Right now we are living in a world of uncertainty and many local retail businesses and restruants have been whiped out, or at the very least hurt very badly.

And it’s not just the businesses that are being hurt, it’s all of their employees and staff as well. With this in mind, there are a ton of people looking for new and exciting ways to make money in their spare time while things get back to normal.

Here are some unique ideas to help you get started in the right direction.

Start Driving for Uber, Lyft or Postmates

Of the many different ways you can start making money in your spare time, some are definitely easier than others. And ride sharing programs are probably one of the easiest to get started with, while also being instantly rewarding as well.

And the good news is, if you don’t want to pick people up and listen to their conversations or potentially have to deal with Covid-19 issues, then UberEats or Postmates is perfect.

According to GigWorker, there are plenty of ways to boost your earnings as an Uber Eats driver. Such methods consist of limiting your work area so you can complete more jobs, try not to miss surge periods, and also learning how to get referral bonuses by inviting friends and family to the program.

With more people now staying home and ordering in, right now might just be the best time to establish yourself in the world of ridesharing and food delivery.

Launch a For Profit Blog

When looking to make money, many people are flocking to the internet. After all, not only is it completely changing the way we all live in the world today, it’s also changing how many people work and make money as well.

One industry that continues to keep on growing, is the blogging industry. This is mainly due to the free content management solution WordPress, which currently runs more than 30% of sites on the internet today.

Long story short, anyone can start a website or blog without the need for any previous site design, programming or writing skills. Then, should one build out their site enough with original and unique content, they can start exploring the many different ways to make money with a blog.

For some inspiration, take a look at these top bloggers that went from just starting sites about their personal interests, to now making millions of dollars since launching their sites!

And getting started with a website and blog of your own is super fast, low-cost and easy. Most web hosting solutions cost just a few dollars per month, and also have WordPress pre-installed for new customers.

Sell Stuff Around the Home or Learn to Flip Items

As mentioned earlier, more people are looking to make money in new and creative ways they might not have considered before. Two interesting ways to get started is to simply start selling unwanted items you already have in your home, or discovering the exciting world of ‘flipping’, where you can buy products online and then sell them for more online.

Both of these are quite easy to get started with, but the selling of items in your home is definitely the easiest of the two — and it also won’t cost you anything. To get started, simply take some pics of items you want to sell, and then list them on eBay or Facebook Marketplace.

If you’d like to learn more about flipping, Gary Vaynerchuk wrote about this in detail here.

Freelance Writing in Your Spare Time

While the world of offline business continues to struggle, the world of online marketing and content creation is just getting busier and more active than ever before.

This means more businesses and sites need new content for their sites and blogs, and with such demand, comes a massive outpouring of money to the freelance writing community.

What’s interesting about the world of freelancing, is that the marketplaces and platforms are already just waiting there for you. And you don’t need to be an English major to get started. Freelancers are available and paid based on their skills and expertise–which means anyone can get started, no matter their previous experience or expertise.

Through the use of sites like TextBroker, iWriter and others, freelance writers can get started by building a profile and putting themselves out there to start getting new work. Prove your worth and you might see your side hustle as a freelancer quickly evolve into something much more!

Making Extra Money in Your Spare Time

We’ve only highlighted just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the many different ways to make money in your spare time. The good news with each of the ones we pointed out, is that you don’t need to put up any expensive startup costs or have advanced education to get started.

Some of these opportunities will start making you money right away, while others will take more patience and time. Analyze each of the opportunities in this list and see which might be best for you and your needs.

By zacjohnson

Zac Johnson is an entrepreneur with more than 20 years of online marketing and business experience. Follow his blogs at ZacJohnson.com and Blogging.org.