The pandemic has changed the way we see and do things. And it’s evident that one of the areas it affected the most — aside from our health, of course — is how we work or make money.
As someone who’s been working from home for a decade now, I didn’t really need to transition as others did. The remote setup has worked incredibly well for me, and I don’t see myself going back to an office, corporate setting ever again.
But I know it’s not easy to find a job in any context. If you’re interested in trying out creative ways to make money online though, here are a few trusted ones.
Sell photos on stock websites
If you’re a shutterbug, you may want to try becoming a paid contributor to stock photo websites. There are so many websites to make money online with your images. Try the following:
Blogging is not as popular as it used to be but it’s still a valuable source of information to many people, especially those who are not really fond of watching videos (yes, these people exist). So if you have a way with words or enjoy telling stories in written form, you can try your hand at blogging. The turnaround isn’t fast, but if you want to and can stick to it and learn the ropes, you may find that it’s actually a viable source of income. Just look at Making Sense of Cents.
If you like making video content, though, there’s the option to make a vlog too. There are so many examples of people who have made a living out of creating video content. But, as you may have already assumed, it might take time. With knowledge and consistency, though, you may find that uploading videos is a good way to make money — and flex your creative muscles while you’re at it.
Love crafting? Sell your goodies online! Etsy is a popular destination for makers of all kinds. But in the Philippine setting, I’ve learned that Shopee is also a good venue to share and make money for crafts. If you want to try this out, make sure you check out my lessons about putting up an online shop.
If you’ve mastered a craft or you know you’re really, truly good at something and you can help others who want to be good in a particular area too, teaching classes may be for you. It’s not just for fitness or arts either — as long as you’re confident that the information you’ll share is incredibly valuable and not just rehashed from the Internet, go for it!
Get a side gig
Now, this can be anything as long as it’s fun for you. Do you code on the side? Have a knack for graphic design? Somebody somewhere needs help with something. If you happen to know how to do it, offer your service. Fiverr is a popular site for ‘selling gigs’. Another well-known platform to make money as a freelancer is Upwork. But there are so many more verified outlets — you just have to choose the right one for your needs.
Jorj is an editor by profession, a b/vlogger on weekends, and a wife to Yop and mom to Cadence always. She's powered by curiosity and is in the process of becoming her best self.