Financial burdens and poor mental health go hand in hand; if you’re worried about money, you’re not alone. There are steps you can take when life feels out of control, and your typical 9-to-5 isn’t relieving your financial problems.
It can be a vicious cycle; if you have poor mental health, you might find that you shop compulsively and struggle to work effectively and earn the salary you deserve. Equally, the more debt you get into, the worse things can be for your mental health, so you end up struggling in both respects.
Taking control of when and where your work by making the change from the typical day job to working remotely, you can improve both your mental health and your financial situation.
If you’re struggling with your mental health, and controlling your finances, then here are some handy tips to help you get control of both of these vital aspects of your life:
Boosting Your Mental Health
The first step to boosting your mental health is a trip to your doctor or therapist, but there are some other things you can do to help your mental health improve alongside professional help.
- Sleep: The chemicals in our brain are regulated during our sleep and are essential for managing our moods and emotions. When we don’t get enough sleep, we can become more stressed, anxious, and depressed.
- Eat well: Deficiencies in certain minerals, such as vitamin B12 or iron can cause low moods. Trying to eat a balanced diet can avoid developing these deficiencies, and if you’re particularly stressed or anxious, then cutting down on caffeine can help stop you from feeling jittery.
- Do something you enjoy: Set aside time for yourself; even if you don’t have the energy to go out for a walk or put time into a hobby, doing something small like watching a favorite movie or show from your childhood can boost your mood. Some people have begun setting aside one day a week as their treat day to give themselves something to look forward to. They don’t need to be grand plans either; your treat day can be a simple as having your favorite dish delivered at the end of the day.
There are other ways for you to boost your mood, but talking any plans through with your therapist first will help you narrow down the list of what will be best for you.
Becoming an in-store or full-service shopper is a great way to make money from home; Instacart is a grocery delivery service that partners with local stores to deliver everything directly to the customer’s home. With flexible hours you have complete control over your shifts via the app and can set up the app to notify you when orders are up for grabs in your area. As mentioned above, there are two types of shoppers that you can be for Instacart; full-service or in-store.
- Full-Service: this type acts as an independent contractor where you shop for and deliver groceries.
- In-store: this type is a part-time employee of Instacart where no delivery is required, and you only shop for the goods requested by the customer.
They operate in both small and large cities across the U.S. and Canada, but there are some basic requirements you must meet before you can begin working with them.
- Be over 18
- Have a smartphone
- Be able to lift 30 pounds or more
- Pass a background check
- Have a checking or savings account
Full-service shoppers must also have access to a vehicle, a full driver’s license, and a set of insulated bags to transport groceries.
If you’re wondering “how much do Instacart shoppers make?” then Ridester can help you; in their helpful guide, they break down Instacart’s pay structure so that you can understand exactly how much you can make working as an Instacart shopper.
Online Courses Or Tutoring
Sharing your skills is another way you can make a full-time living wage from working at home. Develop a course with videos, PDF downloads, and written tutorials to share across the world. Most courses can be sold for over a hundred dollars, and more popular courses go for even more than that. If you’re not sure where to get started, there are online resources to help you make the most out of your online course.
Expand on sharing your skills remotely by becoming an online tutor; you can set your own hours and work as little or as much as you want to. If you sign up with one of the many apps or companies available, you can automatically track your working hours to bill your customers accurately.
A popular remote role for organized and resourceful people is working as a virtual assistant; make money by helping businesses with a range of tasks from data entry and research to customer service callbacks.
Sell Your Photos and Videos
If you have a love for photography or creating videos, you can turn that passion into money with stock websites. Upload your work to one of the many websites for stock photography and videos, and they will market it for you. This option is more suited as a passive income alongside other ventures.
Write and Publish E-Books
Another great way to make money from your skills and expertise is by writing and selling e-books, a faster and easier form of passive income that can be paired nicely with other at-home ventures. As the popularity of e-readers continues to rise, more people than ever are turning to e-books instead of hardcopies to expand their personal libraries.
Writing an e-book may seem like a daunting task, but with online tools to proofread and help you edit your work, it’s easier than it ever was before to self-publish. Once your e-book is ready, using your own photography and graphics, or utilizing a stock website, will give your e-book a cover that will stand out against the crowd. Then all you need to do is find a suitable online retailer that you want to publish your e-book with, sit back, and watch the passive income roll in.
Become A Translator
Speaking another language doesn’t just benefit you when you go abroad; becoming a remote translator will give you the flexibility to work from anywhere and enjoy financial stability. There are plenty of apps and online companies offering translating work, and they work in a similar way to Instacart, where you select the jobs you want to do.
Sell Your Crafts
If you have hobbies that involve making crafts or you enjoy painting, consider opening your own online store with one of the many marketplaces online that specializes in handmade items.
Narration and Voice-Overs
As e-readers grew in popularity, there was also a boom in the audiobook industry, which created a demand for narrators and voice-over artists. You may not think your voice will be in high demand, but publishers look for a variety of voices for their audiobooks. From voices of characters in children’s books to the serious narration of non-fiction, there’s something for everyone and, with some publishers, you can expect to make one hundred dollars per hour.
Create How-To Videos
How-To videos are all the rage right now, with people wanting to know how they can tie a tie correctly or how to apply the perfect eye make-up for an evening occasion. Suppose your friends and family are always asking for your help in how to do specific tasks. In that case, you should consider creating your own ‘How-To’ videos and monetizing them to develop a healthy passive income alongside any other work you do.
*Photos by Karolina Grabowska