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Identify Other Sources of Income

If you are unemployed and currently looking for a job, you may be able to find some other sources of income while you are looking. Depending on your state unemployment rules, you are often able to earn some other income without impacting your unemployment benefits.

Get a temporary job
Make sure that you have an updated resume that reflects all of your experiences and skills. Then, talk to a temp agency to see if you are qualified for any temporary jobs. Not only will this provide you with income in the short-term, you may also make some connections that will help you find a permanent job in the long-term. If they don’t have any opportunities at that moment, leave your resume with them and follow up in a few weeks, because opportunities can come up at any time.

Find contract/freelance work
If you have a skill set that includes writing, consulting, technology, or other skills that are appropriate for freelance or contract work, search online to see if there’s anything you may be qualified for. Since freelance work is often quite flexible, this can leave you time to still submit resumes and interview for full time work. It will also provide you with some income, as well as some work experience to add to your resume.

“Other” income
You may be sitting on some income making opportunities right in your own home. Go through your house to de-clutter, and consider selling some items to a consignment shop, online, or in a yard sale. There’s a market for just about everything, including used toys, technology products, clothing, and shoes. 

If you do end up finding other income opportunities, kept in mind that you will need to keep track of these on a weekly basis, and report them when you file for unemployment. Before doing anything, you should find out the exact rules for filing for unemployment in your state—is part-time employment allowed, how much can you earn before you lose benefits, and how should you account for those earnings.