COVID-19 continues raging, but it’s no biggie — there are still ways to earn money and stay afloat. And we’ll show you how.
Even if you’re literally trapped at home and your 9-5 isn’t temporarily available, don’t fret. If you have a laptop, good work ethics, internet connection, and self-discipline, you can earn good money online.
It can be CFD trading commodities or virtual assistance — it doesn’t matter. We offer your 10 best ways to earn money in the pandemic — choose one and get to work.
You may be surprised, but certain types of trading have a low entry level. We’re talking about such markets as contracts for differences, Forex, and so on. You can start with as little as $50-100 and earn money due to the high volatility of these markets.
But we recommend you first practice on a demo account with fake money. Plus, learn the risks of these markets.
- Online courses
Demand for knowledge is extremely high right now. You can help people learn new skills and get new jobs by creating an online course. And it can be anything: metal works, sound engineering, cartoon production, Java coding, etc.
The best platforms for selling such courses are Skillshare, Pluralsight Skills, Udemy, Coursera, and so on.
If you’re a virtuoso at Python, can model an alien spacecraft with your eyes closed in 3DMax, or know a secret to getting 100,000 views on TikTok — freelance could be your option.
There are numerous freelance platforms where you can sell your talent — Upwork, Toptal, PoeplePerHour, SuperSourcing, and so on. There are hundreds of jobs: coding, voiceovers, sound mixing, translating, article writing, etc.
Just don’t forget to make a portfolio before bidding for a job — it dramatically increases your success chance.
- Virtual assistance
This job offer is pretty popular today. Basically, you will play a role of an online manager/secretary who will have to:
- Coordinate online events: meetings, conferences, brainstorms.
- Helps customers via the phone/chat.
- Manage social media accounts.
- Create or find content, etc.
For some, it’s just a freelance side gig, while others make it their long-time career. And the coolest part is that you can work from home — no need to get to the office every bloody morning.
Again, you can be a teacher. Only your knowledge will be packaged in a pretty digital book that you can sell $5 apiece. (Or more). But what should you write about?
Whatever you’re good at, of course. If you have a degree in behavioral psychology, you can author a manual on how to boost the performance of the staff through moral incentives. Or share your expertise in automobile marketing — any practical topic is good.
Besides, it’s cheap to make. You can use free software like GIMP or Calligra to make it and then publish it via Amazon KDP.
There’s plenty of demand for established experts who don’t mind teaching the others. Whatever you’re brilliant at — human anatomy, Mandarin, math, applied chemistry — it can be sold for money.
Your best friends here are Revolution Prep, Skooli, Chegg, TutorMe, Wyzant and other similar platforms. Even if you don’t have any special academic knowledge, you can still teach English to foreign students of all ages.
- Selling stuff
At least one of your acquaintances sold something on Craigslist/eBay. And so can you. You don’t even need to sell your own stuff, hopefully.
Instead, you can do a bit of scouting and re-selling. Step A: find on one of these platforms a person who needs s a specific item. Step B: find this item and buy to resell or help the original seller and get your % commission.
- Drop shipping
This business model took the web by storm. The idea is the following: you sell some sort of goods: USB charging docks, smartwatches, ukuleles, clothes, and so on.
But you don’t have to store them yourself, which liberates you from additional fees. Instead, an item is delivered on-demand when someone makes a purchase at your digital store. You basically own an online window-shop.
It’s time to make quality content! You can write, make videos or record podcasts on any topic that is of interest to you. A great way to amass followers is to provide expert insights on something: technology, creative craft, games, etc.
Having a good-quality blog is a giant step towards landing a sponsorship contract. For example, if you’re a stellar woodturner and have a YouTube vlog dedicated to this, brands like Husqvarna or Mirka may want to invest in you to advertise their tools.
If you have a car, moped, or at least a bicycle, you can benefit from a service like Uber. These days a lot of people prefer to order groceries rather than go to a store themselves. You can benefit from this by working as a next-gen delivery agent.
Don’t Wait, Make Money
As you can see, there’s no need to be discouraged by the pandemic. You still can earn a couple of bucks and even serious sums of money if you invest time and effort.