You can do some without leaving your couch.
With the unemployment rate on the rise and many jobs and salaries being affected by COVID-19, the workforce is filled with overqualified people looking for jobs to help make ends meet. Even pre-pandemic, many people were turning to gig economy jobs as an option for their side hustle. Forbes estimates that 36% of workers in the U.S. are doing one of these kinds of jobs in order to bring in some extra, or in some cases, main incomes.
What is a “gig economy” job exactly? The phrase refers to a freelance, short-term or temp job that you can do on your own schedule, usually to supplement your income without the commitment of a true part-time job. The flexibility is appealing, if you’ve got a slow week or two, you can work a lot, and on busier weeks or during crunch times, you can scale back. You can also pop on and off to most of these jobs without any kind of long-term commitment. Most often, these jobs tap into your existing skills. If you like kids, on-demand babysitting might be your jam. If you're really good at shopping, turn that into a marketable skill without leaving your couch.
Most of these websites or apps do require a bit of a vetting process and often a background check, but it's way less intensive and time-consuming than interviewing for jobs and trying to make a schedule work around kids or another job. With most of these websites, the amount you’ll make varies wildly on how much you work, the demand in your area or how much you charge.
If you're looking for a side hustle or two, these simple gig economy jobs work around your schedule and are relatively easy to jump into. Get started earning some extra cash ASAP...