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5 Profitable Side Hustles For Extra Earnings During Lockdown

By Shobha Sapra

Updated - April 21, 2020 3 min read

With human mobility strictly restricted, along with most important tasks on a mandatory hiatus, the ongoing Coronavirus lockdown has led to a number of unprecedented situations for different people across the nation. For some of us more privileged ones, this translates to finding things to do and developing new hobbies to keep ourselves busy and productive. But for some not-so-fortunate ones, the lockdown has led to the unforeseen loss of regular sources of income. 



Nevertheless, financial uncertainty and instability are likely to be encountered by most of the population, if not now, then in the near future. But what if, you were to take the notion of "time is currency" literally? Because in the case of the Coronavirus lockdown, your surplus time, if utilised with careful deliberation, can open up new sources of earnings for you. You can use your free time to either develop existing personal and professional skills which you can use eventually to earn money, or find profitable ways of employing your existing skillset. 


And on that note, here's is a list of 5 part-time hustles you can take up during the Coronavirus lockdown, to increase your regular earnings. 


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1. Master A Language Or Help Someone Learn One 

You can scour the world wide web for free introductory courses to languages you've always been interested in. Similarly, you'll also find materials and documents that can help you understand the basics of a new language. There exist a number of apps like Duolingo and Hellotalk which you can install on your phone to learn new languages on the go, free of cost. Either by quickly mastering the language of your choice, or if there is a language that you're already proficient in, you can offer virtual classes to people on the Internet. Language experts are always in demand, so you can consider taking this up as a relied upon parttime source of income. 


2. Offer Professional Translation Services Online 

The requirement for translation work is a continual one, and you can easily spot listings by people online, who are seeking a translator on an urgent and paid basis. The rate of payment is usually dependent on the precise work and the person offering the gig, but rest assured, you can earn a substantial amount of money by providing regular translation services. Your biggest advantage for this parttime way to earn money would be expertise in a unique language, but you can also offer to translate English work to any regional language you're proficient in. 


3. Produce Creative Content  

If you have a knack for creativity and producing original content, you can tinker with content writing, scriptwriting or graphic designing. There is a wide array of freelancing websites that act as the bridging point between people seeking work, and people seeking workers. Scan these websites, and look for gigs that are close to your existing skills. From writing stories for children to designing book covers, there are a number of creative gigs you can take up for parttime earnings. 



4. Start A Blog 

First things first, you don't necessarily need to be a brilliant writer to start your own blog. In fact, you don't need to write at all in your blog if you want to. A blog is all about expression, and that includes every medium whether it's photography or collage making. So, if your hobbies are trending, why not set up a blog and share your knowledge? To begin with, you can set up a WordPress account and blog for free, and then start figuring out ways to monetise your blog content, like by offering guest post opportunities. 


5. Make A Youtube Channel 

If you have a skill you'd proudly show off any day, why not get paid for it? Name a topic, and there is a YouTube channel on it. So create your own, and if all goes well, your viewership can get you additional income! How else do you think beauty bloggers became billionaires? All you need is skill, initiative and effort. 

Hustle part-time, earn big-time.

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