Soooo…. Due to the coronavirus, Ontario is in a state of emergency and almost all stores with a door are closed. There are exceptions of course such as gas stations, grocery stores, pharmacies, hospitals and some restaurants are offering takeout.
However, a majority of people have been laid off for at least two weeks. At the moment it seems that the return date is April 6, but if the situation gets worse, it’s up for debate to remain closed longer.
I will add a link that will go into this in more detail because this article is not going into the closure, the recession or social distancing. This article will go into detail how being laid off for at least two weeks will affect someone who lives paycheque to paycheque and can’t afford to “self -quarantine” or have the privilege to “work from home”.
I’m going to outline what my plans are for the next few weeks, if I am getting another job? Will I stop Youtube and content creation? And how this scenario has made me become really grateful as well.
Hey what is up my name is Anna and I create content around social media, marketing and document it on the way while working a 9-5 but that last part might be on pause until I get my job back or find another job during this coronavirus outbreak.
For those who may not know, I am covering maternity leave and I have a 1 year contract as a receptionist. Prior to this year, I was studying and working to become a social worker, long story short I didn’t want that and currently switching to digital marketing. I am using this year to dive into the marketing and online space and pursue a career in digital marketing.
Since I am not making any money online, I needed a day job and that was the receptionist job. But, due to the coronavirus, my job is temporarily canceled until March 29th and so are many other people, restaurants, bars, coffee shops and many more are closing down or only offering drive thru and take out services.
So what does this mean for someone who lives paycheque to paycheque. I’m going to dive into that.
I currently live in Ontario Canada and can apply to EI. EI is employment insurance, my boss is currently writing up my ROI so I can go online and apply for it. This means that I will get paid roughly 55% of my income.
If we do the math, 55% of $2000 is roughly $1100 and that is just enough for my expenses, I will get roughly $1000 a month, if this goes on for a month. If you’d like to know exactly what my expenses are I made a March Budget and went over my expenses. But in short, my expenses are roughly $1000 a month, so money is a bit tight over here.
Next up, will I get another job?
It honestly depends, because at the moment we aren’t opening until March 29th, but if the situation worsens and the government decides to remain closed, I might be looking for another job, however it’s going to be tough because so many businesses and stores are closing, so no one’s really looking to hire.
It all depends how things go at my current job. If I can go back to my job, then of course I won’t need another job, but if I am jobless for more than 2 months, I will probably look for another job part-time, something like working at a coffee shop or grocery store, until I can go back to work.
A lot of people don’t have the luxury or privilege to “work from home”
Yes, money is really tight for me right now, but I don’t have kids or any dependents and I live at home. Many parents work manual jobs, have kids, they have mouths to feed, they need to provide a roof over their families heads and so on. I know I’m not the only one who lives paycheque to paycheque and this is going to hit them hard because who knows how much longer we have to practice social distancing, so I really feel for parents.
I saw this tik tok clip saying (this is not the exact quote but the account’s name is: @aishimations ) she said something along these lines, “self-quarantine is a privilege, it’s for people who can afford to not work or work from home, where as there are parents who work manual labor and can’t work from home”
Many parents work in manual labor and can’t afford self-quarantine, so it definitely is a privilege to be able to self-quarantine or work from home. But if parents are forced to self-quarantine it’s going to be really tough for them.
Yes, I know social distancing is what’s best to not spread the virus, but it’s also really difficult for a lot of working people to not have money coming in and just sitting at home waiting to go back to work.
Another question is, am I going to continue to pursue youtube?
YES, at the moment youtube does not really require any income on my end, so with this time off I’m going to put even more effort into my side hustle, since I will be living off employment insurance and have all this time.
This is the plus side to being laid off I guess, I can spend all my time creating content, getting better and researching more into digital marketing and social media.
As long as my bills are getting paid and I have some food I’ll be okay, it’s like that garyvee clip “eat shit and pump out content” so that’s the plus side I’m living bare minimum, but putting 100% into my side hustle.
Lastly, I am really grateful for everything I have right now
The coronavirus situation made me really think about how grateful I am for the life I have. I’m really grateful that I can live with my dad and only pay utilities instead of rent, because if I had lost my job, there is no way I could afford rent. I’m really really lucky and blessed for that.
I’m also lucky enough to be healthy, to be in the age range where if I get the coronavirus I most likely won’t die from it.
Also it puts a lot of things into perspective, during this time, even though I lost my job and money is tight, I still want to pursue my online career more than ever and I know this is what I want 100%.
I’m going to use this time to be grateful for my life, my health, my family and go all in on my online side hustle!
Lastly, if you are worried about the coronavirus, your job or family, I’m not going to say don’t worry because we all do, however know that when things go bad, it eventually will go up, but it’s going to get worse before it gets better, but it will get better!!
Hang in there!!