The COVID-19 pandemic has led to countless Americans being out of a job, and among those are people who have built a career around remote work. If this is the situation you find yourself in, the question is: What do you do about it?
One practical solution is to look for more remote work, as there are so many opportunities available right now. Even if working from home is nothing new to you, however, finding new work and being successful at it can be a difficult endeavor. That’s why we’ve put together this digest of resources to serve as a starting point:
For Those Who Want a Change in Career
Having a career setback is often an opportunity for people to start something completely new. If you have an interest in any other field(s) than what you’ve been doing in recent years, now could be the time to pursue them.
While you should allow yourself to grieve after suffering job loss, don’t live there for too long. Start brainstorming and coming up with ideas about how you can seize the opportunity to begin a new career.
Whether you already know what you want to do in your new career or don’t know where to start, here are 10 remote jobs that are worth looking into.
There are even plenty of jobs that are specifically beneficial to parents.
Another idea is to narrow your job hunt to specific companies; checking out the top 100 companies for remote jobs is a great place to start!
When you start a new career, think about forming an LLC to gain tax benefits and safeguard your assets.
For Those Who Want to Stay in Their Current Field
If you’re passionate about the work you’ve been doing recently, perhaps staying in your current field is the best path forward. In that case, there are a number of ways that you can rebuild your career without starting from scratch.
- First of all, you need to get your name out there. Sign up on several different job sites to give employers an idea of what you can offer.
- Online job boards are another great option, especially if you’re aiming for freelance work. You can find opportunities in many fields, including web design, marketing, and blog writing.
- Even when you have experience in the field you are working in, it’s essential to always look for ways to improve. Creating and maintaining structure, learning new methods of communicating and working, and aiming to grow your network are examples of how you can become a better remote worker.
For Those Who Need a Dedicated Workspace
Whether you’re starting a new career or rebuilding your old one, if you don’t have a workspace that fosters productivity, that should be one of the first things you change. Here are some ideas for how to go about designing a workspace.
- From the desk to the wiring to the storage solutions, every aspect of your home office should reflect your lifestyle and work needs.
- At the same time, don’t be afraid to think outside the box. Let your imagination run wild as you brainstorm home office ideas that could inspire productivity.
- Make sure you invest in all the equipment necessary to fulfill your tasks.
- In addition, if you will ever be working on a team with other remote workers, you will need some top-notch collaboration software and tools.