With the unemployment rate reaching an all-time high this April and many individuals confined to their homes (despite tepid moves at reopening states), many individuals are looking at different ways to make money.
If you’re a college student not fortunate enough to have a job in this new environment, or you’d like to find a means of supplementing your income, you may be curious about other, innovation ways to make some extra cash from home.
Below are several ways you can make money without ever leaving your bedroom.
Offer tutoring services
If a certain subject is your strong point and you possess good teaching skills, consider tutoring college and/or high school students who may be struggling in that particular subject. Many students (and their parents) look for tutors during the summer months to help bring them up to speed before the start of the new school year.
You can schedule tutoring sessions online via Zoom or other video chat services and charge on an hourly basis. Some of the most popular subjects that you can opt for include math, chemistry, physics, essay writing, language learning, or even college prep.
Email your professors and program managers to help you get in touch with college students who may need tutoring. You can also reach out via school-related social networks such as Facebook groups. And don’t forget about your high school connections!
Sell back your textbooks
Once you’ve finished your semester, you can sell back your textbooks online on websites such as eBay and Amazon.
In order to save money in college, many students prefer to buy used books at lower rates rather than buying new textbooks at full price. This is an easy way for you to make some extra cash without too much hassle.
You may, however, want to consider additional options as this may not be the highest income generator. After all, once you sell back all your books from the semester, you won’t have any more “product” to sell.
Become a virtual assistant
With online businesses becoming the norm of the day, several entrepreneurs are on the lookout for virtual assistants to help them with their daily administrative work. Some of these tasks involve answering and sending emails to clients and keeping an accurate schedule of up-coming meetings.
Because of the nature of the job, it is essential that you have access to a reliable internet connection. You may also be required to have meetings with your employer over Zoom or Skype to discuss your duties on a weekly or monthly basis.
If you have strong organization skills and the ability to meet deadlines, this side hustle can help you earn a good side income.
Answer surveys in your spare time
Answering surveys is an excellent way to earn income in your free time. The process is extremely simple and can be done right from your bedroom.
There are several companies who are constantly looking to improve their offerings. Your answers to survey questions help these business create highly customized products and service offerings, not to mention the fact that they pay you for your time.
Transform your hobby into an Etsy store
If you enjoy spending your time creating artworks and creative craft pieces, you can start your own Etsy store and sell these pieces online.
What makes this a lucrative option is the fact that you get paid for doing what you love. If you enjoy creating digital posters in your free time, for example, you can upload these to your Etsy store and let fellow art lovers buy your digital prints and frame them on their bedroom walls.
Another benefit of this is the fact that you can sell your creations all over the world at whatever price point you choose.
Sell your photography to stock photo websites
If you enjoy clicking photos of nature, sports, or even food, you may want to consider selling them to stock photo websites.
The amount you earn from your photography largely depends on the kind of camera you use for the photos. For example, if you use a smartphone camera, you can expect to get paid slightly less than what you’d receive for photos clicked on a professional DSLR camera.