How Moms Can Make Money During Covid-19

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Are you a mom that has lost their job due to coronavirus? Stuck at home and looking to make some extra cash? Here are a few ways that moms can make money during Covid-19

Social Media

Social media skills are in high demand. Know your way around the crown social media platforms of Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter? Put your posting skills to the test with social media marketing. This is a great outlet if you are part of a brand affiliate or multi-tier marketing platform. Social media marketing is an art form that is heavily analytical. Knowing the social media habits of your target audience is critical to success. You can use this data to know what, when, and where to post.

Every social media platform is different, and therefore your content strategy needs to be tailored to meet the different metrics for each platform. Instagram is more influenced by photo and video content, where Facebook favors the writing game. Learning how to create high-quality content can be easier than you may think. There are plenty of online courses that can teach everything you need to know. There’s no need for you to spend your cash on tech supplies. Your smartphone alone has all the technology needed for you to succeed as a social media influencer. 

Website Development 

Serving up made-to-order websites is an awesome and lucrative side hustle. In fact, you can make a decent living doing just that alone. Knowing how to code can be beneficial when it comes to creating high-quality websites. This is true even when you are developing a website using WordPress or Wix. Luckily, you don’t have to be a computer wiz to learn to code. You can learn how to code for free, and do it from the comfort of your couch. 

You can develop a high-quality website in just a matter of hours, and the pay off can be in the thousands. Most digital marketing firms charge anywhere from $2,000 – $4,000 for a simple five-page website. Once you get the hang of the process, you will be able to crank several out per week. 

Once you build out your pipeline, you can hire freelancers to do the heavy lifting for you. You can hire freelancers with various experience and pay levels from sites like UpWork and Fiverr.

Create a Freelance Account 

Speaking of freelance websites—you should make one of your own. Companies hire freelancers for all sorts of tasks. Once you get your website development and social media skills fine-tuned, you can list them on your profile on UpWork, Fiverr, or other freelance websites. 

Companies also hire freelancers for graphic design, writing, editing, photography, videography, data entry, and even clerical work. You are bound to have some skills that you can use to make some money as a freelancer. 

Learn How to Code

This suggestion is more a long term play. Using your downtime during Covid-19 to learn how to code will pay huge dividends for a new career, or a new business. The tech industry is booming, even right now during the coronavirus. Tech companies have been some of the quickest to embrace remote-based work. If you are looking for a new career path that allows you to work from home, and still make a high livable salary, then you should learn how to code.

There is a wide range of Coding Bootcamps. This short-term, intensive programs will teach you everything you need about programming for a career in web development and nothing that you don’t. Coding boot camps are designed to be very hands-on, and very flexible in terms of class options. You can complete your coding boot camp program from home, and on your time. Most students finish in about 8 – 12 weeks. Once you are a proficient programmer, you will find a whole range of possible new career paths to follow in the tech industry. 

Make the Most of the Downtime

Life during Covid-19 has been tough for millions of people all over the world, but there is a silver lining, it is the downtime the coronavirus has created. Make the most of your downtime by scheduling a bit of time every day to learn a new skill like coding or web development. Turn your hobbies of social media or clerical and data entry skills into new revenue streams. Covid-19 has provided the world with time to reconsider what matters most, to rethink our current or previous career paths. If you use this downtime wisely, you can come out even stronger.

By Artur Meyster

Artur Meyster is the CTO of Career Karma (YC W19), an online marketplace that matches career switchers with coding bootcamps. He is also the host of the Breaking Into Startups podcast, which features people with non-traditional backgrounds who broke into tech. Follow him on https://twitter.com/arturmeyster or https://www.linkedin.com/in/meyster     

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