By Marc Andre
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An unfortunate reality of the current economic situation is the fact that millions of people are stuck at home due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Many people are looking for ways to make money while they’re unable to get to work, and unemployment rates are increasing as some companies are starting to layoff employees.
If you’re in a situation where you can’t get to work or you no longer have a job, there are some things you can start doing from home to make money. Regardless of whether you’re wondering how to make an extra $1,000 per month or whether you’re looking for something that you could do full-time, one of these five options could be a good fit for you.
1. Virtual Assistant
Virtual assistants provide clients with a wide variety of services like blog editing, customer service, moderating forums or Facebook groups, managing social media profiles, designing graphics, and much more. There is really no limit to the services that you could offer as a VA.
When you think of VA jobs, the first thing that comes to mind may be low-paying work that is outsourced to developing countries like the Philippines. However, there are also many VA’s that earn a great income.
Most of the high-paid VA’s have elected to specialize in a particular service rather than taking a generalized approach that involves offering a wide range of services. Specialists are able to demonstrate expertise and demand a higher hourly rate, some as high as $100 per hour.
Working as a virtual assistant is a very flexible job. You can schedule your work around your life, whenever it’s convenient for you. It makes a great part-time side hustle and is equally well-suited to becoming a full-time business.
2. Freelance Writing
Another excellent and flexible way to make money from home is to work as a freelance writer. While there are a lot of different types of publications that hire freelance writers (newspapers, magazines, journals, etc.), most of the work available to freelance writers these days is for online publications. There are millions of websites and blogs that constantly publish new articles and most of them rely on freelancers to produce that content.
Just like working as a virtual assistant, there are some low-paying freelance writing gigs and there are others that pay very, very well. When you’re first getting started, you may need to take some of the lower-paying freelance writing jobs for beginners in order to get some experience, but you should be working towards finding better-paying jobs once you have a little bit of experience.
There are a number of job boards that are great for finding freelance writing opportunities, including ProBlogger and Blogging Pro. You can also find work by proactively reaching out to websites and blogs that publish content from a lot of different writers (most likely they’re freelancers). It’s a good idea to set up your own blog so you have some writing samples that you can send when you’re applying for your first …read more
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