COVID-19, the pandemic that brought the modern world to a halt. Nations are under lockdown, and the global economy is on the brink of a massive breakdown.
The purpose of this blog is to give you ideas to make money online and offline. This list will help you earn a little extra money during this lockdown.
Almost everyone has access to the internet, so this list will primarily focus on teaching you how to make money online from home so that you don’t have to go outside.
And some of these ways can end up becoming a primary or a passive source of income after the pandemic is over.
Let’s get started.
Here’s a list of 40 ways to make money online and offline:
Become a content writer
Are you good at writing? Then consider becoming a content writer, it’s relatively easy, and you can earn a lot of money doing it.
Many companies, businesses, and organisations are looking for good content writers, and you’ll find lot’s of content writing gigs available if you search for them online.
Now understand this, you won’t make a tonne of money right from the get-go. You should first focus on writing for select websites and work on creating a rapport. Once you complete a few tasks and have built up your portfolio, you will start to get many writing gigs and will be able to earn a handsome sum of money.
Sell your photos
Are you good at taking pictures? Do you have a lot of photographs on your phone or computer? Then consider selling those photos.
Have you ever wondered where do all the pictures on the internet come from? Well, that’s the amazing thing, people sell the photographs that they take. And the businesses that need such pictures buy them.
Don’t get worried about what photographs to take and every little detail. You can take pictures of your pets, things around the house, landscapes, there are no rules to this. If you have a good photo of something, then there’s a good chance that someone somewhere can use it in their business.
That said, try to analyse trends and what themed photos sell the most and try to take that type of photos. Doing this will allow you to quickly sell your photos and earn a bit of money.
Edit videos and pictures for people
When was the last time you uploaded a picture without editing it? Exactly, there’s a huge demand for good photo editors. And lot’s of people will pay you to edit their photos.
And if you can edit videos then great! There are tonnes and tonnes of jobs available online for video editors.
Editing photos and videos are two of the easiest ways to earn money online. And it pays a good amount of money.
You can try this course if you want. It’s a good choice if you want to learn about video and photo editing.
Creative Graphic Designer Training
Mobile Photography Course
Start your blog or website
There are hundreds of thousands of websites on the internet. And you can create your blog or website relatively easily. And through affiliate marketing, many websites earn hundreds if not thousands of pounds.
Now understand that you will have to put in a little bit of work in creating a popular website or blog. But the pay off can be huge if you can do this right.
And SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) is something that will help you easily rank high in google search and bring in a lot of traffic to your website or blog.
You can check out this amazing course to learn all about SEO.
Create illustrations and designs
If you can create illustrations and designs, then consider doing them for companies around the world. Many companies outsource their design and illustration tasks. If you are good at doing illustrations and designs, then you’ll be able to earn a respectable sum of money from home.
Start your youtube channel
You already know what youtube is. You’ve probably already watched 5-10 videos on youtube today.
This lockdown is the perfect time for you to start your youtube channel. Youtube gives you the freedom to express yourself. Create videos about anything you want, and if people like it, your channel will slowly grow.
You’ll be able to earn a lot of money through youtube ads and sponsors if your channel has a respectable following.
And it’s one of those things that can turn into a full-time career. Hundreds of people have left their regular jobs and are now working as a full-time YouTuber.
Who knows, maybe your channel will go viral and before you know it your videos will be trending on youtube.
And the best thing about youtube is there’s a community for almost everything that you can think of. Like seriously, think of any topic you want, and you will find a video about it on youtube.
Start your podcast
Podcasts have gotten hugely popular over the last few years. And this lockdown has given this industry a significant boost.
Consider starting your podcast. It can be difficult to start, but once you get a respectable audience, you will be able to earn money through advertising.
Podcasts are one of those things that give you the freedom to do things you want. You can focus on things that you like and things that interest you, and you’ll be able to find your niche audience.
Become a gamer!
This is my favourite answer to the question of how to make money online from home.
Become a gamer! Yes, you can earn money from gaming.
You can participate in gaming tournaments, stream your gaming sessions, upload gaming videos, work with a gaming company or team, post videos on youtube about gaming, etc.
What can I say, just google how much a professional game earns, and you’ll be shocked.
And the best thing is, this allows you to stay home, play games and earn money. What can be better than that? That’s the dream, right?
Consider writing e-books, if you have the knowledge and are skilled at something then just write an ebook and publish it yourself through Amazon.
The book can be about anything, for example, technology, history, stock market, cooking, as long as people like it you’ll be fine.
Write novels, storybooks, poems, whatever floats your boat, just write. It can be a good way to earn a little money.
Become a social media influencer
With worldwide lockdown, people are spending the majority of their time on social media.
And this is a great time for you to become a social media influencer. If you are good at makeup, dressing, cooking, comedy, anything that you are good at, you can use to gain a social media audience.
Social media influencer marketing is the most popular and widely used marketing tactic, so if you can create a sizable following, then you can earn a lot of money through sponsored posts.
Become a virtual assistant/ start working as a virtual assistant
Many businesses need help with various tasks, from simple tasks like replying to emails to graphic design to handling customers. Becoming a virtual assistant is great for you to make additional money during this lockdown.
Become an online tutor/ start tutoring online
You can start teaching students online. After this lockdown began, the entire world has shifted towards online education, and it is a great time for you to earn a bit of extra money from home by tutoring online.
If you are good at mathematics, physics, chemistry, literature, or other subjects, you can use your knowledge to help others with their studies and earn money.
It’s a nice way for you to brush up on your knowledge, and it can also become a full-time career.
Sell courses online/ become an online course creator
Did you know that the e-learning market size is expected to be over $370 billion by 2026?
Yes, it’s a very big industry. And you can get in on it.
You can create online courses. The courses can be about anything, for example, you can create a course about photography, productivity, self-improvement, if you know about something then create an online about it course and sell it, you will find many course providers on the internet who are willing to buy your course.
Become a narrator/ narrate audiobooks
You can earn extra money by narrating books. In recent years audiobooks have become hugely popular, and people love listening to their looks instead of reading them.
Narrating audiobooks can be an amazing way for you to earn extra money in this lockdown.
Get paid by testing websites
Testing websites is a good and easy way for you to earn money during the lockdown.
Businesses will pay you to test how user-friendly their website is, whether there are issues or not, what changes can help the website perform better, etc.
As businesses rely on websites to do business now, they need to make sure their website is user-friendly, and they hire tonnes of people to test their website. You don’t need to have expert knowledge on websites, just do an honest review and give your recommendations.
So consider testing websites, this is an easy way for you to earn money online.
Do surveys, searches and reviews
Many websites offer money in return of you doing surveys, searches and reviews.
You can do this to earn a few extra cash. Be careful though, stay away from websites that offer too good to be true deals.
Become a translator
If you know multiple languages, then you can earn some extra money by becoming a translator. Many websites hire people to translate documents from one language into another.
This can be a time-consuming task, but if you have nothing else to do then consider doing it, as it will help you earn a little bit of extra money from home.
Become a social media manager, strategist
You see social media is not just for fun, you can use it to earn a lot of money. Many companies and popular brands hire people to manage their social media accounts like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat etc. You will need to post regularly, boost the popularity of their products and enhance their brand value.
This job will be easy for you if you are creative and are good at using social media.
So consider doing it, you are spending a lot of your time on social media every day, might as well earn a few extra cash while doing it.
Do web design
Like I said before, businesses now rely on their website. So if you can create websites, then you will find lots of opportunities to make money from home.
Many local businesses are creating their own websites, and you can earn a lot of money by creating these websites. Not to mention, the demand for a good web designer is very high in the freelancing market.
This can also turn into a full-blown profession if you get good at it.
Do Data entry
Yeah, I will admit this work is a bit boring. You don’t need to have any special skills, you just need a computer and know how to use it.
But doing data entries is very easy, and it can be a quick way for you to make money online.
Become an SEO specialist/ keyword researcher
You see every website wants to rank high on google search. And to do that companies enlist the help of SEO specialists.
If you know about SEO, then this is a great way for you to earn money. This lockdown has massively increased the internet usage time, and companies are competing with each other to appear on top of the search engine.
If you know keyword research, then this can also help you get jobs. You will do keyword research for websites, and they will pay you.
Take a look at online marketplaces like Fiverr
This is a great option for you. Go to freelancing sites like Fiverr and open an account. Even if you have no special skill, you will be able to find work.
From writing, translating, social media posting, playing pranks and teaching to creating music, voiceovers and short video clips for people all around the world, there is no shortage of jobs that you can do to earn money.
Fiverr is the world’s largest marketplace for people to make money selling small services. Give it a try.
Download apps that pay you
I agree it’s not much, you’re not gonna get rich anytime soon by doing this, but every little bit helps.
You can download apps that will pay you to download them; also some apps will pay you to watch ads, like things and leave a comment or review things etc.
This won’t pay much, but it’s an extremely easy way to earn a little bit of money.
Sell old stuff you don’t need/use
As you are stuck in-home, now is a good time for you to go through all the old stuff you don’t need or use anymore.
You will be surprised to see just how many unnecessary things you have been hoarding all this time. Get rid of them and earn money in return.
Sell arts and crafts
You obviously have free time on your hands now. Why not create arts and crafts and sell them online? You can create decorative pieces and sell them, sell paintings, custom made hair pins etc.
You’d be surprised, but you can actually make a decent amount of money from home by doing this.
Rent out your car
If you are not going out and not using your car regularly now, then consider renting out your car.
This can be a great way for you to earn a decent amount of money. Just make sure the person you rent your car to takes good care of it, and you collect all the necessary documents before renting your car.
Please clean your car properly when your car is returned to you. Make sure you wash it thoroughly to ensure that your car is germ-free.
Sell your car if you don’t need one
Now might be a good idea for you to sell your car if you don’t use it. Or if you have two cars then consider selling one. Or you can sell your expensive car and buy a slightly used older model.
The old car will be just as good, and it won’t cost as much. You’ll save a lot of money. If you buy a car, then make sure you give it a thorough cleaning.
Rent your garage or driveway
You may be able to make a decent income by renting out your garage or driveway. If you live in a busy area or city, then this could be a good way for you to earn extra money.
People are not going out as they used to. Many people are moving back home, so they may need a parking space to park their vehicles. This could be your opportunity to put your empty driveway or garage to good use.
Start growing your own food
This is a good way for you to save some money. And remember a penny saved is a penny earned.
This will also allow you to eat fresh food and you won’t have to go out as much. Now obviously this won’t happen overnight, but the sooner you start, the better. If you have space in your yard, then try doing this. You may even be able to earn extra money by selling the food you grow by selling them in the market.
Become a delivery rider or driver/ become a delivery-man
There’s a massive demand for delivery drivers at the moment. People are ordering more stuff online, and someone needs to deliver those things.
If you have been sitting at home since the lockdown began then this might be a good idea for you to try out. If you have a bicycle, then it can also be a good way for you to lose that extra weight you’ve been gaining by doing local delivery in your area.
You may have to consider the safety of your loved ones and yourself before going out to deliver products. So be careful with this one. Evaluate the risks and then make a decision.
Make sure you wear protective gear when going out for delivery and use disinfectants regularly to wash your hands.
Get cashback when shopping
The fact is you’re gonna have to buy stuff anyways. So you might as well save a few pounds by getting cashback. If you think about it, it’s like you’re making money with every purchase you would’ve made anyway.
You can search the internet, and you’ll find several cashback sites that pay you commission or cashback.
Become a babysitter
This one is a tried and tested method of earning money on the side. You can babysit to earn money.
Now it’s obvious that babysitting jobs can be a bit tough to find at the moment, but keep an eye out, and you may find opportunities.
As your relatives and neighbours, that might be an easy way to get babysitting jobs.
Dog walking & sitting
If you love animals, then this can be a great and easy way for you to earn money. Although most people are at home in lockdown, some people still have to work long hours and or are unable to take their dogs out. So keep an eye out, and you’ll be able to find some dog walking and dog sitting gigs.
Please make sure to maintain social distancing when you go outside to walk dogs.
Invest in the stock market
You’re stuck in the home in lockdown, you have plenty of time in your hands, so consider learning about the stock market and invest in the stock market. This is a fantastic way for you to be productive and you’ll be able to continue doing this to earn money even after the lockdown is over.
Just make sure you do your research before investing.
Invest in bonds, golds, silver etc
This one’s not gonna earn you money at this moment, but this will, however, pay off huge in the future. Now might be a good time for you to invest in bonds, golds, silver etc. because the value of these things will go up once the pandemic is over.
So invest in these today, and enjoy a huge pay-day sometime in the future.
Rent out your home/ extra room that you don’t use
If you have an extra room in your house, or you live in a big house that you don’t need then consider renting out that room or the house.
Renting can be a great way to significantly cut down on the cost of living. And if you can move into a smaller place and rent out your big house, then you’ll not only be able to cover your rent, but you’ll essentially end up living for free!
See if you qualify for a student loan rebate
It’s worth a shot to try this one. In 2009/2010 and 2017/2018, a total of £308 million was overpaid to The Student Loans Company, most of it has been refunded, but a few per cent of people still haven’t gotten their refund. So you can try getting in touch to see whether you’re due a rebate.
Check for government schemes and plans
The government is providing a huge number of schemes. It plans to help people who have lost their income due to the lockdown and are facing financial hardship.
So make sure to check and not miss out on taking advantage of everything that you’re eligible for.
This is a great way for you to make up on lost income.
Cut back on spending
This one is not a way of making money, but it is a way for you to save money, and as the saying goes, a penny saved is a penny earned.
So cut back on non-essentials at the moment. Try spending as little as possible during this lockdown.
Getting sick is the absolute worst thing that can happen right now, so make sure you avoid getting sick. Try to stay safe as much as possible, and avoid situations where you may get injured.
This is a tough time. The world is going through a lot right now.
The majority of the world’s population is facing a financial crisis. And it’s understandable, most people can’t make ends meet without working, and they can’t work if they can’t go outside. And if they have no income, then they can’t afford to eat.
I hope this list gives you ideas and helps you earn money from home. Do leave a comment below to share your opinion. I’d love to hear it. Stay safe.
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