I’m so excited to share this guest blog post today! This comes from a perspective of digging out of the world of being overcome by addiction - and to do that requires a huge shift in mindset. This shift, accompanied with forward action, is the catalyst toward the journey of recovery.
When setting out down that road, it may seem there are additional obstacles on the way, including making money to keep you going down the right path.
This is a guest blog post by Rufus Carter with tips and advice on how to make money for those entering the beautiful, but sometimes challenging, state of recovery. Please check it out and feel free to pass along to others this may help!
Moneymaking Tips Those New to Recovery
If you’re new to recovery, there’s a lot to deal with, a whole new lifestyle to get used to. Maintaining your sobriety depends on a number of factors, not least of which is establishing a daily routine that keeps you busy and away from troublesome situations and other risk factors. The stress that comes with money problems is one of the most dangerous risk factors for a recovering addict. Medical bills, legal fees and the financial losses that accompany a drug or alcohol addiction are enough to place anyone under tremendous emotional strain.
If you’ve returned from rehab with bills to pay but no reliable means of income, money is likely to be a major source of worry so it’s essential to find some means of generating income while waiting for a full-time gig to come along. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
If you have a reliable Internet connection, there are many opportunities in the gig economy that can help you get back on your feet. Working as a virtual assistant can be an ideal position for individuals with good people skills and strong organizational abilities. Ideal for someone looking to work at home, a virtual assistant position involves scheduling appointments, drafting emails, managing social media and email accounts and performing data entry and other administrative responsibilities that others are too busy to stay on top of without help.
Animals often have a therapeutic effect on people recovering from physical or mental afflictions, including reduced blood pressure, lowered stress levels, and a renewed sense of self-esteem. Pet sitting or dog walking are excellent ways to pay the bills and bond with animals that need companionship and provide unconditional love. They’re important services for busy professionals who need someone reliable to care for their pets while they’re at work. If you have the space, you might also consider starting a dog boarding service for people who travel for business or need someone to care for their pet while on vacation.
If you possess musical ability, then you have an opportunity to generate a steady income. Anyone who can play the piano, guitar, or drums should have little trouble finding young people eager to learn and parents willing to pay for lessons, especially if you’re flexible enough to be available when your customers are. Social media can provide you with an effective means of getting the word out, as can sites including Craigslist and Nextdoor.
There are many ways to make money as a freelance writer these days. Companies and websites benefit by hiring freelancers rather than employing full-time writers who come with a significant amount of overhead. If you have a way with words, there are many ways you can make a decent living and perhaps even launch a freelance business that meets your long-term financial needs. Freelance writers provide valuable service to sites that generate online marketing content, or need people who can help clients with a sketchy grasp of English edit and prepare academic papers. If you’re unsure how to get started, look into starting a blog about a subject you know well and in which you have considerable interest. This will give you a background and a body of work you can show to prospective employers.
Starting a freelance venture is an effective way to stay busy as you adjust to life after rehab. Taking control of your own fate is a liberating and self-empowering act. As a freelancer you can make enough money to support yourself as you go about the business of finding a full-time job. You may even find a new career that sends your life into a positive and healthy, new direction.
ABOUT THE GUEST AUTHOR
Today’s guest author, Rufus Carter, has been in recovery for the last nine years - six of which he has devoted toward his passion as a personal trainer. Visit his website, recoveringworks.com, to utilize the resources he has to help others gain and sustain success in the world of recovery.