Guest Post by Rufus Carter of Recoveringworks.com.
For individuals who are in recovery, starting over can be an overwhelming thought. Figuring out how to find sustainable housing and a new job while also ensuring that your sobriety is a priority can be challenging, especially if you have children or other responsibilities. Add to that the fact that it can be hard to find support from family members after a period of substance abuse and what you have is a formula for anxiety, depression and even relapse.
Fortunately, there are many ways you can earn money while you’re looking for a permanent job. With the gig industry booming these days, more and more people are turning to working from home, which allows them to have a flexible schedule while calling the shots. Whether you want to start your own side business or just have a temporary job that will keep you afloat until you find your dream job, there are several things you can do to find income during this time. Keep reading for some great tips on how to get started.
The first thing you need to work on when you’re in recovery is yourself. Practice self-care, which is essentially any action that helps you feel better in a healthy way and recognize your strengths and weaknesses. This will help you figure out what sort of job will be best for you and will allow you to look inward when things get tough. This can be especially difficult if your family isn’t supportive, so look for a group or counselor you can talk to. Learn meditation, which can help you focus on the moment rather than the past or future.
Become a pet-sitter
Pet sitting is a great way to earn extra money, in part because you can choose the animals you want to work with and set your own hours. It will also allow you to work from the comfort of your own home, which is a great option for parents. Look online for job opportunities near you, and make sure you take your current schedule into consideration, as well as whether or not your family will be OK with an animal in the house.
If you’re knowledgeable in a certain area, consider teaching or tutoring. You might find an online tutoring service that is hiring, or give instrument lessons if you play piano or guitar. Teaching someone a skill can be highly rewarding, and it will allow you to work from home and set your own hours. It may even help you find a new career!
You can also start your own blog about the things that inspire you or that you have experience with; making money can take a little time with this option, since you’ll need to build an audience who can click on ads for revenue, but it can be a viable option as a side gig if you do it right.
If you enjoy making things, consider getting creative and selling your wares on a platform like Etsy, which charges a small fee per item to list in your own “shop.” You might make artwork, furniture, clothing, jewelry, or home decor; the options are limitless, as long as they are handmade by you. Set your own prices and choose where you ship to, which will keep your costs under control. Most importantly, look across the site to get an idea of what sellers already have on display and learn how to take great pictures of your items. This will help draw in customers and may even get you a spot on the front page of the site, which will significantly increase your views.
Finding ways to make ends meet when you’re new to recovery can be difficult and stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Think about what will be best for you in the long run and narrow your focus by getting organized to stay on track. With a little planning, you can find the best job for your needs, and you might even find a new career.
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