You’re Home: Now What?

The first few days and even weeks at home after a gap experience can be delightful – you get to see friends and family (and pets!) and enjoy the comforts of home. 

After a little while, however, the sheen of being back home wears off, leaving you with a lot of free time. This break between opportunities offers you a chance to make some extra money, pursue a personal project or squeeze in some mini adventures. It also allows you to practice being the master of your own time – an important skill for college and life! 

Below you’ll find ideas to inspire the “in-between” time of your gap year to help you build a routine until the next adventure begins!

SCHEDULE YOUR DAYS

After giving yourself a week or two of unstructured rest time, it’s time to develop some structure to your days, lest you (or your family) go slowly insane with nothing to do! Your goal should be to have a weekly schedule for yourself (online via google cal or similar, or written) that would include, but is not limited to blocks of time set aside for:
  • Exercise
  • Helping around the house (cooking, chores, driving younger siblings etc)
  • Lessons or active learning 
  • Journaling (journaling prompts)
  • Working or Volunteering
  • Seeing friends (yes, include this in your weekly schedule!)
  • Looking for a job
  • Finalizing college applications (if applying/transfering)
Check out the Bliss Bean youtube channel for productivity tips about this. I know Beatrice personally and she’s great! She does an awesome job providing productivity and scheduling tips. This one about gap year scheduling is very useful (keeping in mind she is very type A – you don’t need to aspire to her level of organization 😉 Planning your time is good for executive function development as well as allows you to make the most of time at home so it’s just just wasted space in your year.

JOB HUNT BRAINSTORMING

→ Babysit

→ Tutor

→ Private Coaching or Training

TIPS FOR YOUR HUSTLE:

Put the word out:

  • Parents are ALWAYS looking for help. Use your parents’ network, community bulletin boards, local newspapers, and social media to advertise your services. Create eye-catching flyers to distribute in local businesses.

Online Platforms:

  • Explore online community platforms like NextDoor or Facebook. This can expand your reach beyond your local contacts

Network in Your Community:

  • Attend local events or join community groups where parents might be looking for reliable babysitters, tutors or coaches.

→ Dogwalk

→ Housesit

→ Work at a vet clinic, doggie daycare or shelter

TIPS FOR YOUR HUSTLE:

Put the word out:

  • If you will be home for the holidays let everyone know! Activate the parents’ network, community bulletin boards, local newspapers, and social media to advertise your services. Create eye-catching flyers to distribute in local businesses.

Create a Flexible Schedule:

  • Be open to working during evenings, weekends, and holidays, as pet owners may need services at various times.
  • Offer flexible scheduling to accommodate the needs of your clients.

Stay Informed about Pet Health:

  • Keep yourself informed about common health issues in pets and know the basics of first aid.
  • Have contact information for local veterinarians in case of emergencies.

    IF YOU LIKE PEOPLE…

    → Work Retail Over the Holidays

    → Become a Server or Host

    → Visitor/Guest services at hotels, museums or attractions

    TIPS FOR YOUR HUSTLE:

    Hit the street:

    • Print out some resumes and physically go to restauarnts, cafes or other places that are hiring to hand them to a manager in person.

    Local spots can be easier than chains:

    • Corporations can have a lengthy hiring process through a web protal. Local businesses tend to hire more quickly.

    Pick up where you left off:

    • If you had a job you liked over the summer, see if you can resume working there during your time at home.

      IF YOU ARE ENTREPRENEURIAL…

      → Sell Your Art on Etsy

      → Be a Holiday Helper (see below)

      → Visitor/Guest services at hotels, museums or attractions

      TIPS FOR YOUR HUSTLE:

      For Artists/Photographers:

      • Offer to take family portraits for local families over the holidays
      • Create custom holiday cards for your town or area; or bespoke orders
      • Create and sell digital products 

      Holiday Helper Tasks:

      • Create a gift wrapping service for busy people
      • Holiday Home Cleaning (clean homes before guests arrive or prior to home rental)
      • Holiday party helper (background support during a party to maintain food/drink trays, clean and help things run smoothly)

      Physical Tasks:

      • Snow shoveler or Landscaper
      • Moving help