Even if you’re still able to work during the coronavirus quarantine, whether from your office or from home, let me ask you something:
Are you prepared to be a freelancer if forced to?
Think about it. If you lost your job tomorrow and couldn’t find another one right away, would you be able to pick up and start making some extra money?
Do you already have some other streams of revenue in place, like freelance work or a side hustle?
I’ve previously written about the importance of having multiple streams of revenue. You can’t rely on only one stream of revenue because it could evaporate tomorrow.
I’m not saying this to cause you to panic. Instead I say it to help you feel more productive and a little more in control of your current situation.
How to create multiple streams of revenue
Here’s what you have some control over. Sit down and make a list of skills you have that others would pay you to perform because they lack those skills. Also add to your list anything you own that others might want to rent on a short-term basis.
Decide which items on your list will take the least amount of time to start earning the most money.
Then, start getting the word out. Use your current social media profiles to do this. And join platforms you’re not already using. Start with the ones that make the most sense for your product or service.
You may be surprised what kind of response you get.
Forced to be a freelancer
Recently, my hairstylist’s husband was in between digital marketing jobs. Although he received several interviews and offers, the offers weren’t financially feasible based on his experience and the potentially long commutes.
While holding out for something more financially feasible, he took some home improvement jobs as a side hustle since he’s good at this sort of thing.
When one side hustle opportunity was completed, another one came along. Then it got to the point where he had so many side jobs to choose from it made more financial sense to make this his full-time gig!
He’s now making more money doing home improvement than he would’ve if he’d stayed in digital marketing.
Need help becoming a freelancer?
If you need help with the steps of starting a side hustle or work opportunity for yourself, let me know. I’ve successfully transitioned to working for myself and have helped several clients do the same.
Stay tuned for the final way to maintain control in part three. Submit your name in the right hand column to receive alerts for new posts.
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