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Ways to Make Ends Meet When Between Jobs

Guest blog by Emma Grace Brown

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Ways to Make Ends Meet When Between Jobs

Living without work is hard, but so is living without an income. The stress of being unemployed and seeking a new job can be challenging for anyone, but it's particularly hard for freelancers who earn a living from job to job.

If you find yourself in this position, it’s important to start making plans to get through this difficult period. Money can be tight between jobs, and it’s important that you understand how to make ends meet until you land your next gig. Read on for some pointers from ANA Professional Language Services.

Exploit Your Other Skills

There are ways to survive while seeking full-time employment. If you have a talent or expertise that others need, Job-Hunt suggests considering freelancing, a viable option when you’re otherwise unemployed. You can use your skills to get by. For example, if you have computer skills, you can set up a business providing computer services to other businesses or people in your community. If you have artistic talent, you can create and sell art. Using your skills to earn money can help you stay afloat financially while looking for work.

Start a Small Business

In addition to your job search, consider starting your own small business. If you're between jobs, start-up costs can come from personal savings or loans. It can help to structure your business as a limited liability company or LLC, which safeguards personal assets such as property and bank accounts. Registering an LLC can also provide tax benefits, such as pass-through taxation, and offers some protection from creditors if you declare bankruptcy.

Develop New Skills

If you have a strong background in computer science but need to develop new skills, you could take a look at this when considering taking a course online. By earning a bachelor's degree in software engineering, you can elevate your skills, including learning Java and C#, and be a more compelling candidate as you search for new employment.

You can also earn a degree in music recording, audio production, or journalism. Or you can enroll in online courses and train to become a recording engineer, producer, or mixer. Many colleges and universities offer music production and sound engineering courses. By taking classes, networking, and practicing, you can build your skills and knowledge of music production, so you can produce amazing tracks when you’re ready to launch your career.

Don't Forget to Network

The HBCU Career Center points out that there are plenty of opportunities in a number of fields to showcase your talents. Offer your services on freelancer platforms. The more contacts you make, the more your network will grow — and the greater the likelihood that you'll have the right opportunity.

Making Ends Meet Can Lead to Lasting Success

You may be tempted to give up, but you can earn money without having a full-time job in the language industry by taking advantage of your skills, selling your services, and perhaps even starting your own business.

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