If you’ve recently lost your job and are looking for a new opportunity, it goes without saying that you’re experiencing some stress during the job hunt. On top of that, it’s a tough time to find work in a traditional 9-to-5 setting, but it’s important to find a way to make ends meet. If you’re looking for fulfilling ways to stay afloat while you get back on your feet, here are some great areas to research brought to you by Interconnections Therapy.
Work with Your Hands
If you are good with your hands, it may be time to put them to work. Crafting is something many of us do to unwind and combat stress during our free time, but it can be a viable line of income if you dedicate yourself to it. Luckily, there are many avenues you can take when it comes to crafting. You can make traditional art, such as paintings or commissions for digital art, or you could make clothes or jewelry and sell them on sites including Etsy. This industry is often referred to as a microbusiness. One must put in the hours it takes to get exposure, but it can be quite profitable. The best thing you can do is to be flexible. If you end up selling something that isn’t your main focus, it may be time to incorporate more of the secondary item into your business.
Find a Fun Side Gig
One excellent way of earning some cash is to take advantage of the gig economy. Thankfully, like with crafting, there are many ways you can go about this, leaving something for everyone. Dog boarding, pet sitting or dog walking can be fun and engaging things to do if you love animals. They can be surprisingly lucrative as well. You need to be in decent shape and have lots of stamina to keep up with the dogs, but it’s a good way to get exercise and get a break from the house or office setting. Most side gigs don’t require much experience or even degrees. Think about your experience or what you do best and see if you can apply this to a side gig.
Use What You Know
Another way you can use what you do best is to become a tutor or teacher. What subjects did you excel in during school? What have you done well in your business experiences? Do you have a hobby you do particularly well? For instance, you could become a music teacher, using whatever instrument you know best to give lessons. It will take work to get your first client, but developing a good selling point about yourself is one way to distinguish yourself. You can go the road alone, or you can partner with any number of websites. You may make a little less money doing so, but it’s easier to find and maintain clients. Even with the slightly lower income, you can still make a good living once you get a steady student clientele.
Work From Home
With the power of the internet, you can find work from the comfort of your couch. If grammar and storytelling are your strong suits, you can find writing positions as a guest blogger, ghostwriter or editor. With Skype and other similar apps, you can work in marketing from home as well. There is call center work, data entry, transcription jobs and even virtual assistant duties you can do from your living room, though having an at-home workspace is conducive for productivity.
Starting something new can feel overwhelming, especially if you already are under a strain. Thankfully, there are online platforms like Zen Business that are one-stop shops for entrepreneurs. They can help you with everything from forming your business entity to creating marketing tactics to building your website. So not only will Zen Business start your company as a legal LLC, they will help you lay a foundation for a successful entrepreneurial venture!
Take Care of Yourself
Remember that during your job search or even after finding success with one of these unique ideas, it’s still possible – and perfectly natural – to feel overwhelmed sometimes. If you need some extra support, Mandy Squires of Interconnections Therapy can help. She’ll work with you in person or via teleconference to help you understand where your stress is coming from and what you can do during therapy and on your own to help manage it. To schedule an individual, couple, or family session, call her at (702) 334-2509 or complete this form.
They may be untraditional, but there are plenty of ways to find meaningful and enjoyable work during this time. It’s more important than ever to find ways to keep our stress levels low, yet we all need to make a living. Find something that feels right for you and embrace any of your passions.
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