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After a period of substance abuse, it can be hard for many individuals to get back on track. Finding a steady job can be hard when there’s a gap in your resume or if you had issues at your former job due to addiction. It’s easy to get discouraged, which can lead to a fall right back into old habits that could destroy your ability to stay on a sober path.
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Stay Focused When Working from Home
Fortunately, there are several things you can do to earn money while you’re looking for something more permanent. From starting your own online business to driving for a rideshare company, you can make money almost immediately, which will help you pay your bills until you find the perfect job. Start by thinking about a hobby or other interest that could potentially bring in some cash, and do some research to find out what kinds of opportunities are nearby or available as a work-from-home job.
Remember, working on your terms is also the perfect time to set yourself up mentally for managing work stress, since many people find that substance abuse is closely related to how they handle work stressors. Having a job schedule and style that fits your current needs can give you a launch pad for noticing triggers and knowing how to deal with them. That way, when you finally land the job of your dreams, you’ll already have the right tools to help navigate the pitfalls of work.
Keep reading for some great tips on how to make ends meet while you’re on the hunt for a more permanent job.
Be a teacher
If you have a gift for playing music or are knowledgeable about a certain subject, consider teaching. You might start giving instrument lessons, or work with an online tutoring site that helps young people reach their potential outside of school. This allows for a flexible schedule, so you can earn money without the stress of sticking to a rigid routine, which is perfect when you’re looking for something more permanent. If you’ll be hosting lessons or tutoring sessions at home, be sure you have a space designed for visitors. A room in your home with a private entrance and bathroom is ideal, but at the very least, make sure it’s away from the hustle and bustle of your family’s activities.
Pet sitter/dog walker
Starting a side-gig as a pet sitter or dog walker is a great way to earn extra money and take care of your mental health at the same time. Spending time with animals can boost your self-esteem, reduce stress, and even lower blood pressure, making this the perfect side gig for someone in recovery. It’s also a wonderful way to break into the job market, since you can choose your gigs and the pets you want to work with, and you can set your own hours. Check out online job sites for opportunities near you.
It goes without saying that this is also the perfect opportunity to work in some exercise, as dogs are great motivators when it comes to getting outside and staying active. Daily workouts are essential during recovery, because they help boost your mental health and allow you to maintain a commitment to sobriety.
Sell your wares online
If you have a talent for making jewelry, clothing, art, or decor, consider setting up an online shop where you can sell your wares. There are tons of platforms these days that will allow anyone with something to sell to get their product to the masses, and it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. Many sites only charge a nominal fee for each item you post in your shop, and they provide tools to help you figure out shipping costs while eliminating credit card fees.
Looking for a job can be a stressful task, so while your searching, it’s important to stay on top of your personal wellness. Look for ways you can incorporate self-care into your side-gig so that your mental health stays on track during the process, and remember to ask for help when you need it. With a good plan, you can ensure that your life and career are back on track in no time.