Shit has gotten pretty weird in America over the past month.
With nationwide company closures and layoffs triggering a wave of financial anxiety across the country, it's safe to say that the only thing scarier than this global pandemic is the economic shift that will follow, but before you blow your savings on toilet paper and Lysol, it's important to take a moment to count your coins and get your emergency fund all the way together and this Twitter thread just gave us all the quarantine-friendly side hustle inspiration we didn't know we needed.
According to Kingston-based Black Twitter user, Monique is joy (@iriediva), while we may be tempted to spend the next few weeks Netflix and chillin', we should be more focused on researching and stacking. She tweeted:
If you're quarantined at home, instead of Netflix and chilling, perhaps use the time to start a side hustle earning… https://t.co/YjeMq3o78p— #MoneyMakingBlogger 🇯🇲 (@#MoneyMakingBlogger 🇯🇲) 1584051812.0
"There are quite a few ways to earn money online. My expertise is in blogging, writing & social media marketing, however you can become a content creator, influencer, digital marketer, web designer, teacher, health, life, business or success coach and the list goes on and on. None of these are get rich schemes and they will take some time to build like any business, but now is a good time to invest that time that you've been complaining not to have."
While unpaid leave and unemployment are very real fears to have during this turbulent time, this time can also be an opportunity to put yourself in a position to win. According to Monique, leveling up your income can be as simple as publishing content:
"Now is the time to use social for creation more than simply consuming content. Put yourself out there on LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube. People pay for expertise, advice and entertainment."
Once you're done peeping all of the game Monique dropped in this invaluable thread, scroll below for three more money moves you can make to safely secure a bag amid the chaos:
Amazon, Postmates, UberEats & Other Delivery Services
As reported by Amazon's website, the industry giant will invest more than $350 million globally in opening up more than 100,000 new jobs to accommodate the increasing need for delivery to quarantined customers, making this the perfect time to add an extra $17 per hour to your emergency fund. Click here for more information on how to apply,
Sell Unwanted Items
Marie Kondo your life and stack your coins at the same damn time by using Facebook Marketplace and Poshmark to get rid of the things you no longer need. While this may be a riskier hustle (because you know, germs), you can also take extra precautions to sanitize any items that are bought or sold online.
Monetize Your Hobbies
Although the coronavirus fallout has had a tremendous impact on creatives who rely on events and shows to pay the bills, this is also the time to do that thing you've been meaning to do. Write that e-book. Scout those clients. Launch that e-commerce website. Create that content. Social media is a virtually free marketplace with low barriers to entry that you should be capitalizing on right now.
For those that are new to freelancing, sites like Fivver, Upwork and Thumbtack may make this process easier.
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