How can we help Venezuelans? Hire a freelancer.
You likely saw the news today that there was a large, Live Aid aid concert for Venezuelans planned by Richard Branson just over the border in Cucuta, Colombia. How that aid will get into the hands of the people was not yet shared. One can only hope that it will happen quickly and effectively. The economic situation is more than grave with little or no assistance is being allowed into the country. The International Monetary Fund predicts inflation will hit 10 million percent in Venezuela in 2019.
There is little medicine or food. The price of ordinary goods, which are scarce, is skyrocketing daily. Family members must stand in long lines (known as “colas”) for hours waiting to buy a bag of rice or flour for exorbitant prices. While one family member must make the time for this, another is searching for work. However, there are few jobs. Unemployment is tremendous, and even with a job, a month’s wages for some workers can only buy a bag of rice.
A gut-wrenching interview on CNN with two Venezuelan mothers, one a nurse and the other an attorney, shows that they have turned to prostitution to feed their children and their elderly parents.
How can we help Venezuela in small ways? Hire a freelancer. Venezuela is a country full of intelligent, gifted, professionals, many of whom are unemployed or who desperately need additional work. It is a small step, but it can make a difference for many families. Translating is the most obvious task for which you can find thousands of matches. Also consider using a freelancer for everything from ordinary office tasks that can be done remotely such as transcription, presentations, and spreadsheets, up to more major part-time tasks such as accounting, video editing, graphic design, coding, programming, customer service response, and tech help response.
Check out websites and convince your employer to do so as well. See Guru.com and Upwork.com, just to name a few and choose the country manually. Many of these professionals work for as low as $8 US per hour. Pay them what is fair, of course. Or, when first hiring a new freelancer, pay the requested rate and then offer a bonus if the job is good. It is a simple process to enroll as an employer with these online services and there are thousands of talented freelancers waiting to do their best work for you.