In a newsletter, James Altutcher said that New York is dead. He is a native New Yorker who was born and has lived in there for 50 years. He also said that restaurants, Broadway shows, and office buildings are dead. This is coming from an optimistic person who has seen many things happen to his beloved city during the polio epidemic in the 1970’s, 911 terror attack, the 2008 recession, financial crisis, riots and other crises. But he has witnessed nothing like this pandemic, he says.

Most people opted to move out because of the fear of getting sick. The situation is not getting any better for businesses too.

At least 60 percent of restaurants have already closed. Broadway, museums, clubs, hotdog stands and foot traffic is gone. He calls midtown New York a ghost town.

But if New York City is doomed and is not going to function as it used to in recent years, where did all the businesses go?

Online as the new Business Space

Businesses have started to finally embrace the possibility of working remotely. People who used to work in office buildings fled to other states. They no longer have to be in their own office space to continue to conduct business. Many people think that it may take a little more time until things will become safe- at least when a vaccine or cure is available. This situation is not only happening to New York. It’s a global pandemic and it is true all over the world. People are now staying at home to work remotely.

We get to hear a lot of bits and pieces of information about a vaccine being developed, but top doctors say that it will take time to conduct tests and make the cure available for everyone.

For now, we’re all confined at home. But only a certain percentage of workers can work from home. For those who are not able to earn from home, what is the alternative?

Alternative Jobs for those who can’t work remotely

The rest of us will have to adapt and learn new ways of earning money and as much as possible, from home. We have seen the popularity of online courses, classes, sales, webinars, meetings, video calls and messaging- all being done with the help of technology and the internet.

We are lucky because the technology is already available for all of us. We just need to embrace it so we can use it to its full potential.

What can you do if you lost your job because your industry is affected by the pandemic?

You could evaluate your existing skills and have a personal assessment to determine where you can fit in this new world. Start by asking the following question~

What skills do I have that I can use in the New Normal?

If you don’t have skills that you can use, you will need to learn a new skill that can be used in this unique situation. Here are possible skills that you can learn during this pandemic:

1. Computer skills or Digital skills. Learn how to use the computer effectively and the most applicable software and tools that companies need. This can be simple computer skills like data encoding and providing virtual assistance services to employers and businesses.

2. Reading Data. You don’t have to learn to code to learn to read data, although being familiar with software languages will help you with data science. Knowing how to read and interpret information that could save lives, take advantage of emerging trends, lower the cost of production and create strategies that could help your company and its clients.

3. Learn to Code. It doesn’t take years to learn how to code especially if you already have the foundational learning during college. There are programming languages that only takes a few weeks to learn. Search for popular computer programming languages and read it at your own pace. Better yet, go to Youtube and start watching videos about coding. Just make sure that you’re learning about useful programming languages that are in-demand by businesses. When you get enough information, you may want to start a simple project to start building your portfolio.

4. Develop your Communication Skills. Reading, writing, and Speaking are skills that you can definitely invest in. These are skills which are widely used in any field of work. Reading would entail understanding written words and using them to work more effectively and help your co-workers and customers. Effective communication also means that you can write memos, company literature that will be beneficial to your clients. Although not everyone dares to speak in a crowd or front of a camera, it’s good to start learning to talk in front of people or a camera lens so you could conduct webinars or talks online- a great skill to have for our next essential skill.

5. Sales and Marketing (still essential with or without a crisis). If purchases are the act of buying, marketing is attracting the customer to buy something from you. Although sales are different from marketing, they go hand in hand. Now more than ever is the best time to have a clearer understanding of these two essential skills to engage your customer and eventually convince them to purchase what you are offering.

These are just a few things you can do. If you don’t have the resources or the patience to do these things, you can think of other things that could help you stand on your own two feet. If you have a bike, you can choose to deliver food or other goods in your area. If you know how to cook, you can find a living by preparing and selling food for your local community. Just carefully assess what you can do which can be used to earn a decent living.

Sink or Swim

Accept that our lives have already changed. We all have to cope with what is happening around us. As what the popular saying says about surviving, you have to decide to “Sink or Swim.” People who stay in place, sink. While those who survive, swim.

There is no more time to prepare because the crisis is here; what we can do is plan our next move in order to survive and manage the situation.

Minding your actions is the key while thinking about your safety and the safety of others. This means wearing your masks properly and washing your hands all the time.

Be open to changes. Have a positive and accepting attitude about what is happening in the workplace. Remember that change is the only constant thing. Talk to the people around you and be ready to learn and accept your new role.

Be flexible, adapt to the changing world. Think outside the box, handle your emotions and never stop learning new things to survive so you can thrive in this New Normal.