Money Help for Event Professionals

Toy Piggy Bank

UPDATE: April 4

A shout out to Al Schuster at Polaris Brand Events - he shared this opportunity to invest in yourself right now - ServSafe is offering some free courses.

UPDATE: April 2

In Leadership Livestream #3 our panel of experts talked about how you can pursue Unemployment Insurance Benefits even if you are a 1099 Independent Contractor under the CARE Act. These benefits will be dispersed through your state unemployment office, so we curated a list of links to every state unemployment office

Jim LaPinska of Axiom Wealth Management and Northwestern Mutual also offered up some advice and some documents that simplify the CARES Act. You can get them here: Financial Management Tools.

Update: March 30

From CBS News: 700,000 Jobs that Need To Be Filled Immediately

By Aimee Picchi - ... the pandemic is driving a surge in hiring at businesses seeing an upsurge in demand for their products and services because of the outbreak. 

Driveline Retail Merchandising

From AAEP Charter Member Lacey Anna, "This is a merchandising company, they are in dire need of merchandisers for Dollar General, I just got an email that they are offering an additional $1.50/hr pay bonus. Usually the rate is between 11 and 14/hr DOE. Just figured I'd share if any one you know is looking for work. 

This video from "Meet Kevin" on YouTube does a pretty good job of breaking down the unemployment bill that was passed.  

Kevin Paffrath is a 27-year-old real estate broker & investor working daily in the real estate & construction fields since he was 17 years old who has grown an extensive following on social media.

Update: March 24

From Adweek: Freelance and Out of Work? Here's how to Get Help Now

By Ron Lieber and Tara Siegel Bernard - If your income has fallen or been cut off completely, this guide will connect you to the basic information you’ll need to get through this, including on government benefits, free services and financial strategies.

Event cancellations, postponements, and reductions have thousands of people asking themselves how they'll make ends meet. If you're in this boat, you're not alone. We're in this together. And we'll get through it.

One thing that our panel of experts in the Leadership Livestream shared: don't expect a big government bail-out. 

And in our "Staying Afloat During Corona" article, we laid out the steps you can take to stay afloat: keep the faith, make smart decisions, and get to work.

About those smart decisions and getting to work - here are some opportunities.

Alicia Adamczyk lays out 8 steps to take if you can't make ends meet because of the coronavirus in a solid article on CNBC.
To summarize: 

1. Contact your creditors right away
2. Create an emergency budget
3. Consider a personal loan (AAEP Editor's Note: Be careful here. This is dicey territory.)
4. Use the product with the lowest interest rate (AAEP Editor's Note: If, and only if, you MUST use credit card)
5. Send temporary hardship letters 
6. Use community and government assistance programs 
7. Draw on retirement savings (AAEP Editor's Note: Probably not an option for most of us in the event business)
8. Avoid Payday Loans (AAEP Editor's Note: Absolutely true. High interest debt is dangerous.)

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Amazon and our network of partners are helping communities around the world in a way that very few can—delivering critical supplies directly to the doorsteps of people who need them. Getting a priority item to your doorstep is vital as communities practice social-distancing, particularly for the elderly and others with underlying health issues. We are seeing a significant increase in demand, which means our labor needs are unprecedented for this time of year.

We are opening 100,000 new full and part-time positions across the U.S. in our fulfillment centers and delivery network to meet the surge in demand from people relying on Amazon’s service during this stressful time, particularly those most vulnerable to being out in public.

If you're interested, you must apply on Kroger's website. The company said you could land a job within several days of applying.

Meijer's, Safeway, and Raley's are reported to be hiring as well. 

Here are more good work opportunities from Fast Company - online teaching, remote meeting companies, and childcare opportunities could help you span the gap until events come back.

Keep the faith, make good decisions, and get to work - even if the first step is working at finding work.