6 Side Hustles You Can do from Home During the Coronavirus Pandemic
By Ana Garcia, contributing writer
The coronavirus pandemic has caused tremendous financial and emotional stress around the world.
Unfortunately, you may be one of the millions who have lost your job or seen your work hours slashed to next to nothing. And, with the status of pandemic unemployment assistance in constant upheaval, you may be dealing with piling up bills with no job prospects in sight.
Times are tough. This much we know. However, there are ways you can earn money from home to help your current sitch. In fact, due to the COVID-19 global outbreak, there are plenty of remote, work-from-home opportunities that you may not have considered before.
For example, if you’re a yoga teacher, this is really your time to shine. Online fitness and yoga classes are in high demand, and nowadays you can set up your own online classes without sophisticated technical equipment.
Whether you’re a stay-at-home parent, educator, college student, caregiver, or yogi, take a look at 6 side hustles you can do from home during the coronavirus pandemic.
1. Sell stuff online
We bet there are rooms in your house cluttered with unused items. Right?
Perhaps you’ve got tons of books you’ve already read – twice. Or, what about that expensive pilates machine or treadmill collecting dust in the basement? Or, maybe it’s time to reconsider hanging onto that baby crib you still have even though your daughter is six!
Don’t even think about throwing them into the dumpster. As the saying goes: Your trash is someone else’s treasure. Even during the coronavirus pandemic, you can list items online to sell. Plus, imagine how much your mood will improve once you clean and organize your living space.
Every website or app has different selling and buying rules, and you should definitely do a little research to determine where you want to list your stuff. Facebook Marketplace, for instance, has been steadily growing in recent years. You may also want to join online neighborhood communities, like NextDoor, where purchases become easier. Don’t forget to be extra clear with the terms of your sale. You don’t probably don’t want to deal with refunds, especially during a COVID-19 lockdown. To get started, take a look at the following sites to sell your items:
2. Complete surveys
Sites like Survey Junkie, Swagbucks, Branded Surveys and InboxDollars are some of the places where you can complete surveys to earn extra bucks without any previous knowledge about a particular topic. Plus, what’s not to like about getting paid to take surveys from your couch? Many of these companies work on a cash-based system, so the more surveys you take, the more money you will collect.
Keep in mind that you won’t rake in big bucks. Many survey companies pay 50 cents or a buck a survey, so you’ll have to do a lot of them to make any kind of considerable cash. But, if you want to earn a few extra bucks and you’ve got some free time while watching TV, this isn’t an easy gig.
3. Teach online classes
If you have a skill that you can teach, why not teach a class online? For example, perhaps you can teach coding classes or gymnastics. If you’re a kids yoga teacher, you can teach a children’s yoga class series on Zoom! All you need is a laptop and some cleared space!
You can also offer classes via Facebook Live or via Instagram, as well as on You Tube. So, invite your followers and students to a live session of your class, and encourage them to participate and ask questions!
4. Virtual academic tutoring
Don’t be discouraged if you don’t have previous teaching experience. Nowadays any type of knowledge can be profitable. As an example, there are huge opportunities online if you want to teach English, French, Spanish or any other language you know.
And, with so many kids enrolled in online school programs due to the COVID-19 pandemic, demand is extremely high for academic tutors for all grades and levels. So, consider becoming a tutor and helping children with their math, chemistry, biology, and physics homework. Parents are always looking for some extra help with their kids’ assignments, and your help could really make a difference. You can even offer different plans and bundles for group classes!
5. Become a Pretzel Kids yoga instructor
Do you know what else is in high demand? Kids yoga classes – both in-person and online!
So, why not take advantage of the demand for children’s yoga classes and become a Pretzel Kids yoga teacher? It’s easy-peasy. All you have to do is enroll in the online Pretzel Kids teacher training and you can start teaching within days! If you have any questions about what to look for in a kids yoga teacher training course, take a look at this guide where we tell you exactly what to look for in a kids yoga program.
Want to know something else? Pretzel Kids makes teaching kids yoga easy, allowing you to earn serious dough from home. For example, we help you decide what ages to teach, what online platform to use, how much you should charge, and even how to find your audience. In short, we help you be the best kids yoga teacher and fill your classes!
6. Become a virtual assistant
If you’re an organized and tech-savvy person, consider becoming a virtual assistant (VA). As a VA, you may be tasked with scheduling appointments, conducting email campaigns and follow-ups, creating images for various social networks, and handling other administrative tasks.
A great way to start out as a VA is to reach out to an agency that can help place you with those in need of your services, such as start-up founders, coaches, small companies, and more. You can also promote your services on sites like Upwork or Fiverr.
Once you get going as a VA, make sure you have a quiet workspace at home where your kids or spouse won’t interrupt you. This will help you focus and stay productive.
Are you ready to level up your income from home?
To sum it up, at-home jobs can vary depending on your skills and interests. Yet, regardless of which type of remote side hustle you choose, you’ll earn extra dough – something you may really need during the coronavirus pandemic.
And just think, perhaps you can turn your side gig into a full-time business while also taking care of your family’s health and well-being. Are you ready to start your new side hustle?