While the coronavirus has put health at the forefront of everyone’s mind, the hit to the economy is another unfortunate side effect of the pandemic. It’s hard to know what the long-term economic impacts will be, but for those who are out of work now, the more pressing question is how you’re going to get by in the meantime. The good news is that remote jobs are still available, and many of these opportunities can be done using the skills you already have.
Find Remote Work
While many sectors of the economy have suffered due to the pandemic, other industries are still going strong. On top of that, these industries that are keeping (and even adding) employees have adapted to remote work, or they operated remotely before the pandemic started. To find the right opportunity, think about the skills you have and whether they can be applied to remote work. Some types of work are naturally a good fit for working from home, such as writing, teaching, and even working as a personal trainer via digital technology.
One option for working remotely is to find employers who have these opportunities, but you may also want to consider going freelance. Working as a freelancer gives you much more flexibility, which may be what you need if you’re looking for a permanent job. Another thing to keep in mind is that freelancing has the potential to turn into a long-term solution. Just as the wider economy has been impacted by the coronavirus, some freelance jobs have seen a slump too. However, there are many freelance opportunities still available through online job platforms, and as Fortune explains, some people are now thinking of self-employment as safer than traditional jobs.
Start an E-Commerce Business
If you’re interested in branching out on your own, another opportunity to consider is getting into e-commerce. E-commerce is easy to start with little to no experience or capital, and it’s an excellent way to earn income at a time when you’re between jobs. The main questions to consider are what type of product you want to sell and how you want to sell them (will you keep stock or do dropshipping?). Then, make sure you choose an e-commerce platform that fits your business model because certain platforms are better suited to different strategies.
Also, think about before starting in e-commerce is how your business may be impacted by the coronavirus. The good news for internet retailers is that people are shopping online more than ever. However, you will want to think carefully about the type of product you provide, and make sure you develop a strategy for reaching your target market.
Create Passive Income
E-commerce is one example of an income source that is somewhat passive once you get it up and running. But as Listen Money Matters explains, you’ll be better off if you try multiple options for creating passive income, including some that require a certain degree of effort and others that involve less effort on your part. If you have some money set aside, one option that takes less effort is to buy dividend-paying stocks. Then, you can build a greater source of income by doing something like e-commerce, another web-based business like affiliate marketing, or even as a writer!
Take “Gig” Jobs
Freelance work may be considered a “gig” job, but if you don’t want to be tied down by something while looking for a permanent job, you may want to consider paid gigs that you can take on whenever you have the time. These gig opportunities include grocery delivery, online surveys, and selling items you make (just to name a few of many gig jobs out there).
When you lose your job, you may feel a little helpless and lost. That’s a completely normal response, especially in times of uncertainty. However, you’ve probably gotten the idea by now that there are countless ways to get by, both for the short- and long-term. With all the options, the only way to fail is to do nothing!
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