Given the current pandemic, you may be considering side work or a profession that you can do from home. The Gig Life has some suggestions that may help you on your journey.
For the Math Wiz
For jobs that are generally in demand and are perfect for people who are mathematically inclined, I think of accountants or CPAs. If you only want seasonal work, there are often companies that hire independent contractors during tax time in the first 4-6 months of the year, or you could offer services or ask for referrals from friends and family members to get started. For either of these, you will likely need training or certification before you begin.
Some families are struggling between their work schedules and finding time to support remote learning and they may need an extra hand with some subjects. Video conferences are a great medium for tutoring, particularly in an age where much of what our students do in online or on a device. Try reaching out on social media or online neighborhood message boards to advertise tutoring on your skill-level. Most tutors charge an hourly rate and you can schedule as much or as little as your availability allows.
For the Creative Soul
Creatives have a lot of options when it comes to working from home. If you are a crafter and you have not explored using some of the online platforms like eBay and Etsy, you are missing out! eBay has an estimated audience of 182 million and Etsy estimates they have 45.7 million. Whether you knit hats, or make custom dolls, there is a market for you on these platforms.
If you paint, draw or are a digital artist, there is also a market for you. Sites like Fiverr and Upwork are great places for new or emerging artists to find work. Customers are looking for logos, animations and fresh imagery for websites and other media. Newer artists may not be able to charge as much as someone who is more experienced, but it is a great way to earn some income, hone skills and make some money along the way.
For the Tech Genius
For developers, chances are you are already perfectly suited to work from home. When it comes to development jobs, there are multitudes of work-from-home consulting gigs available on career and freelance sites. The trick on these sites is to stand out from the competition. Read the descriptions of the listings you are interested in and compare them to your resume. Make sure you are only including skill sets you have comfort or adequate experience in. You should also look at your profile on the sites to make sure you have filled out as much as you can to ensure you have a complete profile and that it reads as strong and confident if there is a place for a bio or freeform text. If your profile looks a bit too light, you may be passed up for others that are more robust.
Are you someone that keeps up with the latest gadgets and tech and loves to tell everyone about it? Maybe you could try your hand at a blog or video reviews. On YouTube and Facebook, you can monetize when you grow your audience enough. On a blog, you can have ads that can help you earn income based on your site visits. Both can be done from the comfort of your home with little more than a computer or a smart phone.