There are plenty of ways to make some extra cash safely during the pandemic if you know where to look.
The coronavirus pandemic has seen many people be furloughed or lose some of their regular income, and if that’s you, you may want to make some extra cash. Of course, many of us just want to make some extra cash as a way to monetize the extra time we have at home.
Thankfully, there are so many ways to make a little extra cash and all you need is access to the internet. Having a little extra income could help you to leave those worries behind you and you never know, you may find something that can turn into a new passion for you!
Here are 5 ideas to make money during coronavirus – and after!
5 Ways to Make Money During Coronavirus
1. Get Crafty
If you are crafty and love to make things, you should consider selling those items on an online platform such as Etsy, Amazon Handmade, eBay, or Shopify. Ecommerce is becoming more and more popular, and you can make anything from enough money to buy takeout each week, to a full-time business!
The best part is, you don’t even need to leave your home to do it, you can even get a delivery company to collect your packages.
You will find that each platform has its advantages and disadvantages. For instance, although Amazon is a very popular place for buyers, that also means that there is a lot of competition for people trying to sell.
Etsy is particularly popular with crafters and they have a great setup. You are charged $0.20 per item that you list on your store and Etsy takes a 3.5% transaction fee for each listing that you sell.
Shopify is a platform where you set up your own website and store and sell directly there. It will take some additional marketing know-how to make sales, so it’s better to start on Etsy or eBay first.
2. Takeout Delivery
In these times of COVID-19, with less option to eat out, a huge number of people are ordering takeout instead of having to cook every night. With services like Grubhub, Uber Eats, and DoorDash, it’s easier than ever for people to order takeout from their favorite restaurants and have food delivered straight to their door.
This is the perfect time to drive around and make some money. Better yet, you don’t even need a 4-door vehicle like you would if you were to drive _people _around. A 2-door vehicle, a motorized scooter, a bicycle? Doesn’t matter. You can deliver food and make some extra cash. It’s also a great option if you’re introverted, because you can literally hand people their food and go.
3. Freelance Work
If you have specialist skills that you are able to use to make some extra money, joining a freelance network is a great option. Services such as Upwork and 99Designs allow people to connect with specialist freelancers in fields such as graphic design, copywriting, digital marketing, coding, financial consulting, and loads more.
This is a great option if you’ve been furloughed and want to make money from your day job.
4. Become an Online Teacher or Tutor
If you have experience teaching others, you could think about teaching English as a second language or becoming an online tutor.
Education First (EF) is an online teaching company that allows you to teach English as a second language in various countries around the world, and you could even earn up to $2,000 every month. Alternatively, VIPKid can connect you to students in China for one-to-one English lessons. The application process is particularly thorough, but you could make anything between $14 and $22 per hour.
If you want to stick to tutoring in the US, services like tutor.com, Brainfuse, and TutorMe enable you to tutor K-12 students and adults on a number of topics, including math, science, English, social studies, and reading, as well as prepare students for their SATs/ACTs and even tutor college-level courses. Earnings from these services vary from around $9 to $25 per hour depending on which service you choose and occasionally the subject you teach.
5. Grocery Shopper and Delivery
Another worthwhile way to make some extra money is to get involved in grocery delivery. With many people isolating due to coronavirus or too nervous to leave their homes, having their groceries delivered is a very important part of their welfare.
Services like Instacart and Shipt recruit people to go shopping for their customers, find the items they want, and deliver their shopping to their customers’ homes. Not only will you get paid for the order, but you are also able to get tips from the customers, and you may be really helping out a person in need.
There are plenty of ways to make some extra cash safely during the pandemic, so pick one that appeals to you and get started. Who knows – you may even come out of the pandemic in a better financial situation than you thought possible!