Being out of work, I can tell you that the weekly check I receive from unemployment leaves me with a huge shortfall every month. In order to help cover my bills, I have taken on some odd jobs and projects.

The first thing to get over, is how little you may be making doing these odd jobs versus what you used to make in your prior job.  It’s a tough mental block to get over, but I try to look at it that “something is better than nothing.”  If I can make $500/month doing odd jobs, it’s better than nothing, even though I could have made that at my prior job in no time.  The challenge is to balance your time with also having time for your job search!

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This is my first Blog EVER. I never thought I would actually have a blog, nor be writing about being unemployed for 5 months! Anyway, I have my friend Josh Fialkoff to thank for helping me set up my new website in one night. Thanks Josh! (Check out his site on online marketing, Getting Things Done and WordPress)

Anyway, today’s topic is about babysitting. I will need to backtrack at some point to explain how I got to where I am now, but for now, I’m just going to do a quick overview. I got laid off from my job as the Director of Marketing at the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston in July. I have been looking hard for a job since then, with no luck. I really treat my job search like a full time job. Obviously given the dismal state of the economy, the fact that I am bringing in no money, and that I have a HUGE mortgage to pay on my own, I started thinking about other ways to make some money.

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