Side Hustles for a Bit of Extra Cash During the Pandemic

Side Hustles for a Bit of Extra Cash During the Pandemic

If you are in-between jobs or just looking to make a bit more money, a side hustle is a perfect way to increase your wealth. Right now, may people are looking for ways to save money so that they can weather this economic storm but it’s actually a lot easier to find a side hustle to make more money than trying to cut costs. Here are a few side hustles that you can do to make some extra money during the COVID-19 pandemic.

1.) Taking Online Surveys

The idea behind online surveys is actually quite simple, businesses need to know about consumer attitudes and preferences so that they can improve their products and make them more appealing to the consumer. With your help and knowledge, businesses are able to develop better products and you are able to have your voice and concerns heard. With the takeoff of internet-based research, businesses are increasingly using online-based surveys like Swagbucks or Survey Junkie to get the information that they need. Although you cannot expect to make a lot of money from these online surveys quickly, because they are relatively straightforward, they are easily done when you are watching TV or Netflix. It is an easy way to make some extra money on the side while doing daily chores or relaxing. 

Income Potential: $50 per week

2.) Virtual Assistant

With many offices closed due to the pandemic, there are many professionals across a range of different industries that are seeking help to do basic tasks. They are often seeking someone to save him or her from having to do menial tasks that are not worth their time or that they simply do not have time to do. This side hustle is exactly what you would expect it to be, you help a professional with basic tasks as an actual real-life assistant would. If you have plenty of free time, this is definitely an option worth looking at as it does pay well. Look at Upwork if being a virtual assistant interests you.

Income Potential: $25 per hour

3.) Selling Old Items

This is a great time to declutter that full closet or storage locker. Old clothes, electronics or even an old guitar, can be sold on eBay, Craiglist or Kijiji for some quick cash. It is a win-win, you get some extra pocket money and decluttering your home will make you feel a lot better. Just make sure you only sell things that you will not miss!

Income Potential: $25 per item

4.) Become a Virtual Tutor

To take full advantage of this side hustle you will need to have some knowledge in a specific field and have some demand from potential students who need help. There are hundreds of different subjects that can be tutored online, ranging from English to repairing a car engine, if you are some knowledge; it’s definitely worth trying out! Also, I find that the best thing to do is to tutor a basic subject like math to elementary school kids as the material is very easy and during those summer months you will have a lot of parents who will be willing to pay for tutoring services for their child so that they are ready for their next school semester.

Income Potential: $40 per hour

5.) Delivering Food

With people expecting to stay indoors and being worried to make a trip to the grocery store, there has been a big increase in food delivery services. Why not take part in this growing industry and deliver food to hungry customers! With DoorDash, as an example, you get to keep 100% of the delivery fees and this starts to add up quickly. More and more restaurants are signing up for this service everyday so you will definitely find a delivery service that is hiring.

Income Potential: $500 per month

6.) Selling Crafts on Etsy

If you are an artist and looking to expand your audience, look no further than Etsy, an online crafts store where you can open up a virtual shop and sell your homemade crafts to others who are looking to buy unique products. There are no requirements for which products you sell, I have seen people on this website sell cards and invitations to homemade candles. Its great because it will allow you to explore your creative side all the while making a bit of extra cash on the side.

Income Potential: $200 per month

7.) eBook Publishing

Do you have a story to tell or feel that people would benefit from your knowledge? Maybe you should take the time to write that eBook and begin selling them on Amazon as a great side hustle. Although this side hustle is time-consuming, the payout is tremendous as once the book has been written, you do not need to do anything other than write the sequel.

Income Potential: $500 per month

8.) Selling Stock Photos

If you love taking photos of everything and anything than do not let those photos get lost in your camera roll. Take the time to upload them to a website like iStockPhoto and begin selling the rights for people across the world to use your photos. iStockPhoto is always looking for contributors and you get paid a royalty every time one of your photos is used.

Income Potential: $500 per month

9.) Rent out your Car

Do you have a vehicle that you are no longer using because you are working from home or have no place to go? Websites like Turo and Getaround offer you a way to make extra money by renting it out for as little as 10 minutes. Depending on how often you rent your car out and what type of car you own, you can make a nice amount of money quickly!

Income Potential: $750 per month

10.) Dog Walker

If you love spending time with your four-legged friend than you should definitely look at becoming a dog walker as a side hustle. If you have a friend or neighbor who is busy working during the day and has active dogs, offer your services to them as a professional dog walker. Not only is this a great side hustle that can help you make some extra cash, it will also give you some daily exercise! Some of the websites I use are Rover and Care.com where they match you with dogs in your area.

Income Potential: $300 per month

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All the side hustles that we have mentioned in this blog can help you make ends meet during these financial times. Even once the world goes back to normal, you might want to keep your side hustles going because each of them adds to your bank account and those little investments can eventually accumulate into major savings. Once you have money saved up, you can begin investing and let compound interest take you from living at your means to living comfortably!

Have you tried any of these side hustles? What has worked for you and what was a waste of time? What did you end up using the extra money for?

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