November 11, 2018

Making a Living While You’re Looking for a Job

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Making a Living While You’re Looking for a JobWhile plenty of good jobs do exist, it could take you some time to land just the right one. In the meantime, here are a few tips on how to make ends meet while you’re looking for a job opportunity.

Workplace Stress

It may be a good idea to ease back into a full-time job by starting with something part-time or on the side. Take time for self-care by eating healthy, taking breaks and getting some exercise. If you feel like the stress will be too much to handle, use some of the tips in the Self-Care Checklist for Mental and Physical Health to help you out while looking for a job.

Pet Sitting

One of the best ways to get some income flowing in while you’re looking for a job is to start a side gig where you are only dependent on yourself for success. This lets you avoid the stress that comes with a regular job until you are a little more settled. One of the more popular side gigs that you’ll find is starting a pet sitting business. This is different than dog walking. Pet sitting involves becoming the primary caregiver for an animal while its owners are away. It typically involves making sure they are fed and watered along with playing with them for a bit. Some owners even want sitters to spend the night to take care of their pets. Here are a few guidelines to starting your own pet sitting business.

Sell Handmade Items on Etsy

If you are crafty and good with your hands, another side hustle that may work well for you is selling handmade items on Etsy, an online marketplace that allows creative people to sell their goods to anyone willing to buy. You can start your own business fairly easily, and as long as you offer something of unique value, you should make enough money to keep the business running well. The site includes thousands of handmade, vintage and one-of-a-kind products and gifts. Many shops will even customize orders, so offering this kind of service will serve you well.

Teach Musical Lessons

Another common side gig is teaching musical lessons. This, of course, requires that you know how to play an instrument or sing well enough to pass your knowledge on. If this sounds like you, check out these tips for getting started on building your own music teaching studio. This is a great business to get into because it gives people a skill that lasts for a lifetime, which is always a popular offering.

If these side jobs don’t fit you well, don’t stress – there are dozens more out there. You are only limited by your imagination, so if you have a good idea for your own business, now is the time to talk to an entrepreneur coach about it. The coach will help you find something you like and stick with it until that dream opportunity comes along.

Guest Blogger

Rufus Carter

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I’m a Canadian, gluten-free, tai chi loving, great-grandmother. I live in Ontario and love helping people get healthy again.   I use all the experience I have gained in the almost 5 decades to help you live a life full of vitality with great clarity and focus.

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