The economy has been completely shaken up by COVID-19, with millions of Americans losing their jobs and having to find alternate ways of making ends meet.
Since so many workplaces are closed or limited due to lockdown restrictions, more people than ever before are looking online to find ways to make extra money right from home.
Here, we’ve rounded up 10 of the best ways to make money online with the skills you have now.
Give an online course
One of the great things about the internet is how easily it allows us to share knowledge across borders. If you’re an expert in a particular subject or if there’s just something you think you can contribute to in your field, consider selling an online course.
Dozens of sites facilitate the process for you, like Skillshare, Udemy and Coursera, where you can create a course and upload the lesson videos and materials.
Depending on the site you go with, students can either buy your individual course or subscribe to the site and access all courses whenever they want. Most sites pay you per student, so the more popular your course gets, the more you’ll earn.
Start a blog
Another way you can share your knowledge with the world is with a blog dedicated to your area of expertise. Bloggers typically earn money by placing ads on the site.
The most popular way to do this is with Google AdSense — you decide where on the page you want the ads to appear and Google AdSense will match the content of your blog with advertisers looking for readers like yours.
Another way to make money blogging is by placing affiliate marketing links on your posts. With affiliate links, the URL has a unique code attached to it. When readers click on the link and make a purchase, you receive a commission.
Creating a blog doesn’t have to be difficult. Sites like WordPress, Squarespace and Wix can help you quickly create an attractive and easy-to-navigate website with integrated ads.
Sell your old clothes
Most of us have items in our closet that we’d like to get rid of, but throwing out an old dress or vintage pair of shoes may feel like a waste if it’s still in good condition. One great way of making some extra cash is to sell the items cluttering up your home.
For clothing, online thrift shops like thredUP, Poshmark and Depop can help you free up space and make a few bucks on the side at the same time. For most sites, you’ll take care of the selling and shipping …….