Looking for a great deal?
Get ALL THREE of our new thank-you gifts when you donate $120.
This is a limited time offer – so act soon!
My Economy tells the story of the new economic normal through the eyes of people trying to make it, because we know the only numbers that really matter are the ones in your economy.
In this installment, we hear from Clark Yerrington, an independent house designer in Anchorage, Alaska. After more than 30 years working for architecture firms, Yerrington decided it was time to go it alone with his own business.
I’m sort of late to the game here, being a little older and my first foray into being an independent business person.
A firm that I worked for more recently, they came into the office every day, and they didn’t have any work, and they ate their Top Ramen for lunch and talked amongst themselves and sort of feebly cast about and tried to find more work. But there really wasn’t any for anybody.
It’s kind of tough. You know what, I won’t lie about that. It’s not the easiest thing I’ve ever tried to do. But the upside is really incredible. I’m really glad to be out of the office.
This one house that I’m working on now is possibly the most beautiful home site I’ve ever seen in my life. It’s just a wonderful spot on that hillside up above Anchorage with a little rise on the other side and a creek running through the property and these big spruce trees, and it’s just fantastic.
I’m kind of struggling day to day. But I’m by no means ready to give up on this. More likely I’m going to double down and try as hard as I can to make it successful.
If you’re a member of your local public radio station, we thank you — because your support helps those stations keep programs like Marketplace on the air. But for Marketplace to continue to grow, we need additional investment from those who care most about what we do: superfans like you.
Your donation — as little as $5 — helps us create more content that matters to you and your community, and to reach more people where they are – whether that’s radio, podcasts or online.
When you contribute directly to Marketplace, you become a partner in that mission: someone who understands that when we all get smarter, everybody wins.