If you’ve seen the news over recent weeks, you’ll know that the economy is on a fragile footing.

A lot of people are slipping out of work and while the government are devising initiatives to provide financial aid, in the long-term there are still plenty of questions hovering in the air.

If you fall into this category, it’s something of a scary time. Today’s article will be taking a look at five things that you can do to give you a financial boost and make life a little easier.

The legal route – why are you out of work?

In short, this first section is for those of you who might have been injured on the job. Unsurprisingly, different injuries merit different forms of compensation and if you believe that your injury was caused by a breach at work, you could be due compensation. Granted, this isn’t going to apply to everyone, but it’s worth putting out there as the financial settlements can run into hundreds of thousands of dollars.

If compensation isn’t really something you are considering, it’s at least worth looking at how you can get back to your real line of work as quickly as possible. Look at companies offering rehabilitation for injured workers, as this is the sort of thing that can help you re-integrate into a job when all once seemed lost.

As well as questioning the why, there are also forms of paperwork that can help you in the meantime. Some people are eligible for benefits, so this is another avenue worth checking out.

eBay can still be fashionable

A slightly different option comes in the form of eBay. It would be fair to say that this isn’t the so-called fashionable platform that it once was, but it can still serve a purpose in times of need.

However, if you have spare time, this is something that can provide you with a steady stream of income. You’ll be shocked at all of the items gathering dust in your home, whether it’s old clothes or old board games. Sure, not everything will sell, but if you take the time to market these items appropriately you will be able to boost your income during these times of hardship.

Become a freelance writer

Something a little longer-term than the above is turning to freelance writing. There are different levels of this; some people can turn to companies who require a contractor to help with a major project, while others will take a different job every day.

There are now umpteen platforms where you can advertise your writing services and in comparison to a lot of freelance skills out there, this is the one that can be the easiest to find work as long as you are a native speaker. It should also go without saying that the better your writing, the more you can demand to be paid per word.

Become an Uber driver

Both Uber and Lyft have grabbed plenty of attention over recent years, but for those people who are out of work they can prove to be a viable source of income.

It’s worth mentioning that there are all sorts of different regulations around the world about these platforms and in some areas you might have different licensing requirements. There’s an interesting article on Forbes which goes into the ins and outs of becoming a driver on one of these platforms, and the sort of time you need to invest to make a decent living.

Invest in your education

This final point isn’t necessarily going to help you make ends meet in the short-term, but over time it can pay off significantly.

Put simply, every day should be a school day. While being off work can feel utterly depressing at times, on other occasions you should view it as an opportunity. See it as an opportunity to learn something new, which might be put towards a new form of employment in the future. People commonly learn foreign languages, or even programming, which can just add to their skillset and present a better CV to employers.

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