The COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly affected most people on the planet. Aside from the obvious health problems, one of the downsides to COVID-19 is how many people have had their incomes reduced or lost entirely.
Some industries were well adapted to the idea of working from home and have embraced digital and virtual ways of doing business, but others not so much. Some businesses have been forced to cut staff drastically in order to stay afloat, whereas others (like for instance home delivery services) have boomed. At the same time, some families have coped better than others with working from home – some can’t wait to get back to the office, while others have found that the home life has suited their family situation (or their health situation) much better.
You would hope that all of these wishes and wants from businesses and employees would somehow balance themselves out and that flexible working would increase and improve people’s lives in the long term. However, a Bank of England Economist said today that Women who continue to work from home when others begin to go back to the office, risk seeing their careers stall, so if you are one of the people who would prefer to keep working from home when the dust settles on this, you may need to consider changing jobs or starting your own home business.
The following four examples show how you can make a side income (or even a full-time one) that is pandemic-friendly:
1. Virtual Assistance
Many businesses were forced to adapt to having their support staff in remote locations over the pandemic, and many business owners will now see the benefit of hiring remote freelancers rather than paying full-time wages and providing office space for employees. I predict that the virtual assistance sector will grow substantially over the next few years, now that nearly everybody knows how to use Zoom.
If you have any kind of digital office skills, from manning a customer service desk, writing emails, digital marketing and social media skills to website design and maintenance, it should be relatively easy to find a freelance job that will enable you to do these things from home.
2. Remote Tutoring
The tutoring industry is another one that benefited during the pandemic. Before COVID, there were always people that taught academic subjects to children online – it’s a common part-time job for university students. But over the last two years, many businesses have had to adapt what they do to suit an online method, and it is now possible to learn photography or cake decorating online, to take music lessons or personal training sessions over Zoom – and that’s just the ones that I have tried over the last two years.
If you have anything that you are skilled at there are many ways to teach others, whereht at is through one to one sessions, or by creating digital courses. Remote tutoring has always been big, but its popularity has grown substantially since COVID-19.
I’ve been blogging for nearly 12 years now, so I know this is a popular, work-from-home job that predates the pandemic by some years. It’s still possible to start a new blog now and make an income from it, although the competition is much harder than it was when I started, and the requirements of the social media platforms are also more complicated and require more work to get your stuff into the public eye.
Becoming an Influencer is something that many young people aspire to know when they leave school, but it does take quite a lot of effort and hard work to get established
4. Share Trading
Lastly, share trading, and trading in other things like cryptocurrency has risen in popularity since the pandemic hit. This is definitely not for the faint-hearted. Of course, you have to start off having some money to invest in the first place, and it is possible to lose the original money that you invest, as well as accepting the fact that you are not automatically going to make any gains, and those that you do make can vanish as soon as they come.
If share trading attracts you, make sure you do plenty of research and take advice from qualified professionals before you begin. I am certainly not a qualified professional, so I would look into things like this infographic and plenty more besides, if I wanted to learn how to be successful at buying and selling company shares from home:
Check out the latest Netflix share price