Instead of waiting to get laid off, a Dallas woman decided to make her own paycheck by linking people with cosmetic services.
Jamie Robertson used to work as a marketing director for a medical consulting company that was hit hard by the recession.
"From week to week, I didn't know if I was going to earn a paycheck," she said.
"I had to get creative and do something about it," Robertson said.
After thousands of hours of work, she's launching Elite Cosmetique, a company that links clients with providers of cosmetic services. Customers pay a membership fee and get discounted procedures ranging from facials to facelifts.
She has gotten about 30 dentists, salons and surgeons to sign on.
"We're always trying to get new people into the office," cosmetic dentist David Silber said. "There are a lot of more expensive ways to advertise."
Robertson is hoping to appeal to people such as Yvette Lambert.
"Especially in a recession, it's easy to get down anyway," she said. "(When) you go get a facial, it's a little boost," Lambert said.
Elite Cosmetique customers can also earn extra money by referring new customers.