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Pandemic Finance Diaries, Part 5: New Opportunities

Welcome to Part 5 of the Pandemic Finance Diaries! Part 5 will review my gig job income from March 1, 2021 to May 31, 2021. If you missed Parts 1-4 or are wondering why I’m tallying my gig economy income during the pandemic, I suggest starting at Part 1 of the series. This quarter's pandemic… Continue reading Pandemic Finance Diaries, Part 5: New Opportunities

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Pandemic Finance Diaries, Part 4: Vaccines and Reflections

Before getting into this post I'd like to take a moment to reflect on the fact that the Pandemic Finance Diaries series has extended for a full year; never when I first wrote about my income during the pandemic did I think the world would still be in a scary pandemic place a full 13 months later with too many lives lost and even more livelihoods impacted.

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Pandemic Finance Diaries, Part 3: Travel and COVID-19 scares

Welcome to Part 3 of the Pandemic Finance Diaries! Much like last quarter's post, my excitement is tempered by the fact that new daily COVID-19 cases in the U.S. are at their highest levels ever and daily deaths are at the highest levels seen since April 2020. Therefore I enter into this diary with the knowledge that my family and I are extremely fortunate to have the financial wherewithal to support ourselves.

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Pandemic Finance Diaries, Part 2: Slow Growth

Welcome to Part 2 of the Pandemic Finance Diaries. While I'm happy to report that during Part 2 of the Pandemic Finance Diaries my side hustle income increased, I also need to acknowledge that I am writing this coming off a work week where five of my co-workers were let go from the company due to budgetary cuts.

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Pandemic Finance Diaries, Part 1: Gig Economy Pivot

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic I worked a full-time job in healthcare and several part-time jobs, including those in pet care and tourism. However, since the pandemic travel has come to an abrupt halt, meaning the tourism business has all but dried up.  This also holds true for pet care, as most people are only in need of pet care when they're out of their homes either travelling or working; the pandemic has essentially negated both of these conditions.  Once the COVID-19 pandemic began I saw my average monthly income drop by 15%. Realizing I had to pivot my financial mindset and change course, I attempted a number of other opportunities to make money.  Spoiler alert: I didn't do so great.