I spent 26 years as a teacher of high school students in New Zealand. I taught them Accounting, Business, Economics and Computing. I eventually got to be the Head of the Business Faculty at New Zealand's 12th largest school.
Unfortunately in late 2012 my life came tumbling down, and I lost my job (then house, car etc) and have been on a benefit ever since. Approximately 100 job applications later I'm still looking.
So, I'm starting here from the bottom. I taught business development, and web page creation as part of my programmes, so now feel that I should put these skills into practice.
Update June 2014: Two months in I can add a few changes. Have set up a small business, Loader Internet Services. Trying to do a mix of things online. As well as my first website here, I'm about to work with a friend to create a site for those doing martial arts in New Zealand (his passion, not mine; I'm the computer guy). I also started writing a series of eBooks (the initial ones will be on how to use Microsoft Word, before I diversify). I've also started freelance contracting online, and have been contracted by a Canadian company to write content for websites that they are setting up for clients (currently I'm working on material for an Australian IT company). Life moves on.
Update September 2014: I now spend quite a bit of time each week contract writing. I have two eBooks in the Kindle store. While I haven't gone off the benefit yet I have set January as my target to be off it. My life coaching is near its end, and I have now prepared an Action Plan, primarily focused on creating my passion site http://atruesurvivor.com, where I focus on things such as financial survival, life survival, organisational survival, life rebuilding survival etc. I have just started working on that site this week. Over the next month I start training to be a life coach myself, and that will tie in with the site.
Update October 2014: http://atruesurvivor.com is now live. It is my passion site, and I have told my story on it, warts and all. Over time I hope to build up a huge bank of self-help resources in he areas I referred to in my previous update.