When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, countless companies were forced to suspend their operations, leaving many Filipinos stuck at home, or worse, without work. But taking this as an opportunity to push their resourcefulness and creativity, some were still able to make a living from the comforts of their quarters.
Even with the general community quarantine lifted somewhat, you can take inspiration from your resourceful peers to find a source of extra income that you can pursue alongside your day job — if your time and passions permit.
Here are six possible side hustles that can help you earn some extra income:
1. Online Stores
With most malls still operating at limited capacity, Filipinos have turned to online stores for their shopping needs. With eCommerce sales reaching an all-time high, it may be worthwhile to open your very own digital storefront.
Once you’ve ordered your inventory, all you have to do is take decent photos of your products, write engaging descriptions, and post them online – whether it’s on a Facebook page, an Instagram account or on your very own website. You can also invest in paid ads to reach more potential customers, or offer discounts and promos to encourage repeat purchases.
2. Freelance Services
Do you have any particular skills that are in high demand? You might make good money by hiring out those abilities on a freelance basis. Some popular niches include photography, writing, and bookkeeping, to name a few.
In most cases, you can find your first clients on online freelancing platforms like Upwork and GetCraft. After you’ve built up your portfolio and clientele, you can try pitching directly to companies to land higher-paying projects.
If you consider yourself an expert in certain subjects, you can earn money by becoming an online tutor. Popular subjects include English, Math, and Science, with most students ranging from young children to college undergraduates.
At a bare minimum, you’ll need a computer with a decent internet connection, a webcam, a noise-canceling headset, and a video conferencing app. To find clients, you can either join an online tutoring platform or go through job boards like OnlineJobs and Jobstreet.
Over the years, blogs have become a top source of information. So if you’re particularly passionate and knowledgeable about a specific topic, you could potentially earn a handsome profit by creating meaningful articles about it.
To begin, all you need is a reliable blogging platform, a domain name, and a content management system. As for monetizing your blog, you can display ads, accept sponsored posts, or promote products as an affiliate marketer, once you’ve populated your website with relevant content.
5. Social Media Management
Social media engagement has become a priority for more and more companies, but not all of them can find experienced people to manage their presence. If you know some basic graphic design, copywriting, and basic marketing skills, you could try your hand at becoming a social media manager.
Take note that this job entails more than just creating images, writing captions, and scheduling content. You’ll also need to stay updated on current trends and engage with customers regularly.
6. Home-Cooked Meal Deliveries
Because of the pandemic, most restaurants have closed down due to a lack of customers. It’s no wonder food delivery services have seen a huge spike in sales, and it looks like the demand for them won’t be going down anytime soon.
So take advantage of this while you can by starting your very own home-cooked meal delivery service. You can even go a step further by offering cakes, brownies, pies, and more for dessert. Social media groups like Let’s Eat Pare offer startup home chefs a platform for promoting their products.
These are just a few of the most popular ways to make money online throughout the pandemic. As long as you’re willing to put in the work, you’re sure to keep yourself and your loved ones afloat even during these trying times.