Improving Your Outlook on Life After Job Loss
With over 160,000 Americans having passed away from the virus, the U.S. has one of the highest death tolls in the world right now and it’s not stopping soon. We’ve been made a laughingstock of with other world leaders and their countries, down to our own people that deride each other from the sidelines with pitchforks or just plain serving forks. Whatever they can get their hands on sometimes depending on their financial situation.
And speaking of financial situations, how’s yours? The unemployment rate is 10.2.3% as of July 2020 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and it’s predicted that it may go as high as 20% before it peaks. That’s down from 14.7% in April, however, it’s attributed to a lot more companies hiring for at-home workers during COVID-19 rather than those going into the office.
If you’re like me and you own a business, you may be shut down altogether and turning towards alternative sources of work to draw in an income. Here are a few ways below that I’ve found are superb ways to make a little extra money if you have the time and want to put in the effort. Just be aware. None of these are getting rich quick strategies, and honestly, they may not pay as much as your job did, but it’s money coming in the door.
Writing, Blogging, Content Creation
Places like verblio.com and textbroker.com are places to go where you can write for clients but have to compete against other writers to get that client. There’s an approval process involved and sometimes a test. The writer’s bidding game isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s also good to look for companies that may need writers for things such as blog posts, copywriting, or other forms of literature that pay decent enough money.
Unfortunately, though, content writers don’t always get paid enough to buy that king-size pad in LA, but it will keep you creatively engaged and get some money coming in the door. Don’t expect to just be an average Joe getting into these places though if you don’t have writing experience. You need a good grasp of English and some writing experience before most places will really give your portfolio a gander.
Pet Sitting, Dog Walking
This means going into people’s homes, right? Well, yes…however, it also means most of the time that the people aren’t home. And most pet sitting companies are putting forth the effort to make sure they take all precautions to ensure everyone is safe.
Wearing masks, gloves, pet sitters bringing their own leashes, hand sanitizer and wiping down all surfaces as they come and go are all precautions that most companies have been taking. The company that comes to walk my dogs sometimes will specifically ask us if we’ve had COVID-19 or have self quarantined anytime recently, as they will serve no one who has until they know more about this virus.
The fact that most of the time people aren’t home, however, makes this fairly safe. The worst that happens is that Max gets to go for a walk with you and you have a bit of fun outside.
Flipping Product, Reselling, Thrifting
Now, I don’t mean going out and buying toilet paper and then selling it at double its price.
No. I mean going out to thrift stores, garage sales (if they’re going on) and other places where you can shop and find quality items for cheap and then sell on places like Amazon, eBay or craigslist where you can set up your own shop to turn a profit all for doing a little shopping and some cleaning up of the product.
The most popular things to sell are usually things like name brand products such as shoes, clothes or other items that people are familiar with. There are people out there that do this for a living and make good money doing it.
Other Ways to Cope
Other ways to cope during the pandemic, besides learning how to reinvent yourself when you’ve lost your job, is to make sure you’re mentally taking care of yourself. If you’re not taking care of yourself, you can’t very well take care of others. Talk to someone if you need someone to talk to, if not your spouse or significant other, then a friend or a therapist.
Make sure you make time for yourself. There will be days where it’s hard mentally to just get through the day and you will wonder when you will see light at the end of the tunnel.
There will be days where you’re motivated to work and put in a million job applications.
There will also be days you put in so many job applications you see the same job applications repeatedly but know this, there is a light at the end of that tunnel and you will come out on the other side of it whole.
It’s just going to take time and most of all patience with yourself and a little self-care.
(This article was originally posted on tremg.info as my own piece, repurposed here and updated)