Your paychecks have stopped coming in, your savings have begun to dwindle and your unemployment benefits are set to expire.
What initially looked like it’d be a temporary blip in your career has started to feel more permanent.
You aren’t alone.
Roughly 30 million Americans are receiving unemployment and 4.1 million Americans lost jobs between the first and second weeks in July. Of those who have lost jobs because of the pandemic, 47% believe their jobs are unlikely to come back. According to Yelp, since temporarily their shut doors, 60% of restaurants, 48% or retail, and 36% of spas listed on the site have permanently closed.
Instead of holding out for your job to bring you back, or hoping for things to return to normal, it’s time to look at alternative solutions. Options do exist for you, and one to seriously consider is part-time employment.
A part-time job (fewer than 35 hours per week) may be the lifeline that holds you over while being laid off or applying for a more long-term commitment. It’s also a permission slip to be more experimental in your career, and discover new paths that may feel more aligned for your next move. After all, you could be stimulated by taking on two part-time jobs! Part-time employees are reported to volunteer more, and one-third of part-time employees actually choose this path so they have more options and don’t have to commit to one employer or job.
If this sounds appealing, here is a list, largely identified by FlexJobs, of some of the top career areas, and companies hiring work-from-home part-time employees.
Education hasn’t stopped; it has pivoted. While schools grapple with online and remote education offerings for students, employment options that didn’t previously exist are opening up. Families in America have even started microschools or homeschoolpods where groups of families pool together to have a private tutor educate their children in a small setting.
If you have a natural ability to connect with children, are committed to helping others, and know how to explain concepts easily becoming a tutor or teacher could be a great career for you. Most great teachers are known for being patient and good listeners. If this sounds like you, here are some career options to consider:
Kaplan: A nonprofit educational program that helps students of all ages achieve academic success. They are currently hiring:
- Teaching Assistant
- Nursing Instructor
K12: Online learning platform that offers web-based interactive classes and learning modules for students of all ages.
- PE—Health Teacher
- Teacher, General Science
- Art Teacher
In times of stress and struggle, clear communication is needed more than ever. Whether it be writing web copy or public relations media releases, or diving into editing medical white papers, the job market remains open. Businesses are turning online more than ever and it shows, 70% of marketing teams report investing in content (blogs, ad copy, landing page web copy etc.) for generating sales. This means businesses need people who specialize in words and an eye for detail.
Writers and editors tend to lean more introverted and don’t mind spending a large amount of time focused on their work in a solitary environment. If you are observant, always pay attention to the details and can spot even the smallest grammatical error, take a look at these job options:
Achieve Test Prep: An academic support organization providing test preparation and college-education consulting services to adults and college-bound children.
- Dental Hygienist Curriculum Writer
Cactus Communication: Provider of communication solutions specifically for pharmaceutical and device companies.
- Editor—Business and Finance
- Editor—Engineering and Technology
Upwork and Fiverr: These online platforms for freelancers have an endless list of job options for writers and editors to apply for. Anything from managing social media caption posts to blog writing and editing books can be found on these sites.
There couldn’t be a better time to be bilingual. Studies have shown that bilingual employees can earn between 5% and 20% more money per hour than those who speak only one language. If you are proficient with more than one language, put this powerful skill set to use as an interpreter or language tutor. These roles can easily be completed from the comfort and safety of your home.
Aside from knowing more than one language (obviously) interpreters and tutors are known for performing well under pressure, having a passion for culture, and hold a strong ethical outlook. If this sounds enticing, check out these jobs options:
LanguageLine Solutions: Provider of face-to-face, over-the-phone, and video-conference interpreting and document translation services.
- Dari Interpreter
- Berber Interpreter
- Croatian Interpreter
Rosetta Stone: Language-based learning software that educates members on learning a second or new language.
- English Online Language Tutor
- Italian Online Language Tutor
3. Accounting And Finance
With taxes in flux, payroll and work staff fluctuations and the need to manage PPP loans, businesses need financial support and bookkeeping in order to stay ahead of all the financial implications the Covid-19 pandemic has sparked. The PPP loans come with a myriad of requirements that must be managed in a short timeframe in order to be considered forgivable. It is in a business’s best interest to work with someone who knows the ins and outs of both finances and loan contracts.
If you have a background in finance or are analytically organized, here is a top company looking to hire part-time employees:
Supporting Strategies: An outsourced operational support corporation and bookkeeping firm. Roles include:
- Manager, Remote Accounting Services
4. Business Marketing and Operations
Becoming a virtual assistant or diving into a niche business-marketing tactic, such as lead generation, is a great way to determine whether a company is a good fit for you while learning new skills. Assistants tackle many of the day-to-day needs within a business and this experience can open your eyes to learn what you do best and what aspect of business you want to develop yourself toward.
If you are reliable, highly organized, and know how to communicate clearly, pursuing a job as a VA or marketing assistant may be for you. Here are few of the top-ranked remote-work companies for part-time business needs:
Profit Factory: Corporation that provides educational and consulting services to entrepreneurs and business owners to streamline their processes, projects, and people. Roles include:
- Virtual Assistant
- Executive Virtual Assistant
- Virtual Client Care—Facebook Ads Assistant
Expert Business Development: A business-to-business (B2B) relationship development firm that helps clients generate and maintain crucial business contacts.
- B2B Lead Generation Specialist
5. Therapies And Health
A few months ago I committed myself to improve my overall wellness, and I know I am not alone in this. A larger emphasis has been placed on the general population’s overall health. One way this is being managed is through a spike in Telehealth. The demand for Telehealth has increased 64.3% nationwide since the disruptions of Covid-19.
If you have an interest in technology, are passionate about helping patients with their health and wellness, and can speak with a clear and confident voice, Telehealth and remote wellness job options would suit you well.
While these career paths do require higher education, if you carry a healthcare degree and are looking for additional or part-time work, here are a few great options:
VocoVision: A child’s therapy telepractice program. Most positions do require advanced education and specialized training. The following positions were recently posted:
- Speech Language Pathologist
- School Psychologist
- Teacher for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Doctor on Demand: A hospital and healthcare telemedicine company providing on-demand, remote appointments with licensed medical professionals.
- Licensed Clinical Social Worker
- Master Level Therapist
Don’t look at your next career move as “all or nothing,” be strategic with your career roles and seriously consider part-time employment as a possibility. This could be the pivot that lands you in a full-time career that is better than your last.
Get serious about finding a job. It’s time to be flexible, creative, and forward-thinking.
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