One thing is sure – a lot has changed in 2020, including how people conduct their daily lives and execute work tasks. Due to the pandemic caused by COVID-19, many people switched to remote work. Unfortunately, a significant number of people lost their jobs or became temporarily unemployed.
However, earning money online has never been as popular as it is in these uncertain times. Don’t get discouraged – it is not that hard and difficult as you may think. Working online doesn’t have to replace your job – it can be a great source of additional income or even a way to monetize your hobbies. Besides, why not take your business online?
Ok, now it is time to show you some of the best ways to make money online:
Rather than working on a regular salary basis, why nor try freelancing, as a main, or additional job? Surely you have some sorts of skills that can be monetized, but we’ll talk about this in a paragraph or two.
Now, let’s get you familiar with the most popular freelancing platforms:
Don’t be lazy – create a profile on each platform and increase your chances of getting hired faster. A (good) LinkedIn profile is always a big bonus to have, it is basically an online version of your CV.
If you really want to take things to the next level, invest in creating a personal website, an online portfolio that will surely distinguish you from the competition. Nowadays, with great website builders available online – even without any coding skills you can craft a professional website on your own.
Now, as promised, let’s look at the most common jobs that freelancers work on. If you think that you don’t have any of the listed skills, well, there are a bunch of online courses to check out…but this is a topic for a different blog post, you’ll agree.
The most popular remote, freelance jobs are:
1. Content writing
From website content, to blog and guest posts, PR texts…both individuals and companies are always on the lookout for good, creative content. Like any other job – it is better if you have some experience, but this is really something you can start from scratch. “Google” a bit the best ways to learn copywriting and where to publish your work, for starters.
2. Translation and proofreading
Very often, proofreading goes hand-in-hand with the previously mentioned, copywriting. Translation as well. So, if you are fluent in a certain language, this is a chance to shine. Manual translations and proofreading are always a better idea than Google Translate and other tools.
3. Social media management (community management)
Creating engaging content and gaining followers might look like an easy job, but actually it requires a lot of creativity and dedication. If you have a knack for it, extend your knowledge with some Youtube tutorials about Facebook and Google ads – this will add an additional value to your overall community management skills.
4. Website design
As mentioned at the beginning of the article, many businesses are shifting their focus to acquiring customers online – that means that they certainly need web design services. If you have an eye for UI/UX design, if you are familiar with the web design tools and trends (again, check Youtube for relevant tutorials), this type of service is something you should definitely consider offering.
5. Graphic design
Although graphic design is different from web design, the demand for these services are also high right now. Graphic design can be implemented to digital assets as well – so if you have some knowledge in Photoshop or similar programs just go for it!
6. Photographs selling
You don’t need to be a professional photographer to have some neat photos in your old saved files – even ones taken with a smartphone. Once again, visuals are more important than ever, which means lots of people are looking for good images. Try sharing your photos on stock photography platforms like Shutterstock, iStockPhoto and Unsplash.
7. Create online courses
If you can’t see yourself doing any of the above mentioned jobs, if you have other skills worth sharing with others – why not offer a recorded online course?
You can teach people basically whatever you want. Well, there are some skills that people are searching for when it comes to online courses. Here are some, just to get ideas:
- Digital marketing
- Social media management
- Search engine optimization
- Video editing
- Photo editing
- Cooking and baking
- Language learning
- Website development
- Fitness and aerobics
- Amazon FBA and dropshipping
A great platform to check out for this matter is Skillshare. There you get paid depending on the minutes someone watched your course.
To wrap things up
Now that you’ve got some ideas on how to make money online during quarantine, it is time to get to work! We are eager to hear what is your experience with freelancing so please share advice, or just your thoughts in the comments.