Whether you’re looking for work that you can do on your own terms due to COVID-19 lockdown, or want an additional way to make money on top of your regular job, it’s always nice to have something in place to turn to as and when you need to make some extra cash.
There are plenty of self-employed gigs and jobs on offer that you can sign up to do for some extra money when you need it, but you’re in control, so you get to decide which days you want to work and how long for. Here are some self-employed and freelance gigs that almost anybody can do.
Delivery Rider or Driver
As food delivery apps like Deliveroo and Uber Eats become increasingly popular, you can bet that restaurants in your area are going to need drivers and riders ready to pick up food and deliver them to customers on a daily basis. This can be a great job to take on during the current COVID-19 lockdown, since more people are ordering food in with restaurants closed, and you don’t have to come into contact with anybody – just leave the food at the door.
You can deliver if you have a bicycle, or use your car if you have one. If you do decide to use your car for making deliveries, though, you’ll need to make sure that you’re covered with the right insurance. Regular car insurance doesn’t cover you for any journeys you make while serving as a courier, so you’ll need to take out courier insurance.
If you’d rather find a self-employed gig that you can do from the comfort of your home, then all you need is a laptop or computer and a good Wi-Fi connection to work as a virtual assistant. You might have a range of different clients or work exclusively for one company on a freelance basis. This is a good option for anybody who has admin experience since virtual assistants tend to be passed admin tasks that business owners and managers don’t have time to do, like organising emails, writing letters, updating spreadsheets and managing social media accounts.
If you’re good with words, then you can make a nice amount of money on the side by writing articles, blog posts, social media updates, website content, sales letters and more. If you have sales experience and can write, your services are going to be in demand for writing persuasive marketing emails and landing page content. Many businesses don’t hire somebody in-house to produce their online content, so get in touch with different companies and find one who’s in need of your services. It can help to start your own blog, which you can use as a portfolio and show off your skills to potential clients. Having a way to make a little money on the side as and when you need it is always useful. And in today’s gig economy, it’s never been easier to get your side hustle up and running.
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