During the Coronavirus / Covid-19 outbreak a lot of people will struggle for money. It doesn’t matter if you are self-employed and part of the Gig economy, are freelance in one of the creative industries, on a zero-hours contract or you run a business which may be experiencing a downturn there is no question that people are going to struggle to bring in the income they were before the virus pandemic hit so the more ways you can earn extra money from home the better during this difficult time.
I thought it would be good to show you how you can make some extra money not just while you are self isolating but for however long this goes on as more people than ever are stuck at home than ever.
In this rundown, we are JUST looking at ways that you can earn extra money without leaving the house, so no Smartphone Task Apps or Mystery Shopping etc. and I’ve tried to cover about £2000+ of income to help you all and I’ve purposely focused on online earning opportunities that are quick and easy to do and aren’t very involved so that anyone can do them!
Sell your Skills
Everyone has a skill, and in this modern age, there are more ways than ever to earn extra money from it. By using sites like Fiverr which offer an easy selling platform and a built-in audience you can sell those skills to people. Maybe you are good at writing content or designing logos. Or perhaps your skills are is music and video production. It doesn’t matter what it is there are so many ways to earn with Fiverr.
If you are after more information on how you can maximise your earnings on Fiverr then take a read of our How to QUICKLY earn money from home on Fiverr during Coronavirus blog post.
Surveys have been the bread and butter for many people looking to earn money from home. The pay may not be fantastic however they are plentiful and you can earn a good few hundred pounds a month from this. They are very quick to do and for many people, they are able to earn money from home surveys while sat in front of the TV and using their laptop so this is perfect during those self-isolation days. There are around 30 Survey companies I would recommend such as Qmee, Prolific, LifePoints and YouGov, through to options like the Neilsen Smartphone Panel who give you the chance to earn money directly from your phone.
Online Focus Groups
For anyone that has done traditional focus groups in the past, they will know that they more often than not required you to attend on your own or in groups where you would answer a handful of questions have a discussion and then get paid around £50. Over the years more and more of these have become ‘online only’ people the chance to earn some great money from home. Online studies are typically done via Webcam using software like Skype or Zoom and generally, happen as a 1-2-1 chat though every now and again I’ve done them as a Google Hangout where you chat with other participants. There are 2 main companies I recommend, TestingTime and Respondent. They both offer a HUGE variety of studies and with the coronavirus meaning people need to stay out of groups and at home, I can only see the sheer amount of studies increasing over the coming months.
If you have an eye for detail then website testing via companies such as uTest is a great way to earn money. You take part in projects which are run by some VERY well known UK and US brands and you are asked to look for bugs/issues on their website by performing a set of tasks. UTest tends to be the best-known company out there offering this sort of work which can be a bit technical at the start but once you get going and learn all the lingo it can be a VERY profitable side hustle and you may find you carry on working for them even after Covid19 has vanished! You need nothing more than a laptop and the ability to follow instructions so it’s a great one to dip in and out of.
Social Media Rating
Want to help make Social Media a better experience? If so you could do worse than apply to be a Social Media Rater with Lionbridge. The work paid £300+ a month and typically takes around 20-30mins a day while you help improve the experience users have on various social media platforms. The work is on a 12-month contract so it offers the chance to bring in an additional £3600 throughout the year and is all done via your phone. If you are interested in this or any other opportunity Lionbridge offers such as Web Search Evaluator work (alongside Appen) which pays over £9+ an hour (£500+ a month) then make sure you come and chat in our dedicated Lionbridge thread on the forum if you have any question.
Don’t forget there are a good number of offers around where you can grab FREE MONEY. We run a promotion with Curve where we can offer you the chance to get £10 for FREE to spend anywhere compared to the regular offer of £5. Cashback sites such as TopCashBack typically offer a £15-£20 signup bonus just for joining and buying something using cashback with is a real WIN-WIN! Also, don’t forget to have a look at offerwall sites like OhMyDosh which give you free money just for signing up for services (and then cancelling them!).
If you are after more information on ways you can claim FREE MONEY at the moment then take a look at our blog post showing you How to get up to £100 in free money during Coronavirus.
Even with the slowdown in sport due to the Coronavirus, there is still a HUGE amount of money to be made from Matched Betting. While football and other sports are out the shift is to horse racing and Casino offers as you can see below in the Infographic produced by Profit Accumulator.
If you fancy giving Matched Betting a go then I would suggest having a read of our Beginner’s Guide to Matched Betting which takes you through how it all works and getting started in an easy to understand way. It really is a fantastically easy way to earn money from home and best of all it’s TAX FREE and I’ve personally made over £40,000 from Matched Betting over the years so the money is there if you want it.
If you are fast on your fingers then Data Entry can be a great way to bring in some extra income while you are self-isolation. You can pick up a lot of work via sites like PeoplePerHour and Fiverr. Data entry work is very easy to get started and typically involves working with word documents or spreadsheets as you enter information that is given to you in another format. The work is plentiful and it doesn’t typically take you a long time to do each piece of work so it can be a great income to dip in and out of. With the Gig Economy being as popular as it is more and more companies and using homeworkers in this ad-hoc way to get work done than actually hiring a permanent member of staff so if you do a good job then repeat business is sure to come!
Offer Home Tutoring
With the education system becoming unstabilised due to the Coronavirus a lot of people are looking at how they can earn from home. There are a number of options here where you can make money. You could offer courses via Udemy if you could produce your own material and once that is made you have very little involvement as Udemy do all the promotion for you!
If you are wanting to get more ‘hands-on’ with online tutoring then look at companies like Education First which pay £9.35 – £11.48 an hour teaching people English as a second language or if you don’t have any formal teaching qualifications you could look at Cambly which pays around $10.20 per hour.
If you fancy giving Online Tutoring a go during the Covid19 outbreak then take a look at our Top Tips on how to earn money as an Online Tutor during the Coronavirus outbreak blog post.
For a lot of people who are forced into working from home using a laptop and a headset in their ‘home office’ will be second nature! It’s because of just how easy it is to do more work is available than ever if you are good at Transcribing. The work typically involves listening to an audio file and then typing up what is said. The main companies offering this sort of work are TakeNote which tends to be one of the highest paying ones out there, Casting Words and Rev. Some of the work can be quite technical and others are literally typing up a phone conversation of a 1-2-1 meeting.
So there we have it, that’s a few thousand pounds worth additional income you can bring in while we muddle our ways through the Coronavirus pandemic. If you are looking for additional ways to bring in some money there is always Blogging, Text Q&A Work, Adult Work, Earning a Passive Income or even earning money by sharing your computer’s resources! Once all this clears then you could look into ‘out and about’ work like that found on smartphone task apps such as Roamler or BeMyEye or even Traditional Mystery Shopping! If you need any more help or support then please come ask on our forum as everyone on there wants to help you earn the absolute most you can from home!