In today’s challenging economy, many people are losing their jobs and experiencing extended periods of unemployment because they cannot find a new one. What are you to do in this situation? Bills have to be paid and food needs to be put on the table. Unemployment compensation doesn’t even begin to cover all of a family’s household expenses. Your only option is to find sources of income in lieu of finding a regular full time job like you had before. There are ways you can keep your job search going while generating income. In fact, if you are successful at generating your own income, you might just make it your new full time career.
Make sure that you are doing all the right things in your job search. They say that when doing a job search, that it is your full time job until you are successful in landing the position you want. But in your case, you need to find a job plus make money to pay your bills. This means you will have to divide and manage your time between making money and finding a full time job. This is easier if you have everything in place to make sure your full time job search is going smoothly. This are things like making sure your resume is up-to-date, streamlining the way you do online job searches, networking with your friends, and setting aside time to deliver your resume to places you would like to work even though they are not advertising a position. The better that you organize these activities, the less but more productive time you will spend on them.
You can find small job opportunities through online freelancing websites. Freelancing websites offer the convenience of working from home. For example, if you are a good writer, many businesses need people to write articles for posting on their blogs and websites. Maybe you know another language. In this case, there are online sites that will send you documents to translate.
There are also traditional freelance ways to generate income. If you have the education, you can advertise your services as a tutor. You may be a singer or musician and this would be the perfect opportunity to share your knowledge and get paid for it. Other freelance opportunities include:
• Home handyperson
• Computer trouble diagnosis/repair
• Trash pickup and hauling
• Gardening / Tree service
• House cleaning
• Pet sitting
All the above usually require a minimal cash investment and you might even like it so much that you make it your full time job.
Don’t let your enthusiasm blind you to the scams. Unfortunately, while freelance work looks attractive, it is also a breeding ground for scams. This is mostly true when it comes to doing work over the internet. You will see job opportunities to make an incredible amount of money for only a minimal time investment. Don’t fall for them. Freelancing work may have the perks of flexibility but it can oftentimes be some of the hardest work you will ever do. This is because everything is on your shoulders. You not only have to do the job but you must also market and provide customer support as well.
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