As of 2017, 51% of workers in the U.S. were actively looking for jobs. That number has changed thanks to the impact of the Coronavirus. As of April 2020, the unemployment rate in the country spiked to over 14%. Needless to say, it can be difficult for anyone to find the ideal job or to avoid ones that aren’t a great fit.
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Tiny house owners face their own unique set of challenges while on the job hunt. You have to factor in where you live, whether you want to travel, and your personality. Many people who build tiny homes often do so to get away from the stress and hustle of everyday life, so there are some jobs that might not appeal to you as much as others.
Regardless, there are still bills to pay (no matter how ‘tiny’ they may be!), so those who live in tiny houses still need to work. If you’ve been trying to get a job but you’re striking out on what may be the best fit, keep reading. We’ll dive deeper into some career moves that just might appeal to you as well as what you should avoid.
Freelancing/Gig Economy Work
The most obvious career for many tiny house owners is often freelancing or finding work in the gig economy. The gig economy has been expanding in recent years (there are currently 1.6 million gig workers, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics), but what constitutes as a “gig” job has changed too.
Gig workers can be anything from freelance writers to food delivery drivers. Some of the best gig economy jobs include the following:
- Household cleaning
- Graphic design
Working a freelance job has many benefits. You can set your own hours and work as much or as little as you want. In addition, many of the jobs pay quite well! Of course, there are potential risks to consider if you want to become a freelancer. There’s no real job security and no worker protections in place. Everything from 401k matching to healthcare insurance needs to be handled by you instead of an employer. Those expenses can add up quickly, so it’s important to find a gig that pays well enough to be worth it.
You’ll also need to keep track of every piece of documentation. In a tiny house, it’s not always easy to have an expansive filing system so utilizing resources like digital invoices that can be stored on your computer can be a big help.
Jobs That Allow You to Work Remotely
If you want to work from your tiny house, you don’t necessarily have to be a freelancer. Many established businesses are making the switch to more remote employees. That number may even increase thanks to COVID-19. According to Global Workplace Analytics, 56% of people have a job that could allow them to work from home at least some of the time.
Tiny homes often cater to a remote working lifestyle, especially if you live by yourself or with just one other person. Many people build their tiny houses in remote areas where it’s quiet so it’s easy to concentrate on work.
As long as you have the privacy to do your job, a strong Internet connection, and the discipline to work from home, consider working for a company that will allow you to work remotely. You may have to work within certain hours of the day, but it’s often still less stressful than having to go into an office.
Market Yourself as a Business
Some people build or buy tiny houses to get away from people. If that is the case, you might wonder what jobs will get you out of the house but won’t force you to interact with too many people. That’s especially true if you struggle with social anxiety. One solution is to start your own business or market yourself as a freelancer but still look for “gig” jobs that get you out from time to time.
Some of the best jobs for people with social anxiety include the following:
- Computer programming
- IT support
- Pet grooming
- Working with kids
Starting your own business, whether you want to work with other people or not, is a great way to discover your perfect career. As your own boss, you’re in full control, and thanks to changes in technology, you can really start a business from almost anywhere. If you love having a minimalistic, remote lifestyle, don’t be afraid to use it to pursue your career goals, whether you create a product or offer a service.
We’re still dealing with uncertain times when it comes to the economy. It may take a while for the job market to bounce back. Many gig economy jobs, however, are in more demand than ever. If you have been laid off or let go due to the effects of this pandemic, now might be the perfect time to try something new. You may even decide to start your own business! Remember, living in a tiny house doesn’t mean you have to think small when it comes to your career.
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