Tips on Turning Your Layoff Into the Good Life*

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By Scott Indrisek for

To paraphrase Bob Dylan: you don't need a newspaper to know which way the layoffs are blowing. With the unemployment rate at a nearly OMG 10 percent, it may only be a matter of time before your boss asks if you can "have a little chat" late on a Friday afternoon. Then again, if you know what you're going to do when the ax comes down, you don't have to worry.

We asked two experts for their sage wisdom on the topic of life-after-corporate-work. Ernie Zelinsky -- despite being a self-admitted bad writer -- is the bestselling author of "The Joy Of Not Working." Barbara Winter is an author and advice guru for those seeking a "joyfully jobless life." Through their advice and some other solid layoff tips we tracked down, you can turn layoff lemons into post-work lemonade.

After the jump, check out suggestions for making the most of your mandatory time off.

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