For some survivors of financial abuse, leaving is the first time in a long time that they’ve been job hunting or working. It can be discouraging when you can’t find a job right away or when you’re at an entry-level job in a field you once held a higher position. Remember that this is just a starting point, and there are resources and organizations that can help you get back into the workforce. Master the side hustle.
If you’re looking for some extra cash to balance out your budget or help save up for financial goals, try taking up a side hustle. This is a great way to make new connections, add some experience to your resumé and learn a new skill – all while making more money.
Freelance websites like Upwork and Fiverr match employers with freelancers with certain skills. You can write technical articles, take care of secretarial work and just about everything in between. If you enjoy crafting unique or handmade goods, you can sell your items on Ebay or Etsy to make some extra cash. Being a part-time driver for companies like DoorDash, GrubHub or Lyft is another option.
Never give up
“Rebuilding after financial restoration after abuse must be viewed as a marathon and not a sprint,” says Thomas. “Every step towards financial stability post abuse should be recognized and celebrated. Otherwise, the rebuilding process can become discouraging.”
This chapter in your life can be exhausting and exhilarating and just about every emotion in between. The important thing is to never give up. Working to establish and maintain your financial health is a lifelong journey, but these steps and tips can help you start the process.
If you or a loved one is suffering from domestic abuse (including financial abuse), please reach out for help. You can contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE.