The coronavirus has created havoc for many individuals across the globe. Imposed self-isolation has led to some people being laid off. Others will have a job waiting for them when this crisis is over, but until that time, they’re not working, and they’re not being paid. Those who can file for unemployment should do so, but that money might not be sufficient to get you through if you have dependents and not a lot of savings.
As it turns out, though, there are several options as to what you can do for money while you’re stuck at home. Let’s briefly go over some of those.
Did you know that there’s a platform where you can sign up and test various services, and you’ll be paid for your trouble? It’s called UserTesting. You start by creating a profile for yourself, and then, you apply to the various user testing jobs that are posted every day. There’s some competition, but if you demonstrate that you can follow directions, you can potentially do several user tests in the course of a morning or afternoon.
Some of the tests include trying out beta features on websites or filling out surveys. Check UserTesting every day once your profile is up as a source of easy income.
If you have a marketable skill, like creative writing, data entry abilities, graphic design skills, etc., then you can also create a profile on Upwork, the worldwide online marketplace. Once you have set up a profile, you can either earn a set rate for a gig, or you can request an hourly rate for yourself. Figuring that out will be between you and whoever is interested in hiring you.
If your skills are in writing, in particular, then you can also look into ProBlogger. ProBlogger is a site that is more for individuals who are looking for long-term online positions. Some of the jobs that are posted there can be quite lucrative, especially if you have specialized skills. To succeed there, you should update your resume and have it ready to send out when you apply to positions in which you have an interest.
If you’re a bit more ambitious, then you can launch your own website and advertise your skills. It’s helpful if you have some technical knowhow, but if you create a site using a platform like WordPress or Wix, you’d be surprised by how intuitive it is.
You can pick different themes and graphics and market yourself by posting examples of your work on your site. That way, if you find a prospective employer through Indeed or LinkedIn, you can direct them back to your website so they can get more of an idea of what you have to offer their company.
Now is a time when you might need to look into some online moneymaking tactics with which you may not be familiar. Most of them are very doable, though, even if you’re not the most tech-savvy person.