ALTERNATIVES TO TRADITIONAL EMPLOYMENT
WHAT WILL I LEARN?
- Other ways of working and earning an income that are different from traditional employment, including:Self-employment or starting your own businessWhat an independent contractor is and how to become oneJoining a worker-run cooperative businessApplying through a temp agencyTaking short-term or temporary positions to get your foot in the doorWhere to look for more information about each of these options
Throughout your job search, keep in mind that traditional employment is NOT your only option. There are many other ways of working and earning legitimate income—like starting your own business, joining a worker-run cooperative business, or going through a temp agency—and you may decide that one of these is better for you.
Talk to a trusted person, or someone from a local reentry or workforce development program, for other ideas about alternative work opportunities that may be available.
This section will explain some of the alternatives to traditional employment that you may want to consider:
- Starting your own business
- Becoming an independent contractor
- Joining a worker-run cooperative
- Applying through a temp agency
- Taking short-term jobs or temporary positions to get your foot in the door