When you are just starting in recovery, it can be difficult to deal with just about anything else. Your focus needs to be on getting better and getting to the root of your addiction, but you likely also need some simple ways to make ends meet financially, too. Gig jobs can be a great option for people in recovery, and here are some gigs that could work for you:
Start a Small Drop Shipping Business
When you are looking for a gig to sustain you through recovery, simplicity is key. Keeping things simple will help you avoid stress, and stress is a major trigger for those in recovery. One of the simplest small businesses you can get into is a drop shipping business. Drop shipping only requires you to list products and handle minimal customer service, and really that’s it. With low overhead and no need to stock your own inventory, a drop shipping business could be a great way to dip your toe into the water of owning your own business, without the risk of drowning.
Get Into Pet Sitting or Dog Walking
Another low stress, easy to start gig you could take on while in recovery is taking care of pets. Pet sitting and dog walking really require minimal effort to get started. All you need is a love of animals and maybe a profile on a pet sitting site. If you have some room in your home, you can take care of pets there or you can visit pet owner’s homes to check on their furry kids. Need something with even less commitment? Then just pick up some dog walking gigs during the day. Either way you go, spending time with pets has been proven to reduce stress, so it’s a great gig to get into when you are starting recovery.
Sell Handmade Crafts Using Etsy
Creating crafts is also a great way to relieve stress and reduce boredom, the latter of which can be another major trigger for those in recovery. But you can also generate some income by selling these crafts online. People are always looking for unique crafts to spruce up their homes or their wardrobe, or to give as gifts to loved ones. Sites including Etsy make it easy to get started as a seller, and the only costs are PayPal fees that are low. If selling art and crafts is your passion, just be sure to set up a dedicated space to work to maximize productivity.
Pick Up Some Freelance Writing
If you have a way with words, then writing can be a simple way to make some extra money. All you really need is a laptop and a few hours a week to help make ends meet writing. A good way to get started is to begin a blog or writing portfolio online, so you’ll have samples to send to potential customers. Some writing jobs can be found through friends and social media, but you can also use freelance writing sites to pick up your first gigs. Jobs can range from writing marketing materials to helping with resumes. If you need help staying focused while writing, try these techniques to help you stay on task.
Help Others Learn a New Language
Whether it’s English, Spanish or even German, people are always looking for the best way to learn a new language. Conversational language lessons are a great opportunity for people to practice their new skills and get tips on how to speak better. These lessons are also a fairly easy way for anyone to make extra money as a language tutor. You can meet up with folks at local restaurants and get paid for just having a conversation. As long as you like meeting new people, this is such fun way to make ends meet while you are also dealing with recovery.
By facing your addiction and committing to recovery, you are taking such an important step in improving your life. Keep the ball rolling by finding a gig that adds to your income and happiness without adding stress during this important time in your life
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