If you have lost your job and regular source of income, there is no need to despair. It is time to wear your creative cap and explore other ways to earn money!
Have you lost your job recently or taken a pay cut due to the ongoing pandemic? Have you just retired and are looking for ways to do something productive? Or are you a mother to an adorable toddler who wants to earn some quick buck while your child is asleep. If yes, then it is time to step out of your comfort zone, explore a little and put your skills to good use. And you will be amazed by how easy it is to make money from your home.
Here are 7 best ways to earn MONEY while staying at home:
1. Use your skills
Are you good in writing, coding or comfortable in juggling different languages? How about making money by putting your skills to good use? Take a pen and paper and make a list of skills which you think are good enough to help you earn. Then invest some time in trying to find customers, small businesses or aggregator platforms both online and offline that will have use for your skills and can pay you. This could be as varied as writing programmes, transcribing recordings or helping with school projects.
The easiest and most popular way to earn money from the comfort of your home is to work as a freelancer. There are a plethora of job opportunities for freelancers on websites such as Freelancer, Flexing It, or Upwork. All you need to do is create a profile and showcase your work and bid to get customers. You can do a range of work like writing, editing, translating, data entry, programming, website designing, or customer service.
Watch: Top Paying Freelance Jobs
What is interesting to note is that though COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on job market across the globe, there has been a huge rise in demand is for freelancers across all segments. Quoting a report from online freelance portal Freelancer, a CNBC report says that freelance job openings have increased over 25% during the April-June 2020 quarter than compared to the first quarter (Jan-March) of the year.
Sharing his opinion with CNBC, Freelancer’s CEO Matt Barrie says the surge during pandemic reflects employers’ preference for a more flexible workforce as they evaluate their business. It can also be attributed to a huge freelancer movement where more and more individuals want to finally start their own freelance enterprise, work on their own terms and increase their income.
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An Economic Times report lists the most in demand freelance skills:
Top 10 freelance skills in demand
- Data analytics
- Cloud computing
- Business planning
- SAP implementation consultant
- Market entry strategy
- Data engineering
- Product manager
- Digital marketing
- Brand strategist
- Market research
3. Teaching and Tutoring
If you have an in-depth knowledge of any subject and have good communication skills or a specialist in any field, then you can share your expertise as a mentor, tutor or a teacher. You can give lessons and get paid on an hourly basis. You can also take tuitions in subjects like mathematics, physics or chemistry and earn money while teaching your neighborhood children. Online tutorial platforms like Vedantu and WhiteHat Jr are extremely popular and will help you make money.
4. Take surveys
Though this does not pay much and not necessarily in the form of cash, you can still earn from your home by taking surveys. You can get started on sites like Survey Junkie, YouGov, Prolific, Swagbucks, LifePoints, and OneOpinion. The rewards depend on the website. While some offer gift vouchers, a lot of them also payout via PayPal or directly to your bank, says a report in Future Learn.
5. Get creative
So photography is your passion and designing your forte, you find solace in writing or you have a knack for making interesting videos. So why not earn money from your hobbies?
You can make money by posting your amazing, high-quality pictures on websites like Flickr. Stock photography sites like Shutterstock, Getty, and iStock take a commission from sales and allow people to find your photos based on keyword searches.
Write for publications and get money. Why not make some interesting videos and then take the aid of Youtube or Instagram to earn money.
Watch: 5 Real Ways to Make Money On Instagram
6. Deliver it with style
Due to the pandemic, there is a huge demand for delivery drivers for e-commerce websites, food delivery services, grocery shops, etc. All you need is your conveyance and you can earn money by delivering goods. However, ensure that you have your protective gear on.
7. Get crafty
If you are into art and craft, then you can make money by creating and selling your own designed jewelry, print t-shirts, mugs, or greeting cards. However, it is advisable to check out what’s out there, how much does it sell for, and see if it is worth your efforts, suggests a report by Future Learn.
So, while these jobs might not compensate fully for the stable monthly income like your previous job was providing, it definitely will help you to upskill, stay relevant as well as help you earn some moolah.