When 2020 began a lot of people were stunned by the economic blowback of COVID-19. Some in the gig economy was unaffected while others working 9-5 jobs took a significant cut in pay, or lost work entirely. Then there are people like myself who struggle with mobility but want to feel like they contribute to their family’s financial well being. We want to work but need jobs that fit within our ability to function. So what is the answer?
As the economic situation remains volatile, you may be left wondering how you can ensure your future income. Is it too late to start a side gig to make extra money or to help contribute to your family’s financial security? No. You can make money now using one of these five options.
Ways To Make Money
The convenience of having things delivered to your doorstep is more accessible than ever before. You can now have virtually anything delivered directly to you so you don’t have to drive you and pick up food, groceries, whatever yourself. There are tons of apps that provide this service, but have you noticed how long it takes to get your order? Sometimes you can wait hours before you find out your order was canceled. That’s an issue with staffing because not enough delivery drivers are clocked in and earning dough. This is the perfect time to get yourself out there and start working for GrubHub, Postmates, Uber Eats, Shipt, or any of the other delivery services that need more drivers. If you are able to drive and can shop this is a great way to make money.
Prefer to stay at home? Try your hand at reselling online. All you need is a smartphone and stuff you don’t want. Start by clearing out your house of unwanted clutter and use that profit to bankroll a new side gig. You can buy used and discarded products cheaply and sell them for more money online. The GoodWill and other thrift stores are a good start for finding sellable goods that you can earn a profit off of. Some of the shipments they get are new products donated from Target. You can also buy bulk inventory online at slashed prices, or raid clearance racks at your local superstore.
This takes a little more time, but you can also charge more when you make something yourself. If you already have a crafting hobby, it might be time to turn your amateur efforts into a side gig. Depending on what you craft, consider opening a shop on Etsy, or looking into a platform like Fiverr where you can showcase your talent and sell your time as well as the things you make.
Become a Vacation Rental
People are traveling. It’s been enough time staying at home and the average American is weary of being shut-in. However, the habits of travelers are changing based on perceived safety. Vacation rentals are a big part of the new movement among travelers who want to feel secure while they are away from home. If you have the appropriate accommodations and the means to supply the service, becoming an Airbnb might be right for you.
Become a Virtual Assistant
This is a lot like crafting, only it’s great if you aren’t particularly crafty in the traditional sense. Becoming a VA could entail a lot of data entry or proofreading. It could be social media management, or creating new content for a blog. There are all kinds of ways you can contribute your time and talent as a virtual assistant. Plus, since it’s all virtual, networking is as easy as spending your day on Facebook.