Don’t you just hate being unemployed? I know I did. There are so many people out there who are currently out of a job and are unsure of what they’ll do next. If you fall into this category I’ll be more than happy to show you a few options that will help you out.
Well I can’t exactly say I hated not working but I can say for sure that I hated not making money. I’m not gonna lie I was enjoying not being on the 9 to 5 grind but I did need some money and I want to tell what I did and provide with you some ways to make money while unemployed.
How To Make Money While Unemployed
So how to earn money when unemployed? Well, one thing you’re going to need to start taking things into your own hands. In the age we now live in you don’t have to rely on looking around your country or state for someone to hire. You have a huge world at your fingertips which is The Internet.
Having access to the internet provides you a lot of new opportunities to make money online. I’ll be listing out three of your best options with the 3rd being what I recommend the most. I’ll then spend some time explaining a bit about each and every option as well as show you how to get started.
You can work for someone else online as there are many people who require employees to perform certain tasks online. A lot of the offers you find may still require on site participation so be sure to read the description. Although these jobs would be online there would still be qualification requirement
You could also take it a step further and become a freelancer. A freelancer if you didn’t already know is someone who does work for people online at their own choosing. It can also be referred to as an independent contractor due to the lack of reliance on a schedule.
Finally you could do what I have done for the better part of a year now and start your own online business. This is the ultimate way to take things into your own hands and become your own boss. Freelance work gives you a bit of freedom but you fully control everything with an online business.
Finding A Job Online
So if you’d rather find another job rather than my other two options, here’s how to get started. Finding job openings would be actually very simple. You’d actually find job opportunities in the search results of Google so feel free to check out your options.
As I mentioned earlier just like regular jobs you’d need to have a resume’ to send when you apply to these jobs. Most of these online jobs could simple end up being simple tasks so you may or not need experience to be hired. A few simple set of computer skills will be sure to find you a job.
With the requirement of some of these jobs for you to be on site this could just lead to your next job that you may or may not have been looking for. So bare in mind to find out all of the terms and conditions associated with the jobs you apply to.
With this there are a few drawbacks which I think I should mention. I think you already see it but having to go and scour the internet to find someone hiring with no guarantee of them hiring. Also having to work for someone else yet again provides you with the same work schedule you probably never liked.
Becoming A Freelancer
So do you have any current skills that you’d love to do for different clients? This would make you ready to tackle the world of being a freelancer. There are tons of people out there who need articles written, content translated, virtual assistants, consulting and much much more.
You could truly put your talents to good use and provide a service service to clients. This essentially becomes a business and you could do well with this work especially if you love what you’re doing which is a big key to success in my opinion.
You can easily get started with freelance work by simply joining websites like Fiverr, Upwork and many others. There are also several boards people post their requirements of such services such as Craigslist and many other forums that you’ll find through searching on Google.
Now the drawbacks for this are less than the previous option but are still there nonetheless. The biggest drawback for me was having to apply to so many jobs to finally get hired. So in other words starting out is indeed the hardest part of all.
What I loved the most about Upwork was that they made things easier as they separated beginners from experts. They blurred the lines between being experienced in your field and starting out and allowed clients to easily make an informed decision.
The next drawback for me was dealing with clients. A lot of people won’t mind this but it is worth mentioning regardless. Sometimes you may meet clients that are a bit…ridiculous. Let me tell you a short story about what happened to me when I was looking for a content writing job.
I literally had one person hire me on a trial basis and I followed her requirements except one which I wanted to know if she could go without. I sent her the article and the next thing I knew she replied that the article is nice but I didn’t follow her instructions and she had to rewrite my article.
So instead of telling what I did wrong she simply didn’t hire me although she said she liked my work. Not only that she took my article and most likely just rearranged it and didn’t pay me. This was incredibly frustrating cause although I enjoy content writing I felt like I gave away a quality 1000 word article.
Anyways now for the best option…
Starting An Online Business
I can’t simply say what I believe the best part about having your own online business is because are so many tremendous benefits. You may have guessed however that I really enjoy not having to deal with silly clients like the one I just talked about.
As far as the other benefits go I can just narrow it down to the facts that I can work when, where and how I want. This means I can get that extra few hours of sleep in the morning, work in my pajamas or work sitting on the couch while watching some TV or listening to music.
How To Get Started
I’ll simplify the getting started process to 4 simple steps to help you understand each and everything involved.
Step 1: Choosing Your Direction
This is where you choose what you want your business to be about. This is another aspect where having your own online business is an awesome experience. You can literally have a business about something you love or is passionate about.
Take this website for example and what I do with it. This website is about making money online which I am passionate about where I help people to get started doing so (like I am now) and avoiding the online scams which promise riches. I’m here to show you the right way to make money online that will pay off.
So you too can help people with your own website which is simpler than you think. You may like a particular sport and you could be helping people get better at it while being safe. Doing this effectively will be sure to start your business off on the right foot and eventually lead to a full-time income.
Step 2: Creating Your Website
I kind of mentioned this in step 1 but this is probably the most important aspect. A website is essentially the location of your website i.e. where people go to find you. Don’t be intimidated in any way by this because websites are free and easy to build these days.
Once you have your website you now have your business setup. In comparing it to a traditional business you now have your foundation. Your next job will be to build your website from the ground up with your helpful content which will lead to traffic.
Step 3: Generate Traffic
Speaking of traffic this is step 3. Once you start consistently building out your website you will begin to receive some traffic. This traffic will be made up of the people who are interested in the help that you can offer them regarding a certain topic or issue.
Step 4: Monetize Your Content
Once you have a decent amount of traffic coming in you can now monetize this traffic also known as making money online. This can be done in a variety of ways such as running display ads, product recommendations etc. There are many ways to make money from your website and they will work for you as long as your content can help people.
Putting It All Together
All of the steps I’ve just outline are pretty much simple in nature but they are some technical aspects that go into running a successful business online. This is why I recommend the training provided at Wealthy Affiliate to get you started on the right path. You can actually get started with this training for free.
They are my #1 recommendation and they always will be because they continue to provide quality. You get what you sign up for its as simple as that and you will be sure to have everything you will need for the day to day operations of your business.
You will be walked through the process of the 4 steps I have pointed out to you. You will also be able to ask questions and quickly get help from myself as well as the thousands of other members in the community. Support alongside running an online business can be such a vital tool.
I hope you have enjoyed this article and that I have given you direction for making money while you are unemployed. I urge you to take action on one of these options, preferably starting and online business and start earning that money from the comfort of your home.