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  • Writer's pictureRhonda Massad

5 COVID-19 Side Hustles to Help You Make Ends Meet

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a devastating toll on people worldwide. Millions of people have battled the illness and the financial hardships that have come with the strict quarantining regulations. Many families are struggling to make ends meet while they wait for things to return to normal.

If you have lost your job during the pandemic, paying your bills may be difficult. Rent payments, utility bills, and the cost of food quickly can drain the accounts of many people waiting on unemployment benefits or to get the call to come back to work. If you are struggling financially during the pandemic, you can find help at, or you can try one of these side hustles that will help you to make ends meet until the world gets back to normal. In these extraordinary times, it takes perseverance and determination to make it through to the other side.

Uber or Lyft

If you have a car, you may overlook a source of income parked in your driveway. With many people looking to avoid the close quarters of buses and subways, the increase in taxi and ride-sharing services has increased.

Sign up as an Uber or Lyft driver and make some money taking people where they need to go. You can make your own schedule and choose your route preferences, making this the perfect part-time gig for anyone. Uber and Lyft also provide meal pick-up services in high demand as more restaurants switch over to take out service only. UberEats provides the same services as a regular take-out delivery service, but drivers have the potential to make more money.


If you have a talent for writing, website design, or photography, you can offer your services on a freelance platform. Find gigs on sites like Craigslist or Upwork and make some money from the comfort of your own home. Set your rates and make your schedule and make connections that can bring you in some extra income.

Buy and Sell

You may have dozens of items in your own home that you can sell to make extra cash. From selling your designer clothes, purses, and shoes on sites like Letgo or Poshmark to having an online garage sale, you never know how much your unwanted items are worth. Here is a list of some things that you can sell online:

  • Vintage video games

  • Antique furniture

  • Clothes

  • Books

  • Sporting equipment

  • Collectibles


Although many retail stores have shut their doors during the quarantine, there are still many places looking to hire part-time help. Grocery stores and big-box outlets are struggling to find workers to keep up with the unprecedented demand. Stock shelves or run a cash register part-time to help you make ends meet.

Pet / House Sitting

There are always pet owners looking for trusted individuals to care for their homes and pets while traveling out of town. Sign up online at Rover or to get matched with someone looking for a house or pet sitter.

The COVID-19 pandemic has been brutal for millions of people. If you feel some financial strain, don’t let things get out of hand before you try one of these side hustles to make some quick cash.


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