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How the Coronavirus-Induced Recession Affects Women’s Jobs and What Can Be Done About It

Whether you’re a female and you’ve lost your job, had your hours reduced, or had to quit working completely in order to devote your time to caring for your children during the pandemic, you may have already noticed the coronavirus-induced recession has negatively impacted women more so than men. According to Business Insider, more females than males have been serving on the frontlines as healthcare professionals, cashiers, and restaurant workers amid COVID-19 — and many are also juggling unpaid work at home like caring for their children, cleaning house and cooking meals for their families. Additionally, women have a 19 percent increased risk of losing their jobs due to the coronavirus-induced recession.
If you're looking for some ways to earn money after losing your job due to COVID-19, there are a few things you can do — and some will even allow you to stay home with your children during the day and set your own work schedule. From working online to starting a business of your own, we’ll discuss a few flexible money-earning opportunities in the sections below!

Explore Flexible Job Opportunities

If you’re hoping to find a flexible job opportunity that allows you to set your own schedule, stay home with your children during the day, and free up time for other daily activities like cooking for your family and playing with your little ones, several great options will be worth considering amid COVID-19. A few opportunities that offer flexible work schedules include:
  • Working out of your home. If you’d like to work from home but don’t want to spend the entire day online or sitting behind a computer, a few great options could include babysitting, pet sitting, working as a seamstress, or tutoring other kids, teens, and adults. However, you’ll need to purchase any necessary tools and supplies — and you may need to make a few modifications to your home. Babysitters, for instance, need a first-aid kit, children’s books and toys, and supplies for arts and crafts.
  • Working online. If you’re comfortable working online, you could pursue a work-from-home opportunity as a freelance web designer, writer or editor, fact-checker, graphic designer, accountant or virtual assistant. Depending on the type of online work you’ll be doing, however, you may need to invest in a webcam, computer monitor, keyboard, and noise-canceling headphones.
  • Launching your own small business. If you have a unique business idea that you’d like to pursue during the pandemic, you’ll first need to decide on a business structure — such as a limited liability company (LLC), partnership, corporation, or sole proprietorship.

Marketing Your New Business

Whether you’ll be working from home as a sole proprietor — such as a freelancer or independent contractor — or you’ll be forming your own LLC, partnership, or corporation, you’ll need to market your home business in order to land new clients and achieve success during the pandemic. The team at Marketing Management Enterprise can help you to develop an effective marketing strategy for your business needs — or you can try other marketing methods like creating a blog, guest posting on other websites, and promoting your brand on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

In Conclusion

The COVID-19 recession is a challenging time to be a woman, but this doesn’t mean you need to put your career on hold if you’ve permanently lost your job, been furloughed, or have chosen to stay home with your children due to coronavirus-related concerns. Instead, focus on starting your own business or pursuing flexible work-from-home jobs such as writing or editing, babysitting, pet sitting, or any other opportunities that match your interests, skills, and professional background.
Written by Sarah Bull | EconomyMom.com