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No matter what you do or where you live, chances are the coronavirus has impacted your finances. Even amidst all the current uncertainty, it’s still possible to take control over your financial situation. We’ve put together some great ideas on unique ways to make money right now, during this pandemic. Hopefully these tips will help you to create something positive and even profitable out of this current situation!

Take Surveys

Taking online surveys might not make you a millionaire, but you definitely could earn enough to help cover groceries for the week. There are tons of brands, research groups, political organizations and data collectors looking for help on discovering the latest trends and common pools of thought. Most of the surveys take from 5-30 minutes and you get paid for the time it takes you to answer these questions. Pay ranges anywhere from a few dollars to $50. Two of the best survey apps for newbies are Survey Junkie and Swagbucks. They both are highly rated, with a long track record of paying out cash to their members. So next time you sit down to binge watch some Netflix, take a survey. Consistently taking time to answer surveys each day can add up to a great income boost. 

Freelance Your Talents

This might be one of the best and most dependable ways to earn extra income during this time. If you have a specific skill such as: content writing, graphic design, photography, ad creation, web development, sales, consulting, editing… it’s time to get busy. In fact, as more and more companies are choosing to permanently work from home, freelancing will only become more and more popular. Software engineer and entrepreneur Daniella from I Like To Dabble described how she found her first freelancing gig: 

“After I experienced my first lay off was when I first found freelancing. At the time, I was a web engineer for a small startup in St. Louis, and after I was laid off, I looked towards the ‘jobs’ and ‘gigs’ sections on Craigslist for freelancing coding opportunities. I found a former client of the old startup I had worked for and they needed some WordPress custom sites done. They offered $100 an hour for around 20 hours a week and I accepted. It was the perfect opportunity at that time and helped me out.”

So how can you get started? These are our 5 favorite platforms when it comes to finding great freelancers. We’ve used all of these at Lift Local and have had some great success. Get started easily and post your skill offering on these sites. 

  1. VirtualVocations.com
  2. Problogger.com/Jobs
  3. Freelancer Facebook Groups and Virtual Assistant Facebook Groups
  4. Fiverr
  5. Upwork

Start a Childcare Service

With parents working from home and school classes cancelled, many are looking for new childcare options. Blogger and teacher turned entrepreneur Josh from Money Life Wax remembers:

“Growing up, my mom ran an in-home daycare. She typically watched 5-6 kids of varying ages and charged $125-$200 per kid, depending on their age. It was how she made a living and got to stay at home and raise her three boys.”

Childcare might be out of your comfort zone, but here are 6 tips on how to get a solid start if the babysitting route is calling your name.

  1. Don’t overwhelm yourself; watch 2 or 3 kids max, preferable family members, neighbors, or friend’s kids.
  2. Wash your hands often and make them wash theirs too
  3. If someone has any flu-like symptoms – they need to stay at home
  4. Get paid upfront.
  5. Don’t watch babies unless you have experience (Like full-time daycare experience)
  6. Have fun and carve out some daily reading time

Optimize Monthly Expenses

Maybe you’re paying $60 for internet each month, maybe you could be paying $39 instead? While $20 might not seem like a huge difference, saving on your recurring expenses can significantly add up and help boost your finances. If you have some free time, use it to shop around for lower prices, cancel unused subscriptions, find coupons, buy generic brand cereal, you get the idea. Nathan from Millionaire Dojo offers this advice:

Make a list of all your recurring bills and go through each one to shop around for better deals. If you haven’t ever done this, you might end up cutting your monthly expenses by a significant amount! Every little bit that you can cut adds up and will be money saved from this point forward.

Delivery!

Delivery is booming during this quarantine time.

For example, Instacart’s order volume in April was more than 400% higher than it was a year ago. The company is expanding its service through a partnership with Costco to deliver prescription drugs in addition to groceries and household goods. The other big four in the delivery space are Postmates, DoorDash, Uber Eats and Grubhub. According to Nick Loper, the creator of Sidehustlenation, users report earning $10,000 in a year delivering groceries and takeout meals with the JoyRun app. You can deliver much more than food, Loper says. If you want to pick up and deliver laundry and dry cleaning in your neighborhood, try Rinse. Get paid to deliver alcohol through Saucey. People who sign up with Amazon Flex earn $18 to $25, according to the site.

Unique Ways to Make Money

While economic uncertainty is never a desirable situation, some of the world’s greatest businesses have started during a downturn or recession. Now is a great time to use your talents and free time to grow. Try something new, be consistent and results will follow. Feel free to reach out out us at Lift Local with any questions. We are always here with marketing advice and enthusiasm.  

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