast on that for decades. Of course, that wasn’t how life would play out for me.
Eventually I graduated in Computer Information Systems, and then earned my M.B.A. I was elated to be done with school, since it took up so much time and energy.
My first “real” job was as the IT Manager of Varsity Contractors, a company that does commercial janitorial and building maintenance. Varsity had never had a full time IT Manager, and it was exciting to build the role and the department from the ground up. I thought “I’m going to write a book for all the people like me who don’t really know what they are doing, and who don’t have an internal mentor.” That book never happened.
Fast forward a few years later, after I left the company, I came out with my first book: I’m on LinkedIn – Now What??? That book led to another book, I’m on Facebook – Now What???, and I was officially bitten by the “book bug.”
This is the third published book, and the fourth should be out in 2013.
But this isn’t my day job. Neither is getting paid to speak (aka, “professional speaker”).
My main gig, and my day job, is that of CEO and founder of JibberJobber.com. I conceptualized and created JibberJobber in 2006, and it has served many tens of thousands of job seekers during their job search. Shortly after we launched we got users who weren’t in transition. Small business owners, entrepreneurs, contractors and freelancers started to use JibberJobber as their small business CRM.
I have practiced the idea of having multiple streams of income, and it’s been fun and scary and all the other emotions entrepreneurs go through. I’m fully committed to helping professionals (that is, anyone who is serious about their career and income) achieve what was once “job security,” but what I call “income security.”