5 Ways to Make Some Extra Money Online During Quarantine

5 Ways to Make Some Extra Money Online During Quarantine
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    With massive economic upheaval caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, many workers have found themselves laid off, furloughed or working with reduced hours.


Governments are providing some relief, but you may be in need of extra money to make ends meet. Consider these five ways to generate some extra income online during the quarantine.

1. Write Ebooks

Quarantine is the perfect time to write that novel you have always dreamed of doing. All you need to get started is a word processor and your imagination. Major ebook publishers such as Amazon, Smashwords, and Draft2Digital make it easy for you to format an ebook file from your raw manuscript and publish online within minutes.

Genres that are the most popular among readers are romance, mystery, science fiction and fantasy, and non-fiction books. Although most self-published writers will not get rich, you can make some decent extra money doing it, especially if you promote well and your book catches on.

Who knows, you could write the next best-seller.

2. Sell Your Old Stuff

Mail and shipping services are still running, so you can take this opportunity to clean out your house and find any old items you no longer want. You can then take these items and sell them online for extra cash.

For example, you may have unused gift cards lying around. You can sell gift cards on a number of sites. Other items to sell include old toys, movies you never intend to watch again, old electronics, clothes and more.

Be sure to check the value of items before you list, as while many old movies, especially VHS tapes, are worth very little, some have never been released in other formats and are worth more than you might expect.

3. Make and Sell Crafts

Homemade crafts are a booming business online. You can begin making your own and selling them to interested customers whether you knit, sew, create jewelry or paint.

You can set up a craft store on sites such as Etsy and Amazon Handmade. You can also open up your own online e-commerce store through a platform like Shopify.

You will likely have to order at least some materials online, however, as a way to protect your own health and because craft stores are largely shuttered due to being considered non-essential businesses.

Set a reasonable price based on the prices for similar products, the cost of materials, the cost of your time and the quality of your product, among other factors. Be sure to take detailed stock photos and write in-depth product descriptions.

4. Do Freelance Work

The Internet has opened up many opportunities to do freelance work from home. If you are a writer, accountant, artist, graphic designer or another professional who can do online gig work, this is an option to pursue.

It requires some commitment and effort to get jobs, but no long-term commitment, which makes freelance work great for tiding you over until you can go back to your regular job. Sites such as Upwork, Fiverr and Freelancer are places to display your skills and bid on jobs. You can also have your own website and pitch to private clients directly.

Freelance work is not always easy, however, as you will be dealing directly with clients and must handle other aspects of running a business, such as marketing and accounting. You will also need to pay tax on any freelance income that exceeds a few hundred dollars.

5. Start Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing has become a very popular way for people to earn extra money online because it is relatively easy to do and quite enjoyable. Affiliate marketers promote and write reviews about products they like while including links in their posts where readers can buy that product.

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All you have to do to get started is set up a blog and enroll in an affiliate program, both of which will have some upfront costs. When people make purchases through that link, the affiliate marketer gets a small share of the sale.

This method of marketing is advantageous because it is genuine. Affiliate marketers tend to only promote products they use, trust and like, which in turn increases trust among consumers. This makes it markedly different from traditional sales.

These are just a few of the ways you can earn some extra money online during the quarantine. It’s even possible that your side hustle will become your main hustle and you will be able to support yourself entirely by doing something you love. Start looking into your options to find some relief and enjoyment in these hard times.

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