The current economy dominates the news. Reports about layoffs occur daily, as more and more Americans are finding themselves unemployed. For many, unemployment represents a worst case scenario, and those that are losing their jobs are devastated to find themselves without work, struggling to support themselves and their families.
To shed at least a little bit of a positive light on an admittedly difficult situation, here are several benefits of unemployment that you may want to consider as a way of making a difficult time more bearable for yourself and your family.
Unemployment is a good time to consider your career path.
One of the primary benefits of unemployment is that it gives you a time to consider where your career has taken you. Is it really what you want to be doing? Is there something else that has always interested you more but you were too involved with your work to consider it? Use your unemployment to consider if there is another career path you would prefer to take, and see if maybe now is a good time to break into it.
Unemployment is a good time to try out your own projects.
Have you ever had a great idea that you wanted to put into action? Or perhaps you have a website idea that you believe can be profitable? You have a lot of free time, so why not spend that free time stating your own projects or your own business and seeing if there is any potential there? Worst case scenario, the plan fails and you go back to work as usual.
Unemployment is a great time to start healthy hobbies.
This benefit sounds like a cop out, but healthy hobbies are not just a way to occupy the time. They are also a way to make sure that after you find work, you have a good hobby that allows you to de-stress from a long day. Hobbies improve your quality of life, and one of the many benefits of unemployment.
Unemployment is a great time to create a network.
Networking is the best way to find work. Now that you have this free time, you can start to build your network, using that network not only to find work, but also to create a network that allows you to find work more quickly if anything happens again in the future. Networking is one of the most valuable ways to spend your unemployment time.
There is no reason to believe that you cannot make money while unemployed. You obviously had some skills at your old job. Why not start consulting or freelancing your work, making a little bit of extra money without having to find employment. It’s not as reliable as a salary, but you may find it to be more enjoyable, with the potential to become a long term business.
There are many different benefits to unemployment. While there is no denying that unemployment represents a stressful time for yourself and your family, there are a few nice things you can get out of your time off. Don’t allow yourself to be sucked into despair. As you look for work, try to make the best of the time you are unemployed. When you find a job, you may never get that type of freedom again.