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Should You Go From Part to Full-Time?

An entrepreneur at heart wants to turn his passion into a full-time job

Can This Career Be Saved: Personal histories-Bruce Summers

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Bruce Summers, 57, looks to turn his part-time personal-history business into a full-time job.

The Worker

Bruce Summers, Nonprofit Consultant

Nonprofit consultant Bruce Summers, 57, of Annandale, Virginia, wants to turn his part-time personal-history business, Summoose Tales—which documents the memories of older people—into a full-time job.

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The Expert

Cindy Clark, Life and Business Coach

Clark, based in Hartford, Connecticut, says Summers should explore different revenue ideas, such as writing a book about creating personal histories and doing speaking engagements at retirement communities. But she suggests that he not go full time until he's financially secure.

The Friend

Susan Mostrom, federal worker

“Sometimes there is something that you were just born to do, and for Bruce, this is it. He is really gifted at drawing people out,” says Mostrom, who was Summers’s first client. She wants him to build his business not just for his own satisfaction, but because it’s important work: “When our parents are gone, their insights, experiences, memories and perspectives are lost to us forever unless we had the foresight to capture them.” 

The Takeaway

Grow Slowly

Summers took Clark's advice, plus added details about his services on his website. Going full time "is probably two years away."

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