Most college students have been stuck at home with the rest of us. Even with much of the country reopening in phases, most colleges are taking a wait and see approach, with many forgoing in person classes altogether and opting to continue education with remote learning.
So some go-to-choices college kids used to do to make ends meet or get a little extra spending money from (ride sharing driver, tour guide, event planning) aren’t feasible in this new normal. What’s an enterprising young person to do? Start a new (virtual) side hustle, of course.
So forget about couch surfing Netflix NFLX , try looking into these worthy choices:
The answer to what you should do is literally at your fingertips on your laptop. It’s where you probably go every day to purchase items for yourself or your home. That’s right, it’s Amazon.
If you go to Amazon you can research very quickly what items are selling, trending and why. How? Check out their ‘Best Sellers’ list to see what everyone around you is snapping up, so you can find fodder with which to build your own home-based business.
Here is a snapshot of a few options to try:
Esty shops are up and running and if you have an artistic side, now is the time to explore that by starting a business. Perhaps you can design masks or clothing. What about designing or creating hand-crafted items like candles, signs to put above a baby’s crib, t-shirts with memes you’ve created, or mugs with provocative sayings? See what items are sold out on Amazon and use that to fill the gap in the marketplace.
Build a Yoga or Meditation Practice
Sure people are working out their bodies with free gym Zoom calls or live streams, but let’s also not forget the stress on our minds with these experiences. If you already have a big Instagram or social media following, now is the time to maximize that. The best news is that you don’t need to invest in equipment besides a great headset. Start with a few free intro sessions. After you build a following, you can monetize it by offering special targeted or weekly sessions and ask for donations. You can find out what your audience craves and monetize it with specialized classes. Soon you will be on your way. Namaste.
Freelance Your Creative Side
There are myriad freelance jobs you can do from home and continue when you get back into your college dorm. If you sign up for Upwork, Fiverr or Freelancer, there are opportunities to do blogging, copywriting, graphic work, logo design, or social media management.
Invest, Don’t Divest
If you are savvy about money, why not take that skill to another level by becoming an investor? You can bone up on the markets, and then take your pick from stocks, funds, bonds, gold and silver, or trading foreign currency. Try trading on the Forex market to start since the required investment to start trading is low, it has low transaction costs, you can follow the activity of experienced traders and the market is open 24/7. E-Tradeis another great option for beginners.
Get A Gig As A Delivery Driver
Although most restaurants haven’t opened up, and many will probably close because of the pandemic, curbside pickups are becoming a popular alternative to cooking at home. If you have your own car, you can get a part-time job running the lunch or dinner hour shifts for Uber Eats or Doordash. You can even deliver groceries for Instacart or Postmates. The good news: you don’t have to deal with people in your car, and their germs—just the food, and most times you can pick up and deliver it in a contact-free manner.
What are you waiting for? Get extra cash with a great new gig while you are social distancing. It’ll be a start to a side hustle that you can continue long after the pandemic is over.
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