Unemployment claims for the week ending September 27, 2008 topped out at 497,000. This is 22,000 more than financial experts were expecting. FYI, anything above 400,000 traditionally indicates the economy is in a recession. And, unemployment claims are continuing to rise.
While this is a snapshot in time, what it means is that any time the economy is in bad shape, job seekers find it hard to land new positions. If you're recently unemployed, you can start the following telecommuting jobs right from the comfort of your home. And, if you have a computer and a phone, you're almost ready to go.
Following are two telecommuting jobs for laid-off workers that can be the start of a brand new career. You can start working from home - and you may never have to look for outside work again.
Freelance Writing: Freelance writing is a career that anyone who can read, write and conduct research can start. And, the wonderful thing about freelance writing is that it can be start for $0 with little or no experience.
Furthermore, it matters little what the economy is doing. In boom times, freelance writers are in great demand. And, when the economy is in a recession and/or downturn, freelance writers are in demand.
Why Freelance Writers are In Demand No Matter What the Economy is Doing
Well, think about it. When the economy is booming, that means that companies are spending money on ads. They need web copy, brochures, press releases, case studies, newsletters, sales material and a goo-gob of other material written. While some companies employ full-time staffs, many rely on freelance writers to get work done.
When the economy is booming, PR agencies, ad agencies, internet marketing firms, magazines, etc., get overwhelmed. They have to outsource to freelance writers to keep up.
When the economy is in trouble, workers get laid off, however, work still has to get done. And, who do companies turn to to get projects out the door? Freelance and/or temporary workers.
If you've ever wanted to work from home and/or find a telecommuting job, freelance writing is the perfect career choice - for it allows you to do it. And, you can get started almost immediately.
Virtual Assistants: A Great Telecommuting Job Opportunity
Virtual assistants have been described as everything from virtual secretaries to web assistants. They handle everything from data entry to scheduling appointments to research and call answering services.
Virtual assistants work for everybody from busy executives, to one-person web entrepreneurs. And, all you need is an internet connection and a phone to get started in this profession.
The wonderful thing about being a virtual assistant is that the web has opened up a wealth of opportunities in this profession. All of your marketing can be done online - for free. And, once clients get accustomed to working with you, they will rarely jump ship because you become an integral part of their "business.
Why the Recession Presents a Great Opportunity for Those Seeking Telecommuting Jobs
As these telecommuting job options show, if you've lost your job, you don't need to fret. You need to get busy building a work-from-home business.
The telecommuting jobs discussed here are just the tip of the iceberg of what's out there. The beauty of these opportunities is that they cost practically nothing to get started - and don't require experience.
Instead of worrying about what the economy is doing, find a career that doesn't depend on it. These telecommuting jobs present two options to start.
May be reprinted with the following, in full: Yuwanda Black has been a freelance writer and web entrepreneur since 1993. She is the author of 10 ebooks on freelance writing, and oversees the freelance writing web portal, InkwellEditorial.com. To learn how to start a freelance writing career quickly, read the free special report, How to Start a Freelance Writing Career for $0 in Less than 24 Hours.
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