How to make extra money during the coronavirus lockdown
Lockdown restrictions have started to ease, but life has yet to return to normal. Many people spend a lot more time at home and are looking for ways to increase their income during these hectic times.
From renting your driveway to proofreading documents, these are some of the best and easiest ways to make extra cash without going out your front door.
1. Rent your driveway
More and more people are abandoning public transport for the safety of their own cars, but many find that their office parking lots cannot keep up with the additional demand.
You could earn money by offering your empty driveway as a parking space for those who work near you. There are a number of apps and websites that connect people with unused drives with those who need a parking spot, including Kerb, JustPark, and Stashbee.
Most allow you to set your own price, although some companies will accept a discount. The monthly price for renting a parking space in London can be £ 300 or more.
2. Lend your car
If you think you won’t need a lot of driving during the lockdown, you can gift your car to workers who want to avoid public transport.
A car loan app, Turo, calculates that its users earn more than £ 500 per month by renting their cars. Other companies that let you do the same include Getaround and Hiyacar.
No need for contact: drivers can book, locate and unlock your car through the apps. Borrowers should take before and after photos of the car to make sure any damage is documented.
3. Online tutoring
Online tutors are in great demand among parents who want to help with home schooling for their children. One website, Tutorful, estimates that you can make between £ 20 and £ 30 an hour by signing up to its platform. Posts on job boards offer more than £ 50 an hour for specialist tutors. If you are using an online tutoring agency, you will likely need to pay a fee.
You can offer your services in any number of subjects and many do not require any teaching qualifications. Postings often require availability in the evenings and weekends, so you can adapt it to your other job.
4. Become a virtual assistant
Get paid to help businesses schedule social media posts, sort files, and prepare mailing lists. According to Adzuna, an online job site, a virtual assistant is one of the second highest paying jobs, paying almost £ 16 an hour on average.
Many positions only require part-time hours, making it easy to organize them according to your main job.