5 online side hustles from the pandemic era to make ends meet

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  • I’ve had a lot of side gigs over the years and I’ve had to get pretty creative during the pandemic.
  • Side hustles have become particularly popular now that more and more people are facing financial insecurity.
  • Some include being a freelancer, being a virtual assistant, selling goods, and creating online courses.
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I’ve been obsessed with side hustles since I got laid off from a full time job in 2015. That’s when I knew I wanted to be self-employed and that I needed to have multiple streams to be able to pay my bills of income. I started freelance selling merchandise, e-books and online courses.

During the pandemic, much of my income disappeared or was paused. This prompted me to look for even more creative side hustles to do from home to help sustain my income. I even created a newsletter about weird side hustles and how people can make money from their couch.

According to a study by MassMutual, 56% of millennials took on a part-time job during the pandemic. After researching sites like Upwork and Fiverr, I’ve compiled a list of popular side gigs for people interested in making some extra cash.

1. Freelance

If you’re just getting started in the world of side hustles and aren’t quite sure where to start, you might want to pick a skill that’s in demand — like writing, editing, or graphic design — and offer your services on a platform like Fiverr or Upwork.

You can set your fee for various services based on your years of experience and market them on sites like Linkedin or in Facebook groups where additional help is often sought.

According to Upwork, the average freelancer in the US makes about $20 an hour. Freelancers working in fields like web development, marketing, legal, or accounting can earn an average of $28 or more.

2. Sell and rent your stuff

If you’re busy cleaning up your home, you can put up random items for sale through sites like OfferUp and Poshmark. It can make you anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars depending on the demand for the items you are selling and their condition.

If you want to keep your stuff and still make some money, you might be interested in Loanables, a site that allows people to use your stuff for a fee and return it when they’re done.

Sites like Peerspace and AirBnB let you list your space when you don’t need it for events or photo shoots, and you can rent storage space in your house to people on Neighbor.com.

These options are ideal for someone who doesn’t want to commit to regular hours on a side hustle.

3. Creating merchandise with a print-on-demand store

If you’ve always been interested in selling products online but didn’t want to deal with the cost of producing and storing inventory, consider print-on-demand businesses.

According to Printful.com, print-on-demand is a fulfillment method where orders are printed as soon as a customer purchases an item. That means you don’t have to invest the money to create 1,000 shirts or 1,000 books before they sell.

Aside from the design fees associated with initially creating the product and marketing costs, you can start this with little overhead.

Depending on which website you use, one downside is that it may cost more to create products due to print-on-demand fees, which in turn can drive up the price for your customers.

4. Hosting an online course

Creating an online course is something you can do if you have a great deal of knowledge or experience with a in-demand skill, hobby, or passion. The start-up costs for this are low since all you need is a course hosting platform such as Thinkific or Teachable, a computer and a video camera.

While you can make quite a lot selling online courses, a large part of your income comes down to how many people you can get to buy your course.

Online Course Igniter says a person can make anywhere from $500 to $50,000 teaching online courses, depending on your audience and how much you charge for the course.

5. Become a virtual assistant

If you’re someone who prides himself on organization, accountability, and the art of getting lots of tasks done on time, consider becoming a Virtual Assistant, which are independent contractors who assist clients remotely.

While people hire virtual assistants for all sorts of jobs, some of the most popular ones are for administrative tasks, marketing services, or other tasks that keep the business running and thriving.

When it comes to pay, Indeed.com says the average virtual assistant in the US makes about $19.50 an hour.

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