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Earn during COVID-19: Legitimate Ways to Make Money from Home

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Are you jobless? Has your placement season got delayed? Or did you tank a job interview before lockdown? If your answer to any of the above questions is a ‘YES’, you have come to the right page. While the news headlines reek of horror, you need to stop indulging in them. Make the most of this spare time with some cool money-churning ideas. Manage your expenses smoothly even while you are locked up indoors!

Real-world tips to start a money stream from home

You have all the talent to make money as well as build a worthwhile career path from the comfort of your home. Things that you need to earn money from home are: a) Internet connectivity b) An internet enabled device. That’s it and you are sorted.

There are innumerable ways to earn money during lockdown. Anything from taking part in paid online surveys, to playing games for cash, to picking up affiliate marketing projects can get you money. Do a thorough homework around whatever idea you pick. After reading on the topic for a few hours if you are confident, get started. Channelize your efforts for a fixed number of hours every day to see best outcomes. Below enlisted are some more interesting ways to earn money.

Work from home jobs

Don’t get discouraged if you do not have a job offer yet. There are many work-from-home jobs out there. Due to restrictions imposed by the coronavirus pandemic, several companies have partly or completely deployed remote workforce.

Start applying to work-from-home jobs now!

The impact of this step is that in the long term, more and more people will be allowed to work from home as companies and employees are growing comfortable with remote work models.

Why wait any longer? Start preparing for a remote gig or a work from home job interview confidently immediately! Side by side, also start polishing your resume for a work from home gig.

Tip: Be careful as you search for fresher jobs. There are many scams out there as there are genuine work-from-home opportunities.

Freelance projects

There are ample freelancing projects and work opportunities out there. These gigs will let you work flexibly as per your availability. Projects offered by client span through many domains like graphic designing, content writing, coding, development, architecture, digital marketing and many others.

All you need to do is showcase your expertise and create a freelance account on websites like Elance and Freelancer. This will help you make some much needed money during lockdown.

Teach online

Digital learning management systems and educational applications have all of a sudden become popular now. For that matter, MOOC (or Massive Open Online Course) Platforms are enabling social care and remote interaction. This is happening in a period of school and college closure. A large audience spanning through students, to parents, teachers, schools, colleges and university administrators have happily accepted this new learning format. Also, MOOCs are accessible from any internet enabled device. With this acceptance rate, MOOCs are all set to thrive and grow post lockdown as well.  

Here comes your chance to participate and contribute too. Joining as a learner is good. But leveraging the wide reach and strong user-base as a teacher would be excellent! Create high-quality online courses and tutorials on topics of your choice. Sell them on digital learning platforms like Skillshare and Udemy to make money from home! This exercise can surely help you earn as well as create a positive career impact.

Make masks

Are you a self-proclaimed sewing and weaving expert? Then it’s time to earn out of this skill by making face masks for people and hospitals during the coronavirus shortage. Selling handmade masks is also a great way to support yourself during this global health crisis. The best fabric for homemade masks is tightly woven, 100% cotton fabric. There are many videos on YouTube that you can watch and practice making masks from. Try to make masks that are washable, adjustable, or reversible. Also, add these keywords to your mask’s product description on whatever site you decide to sell them on, so that it grabs the attention of buyers. Once you are done making a mask, click a good picture of it. Good product photos will showcase the features and quality of your mask to the buyers.

Tip: Homemade masks are not hospital-approved, so most hospitals won’t accept your masks directly. But remember that it’s not just hospitals that need face masks. Healthcare workers in nursing homes and urgent care centers are also dealing with mask shortages while working with COVID-19 patients. Even non-healthcare workers like gardeners, cleaners, security personnel, veterinarians and firefighters are probably working without face masks.

Use social media!

Do you have an insanely good following on Instagram or Twitter or Tik Tok or any other social media channel? Please leverage this followership. This is the right time to offer social media management services to B2C firms and startups. You can label yourself with a fancy title like “Social Media Consultant”. If teaching or painting or singing interest you, start your own virtual coaching program and market the same on your social handles.

Get creative!

Have you discovered a new hobby during lockdown? Does your family say that you really good at it? If you are that engrossed in arts and crafts, you could turn this hobby into an additional income source. You could do anything like practice a set of exercises or make your own paintings or craft jewelry or make mini gardens or print t-shirts! Or even upcycle things around the house to craft lovely terrariums in your balcony. Your hobby skill can turn into a quick 2 minute viral video and help churn money on YouTube as well as earn bulk orders from prospects!

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As you navigate the impact of COVID-19 on your life and career, you will surely discover financial gain by implementing the ideas shared above.

Please know that you are not alone and is here to help you. Keep visiting the COVID-19 Career Guidance section to learn and grow in these problematic times.

Also connect with fellow college students and jobseekers in India both here and on our social media channels (Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube).

Through perseverance and focused efforts, you can surely discover a zillion new ways to land that first job and make a successful career.

All the best!

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