Those new to the recovery journey can have significant problems making ends meet while they search for their first job opportunity. This time in your life can be full of both the excitement and fear of a new beginning. Your new, sober life has just begun, but the question of what next has yet to be answered. This is a very vulnerable time for many recovering addicts. The stress of everyday living is beginning to become apparent and new coping strategies are being tested.
It is incredibly important to find a way to sustain yourself in this new chapter of your life while practicing self-care (getting good sleep, eating a proper diet, exercise, etc.) and maintaining your sobriety. Here are some side hustles to help get you started.
Teach Music Lessons
Teaching music lessons is a fun and easy way to make some extra money. If you’ve ever learned to play an instrument, now is the time to put that knowledge to use.
You don’t have to be an expert to teach someone to play an instrument – you just have to be better than your students. Many adults who have ever taken music lessons have enough knowledge and skill to teach absolute beginners.
According to Music Industry, you need to meet three main requirements to teach younger children: patience, competence with an instrument, and the ability to communicate clearly. You do not need a music degree of any sort to teach music lessons from your home, though you should be honest if you are asked by a potential student.
If you’re teaching higher-level students, you should likely have some credentials. Teaching a small child vs. an older teenager who wants to be professional is obviously different. However, these credentials don’t necessarily have to include a college degree.
Sell Homemade Items
It is becoming increasingly difficult to find someone who can hand-make high-quality items. Fewer people are learning traditional crafts like knitting, wood carving, and embroidery. This lack of knowledge makes these handmade products very valuable and sought after.
If you can make something with your hands, you might want to consider opening an Etsy shop to sell them online. This type of store allows you to reach a broader audience than you could by yourself and enables you to sell things beyond your community.
Of course, opening an Etsy shop does require a little bit of know how. Merely putting your items online and sitting back will probably not produce many sells. Handmadeology recommends doing lots of research before making the leap and opening up an Etsy shop. The more research you do in the beginning, the more likely your shop is to succeed in the long run.
Become a Pet Sitter
Pet sitting is generally new but is increasing in popularity. Many customers love the idea of being able to leave their pets in their home and have someone watch over them there. If you love pets, this might be the side gig for you.
Becoming a pet sitter is not difficult. All you genuinely need is reliable transportation, a desire to look after someone else’s pets, and a client. The startup cost of becoming a pet sitter is understandably small, which makes beginning extremely easy.
While you can become a pet sitter with little to no training, you might want to consider joining a pet-sitting association, like Pet Sitters International. This organization offers training and lists all their certified pet sitters in one database, making it easy for potential customers to find you.
Recovering addicts sometimes have difficulties finding a job. Not only do you have a gap in your resume, but with the shift in priorities that comes with recovering, your past profession might be inappropriate for your new life. Look for unconventional ways to make money, such as becoming a pet sitter or even selling handmade objects. These things can be great ways to bring in money while you search for a full-time job. Or, they might become your full-time job!
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