Learning that you have lost your job, for whatever reason, is one of the most stressful life events that anyone can imagine going through. When it happens, it is hard to see any positives, and all too easy we descend into panic and depression. But take a deep breath, gather your resources and take a good look at your life and the work life balance that you want to achieve. You might just find it is the best thing that could have happened.
We all know that the economy is in a fragile state and this is a difficult time to be out looking for work. Yet at the same time, US unemployment is at its lowest in ten years. Perhaps there are other options for making a living on your own terms in the 21st Century? Today’s digital technology certainly opens up more opportunities for moms than ever if you have the will and temerity to succeed.
Go it alone
Many people who find themselves suddenly out of work use it as the kick start they needed to follow a long-harbored dream to start their own business. Today, it is certainly easier to do than ever before; for an Internet-based business, you can get up and running with practically zero in the way of start-up costs.
Of course, the downside to that is that more people are diving into the world of the small online business every day – in fact, around 100 new websites are launched every minute. Of course, not all of these relate to new business start-ups, but in such a competitive environment, only the strongest will survive.
The entrepreneur lifestyle might have plenty of draws, but it is not all roses. However, there are other ways of taking control of your life without having to set up your own business.
Remote freelance options
These days, modern cloud-based technology renders the office commute obsolete in a wide number of areas. It is possible to meet, chat, share documents and work consultatively from your screen without having to leave the comfort of your own home.
And in an increasing number of sectors, that means further opportunities to work on a more flexible, freelance basis. Once seen as the domain of journalists and management consultants, there are now an increasing number of freelancers in areas such as admin, PAs, finance, web design, digital marketing and numerous other disciplines.
Working on a freelance basis gives you the perfect opportunity to dictate your own working patterns, and can be a liberating experience after the 9-5. You might just find that it leads to the most rewarding years of your working life.