• Miranda Allison

Best Side Hustles to Start In Your Quarantine Free Time

Updated: Sep 17, 2020

It's not news that 2020 has been pretty hectic for all of us. From businesses being shut down to the unfortunate nature of people losing their jobs, so much has changed in regards to finances. But, if one positive thing is for sure, we've got a lot more free time on our hands, and with this free time comes the opportunity to create another flow of income. Think about it, what better way to spend your free time than with a new side hustle?

Out of all the things you could possibly make money doing, we put together some of our favorites that are simple to do. It doesn't take much, all you need is passion and determination (so you're not filling up your free time with more Netflix and naps). Here are some fun and legal side hustles that can help you fill up your time and your wallets!

Sell Stuff Online

Do you have old clothes, books, or games that are taking up space in the back of your closet? Now is the perfect time to do a full house cleanse of things you do not need.

There are plenty of apps designed to sell your old items on the market. These apps are used for selling things locally and nationwide. All you have to do is post a good quality photo of the item and strategize how you're going to market yourself amongst others who are selling similar items. The buyer will typically pay for shipping if you add it into the cost, so all you have to do is drop it off at your mailbox. This is a great way to expand someone's closet and maybe pick up a piece or two yourself. After all, sustainable fashion is a hot trend right now!

Here are some nationwide marketplace apps for fashion that are worth looking into:

  1. Poshmark

  2. Vinted

  3. Depop

Other apps and platforms are designed to sell within your region. These ones are perfect for selling older items or furniture pieces, but we advise you to use these with caution because they typically call for you to meet in-person. Bring a plan, a mask, and maybe even a friend!

  1. Facebook Marketplace

  2. Offer Up

  3. Craigslist

Dog Walking

If you're an animal lover this one might just be perfect for you. Dog walkers make an average of $14 per hour. It's a more recent side hustle that's great for people of all ages because it requires little to no experience - just understand the basics of walking and taking care of a dog for a short amount of time. However, if you have any experience with animals and can clear a background check, then you're pretty much set to be a Dog Walker.

You can also offer different services like walking, home visits, boarding, and more. Plus, this service can be used for other animals like cats and bunnies. It just takes the simple act of downloading one of the following apps, making a profile, reaching out to potential clients, and watch the extra income roll in.

Here are some pawesome apps to help get you started:

  1. Rover

  2. Wag!

Food Delivery

The food delivery business has been booming since the start of this pandemic. While most people are trying to stay home, they are taking full advantage of the contact-free delivery option. This is perfect for our introverts since you don't need to be face-to-face with the customer to get paid.

This is also the perfect side hustle for those who want to be in control of their work schedule. You get to choose your own hours and how many orders you want to take. Uber Eats drivers earn around $8 to $12 per hour after accounting for vehicle expenses. And to end your shift, it usually just takes the press of a button on your mobile device.

Bonus: If you live in a bigger city, you don’t even need a car to make deliveries. Just take the orders that are within walking distance of your home.

Here are s'more apps you can download to start delivering:

  1. Uber Eats

  2. Postmates

  3. Grubhub

  4. DoorDash

Grocery Delivery

If picking up fast food isn't your cup of tea, consider delivering groceries instead. A great way to help someone who is alone during COVID is to pick up and deliver their groceries to them in a contact-free setting. Consider signing up to make grocery deliveries on Shipt, where shoppers make an average of $22 per hour, or Instacart, where shoppers make an average of $13 per hour.

Whether you feel more comfortable being a bagger who stays in the store packing orders or delivering the bags to the customer's home, there is something for everyone. And not to mention, this will make you feel exceptionally satisfied knowing that you did a good deed by helping someone stay safe at home.

Here are some apps to get you started:

  1. Instacart

  2. Shipt

  3. goPuff

Driving Services

If you are comfortable with being around others, being a driver could be a great side hustle for you during this time. In one study, it was noted that Uber and Lyft drivers brought in an extra $100 - $300 of income a month. And just like food delivery, you can control your work schedule.

Even though there are some people who are skeptical about ride-sharing during a pandemic, there is always a need for them. Keep in mind that there are still people out there who don't own vehicles or just have a preference for Ubering everywhere. There may be lots of opportunities since many drivers have decided to opt-out during this time as well. All you need is a vehicle, a license, and the ability to interact with people for this gig. Just be safe when doing so by always making sure you're wearing a mask, have hand sanitizer readily available, and clean your car every time a new rider hops in.

Here are the most common ride-share apps to get you started:

  1. Uber

  2. Lyft

Teach A Skill

Do you have any skills or hobbies that you're passionate about? You can now teach or provide services to users using apps like Fiverr. Whether you do design, film, music, business, or program development, you can turn your passions into paying projects through freelancing platforms on the market.

Teaching a skill can happen virtually anywhere. Some jobs in this category could be tutoring people of all ages from elementary to adult. In fact, GoGoKid teachers earn $14 to $25 per hour. People are always trying to learn more especially with their new open schedules. So take advantage of an opportunity like this and you might just be able to make your side hustle a living long after the pandemic passes.

Here are some of our favorite freelancing marketplace apps to get started:

  1. Fiverr

  2. Teachable

  3. Varsity Tutors

  4. GoGoKid

Sell Your Craft

Do you make art, graphics, crafts, or home decor? Then it's time to make some ca-ching by selling it on the market. Start by researching the products you want to sell and how your competition does so. Once you understand the market, sign up for an e-commerce platform to start selling. It will be trial-and-error at first, but if you're consistent, you'll pick up the business pretty quickly.

Look into popular platforms like Redbubble, Etsy, and Shopify if you're doing this for the first time. Just make sure you have the right product for the current climate, especially during a pandemic. Fun fact: Etsy helped sell $346 million worth of homemade masks.

These apps allow you to create and sell your one-of-a-kind work or create individualized items for specific customers. Let your creativity fly and make some cash while you're at it:

  1. Redbubble

  2. Etsy

  3. Shopify

While side hustles can be a fun change of pace or a necessary side income, always remember that it will be work. This can be a creative outlet to showcase your talents, you can discover a new hobby, and meet some incredible individuals along the way, but you have to be willing to put the time and effort necessary to see a return on the investment.

Our best advice for you would be to have the courage to put yourself out there and try something new. There isn't a better time to do so than during a global pandemic. If you start or have started a new business, comment the link below so we can check it out!

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