Updated: Dec 27, 2020
With any of these side hustles, you don't have to pick one. You can do a few of these jobs at a time to help build a good income while mostly staying in your own home or moving at your own pace.
1. Blogging, Building Websites & Social Media
As more businesses transition online, they're looking to hire people who know how to build an online presence for a brand. There are many ways you can do this. For example, you can earn anywhere from $75 to $1,045 for writing an online article or $135 to $995 for optimizing existing content for SEO, according to Fiverr. (Pricing depends on how long the project will take to complete and level of expertise, and both Fiverr and Upwork take a percentage of earnings.)
Building a website, which entails writing code for WordPress or Wix, can earn you $395 to $4,095. Video editors can charge between $100 and $3,200 to edit everything from social media videos to event footage. And managing social media accounts for a brand, which includes strategizing, writing, and creating posts for platforms like Twitter and YouTube, can earn you $25 an hour on average.
2. Teaching What You're Good At
More consumers are looking for productive ways to spend their time in lockdown. If you have an internet connection and a computer, you can earn money teaching various skills you already have. There is crafting, cooking, music, language, and fitness lessons. People charge from $5 a class to $100 depending upon their own experience and how detailed the lesson is. For example, home chefs sell recipes and remote cooking tutorials starting at $5 and as high as $100. Personal trainers offer virtual training sessions or classes from $15 to $75.
3. COVID-19-Specific Projects
While the pandemic crisis has put many people out of work, clients and freelancers on Upwork see a demand for projects related explicitly to COVID-19. There's an opportunity to make an impact by helping companies looking for help on these immediate and urgent needs. Graphic designers can create new signage for hospitals and software developers who can build apps that track COVID-19 cases, for example. Graphic design projects like this — creating displays, logos, or marketing materials — can sell for $100 to $3,000.
To find work that relates to COVID-19, you can search in Google "COVID-19 Job Feed". You will be surprised at the opportunities you will find. You may also want to search for keywords like "healthcare industry" or "online educational services."
4. Mow Lawns & Shoveling Snow
The good thing about an impending recession in the spring is that grass still grows, even in a troubled economy. And lots of people hate to mow their lawns. You can make good money mowing lawns as a side hustle. Put the word out to friends and neighbors and on neighborhood Facebook group pages. You'll be surprised how quickly you can earn enough to pay rent and other monthly bills. This also goes for shoveling snow. With everyone coming down with something, no one wants to be out in the cold, shivering, sneezing, and coughing trying to remove snow. They will gladly pay someone else to do it for them.
5. Clean Gutters
Gutter cleaning is a dirty job, but somebody has to do it. Why not you? For an hour or two of work, you can earn anywhere from $30 to $200, depending on the house's size and how long the job takes. You'll need an extension ladder with stabilizers, which could initially set you back $100 to $200. Still, you can quickly recoup that money and more in a single weekend. Don't know how to clean gutters? No problem. You'll find plenty of instructional videos online.
6. Haul Thrift Store Donations
If (or when) thrift store donation sites are open, earn money by picking up and transporting (from a safe distance while wearing gloves or other protective gear) items that your self-quarantined friends, family, and neighbors set outside for you after decluttering while stuck inside. Put flyers on neighbors' doors. Announce availability on your Facebook neighborhood group page. People will happily pay you to load their unwanted stuff and take it away in your van, SUV, or pickup to donate. Again, this is an excellent advantage in the winter. It will be cold, and no one wants to move around in it.
7. Tutor ESL Students Online
Did you know you can earn up to $22 an hour teaching English as a second language (ESL) online to Chinese students? Online tutoring could be an option if you speak native-level English, have a bachelor's degree, a good internet connection, and a decent laptop with a camera, microphone, and earphones. So many people try to learn the English language because it presents more opportunities for them. In America, it's part of the basics, and many people realize it needs to be done actually to get where they want to be.
8. Answer Customer Service Calls Remotely
Even in a troubled economy, some industries are busier than ever. For example, health insurance companies probably need more people to take calls and review claims. You may find part-time remote call center work in many industries, including credit cards, technology, order fulfillment, marketing and cable, and streaming providers. You won't get rich on $10 to $15 an hour, but you'll have a steady income, which's worth a lot during troubled financial times.
The idea is to earn the extra money towards a greater goal: Pay off debt, put your children through private school or college. Keep in mind when you are earning this extra money that every dollar has a place. Once you lose track of where your money is going, you lose traction on meeting your goal. Setting benchmark goals for yourself will not allow you to feel overwhelmed by the big goal you have in mind.
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