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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Impacts On Freelancing!

I saw a job ad for a Chat Support Specialist (on Indeed), it pays $12 to $13 an hour, and here’s the best part:

" * Due to Covid-19, our staff is working remotely at this time. Therefore, you will need to have your own computer or laptop with a web camera and an internet connection. Once the threat has been resolved, the position will be located in Boca Raton, FL and you will no longer be working remote. Do you meet this qualification? (If not, please still apply and we’ll reach out once we resume business in the office, as usual)"

Companies should embrace remote work permanently.

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I agree, there is no reason for some jobs to require office work. It is quite easy to have teleconferencing as well as checking up on employees at their jobs to keep tabs on them remotely.

I was lucky enough to get a remote appointment with my doctor tomorrow.
I have my oral thermometer and my little wrist blood pressure machine so I can do what they do at a doctor’s office.

I’m going to see if I can get a prescription for a supply of antibiotics just to have in case.

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When they do that, they might as well embrace hiring freelancers instead of employees. Then it will become a case of companies constantly looking to reduce wage bills by hiring offshore workers.

Then there is the cybersecurity side of things. Then there is the slight problem that when you work from home you degenerate into an overweight blob that lives in less and less underwear every day and panics every time the doorbell rings…

Personally, I’ve regretted freelancing for quite a few years now, as I miss the sociability side of things. However, I did tell everyone who thought I was mad when I left my last company, that within 5-years the economy would collapse and they would all be on benefits… And although I was 3-years off, that has now happened… :thinking:

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Prince Charles has tested positive, but his wife has not. He is not terribly ill with it. He had no symptoms but was able to get the test for it. How odd that mostly powerful or famous people get tested.

Our U.S. government is giving everyone $1200. It does not go far here.

Man this is all nuts

This initial post was put up on Feb 27th. At that point, no one knew how this would fully play out in the US where I live. Nor did we really know how it would affect the rest of the world or Gig economy workers. Sitting here on March 25th, Sh&T got real! More than 1/3 of the US population is under stay at home orders. It does not mean that everyone is listening. NY is the epicenter of this in the US for now, cases and deaths are rising at record rates each day countrywide - but mainly NY. A sign of things to come in other states is what many seem to wonder. We are still, although better at testing, need more tests to get a read on the entire picture and testing is backlogged, so I do not believe we have the full picture of how this is spreading in places outside of the major epicenters here.

The daily briefings by Governers, especially Cuomo of NY, and that of our commander in Chief are fascinating and taking the place of sporting events I would be watching for entertainment. I will leave that alone for now.

Good news for self-employed Gig workers who are affected by this. Sounds. like they can file for unemployment and get that plus some via this new bailout bill from congress.

The school system I work in just announced closure for 4 more weeks with remote learning. It should be interesting to see how they implement that.

Amazing how things change in just one short month. It went from we are scared and watching and maybe it won’t be so bad to oh Sh&t!

Stay safe

@silberma1976 Thanks for the heads up on gig worker unemployment benefits:

Gig workers, freelancers, self-employed are eligible

In an unprecedented move, the stimulus bill expands unemployment protections to gig workers, freelancers and self-employed individuals, who typically don’t qualify for unemployment benefits.

Seth Harris, former Deputy U.S. Secretary of Labor, describes this aspect of the stimulus package as a “gigantic change,” but notes that it could be complicated to execute.

“It will be harder [to calculate] because these workers don’t have a W-2 or an average weekly wage,” Harris says. “These folks have income that varies dramatically from week to week or month to month.”

It’s not clear yet how state benefits will be calculated for these workers (from forbes)

I wish you the best of luck, but I’m pretty sure they’re gonna take your blood pressure and temperature themselves, they always do that, they’ll probably wear gloves, masks, and glasses.

It depends on the job, if you get paid to talk to people on social media, they’re going to need you everyday. I once interviewed for a company that does that, for several brands, but my typing speed wasn’t good enough for some reason. Maybe I’m lucky, that office smelled really bad, like mold or dirty AC.

I think that’s a stereotype. Fitness fanatics will join gyms, job, lift weights, etc. Sedentary people will gain weight at home or in the office.

Also, I don’t feel comfortable working in my underwear. I need to wear shorts, a t-shirt, and flip flops.

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Yes , This situation affects regular sell

When humanity is suffering, nature is thriving. Just goes to show how disconnected we are as a species, to the rest of existence.

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You can’t enforce it. Our police can’t stop kids from going to the beach. Having to juggle between law and order, and an existential crisis is a conundrum, and the authorities are definitely steering all the resources towards the latter.

What do you think will happen if the number of infected cases across in the USA cross 100k? 200k or 1 Million? Cataclysm.

So let’s all skip those Saturday night shows, sushi takeouts, and parties, to confront reality. It’s not going to be easy, and it sucks; but that’s the truth and we’ll have to just suck it up :frowning_face:

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Corona is greatly impacting on fiverr career. I’m really confused with this current issues. I pray to God so that he give cureness soon. We should come forward to help helpless people.

They have relaxed the rules on that for now during the pandemic but unfortunately they don’t do anything at all to help me, just like with the usual experiences I’ve had with doctors. I won’t go into details except to say it was a waste of time. It’s simply a way for doctors to continue to make money.

Times Square:

I agree. Though I think it would be about 0.006667% of the population instead of 0.00006%.

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We now have more cases than any other country in the world.

And remember most people are not being tested even if they have symptoms so the number of cases is not even known.

Hi! Greetings!

Hope you are well and safe, I am print designer and number of new buyer is decreasing also repeated buyers are in the very complex condition, don’t know when all will be okay

Most of my experiences with doctors are positive. If I have a problem, they fix it, either in the office or they give me a prescription. A family member of mine is in the hospital with corona, they have helped him and he’s gotten much better. In a day or two, he’ll leave the hospital, there’s even a service that will drive him so nobody else gets infected. My relative believes he got the virus at a funeral, everyone was kissing each other (latinos), this was before the mandatory quarantines and business shut downs. When people thought corona was far away.

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This doesn’t kill like the Spanish flu of 1918. In fact, a 101-year-old patient in Italy, whose grandmother survived the Spanish flu, has fully recuperated from corona. A relative of mine was also in the hospital, and he didn’t even need a respirator, his breathing was bad but not bad enough.

Besides, in most cities, essential businesses such as pharmacies, hardware stores, supermarkets, restaurants (no indoor dining though), remain open. My mechanic even sent me an e-mail telling me he’s open. Shopping malls may be closed, but people still need basic services. I can’t survive just on Natures Valley bars alone.

Wow, glad he’s getting better. I wonder if he would have been better on his own. Did he have breathing problems? Did you have contact with him?

HI Jon.
U misunderstood. I meant that I hope you get it as in I hope u understand what I’m saying.
I didn’t mean that the guy gets Coronavirus. I’m not an evil person God forbid. I hope now you get it :wink: (meaning I hope now you got my point :grin:)

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