Coronavirus has hit and quite honestly feels a little like Armageddon! Much of the world is in lockdown with many people self-isolating. While there are things you can do to stem the spread of the virus, you can’t change the fact that it’s here. Maybe it means you can’t get out to work, see your friends, or engage in normal social activities. So how can we make the most of this extra time? Lockdown or self-isolation in pre-internet times would have been wildly different than it is today. So why not try out some of these ways you can make money online during a lockdown?
I love the idea of diversifying my income streams. Then even if I’m told to take unpaid leave (and I work in a job running communication groups for over 70s so believe me, I’m worried!!) or even face temporary redundancy, I have other things going on.
How can you make money online when in a lockdown?
Many of these ways to make money online in a lockdown can be easily set up even while you’re barred from all social contact, but the dream is that they will continue to make you money in years to come!
Even if you don’t make instant money from anything on this list, it feels a lot better to have something to work on and build with the potential of making money from it one day, right? I also absolutely love the idea of passive income! Who doesn’t?
The flexibility and self-autonomy of working from home is also extremely attractive. But if you’re anything like me, motivation to actually achieve what you want can be a struggle.
So why not use the spare time and social isolation to give it a good shot?
These 11 ways to make money online are all things I’ve dabbled in with varying success over the past few years.
But I’ve now suddenly found myself with extra time to continue to work at and build these streams of income- why not join me?
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1. Make and Sell Digital Products
The idea of making and selling digital products grabbed my attention immediately.
I had previously explored setting up a FBA business (see number 8) but I loved how low risk digital products are. There are no overheads, minimal costs to make them, no storage, no packaging or postage, and instant delivery! You can also update and re-do these products so easily.
I’m in love with Canva Pro and use it all for all my designs. They have amazing templates that you can work from, a pile of photos and very cool fonts and features. Try Canva Pro free for 30 days with this link!
I’m a Speech and Language Therapist and have a lot of experience working in schools and creating my own resources. I love to create educational resources for teachers (especially speechie ones!) and sell them through Teachers Pay Teachers.
I enjoy creating worksheets and powerpoints. Some other popular digital products you can make include: calendars, planners, organisers, informational documents, guides and templates.
Have a look at Easy Digital Download’s post on the 12 most popular digital products you can sell online.
2. Sell Your Digital Designs on Physical Products
Similarly to selling your own digital products, you can also sell your designs that have been placed onto physical products. Sounds complicated, right? Well, believe it or not, it absolutely isn’t! There are companies who will handle all of the printing, packaging, and deliveries for you.
One good option is to use a company such as Merch by Amazon. You do need to request an invitation but you don’t need design experience to be accepted. I was accepted on my first try and then figured it out as I went along. You could also use sites such as Redbubble.
In a nutshell, this is how I sell on Merch by Amazon:
- Request an invitation
- Design your artwork- I use Canva Pro for this. Click create a design then use ‘custom dimension’ of 4167 x 5000. I use Pixabay or Unsplash to download images totally for free. Download the largest size of the image and tick ‘transparent background’ which is only available on the pro version. This stops your image showing up on a white square.
- Resize your image– it needs to be 4500 x 5400 to be able to be uploaded onto Merch. You must make sure you have ticked ‘keep aspect ratio.’
- Upload your artwork to Merch- choose the options you want. It will let you know your royalty based on the price. Then write a great description with keywords.
- Market your shirts
A second option is to start your own Etsy Shop selling your digital designs on physical products. I created an account with both Printify and Printful and synced them both with my Etsy Shop. I pick and choose based on their product options and pricing.
As in the steps above for creating my artwork, I use Canva Pro to create designs- the ‘transparent background’ feature is needed at the download stage. I absolutely love creating products for my Etsy Store!
It wasn’t an instant success by any stretch but I love having something that I can continue to build (especially as I learn about marketing!)
3. Write an Ebook
Ebooks come in all shapes and sizes these days. You can publish the novel you’ve been working on for years, or you can publish a short story, a how-to book, or even just a leaflet.
I use this easy guide to format my ebooks.
Then you simply upload your manuscript to Kindle Direct Publishing. They also have lovely templates if you also want to offer a paper copy of your book.
Publisher Rocket is the best tool available to help you to stand out from the crowd when self-publishing. This tool helps you to select the perfect categories and keywords that will help to get your book seen and also to market your book really well. This is such a fantastic tool simply because there is such fierce competition in the eBook platform; publishing an eBook is just so easy and accessible that anyone can (and does) do it for themselves.
4. Write Articles
If you love writing, writing for magazines is a great option whether you want a little extra income or to build up to a full time career.
Check out Elna Cain’s Giant List of Magazines that Pay Writers for publications to approach. She also gives great advice in how to approach editors and successfully pitch your idea.
5. Do Online Surveys
Online Surveys will not become a passive income stream, but if you have a little extra time (or you’re in lockdown like me), they can be an easy way to make some extra money online.
My favorite is Survey Club– there is no registration fee, and you get paid real money to give your opinion.
- They connect you with the best available paid research opportunities in your area.
- Earn cash for participating in online surveys, private panels, focus groups, clinical trials, in-home usage tests, online bulletin boards, taste tests, and mystery shopping studies.
If you need the extra cash, Survey Club can be a no-brainer. Try it out- be heard to start making extra money.
6. Use Fiverr
Fiverr is one of the most flexible platforms for you to set up a gig and hire yourself out. If you are a designer, writer, developer, editor, musician, marketer, or something in between, then Fiverr could be an amazing opportunity for you!
I’ve never used it to offer gigs, but I’ve used services from Fiverr many many times and truly believe that I could not have built my blog without it. It’s also amazing for graphics such as logos or even book covers if you’ve decided to self publish an ebook.
The gig is as specific as you want it to be and the price is what you make it. If your name becomes known you could become incredibly successful!
If you have a skill to offer, I’d highly encourage you trying this one out.
7. Teach English Online
If you are fluent in English and have a bachelor’s degree (even if it isn’t in education!) then you may be able to look into teaching English online.
This isn’t as daunting as it sounds. Most (if not all) companies will provide the slides and teaching materials and the platform to enrol students. All you have to do is follow along! Rates in this work are variable, but it can be well worth looking into, especially if you already have some experience.
Still interested? Have a read at Teachaway’s list of 8 amazing companies that let you teach English from home.
8. Start a FBA Business
FBA stands for Fulfilled by Amazon- the idea is that you would choose a product (either from clearance or a stockist), set a price higher than what you paid for it. You can then ship it off to Amazon and set up your product on Amazon Seller’s Central. Amazon will handle postage and packaging. Amazing!
Amazon are global giants in online retail, and it really isn’t that difficult to get in on the action.
There are amazing success stories of people who have set up an online store with Amazon and made an incredible amount of money. However, it’s not always as plain sailing as it seems.
These success stories and the ease of access means that Amazon is like a jungle- it can be difficult to be seen and to promote your product.
This is one to do your research on! You will need to pick the right product, balance your prices to ensure you are happy with your profit margins, and have a solid plan to market your product.
If you want to find out more about this option, it could be worth signing up for this Free Amazon FBA Starter Course.
9. Become a Virtual Assistant
If you are super organised and have strong administrative skills then becoming a virtual assistant could be perfect for you. This is a job that’s highly flexible with lots of choice- jobs can range from days to months.
VA Ninja is a very cool training course on how to work as a Virtual Assistant. It’s highly recommended so you understand the role and get great advice on how you can get started.
10. Create a Course
When someone first suggested creating an online course, I had an immediate case of Imposter Syndrome and felt massively intimidated by the thought. Since then I have read a lot more about it.
You don’t have to be the top expert in your field, but most people are ‘expert’ in something, whether through study or hard earned experience.
If you’re ready to share your knowledge in Pinterest Marketing, Seasonal Gardening, Living a Vegan Lifestyle, or whatever you’d like to share, head to Teachable. Here you can create audio, video, powerpoint, and any resources you need for your course.
Once it is ready, you simply name your price and hit publish!
11. Start a Blog
I’ve absolutely loved starting my own blog. It has allowed me to connect the dots between the other things I’ve been working on such as my Etsy Shop, my Ebook, and my products on Teachers Pay Teachers.
Having a blog provides a fantastic opportunity to show my expertise in areas I write about such as language development and to network with other bloggers and business owners. A blog gives a ‘home’.
If you’re planning to try out some of the steps above, ask yourself if a blog could work as a platform to promote yourself and show the world what you’ve got.
There are so many ‘how to’ guides when starting a blog. I like Blog Tyrant’s Beginner Guide for Starting a Blog.
And that’s it!
So, that’s it! I hope you enjoyed my roundup of ways to make money online when you’re in lockdown. If you’re like me with unexpected extra time on your hands, see it as an opportunity to explore ways to diversify your streams of income, and to ultimately make passive income.
Not everything is an instant success but with work and enthusiasm you can give any of these options a good go and use the lockdown to make even a little extra money online! At the very least, it will be a new experience and you’ll learn a lot of valuable lessons!
One of the biggest things to remember is that the internet is like a jungle. It can be so hard to get anyone to even see the products you’ve poured your heart into creating.
That’s why marketing and networking is just as crucial as the product itself. Grab this Simple Social Media Strategy Freebie to help out with networking and social media.
If you have ever tried any of these ways to make money online, or if you’re in lockdown and feeling inspired to try out an online business, leave me a comment and let me know.
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Thanks for reading!