When the Covid-19 pandemic hit in early 2020, it dealt a crushing blow to the global travel industry. Flight and hotel bookings came to an abrupt halt as countries closed their borders, and government lockdowns and quarantines became the norm.
Also left in the wake was the livelihood of thousands of gig economy workers who relied on side hustle income they made working for companies like Uber UBER or Airbnb. With travel shut down, the demand for these services disappeared.
Weathering the Storm
While thousands of Uber and Lyft LYFT drivers have benefitted from more than $80 million in government Covid relief benefits, it was never going to fill the void completely. Government assistance programs and stimulus checks have helped, but the relief is only temporary. Airbnb is finding ways to weather the storm after a steep drop in bookings at the outset of the crisis. Of course, it will take time for either business to return to its previous levels.
While Uber drivers and Airbnb hosts are hopeful for a recovery, many other work-from-home side hustles are booming. Here are just a few of them:
Selling Your Stuff Online
With millions of Americans isolating themselves at home during the pandemic, online shopping has become more popular than ever. But it’s not just huge companies like Amazon AMZN who are benefitting. More and more people are making money by selling their stuff online, through websites like Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, eBay, and Amazon.
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The best way to start is by looking through your belongings to find items you no longer use that still have value. Many online sellers have benefitted from a practice known as flipping, buying things at a low price then re-selling them for a profit.
One thing Covid-19 has not managed to slow is the pace at which online content gets produced. Much of what you read online is written by freelance writers. These independent contractors can earn between $50 to $1000 per article depending on the niche, their experience level, and subject matter expertise. Income potential aside, freelance writing offers the flexibility of working remotely for a variety of clients.
Grocery and restaurant delivery is one of the fastest-growing side hustles in 2021. Through apps like UberEats and DoorDash, you can make money by delivering restaurant orders to customers, while Instacart lets you make money by filling and delivering grocery orders.
While you won’t make as much money as you would driving for Uber, you can earn upwards of $500 a month if you live in a busy area. You’ll need reliable transportation, but this is a side hustle that’s easy to start and isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
Teaching Music Online
These days, you can pick up just about any skill online by watching Youtube videos or signing up for an online course. Since the pandemic’s outset, one of the most popular work-from-home side hustles has been teaching music online, with rates starting at around $25 an hour. If you are skilled at any musical instrument, you can provide virtual instruction to students over Zoom or Facetime. You don’t have to be a professional; you just need to be a couple of steps ahead of the person you are teaching.
Social Media Management
Businesses everywhere understand that to be relevant in 2021, they need to have a solid social media presence. But creating and sharing social media content on numerous platforms is time-consuming, and most small business owners are too busy to look after it themselves.
Instead, many pay social media managers hundreds of dollars a month to look after their Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram channels. Duties vary but can include creating and sharing content, scheduling posts, and managing online communities, like Facebook groups.
Counting On a Recovery
We’re not out of the woods yet with Covid-19, but there is light at the end of the tunnel.
At the time of this writing, over 90 million people nationwide have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, as our government aims to speed up delivery even further.
If you’re interested in starting a side hustle to make extra money, the best time to get started is now. If your side hustle goal is to drive for Uber or operate an Airbnb property or experience, the industry will eventually recover. By planning ahead, you can be ready when it does.