6 Creative Ways to Get Working During the Coronavirus Shutdown

Are you looking for creative ways to keep money coming in while your regular income is on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic? Whether you just need a little extra money to make rent or need to replace your full-time income, you have options. These are six ways you can put your skills to work and start earning money during COVID-19.

Get Hired at an Essential Business

If you’re in good health and not high-risk, consider applying for a job at an essential business. While many businesses have shut down due to the coronavirus, others are rapidly hiring to meet unprecedented demand. Essential businesses hiring during the pandemic include grocery stores, drug stores, delivery restaurants, online education platforms, and warehouses and distribution centers. Amazon alone is slated to hire 100,000 full-time and part-time workers in response to the pandemic.

Look for Freelance Work Online

If you’d rather work from home, look for remote working opportunities on sites like Solely Remote. There are lots of companies hiring — and they work with a wide range of freelancers, from tech-sector jobs like web and software development to administrative support and customer service. That means no matter your skill set, you can probably find a gig that fits it.

Apply for Remote Jobs

Freelance websites are great for finding short-term and contract work, but what if you need a permanent job that you can do from home? Once rare, telecommuting jobs have skyrocketed in popularity, with 4.7 million Americans working remotely today. But finding remote jobs can be tricky. When searching job boards, use keywords like “remote work,” “distributed team,” “virtual,” “telecommute,” and “work from home,” CNBC advises, and be sure to highlight tech skills on your resume. You can also skip the job boards completely and head straight to the career pages of companies known for hiring remotely, like Amazon, Cisco, Intuit, and Zapier.

Get Into the Gig Economy

The gig economy is great for people who just need a little extra money during lockdown and want a flexible schedule. While some gig economy jobs have taken a hit during the pandemic, like dog walkers and babysitters, others are more in-demand than ever. Gig economy jobs that can keep you busy during shutdowns include food and grocery delivery and online tutoring. Gig economy platforms are a good place to find work, but don’t be afraid to reach out to neighbors through platforms like Nextdoor to offer lawn maintenance, errand-running, and other local services.

Make and Sell Handmade Items

Ever since the CDC advised Americans to wear face coverings in public, the demand for handmade masks has surged. Crafty entrepreneurs have jumped on the opportunity, sewing cloth masks for sale locally and online. While Etsy is the most well-known website for selling handmade goods, many sellers find success on platforms like Shopify, Big Cartel, Square, and even Facebook Marketplace.

Sell Stuff Around the House

This isn’t the time to host a yard sale, but that doesn’t mean you can’t earn money off everything you’re decluttering during coronavirus lockdown. Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, ThredUp, Letgo, and Swappa are just a few of the apps and websites you can use to sell stuff online. If selling locally, opt to ship small items or arrange no-contact drop-offs. With Paypal or Venmo, you don’t even have to exchange cash!

These are lean times for a lot of people, but you don’t have to sit by and watch your bank account dwindle. There are a lot of options for earning cash that will help you make ends meet while unemployed. No matter your skill set or how much time you have to spare, you can put yourself to work during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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