8 Easy Ways To Make Some Extra Cash While Stuck At Home

We're currently living in an unprecedented time where many people are forced to cut down hours or leave their jobs entirely due to the coronavirus pandemic.

With many states implementing a curfew as well as a lockdown that only allows essential businesses to be open, you may be needing new ways to make some extra money while self-isolating at home.

We also have a list of companies hiring right now.

While you may not make thousands of dollars, we've gathered up ideas that will hopefully add a few bucks here and there to your bank account. The best part is, you can do it all while following guidelines and quarantining at home.

Sell Your Clothes

With spring officially sprung, there's no better time to do some spring cleaning than while you're isolating in your house. Not only will you organize your closet, you can make some money as well.

You can also sell shoes, tech gear, baby clothes and more — the options are endless!

How to: download Mercari (or another selling app), snap some pics and put a description of the item and list it.

Sell Toilet Paper Rolls

You're probably thinking, “wait, what?” but hear us out. Get some extra use out of all that toilet paper you bought and sell the empty cardboard rolls online. Many teachers, stay-at-home parents, and homeschoolers use them for crafts.

You can also do the same with paper towel rolls, buttons, scrap fabric, empty bottles and jars, and more.

How to: Set up an eBay account and get listing.

Take Surveys

This one will take some time to rack up money, but there are many websites out there that will pay you to take surveys. 

How to: check out this site to see the best sites to sign up for.

Shop Online

This sounds a little counterproductive but if you're shopping online for essentials, you might as well put some money back in your wallet.

How to: Sign up for Rakuten (there's also an app!) and download the extension to your browser to earn anywhere from 1% to 10%+ cash back at sites like Macy's, Postmates, Kohl's, QVC, Gap, KiwiCo, Lululemon, and more.

Become A Virtual Tutor

If you have a skill and extra time on your hands, you can sign up to tutor people anywhere in the world. With more students at home with schools being closed, there's sure to be a higher demand for online learning.

How to: Check out this site to apply to become an online tutor. You can also look at a list of other sites that hire virtual tutors as well.

Sell Your Art

Are your friends constantly telling you that you'd make money selling art? It's now easier than ever to make some extra money selling your creations. The upside is all you have to do is upload the work and the company takes care of shipping.

How to: Set up an account on Society6 and RedBubble and get creating!

Sell Your Crafts

With many stores closed, people around the world are flocking online to buy things that bring them joy. If you're a skilled knitter or have a Cricut machine on hand, you're just sitting on cash!

How to: Join Etsy and list your items and designs.

Grocery Shop For Others

While it's important to stay inside and self-isolate, there are sites that cater to grocery shopping for other people. Companies like InstaCart have announced tens of thousands additional shoppers to their company and may be looking for more workers to sign up and join the team.

How to: Check out companies like InstaCart to learn how you can become a shopper.

Sell Your Writing

Freelance writing is perfect for anyone who has a creative side. There are a plethora of companies looking for writers to work remotely and can pay anywhere from $10/story or more.

How to: Check out a site like Ed2010 to see available freelance writing opportunities. 

Film Videos

If you've ever wanted to start making YouTube videos, now's your chance to learn. While the platform is saturated with millions of videos, you never know who will come across yours. Think outside of the box when it comes to creating videos. How about a step-by-step tutorial on figuring out the puzzles you're working on? Or maybe you're a skilled musician and want to upload videos teaching others how to play their favorite songs.

To keep up to date on the latest news about the coronavirus and to understand what you need to stay safe and healthy, check out the Coronavirus: Fact vs Fiction podcast from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

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