7 Ways to Make Money if You’ve Lost Your Job

If you’ve lost your job or experienced a reduction in pay, you may be looking for ways to make money. Having an extra source of income during these uncertain times is always a good idea and we’ve put together a list of seven ways to make money.


1. Drive for food delivery services

As cities slowly re-open, many new guidelines for social distancing are in place, making dining out at restaurants a different experience. Many people have been and will be relying on food delivery services, like UberEats, Grubhub or DoorDash for the foreseeable future.

And even when the pandemic ends, these types of services are now part of our everyday lives. As such, food delivery services are a great way to make money right now. You can set your own hours and work as much or as little as you want. On average, people can make between $8 and $12 per hour.

2. Become a personal shopper

If you’re looking for ways to make money, consider becoming a personal shopper. Websites like Instacart or Shipt allow consumers to shop from a variety of local stores and then have their goods delivered to them. As a shopper, you go run the errands, pick up the goods and get paid (up to $22 an hour) for your time.

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3. Apply at an essential business

Right now, non-essential businesses have been forced to close or reduce their capacity. However, essential businesses like grocery stores, gas stations, banks and pharmacies are still open for business, making them a viable place to apply and make money.

These types of jobs are likely secure, as people will always need access to food, gas, money and medicine.

These jobs vary in pay with average salaries ranging from:

While you may feel some apprehension about applying for a job where you interact with people regularly, you can take comfort in that many such businesses are implementing policies to safeguard their employees.

4. Declutter and sell your things

Now is a great time to organize your home. As you stay at home and declutter, you can also make a profit by selling the items you no longer want — all while avoiding the pawnshop. There are a variety of apps and online outlets that allow you to post your belongings for sale and make an extra buck, including:

  • Poshmark
  • Facebook Market Place
  • Etsy
  • eBay
  • ThredUP

If you’re already getting rid of your items, you might as well post them and make a little extra cash in the process.

5. Walk dogs

Services like and allow you to sign up and get paid to walk dogs. You can find people near you who are looking for someone to come and take their four-legged friend for a walk.

This side hustle is a great way to get outdoors, exercise and spend some time with man’s best friend. Most people are paid per walk, but the average hourly pay works out to roughly $16 per hour.

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6. Tutor online

With almost every school being moved online, plenty of students will need a little extra help studying. Consider online tutoring if you’re looking for ways to make money. If you have expertise in any topic, your knowledge can go a long way.

Not only will you help someone in their education, but you can also make money in the process. Sites like help connect you to people in need of your services. You can make up to $50 an hour in this line of work.

7. Utilize freelance networks

From writing to data entry, freelance work offers endless possibilities. Networking sites like Upwork post hundreds of freelance job opportunities. Do you have a skill set in marketing, sales or math? You can likely find an employer who is looking for that exact skill.

By regularly searching and applying for jobs on freelance network sites, you can potentially line up a decent amount of work to provide extra income while you’re laid-off or furloughed.

Research ways to make money

As more of the world turns to the internet to conduct business, you’ll see more jobs popping up that you can do remotely. The economy may have changed, and job searching is different in the age of coronavirus, but there are still plenty of ways available to you to make money.