My work-in-progress is about dealing with money, or the lack thereof, when symptoms of bipolar are making it impossible for you or your partner to work or when you’ve had a recent episode of manic spending. Since the book won’t be available until it’s been written, edited, formatted, and uploaded, I’m including sections as I write them in this blog.
If you’re considering getting a job or another job you have probably already been through the classified ads and checked out the resources at the unemployment office and local temp services. You’ve talked to everyone you know who might know anything. You have your resume sent to places you thought you’d never be caught dead and nothing’s happening. So what are your options? You can’t just pull a job out of nowhere, can you?
Well, maybe you can. And it just might be the job you never even dared to hope for, the job of your dreams. What do you have to lose? In your wildest dreams, what would you be doing to make a living? Quick, don’t dismiss that thought. Write it down.
Someone wrote a song “if I could make a living out of loving you” and while it’s not exactly that simple, he is making a living out of writing songs about loving someone. That’s pretty close in my mind. So, what would you be doing? If there are several possibilities, write those down, too. Writing things down isn’t magic, but it does make things more solid in your thoughts and can actually free your mind to think other thoughts.
Let’s make those dreams into jobs without losing the basics of the dream. Maybe you’ll need to get some education or training, but there are grants and loans you can get for that. Maybe you’ll need to work your way up to the dream job, but if you haven’t been looking in that field, it might actually be a possibility. Maybe you can get a low level job in the same industry while you are in training.
Would you consider taking a job that pays a little less than what you need to pay the bills if it were leading to a job you really love? Could you do it if you had other ways of making a little money on the side? It’s amazing how much better you feel about going to work and how much more motivated you are to get by when you know that you are working toward a goal.
Someone in college for accounting shouldn’t be looking for jobs in retail—better to take a temporary job doing income taxes for individuals and small businesses, or doing some simple bookkeeping for a small business. That’s the type of job that will look good on a résumé and provide some actual experience.
Someone who wants to be a writer should be spending time writing, whether that means writing content for newspapers or magazines as an employee or freelancer, or keeping a blog, or publishing books. If you can’t get a writing job, there are ways to earn money writing. (I’ll post more on freelance writing and book publishing soon.)
Maybe you can’t be a professional athlete, the competition is tight, but you can find interesting work that makes use of your talents, whether it’s coaching athletes or working as a fitness trainer or even working as a firefighter or wilderness rescue worker.
Maybe you just need to find a way to monetize what you want to do. You can make money from almost any hobby. Besides selling art, crafts or writing, you could be designing patterns for others and selling those to magazines or directly to hobbyists, leading group classes, or teaching individual clients the finer points of a hobby. Check local community colleges, senior citizens centers, and other community groups if you want to teach a class, or plan the event on your own and advertise in the newspaper and on local sites online for participants. It may not be a full-time job or a lot of money, but if you add it to whatever else you are doing, it can help.
What do you think is the best option for you? I’d love to know what you are doing to make enough money to live. Are these ideas helpful or too obvious? Any questions or comments?