Side Hustles You Can Do From Home

By Jackie Lam
March 20, 2020

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In the past week, we’ve all had to adjust our lives. For most of us, this means we’re spending the majority of our time at home. 

And, if you’re looking for new ways to earn money while you’re in the house, there are lots of options that you may not know about. 

Take a look at 8 side hustles you can do from home.

1. Be a virtual tutor

Wondering how to make money online? Consider becoming an online tutor. With schools shut down and kids at home for the time being, parents may be eager to find productive activities for their kidlets. 

So, brush up on your math, science, or English skills to be an online tutor, or help students with their homework. If you have relevant experience or a background in education, you can apply to be a tutor on sites such as  Skooli, TutorMe and Chegg

And teaching online goes beyond instructing kids. Got a skill or talent? You can use this time to create a course and teach others on e-learning platforms such as Udemy, Coursera or Skillshare. You can teach anything from writing and photography, to personal development and fitness. 

2. Sign up to be a virtual assistant 

A virtual assistant has been a job that has been on the rise for the last few years. To date, there are a bunch of virtual assistant (or VA) listings on sites like Upwork,, and PeoplePerHour.

Virtual assistants can do a spate of tasks for business owners – from research, to sending invoices, to answering emails, to setting up appointments, to transcribing interviews. Some virtual assistants go beyond the role of an assistant and are project managers or online digital marketing assistants. And if you go that route, you can expect to charge higher rates. 

According to Comparably, you can make an annual salary of about $35,000 a year as a virtual assistant. Because some companies hire virtual assistants part-time, this is something you can do as a side hustle.    

3. Take paid surveys

Companies value your opinions on different services and products. So, if you’re home now, why not partake in paid online surveys? You can do this on sites like Swagbucks, Survey Junkie and InboxDollars.

While it’s easy to sign up to take these surveys, don’t expect to get paid a ton of money. The majority of surveys you qualify for might offer you fifty cents, others a few bucks. Some of these sites average $1 an hour. What’s more, some sites have a minimum number of points you need to rack up before you can cash out.

That being said, if you want to earn a couple bucks here and there, it’s an easy side hustle to do in-between web-browsing and Netflix-binging. 

4. Sell stuff online

While you’re holed up at home, what better time than now to take an inventory of your belongings to see what you can get rid of? 

Take this time to go through your closet, your garage, your basement, and any other storage areas in your home. Gather up all the stuff that is adding clutter to your shelves, and get ready to sell it

Case in point: My friend Sarah Li Cain made a few hundred bucks selling her Pez collection. She no longer used it so why not make some money? 

You can try selling things on eBay, Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace. Or, try out platforms like Letgo and OfferUp.

5. Be a remote rent-a-friend

Yes, this is a real thing and I’ve done it. 

While you can accompany someone out, you can also be a remote buddy – especially at a time like this. People who are stuck at home alone and want some company may be willing to pay you to talk to them for a bit. You can even get creative and offer something silly and fun, like astrological readings, or engage in a craft activity while Skyping. 

There are no standard rates posted on sites like RentAFriend. Instead, your going rate and mode of payment is agreed upon between you and the friend-renter outside the platform. 

6. Host a gathering or class online 

With shelter-in-place orders in place in many U.S. cities, people are bound to go stir-crazy.

So, think of ways you can host a virtual event or class. For instance, offer a helpful webinar on how to make the most out of the food in your pantry, or a class on how to stay fit and mindful while self-isolating.

For inspiration, look to a handful of fitness and exercise studios which are offering online classes. Some of those include Orangetheory Fitness and Pretzel Kids yoga, which offers yoga classes for kids. Both companies now offer online classes or virtual workouts. 

Another idea: Host an online event that’s entertaining, such as a stay-in-your-home dance session or karaoke party on Twitch. In exchange for your organizing efforts, you could set up a method for online payment, or ask participants to make a small donation. Not only can it help bring in a bit of income, but it can help others stay sane and connected during long periods of self-isolation.

7. Transcribe interviews

Transcription services such as hire remote workers to transcribe interviews, videos, and academic research. How much can you make? It depends on how much time you put in. 

But, according to, the average transcriptionist makes $156 a month. 

8. Create a Patreon account 

If you’re an artist or freelancing creative — think writer, designer, or YouTuber — consider creating a Patreon membership business so that your audience can subscribe. In exchange, you’ll make exclusive content such as videos, art, or articles that only your patrons will have access to. 

You 👏 Got 👏This 👏

If you find yourself home and your income has changed, use this opportunity to consider new ways to earn money.

For inspiration, look to the 8 ideas on this list. Or, see what you can come up with on your own, and get creative. You never know: your new earnings opportunity may turn into a long-term boost to your income. 

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Jackie Lam is an L.A.-based financial writer whose clients include Fortune 500 companies and FinTech startups. Her work has appeared in Forbes, Business Insider, and GOOD.

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