When it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic we are all in this together. It seems like everyone is struggling in one way of another. We are all feeling lonely and stressed in some way. One of the biggest things people are struggling with is having no way to make money. People have lost their livelihood and are truly struggling to support themselves. Getting jobs is harder than ever and even if you find a job you have to put your health at rise. Here are 10 ways college students can make money during COVID-19 with no contact, some contact, and full contact.
1. Babysit local families.
Babysitting is a great way to make money! This money making tactic is especially nice during the pandemic because it has limited contact, but also allows you the opportunity to be around other people. We have all been lonely, so it is nice to have any outlet for them. Many towns have a Facebook group specifically for babysitting, so make sure to check that out. If not you can use some networking to ask around and see if anyone needs a sitter. Moms have been stuck inside alone with their kids and they need a break!
2. Do some freelance writing.
There are a ton of places online to submit freelance writing! A quick Google search will open the world to freelance writing! There are people out there who want to hear what you have to say and they will pay you to hear it! It is a super cool way for aspiring writers to get published and get paid for it. It may take some time to find someone to hire you, but don’t give up!
3. Remote internships all over the world.
Right now many companies are not having in person employment opportunities. Websites such as LinkedIn and Indeed have tons of job postings right now for remote employment. If you go to any job search platform and search remote internships you will have many options in many different job fields. This is also a good method to further your career while there isn’t much else to do. This is a great option for motivated individuals.
4. Food delivery driving.
There are a ton of ways to make money by delivering food. Door Dash, Postmates, and Uber Eats are super easy services to sign up with and learn how to use. You can make over $10 an hour on these platforms and deposit your money to your bank account immediately. The other way to do this is to work for restaurants in your area. This is an easy way to make money and you can create your own schedule.
5. Take online surveys.
Websites like SurveyJunkie will pay you just for taking surveys. This is one of the easiest things you will ever be able do to make money. It is not the highest paying work, but it is a good way to pass the time while we are stuck at home, It is super easy and you can do it at home while watching tv. It has no set hours, so you can just do it in your free time or whenever you are bored. SurveyJunkie pays you instantly, so it is literally like instant gratification. It is super easy to do and is something people struggling to make money cannot overlook.
6. Invest in the stock market.
The stock market is intimidating to many people, but it doesn’t have to be! There are many blogs and resources to get insight on how to invest. Apps like Cash App help you track trends and is an easy way for beginners to get involved in the market. For these apps you only need $1 to invest, so it is not too risky to start out.
7. Use apps that pay you to walk.
One of the best ways to be productive during quarantine is to exercise. Apps such as Achievement or Sweat Coin pay you for each step you take. These apps do take a long time to make a small amount of money, but it doesn’t hurt to have them running in the background.
8. For the promiscuous people out there … Get a sugar daddy.
This is the 21st century and it is okay for women to capitalize on their body! Women have been sexualized for as long as humans have existed, so use that to your advantage. Having a sugar daddy also does not have to have anything with your body at all if you don’t want it to. You can make a ton of money this way, but it can be difficult to find something that is a good fit for you. There are so many different ways to do this and so many websites like Seeking Arrangements and My Girl Fund that provide different ways to make money. It is really about finding something good for you. Always be safe and be honest with yourself and the people you talk to about what your limits are. Never compromise yourself. If this one isn’t for you, try something else on the list. This one isn’t for everyone and that’s okay!
9. Sell your old stuff online.
Take the time to clean your house out during quarantine. Everybody has old clothes or electronics laying around their house, so get rid of them! Facebook marketplace and Letgo are a very public platform to sell your things. One mans trash is another mans treasure!
10. If all else fails, take out a loan.
Although these are all good ways to make money, they may not be good enough methods to sustain the financial obligations of some people and their family. Taking out a loan is not an ideal option, but it will be able to get you through this difficult time without having to worry how you will pay your bills or where your next meal is coming from. There are a ton of loan options right now as well as debt forgiveness options. If you truly need money quick to keep yourself afloat, taking out a loan in combination with some of the other tips will help you make it through this difficult time.
How have you made money during the COVID-19 pandemic? Have you tried any of our tips? Let us know!
My name is Kayleigh Hughes and I am a senior at the University of Arkansas majoring in Communication. I'm just a 20-something college student trying to figure everything out like everybody else. I love to travel, sing, and adventure. I'm just here trying to do everything that makes me happy.