Some of us may find that we are not picking up as many hours of work at the moment and this can be stressful. Seek out what assistance you may be eligible for and apply. Be patient as there could be a bit of a wait as the number of people affected by close downs or reduced hours escalates.
If you are finding yourself with time on your hands, here are a few things you can do:
- Think about whether there is something you have always wanted to learn. There are a number of low cost courses you can take online. These can be from learning something new that you always wanted to do but didn’t have the time, to enhancing the skills you already have. Seek out any free online learning opportunities or online events you can attend.
- Learn a new language. Again there are online options for these courses. Down the track this can come in handy for increased employment opportunities or travel when it is safe to do so.
- Like to give your opinion? Have a look for online opportunities. There are a number of options for participating in market research online. Generally, there may not be huge dollars per survey, but there are lots of options out there with some paying better than others. Be sure to do your research so you are joining a reputable company. Some will pay in cash or PayPal deposited into your account or points that you can then redeem for vouchers for large retailers. All of these can help with the bills.
- There are a number of options to join organisations that give you a percentage back on purchases. If it is something you are buying anyway, you might as well get something back in your pocket. The money earned soon adds up and you can get cash back. Again, do your research and make sure that whichever company you sign up with has places that you normally shop on their books.
- Have a look at your resume. Take some time to update your work experience and skill set. There are lots of resources online to help you out with where to start if you are not sure.
- Take some time to review your online profiles. If you are on LinkedIn make sure it is up-to-date. If you don’t have an account, consider setting one up and start exploring options for connecting with others in this environment. You never know what opportunities could come out of it.
If you don’t have financial stress and are able to take a break at home, you can always get in to the chores around the house that you keep putting off, like the early spring clean or cupboard clear out. Some people will find these chores therapeutic.
The current climate is unknown and will affect a lot of people. There are organisations out there if you find you are not coping so seek out their help.
Stay safe and stay healthy and we will all come out of this on the other side.