Since the lockdown in March, life has changed so much for everyone. For our family, we found we had to really look at our income and resources. With some adjustment we’re fortunate to make money to survive even with less. Some people aren’t making any money at all.
I know it’s hard to be at home all the time and you feel there isn’t much to do. My suggestion? Let’s try a little business project. Maybe you don’t know what to do. That’s okay! Let’s treat this more like some market research and see where this takes us. Who knows, you might find out what you’d like to study in college!
What Can I Do During Lockdown?
First of all, we know that school comes first – consider that your primary job in this family. Second, you have more resources available now than your father and I had at your age. You’ll definitely want to choose a business that won’t interfere with school and doesn’t take as much effort to maintain.
To start, we’ll have to come up with a few ideas, set a few goals, make a plan, and figure out how much this will cost. We can now apply skills you’ve been practicing in school are now perfect for your business!
Here are a few ideas that come to mind that I thought would be worth a try.
Things you can do now to make money:
1 – Sell Some Old Stuff
We can go through your old clothes that don’t fit, toys, or games. Let’s sell them online and see what we can get. It’ll help us clear things out and you’ll get some extra money!
2 – Take Online Surveys
While this would be easy to do, it might not get you a lot for all your efforts.
3 – Flip Products
With a little clean-up and paint, old furniture pieces can be spruced up for sale.
Apply an artful eye:
4 – Photography
You can use your phone and upload almost any kind of photo. Buyers will purchase the rights to use your photographs and you’ll get paid for every download.
5 – Sell Your Art
I know you may not feel like you’re an artist, so why not let the public decide? Let’s put up a few pieces on Etsy to see if there’s an interest? What have you got to lose?
6 – Design Our Own Products
I personally would love having your art on something like a mug or a shirt. If people love your art, this would be a natural next step!
7 – Graphic Designs
You can apply your artistic eye and create logos and other branding packages for customers looking for a fresh look for their business.
8 – Video Editor
There are a lot of quick jobs available online that could fill the time between homework assignments.
9 – Online Courses
Everyday there’s more and more information available about new programs and apps. It also becomes harder to keep up with everything. Many people are willing to pay for your knowledge and experience through these online courses so they don’t have to research all the information themselves.
What do you think people might need or use?
10 – Make Things
Once you’ve got your eye on design, maybe you’d consider making something yourself whether it’s for the home or clothing.
11 – Inventions
Can you think of a better way of doing things? Can you improve on a design?
12 – Build an App
This one takes a lot of specialized knowledge, but there is definitely a lot of potential especially if you can fill a want or need.
13 – Create Games
Whether it’s an online game or a physical game, there are tons of possibilities. People are always looking for the next great game!
Share you voice!
14 – Blog
I know you have your own ideas and opinions, plus you already have a lot of knowledge you can share. While blogs are relatively simple to put together, there are a lot of moving parts and will take a lot of time and effort.
15 – Become a Vlogger
This one might also take a lot more time and effort to set up and shoot, but it also has great potential.