So he said he called up the editor that was brought in to replace him and said, "Hey, no hard feelings. If you have any work for me, I'd be happy to do some."
"It may not feel great, but I think it's a nice way to transition -- especially if you have very little severance package," said John, who's still waiting for his unemployment checks to kick in. "Now they're just another freelance client."
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Michelle Goodman is a freelance journalist, author and former cubicle dweller. Her books — "My So-Called Freelance Life: How to Survive and Thrive as a Creative Professional for Hire" and "The Anti 9-to-5 Guide: Practical Career Advice for Women Who Think Outside the Cube" -- offer an irreverent take on the traditional career guide. More tips on career change, flex work and the freelance life can be found on her blog, Anti9to5Guide.com.