Starting a Job Search in the Midst of a Pandemic

April 4, 2020
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The headline may be enough to make anyone wonder if I've taken leave of my senses. Why would someone who's currently employed be on the lookout for a new position in the midst of the CoVid19 pandemic?

If you've spent any time doing independent contractor positions, you know that the availability of work might vary depending on several factors. One factor that I never saw coming was how a major economic upset like we've seen with the pandemic could cause disruption.

Suffice it to say that people who normally accept content writing positions as a sideline who have had their hours cut or gotten laid off from their "day jobs" seem to have all gotten the same idea. Some companies have cut back on the number of content orders they require as well.

One of the important things to keep in mind about freelancing is that even though you might run into some temporary slow-downs, there are plenty of opportunities you may not have even seen coming. After all, there are always content needs even with many businesses being temporarily closed to the public.

A few things to think about:

- Most businesses have websites these days, and they will still require updated content. Customers will enjoy the reassurance that comes with knowing that their favorite local businesses are still serving them, even if they've gone to mostly online selling.

- There are a few businesses that have been slow to adopt a web presence either because of costs or not appreciating the importance of being online. Maybe you're the person that they need to get online.

- If you already do freelance work, you're familiar with managing time and multi-tasking. Why not consider expanding your horizons into another type of work that can be performed from home, such as programming, bookkeeping, transcription, or being a virtual assistant?

Life is rough for many of us right now, with freelancers being no exception, However, opportunities await that we just need to stay alert to. You never know what surprises may await in the world of freelancing.