Office workers are suddenly out of the 9-to-5 grind as companies follow social distancing guidelines during COVID-19. Many employers have allowed office employees to create home offices, but others have shut down completely, leaving office workers off the clock.
Office workers can still make money from home during COVID-19. Administrative support is needed in nearly all industries. All companies have been forced to quickly adapt to technology-based communication and logistics. Your skillset could be more in demand than ever.
If the coronavirus has forced you out of office work, check out Benzinga’s guide for ways to make money from home.
1. Tutor Remotely
Most office workers are already accustomed to video conferencing and business via email or chat. If you’ve got a bachelor’s degree, you could play off your technological communication skills and become an online English teacher for VIPKid.
VIPKid is a global English immersion program that primarily focuses on students in China. It’s an English-immersion curriculum so you don’t need to know any Chinese to sign on.
Teachers make up to $22 per hour and all the lesson plans are provided for you. The company streams more than 5,000,000 classes each month and employs more than 100,000 teachers for 700,000 students. Teaching sessions are always 1-on-1, so you won’t feel any of the pressure to manage a full classroom of students.
Sign up for a 6-month minimum to start. You can work as many or as few hours as you wish each month. VIPKid requires you to be eligible to work in the U.S. or Canada.
2. Deliver Groceries and More
Office work can be extremely task-based — set your goals in motion and start getting things done. If you’re missing that to-do list, check out Shipt. As a shopper, you can tackle other people’s lists and provide a necessary service during COVID-19.
Shipt, an online service, allows clients to enter a shopping list for local and national retailers and pay for same-day delivery. Shipt offers more than just groceries — clients can ask for a Target run, Costco haul or CVS pick up.
Experienced Shipt shoppers make an average of $22 per hour. Paychecks are delivered every week. You can choose your own hours with complete flexibility — you can work part-time or full-time.
To get started, apply on Shipt’s website and go through the interview process. Once you’re approved, download the app and get to work.
You must be at least 18 years old and eligible to work in the U.S. Regular access to a reliable vehicle — 1997 or newer — is a must, and you should be able to lift 40 pounds. Shipt also requires you to have an iPhone (iOS 10 or newer) or Android (5.1 or newer) smartphone.
3. Sell Your Old Stuff
Some employees who work in admin were born to organize. If you fit that profile, maybe it’s time to sort and organize your home. You can make some spending money by selling old media with Decluttr.
Decluttr buys your old tech like phones, computers, CDs and video game systems. It’s so easy you could do it today. Download the app or visit Decluttr’s website to sign up. Then find a few items to sell and get a free instant valuation by searching the product through the website or app.
That valuation is locked in for 28 days. Decluttr will send its Welcome Pack with a free shipping label. Box up your items and send them to Decluttr. Once your products are received, you’ll receive automatic payment through PayPal, direct deposit or a hard copy check in the mail. You can even donate your proceeds directly to your favorite charity.
Send at least 10 media items or 1 tech item and your total valuation must be at least $5. For the best experience, Decluttr recommends using its free app.
4. Get in Touch with a Financial Advisor
Office workers are accustomed to the security of employer benefits like a 401(k), PTO, health benefits and predictable hours and pay. If you find yourself on unemployment, it’s important to do financial planning to survive the financial impact of COVID-19. Take a look at SmartAsset if you need tools or even a recommended financial planner to navigate your future.
SmartAsset is a financial tech company that aims to provide the best personal finance advice on the web. You can enter your ZIP code on the homepage to get connected with up to 3 already-vetted financial advisors. Then schedule an in-person appointment through SmartAsset.
Not ready for a financial planner? The site also offers free and personalized tools to help guide your decision making. Its automated financial modeling technology simulates how decisions affect you financially. Take a look at the home affordability calculator, tax return calculator or the 401(k) calculator to see if the site can help you look at your finances from a different angle.
5. Trade Stocks
Online brokers have streamlined stock trading systems to get your account active in minutes. All you have to do is add a little money, search the companies you want to invest in and go! (Of course, it’s important for you to do some research first.)
AMCI Acquisition Corp. – Warrant
Allegro Merger Corp. – Right
Allegro Merger Corp. – Warrant
Medigus Ltd. – Series C Warrant
If you’re completely new to trading stocks, note that the 2 most common order types are market and limit — play it safe and choose limit. You’ll never pay more than what you enter, and you’ll never sell for less.
Browse some online courses to learn more about trading stocks before you dive in.
6. Tap into Your Skills
The emotions that come with being out of work can make you forget what you really bring to the table. Administrative skills are necessary across the board, and you have something to offer nearly any company.
Businesses have rushed to create online storefronts without any support. You could jump in to build websites or manage online businesses.
Communication skills, whether by video, phone, chat, text or social media, are more necessary than ever. Companies and small businesses that have lost their usual customers may need someone to help them build a new market.
For example, local farmers who source food products to restaurants may have found themselves with refrigerators and freezers full of produce or meat. Someone like you can help them find new connections, which requires communication on all platforms.
Make Money Now
COVID-19 might have temporarily paused your weekly grind, but you can still make money from home today.
Use technology to connect with the services people need during this pandemic or join those who are going above and beyond to support small businesses. You can work out a plan to help businesses build a new base while maintaining your social distance to work safely.
Right now, it can be hard to imagine, but COVID-19 will pass. Stay on top of the world’s reaction with our live updates. You can also check out our posts sharing good news about the progress to fight against the virus. Benzinga will keep you informed until you can get back to the office.
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