2020 has been an extraordinary year. Thank you CoronaVirus!
Millions of people are in-home quarantine as per the government’s directives. Thousands of people are working from home to maintain social distancing. But that is not the end of the story. There is huge uncertainty looming over the job sector. Some people have lost their jobs. Some have received pay cuts. Others are working with a sense of dread. They don’t know if their jobs will be secure in the next few months even after giving 100% effort. This is why it’s extremely crucial to have side gigs in 2020; more than ever. Side businesses can help sail through these uncertain times without going bankrupt.
Here are the 4 side gigs you can do to make money and stay afloat in 2020.
1. Give Online Tuition
Do you have immense knowledge on any subject? If so, then you can give tuition online and earn money. For instance, if you’re a subject matter expert on digital marketing, then you can create a Facebook page, build community, and share videos there. You can also create podcasts and share with your friends to let them know that you give online tuition. Platforms like Teachable and Thinkific are good platforms where you can start your online teaching business.
With so many students stuck at home, the demand for online tuition is higher than ever. Take advantage of this lucrative side business opportunity now.
2. Work as a Freelancer
Do you have good writing skills? Do you know how to write web articles? If so, you can work as a freelancer at various platforms like freelancer.com, Fiverr, Upwork, etc. There are tons of freelancing projects uploaded here.
You can write a set number of articles for a client on various subjects like travel and tourism, health, lifestyle, and even on the ways to save on utilities. The subjects can be anything. Clients will give you the topics, and you will get paid after the successful delivery of articles.
If you don’t want to write articles, then you can take up projects on block commenting where you have to write comments within 100 to 150 words. And, that’s it. If you are a web developer, then you can take up assignments on building various websites as per the requirements of the client. If you are a graphic designer by profession, then you can even take up assignments for creating images, banners, posters, and logos on various subjects. You have to bid for the projects, and when you crack a deal, you can start working on it. Flexjobs and Visme are good options for graphic designers.
Many people earn around $30,000 just from freelancing. Some people earn even more. So, it would be a waste to not try out these side business options especially this year.
3. Be an Instagram Influencer
Facebook and Instagram are the heartbeats of social media. Youngsters are crazy about Instagram. They are constantly uploading pictures and images on Instagram. If you are passionate about something, and you have a good knowledge of it, then you can be an Instagram Influencer. Initially what you have to do is create an Instagram account and upload various pictures depicting your personal life and the things you are passionate about.
A friend of mine is passionate about doing her bit to save our mother earth. She is completely against the usage of plastics and chemicals. So, she uses biodegradable products instead of plastics. Recently, she made organic hair oil, soaps, shampoos, and uploaded pictures on Instagram. Her followers were completely crazy about those products. Some of them even placed orders for those products.
Usually, she uploads 3-4 informative posts every week on the benefits of various biodegradable products and organic skincare products. Initially, she didn’t have many followers. However, she has around 1000 followers right now and has already collaborated with 3 affiliate marketers to promote eco-friendly products. She earns around $1000 from them.
Undoubtedly, my friend has become an Instagram influencer because her posts influence the buying decisions of her followers.
4. Be a Vlogger on YouTube
Do you know what is the difference between a blogger and a vlogger? A blogger uploads content on any topic whereas a vlogger uploads short videos on a given subject.
Many Youtubers are earning a lot of money by uploading interesting videos on food, travel, do-it-yourself products, and so on. You can also earn between $3 and $5 in by uploading videos. If you are passionate about cooking and have sufficient knowledge of it, then you can post videos on YouTube. These days people are crazy about Dalgona coffee and posting various videos on how to make it. You can also make 4 different types of Dalgona coffee and share the recipes on YouTube. Once your video gets 1000 views, you can earn up to $5 from YouTube. Before becoming a vlogger, check out the various benefits of video marketing first.
If you have read this post carefully, then you must have noticed that all the side-gigs can be done online. All you need is a laptop or a smartphone. That’s it. You don’t need to go anywhere and can do them after returning from work. Moreover, we don’t know when this pandemic will be over. Until then, we have to maintain social distancing and stay at home. In this situation, online side-gigs are convenient for everyone.
Linda Richardson is a financial content writer based in New Jersey and a perennial student with an ongoing interest in learning new things. She uses her curiosity, connected with knowledge as a financial writer, to write about a valuable lesson for small businesses. She is currently a financial writer for http://www.CreditCardConsolidationDebt.com/