The coronavirus crisis has forced people to practice social distancing to ensure risks are minimized. Many people have lost their regular income and are struggling to make ends meet. So how can you make money from home during the coronavirus pandemic?
Work from Home Ideas to Boost Your Income
Record-breaking numbers of Americans have filed for unemployment benefits, and layoffs are ever increasing; millions are searching for jobs during this tough economic time. Even furloughed workers, who generally have the right to seek additional employment, have been considering alternative income streams and making money from home.
The economic outlook is leading people to find new jobs or a secondary income.
During the Great Recession, many people turned their hand to temporary ‘gig’ jobs to support them through financial difficulties, but the pay wasn’t always great.
Nowadays, with advancements in technology, more and more people are setting up work from home.
Although staying at home has little risk, some work-from-home jobs may require you to be in contact with others at some point during your working day. First and foremost, if you’re looking for additional employment during the coronavirus outbreak, you have to consider if the benefits outweigh the potential health risk.
Sell Unwanted Items
If you have plenty of time on your hands, and want to keep busy, have a clear-out and sell any unwanted items on eBay or other selling sites. Some sites are specific for clothes, especially designer brands, where you can attract a better buyer and make more money.
If you can’t get on the internet, some organizations will collect clothes and give you a price based on weight. If you do this, remember to sift out the high-quality items and keep them to sell at a garage sale or flea market.
Become a Tutor
With schools closed, parents, especially those who work full time, are seeking out virtual tutors. As kids get behind on their schoolwork, especially those with pending exams at the end of the academic year, demand for tutoring has risen.
Search the internet for an online tutoring company that suits your needs. This is sometimes a more natural way to do it as you’ll get students assigned to you. There could be more money and flexibility in private tutoring, and you can promote yourself on various social sites or in local postings.
Tutoring doesn’t have to be done online, but it could be done in-home if you have the right set-up, like a quiet room with a desk, and parents are willing to drop their kids off and collect them after the lesson. With one on one tutoring, you can limit the amount of contact and ensure safety measures are in place.
The hourly pay for tutors varies depending on experience, expertise, and subject, but can typically range from $15-$40 per hour. A good example of seeing this work well is the English as a Foreign Language (EFL) market, which has an excellent global infrastructure set up to teach English. Some companies recruit teachers with only a college education and a foreign language teaching certificate, though most do require degrees.
Tutoring also doesn’t have to stop at children or those learning a foreign language. If you’re tech-savvy enough, there is also a demand for teaching the aging population or technophobes how to use smartphones, tablets, and computers.
Virtual Hobby Lessons
If you have a particular skill or hobby such as woodwork or sewing and have the technology to set up a demo or video, you can provide virtual lessons for people with time on their hands.
If you have the expertise, for example, in skincare, finance, or nutrition, you could set up a consultation for people in need of specific advice.
As more and more stores, especially local, old-fashioned ones, are trying to adapt to bring in sales, they are turning to the internet to sell their wares. Without any previous websites to sell from, many businesses are recruiting website designers, product photographers, and online sales teams to set up an online platform for home delivery.
Although these jobs might not last forever, they could undoubtedly provide extra money while staying at home during coronavirus, at least for the short term.
Do you have any tips you can share for making extra money at home? What would you like to do if it could provide you an additional income? Please comment below.