If I could move as slowly as the clouds, great. If I could watch the clouds to slow down, even better.
BY SARAH BULL, http://economymom.com/
More and more Americans are finding that working in the gig economy is the best way to go when it comes to making extra money, because there are many jobs to choose from, they can often be done from home, and the hours are flexible. Some people have even been so successful that they’re able to make these gigs into careers, which often allows them to work from the comfort of their own homes every day, instead of just on the side.
If you’ve been thinking about taking on a second job, the gig economy might be for you. Essentially, any job that is part-time and allows you to work for yourself is considered to be a “gig.” It includes driving for ride-sharing services, walking dogs, freelance writing, and selling handmade items like artwork or jewelry. Because of the boom in the gig economy in recent years, there are several ways you can make money online doing what you love to do. With a little research, you can figure out the best path for you.
Here are some great tips on how to get started in the gig economy and maybe even turn it into a career.
Think about what you’d like to do
There are so many different types of jobs out there that it can be hard to narrow them down to just one. Do some research online and look at the skills required. If you have a hobby--such as making jewelry or sewing--you might think about turning it into your own business so you can sell the finished products online. With so many different platforms available, it’s now easier than ever to sell handmade items around the world. Think about the pros and cons; if you turn your favorite hobby into a money-maker, will it still be enjoyable? If not, it might be best to look elsewhere.
Figure out the financials
Becoming self-employed comes with a lot to think about in regards to the financial end of things. For one thing, you’ll need to make sure your Connecticut LLC (if you choose to explore this option) has been correctly registered with your state. Additionally, your tax responsibility will change, but you’ll also need to make sure you have some money in savings to promote yourself or for when business is slow. It’s a good idea to thoroughly research business credit cards as well, so that you can choose the one that’s right for your specific needs. There are several out there to choose from, but they vary in terms of interest rates, annual fees, and benefits.
If you need larger amounts of cash to purchase equipment or buy inventory, you might want to look into a small business loan. There are several different loan types to choose from, but which ones you will qualify for will depend on factors like your credit score, cash flow, and debt service coverage ratio. Like with any loan, be sure you know how much your loan will cost you, what you’re offering as collateral, and how long it will take to pay it back before you sign on the dotted line.
Create a workspace
If you’re going to be working from home, you’ll need a space where you can sit quietly and do your thing. Minimize distractions and get organized so you can maximize your output--and therefore your earning potential--from the get-go. If you don’t have a room that could be used as an office, just find a quiet spot in your home to fit your desk, and talk to your family about the rules: when you’re working, no interruptions. It can be difficult for little ones to remember at first, but once you get into a routine, it will become easier.
Getting started in the gig economy can take a little time, so be patient. Boost your exposure by networking online, either on social media or on a site like LinkedIn, and maintain a presence there so that clients can find you easily. With a good plan, you can turn your side gig into a career.
By Sarah Bull
Recessions impact people from all corners of society, but they rarely hit everyone equally. This holds true for the current recession as well. Because the pandemic shutdowns targeted women-led industries such as education, leisure, and hospitality, women are feeling the effects of the economic downturn more than other groups.
Fortunately, today’s unemployed have access to unique money-making opportunities via the internet. Whether it’s freelancing, starting an eCommerce business, or joining the gig economy, there are plenty of ways to generate income online during the recession.
Become a Freelancer
One great way to earn money online is to work as a freelancer. Believe it or not, many freelancers actually thrive during recessions! According to Forbes, troubling economic times often prompt employers to lay off their full-time employees and replace them with freelancers who don’t require heavy benefits packages. Freelancers also enjoy the benefit of working several projects at the same time, so losing one or two contracts in a recession does not threaten their entire income stream. On top of all this, working from home as a freelancer is a fantastic way to save money on expenses such as childcare!
Ready to start freelancing? First, you will have to choose your niche. Think about how you can put your existing skills to work to make your clients’ lives easier or help small businesses boost their profits. If you’re a good writer, consider copywriting. If you enjoy digital marketing, try freelancing as a Google AdWords expert. Whatever you want to do, you can find online resources to develop a fulfilling freelance career! For example, job boards are great for finding work opportunities for freelancers of any kind, from web developers to Google Ads experts.
Launch a Business
Another way to earn money online is to start your own business! Thanks to the internet, launching a business is easy on any budget. As ShoutMeLoud explains, there are a number of business models that require little to no investment, including blogging, podcasting, drop shipping, affiliate marketing, and online book publishing.
You don’t even need much of a budget to successfully market your new business! Start by establishing your brand on social media and drawing consumers in with high-value content. Publish a great blog, produce engaging videos, and hook your customers with compelling messages that reflect the values of your business.
Whatever you decide to do, make sure you have the right cybersecurity plan in place to help protect your business data and personal information when running a business on the web. Small businesses are often targeted by attackers due to their vulnerability. Be proactive about security now so you can secure your business for the future!
Solve Recession-Related Problems
You may also want to build your business around the recession by providing people with the things they need the most right now. Luxury products may be slow to sell while everyone is cutting non-essential spending. Instead, try to find a way to help people save money on everyday purchases, stay connected with their friends and loved ones, or relieve stress in their daily lives. Think about the specific problems you’re dealing with right now and try to come up with a solution that could help others in your situation!
Join the Gig Economy
If you’re just looking for a temporary money-making opportunity, consider finding work in the gig economy. Joining the gig economy is an excellent alternative to full-time employment if you need flexible hours to balance childcare. There are numerous money-making opportunities for women looking for gig work, including pet sitting, dog walking, driving for a ride-sharing service, delivering food, and working online as a virtual assistant. Try a few and see what you like best!
Whether you’ve lost your job to the recession or you need a way to pay the bills while you stay home with your kids, there are several opportunities that can help women survive — and even thrive — during this economically uncertain time. Try freelance work, launch the business you’ve always been dreaming of, or jump into a quick side gig. You might just come out of this pandemic and recession with a great new career!
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Talk about an awkward, chance encounter. This is definitely not what either Karen or Sal expected or planned for. But now that they're in it, how the hell do they get out of it? A dark comedy (or a comedic drama - your call). Listen where you get podcasts or at the link below.
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Relish your go-to gear.
While you should be comfortable with all your gear, make sure to have a go-to camera you know like the back of your hand.
Get good with what you’ve got.
When you first start planning your video, everything is intimidating. Then you do your homework, practice and get comfortable with what you’ve got. But then, you start noticing all the shiny new toys out there: a new mirrorless camera, drone, gimbal or whatever. The doubts creep in: “Do I have the right camera? Should I spend more?” Hold on.
That old phone collecting dust on your shelf? It’s now your second camera and audio recorder.
Unless your old phone is one of those flip phones favored by grandparents everywhere, it’s good enough to be a second or third camera, or a digital recording device.
Be ready to innovate, improvise and kill the babies.
That perfect shot you wanted? You may not be able to get it for some reason: the light is wrong, too much ambient noise, actor/interviewee can’t pull it off, or whatever.
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