The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown challenges at all of us we’d never thought we’d face, and while life can feel tough, there are opportunities to be had. We’re all spending more time at home than we would normally, and it looks like that may continue for the rest of 2020. While it’s perfectly okay to spend your time looking after your mental health, watching films, playing games, and trying new recipes, it’s the perfect time to throw yourself into a new business venture.

Whether you’re ready to start that side-hustle you’ve never had enough time for, or you’re ready to start a business that will allow you to be your own boss for good, there are plenty of opportunities to be had, even while you’re stuck at home. Here are just a handful of the at-home business ideas you can start while quarantined: 

1.    Teach People Something You Know or Love

Yoga classes, music lessons, language courses and even therapy sessions are all popping up as the new way of developing yourself and learning a skill during this time. If you have a shareable skill, why not consider passing on some of your knowledge to others for a fee? You could either create an online course and sell it from your own website or via a platform like Udemy, do one-on-one sessions via video calls.

2.    Start a Blog or Affiliate Marketing Site

Have you dreamed of owning a blog or affiliate site but wondered if anyone would have time to read your posts – now is the perfect time to launch it as everyone is at home all day! Affiliate marketing is where you find a product you like or love and promote it to others to earn a percentage of the profit for each sale that you make. This can take time to build up to a full-time income, but now is a great time to get the foundation in place and start drawing readers to your site.

3.    Start a YouTube Channel

YouTube videos allow you to earn money through the ad revenue you receive from companies for allowing them to show ads for your videos. While it can take some time to build up a good backlog of videos to earn you a living wage, once you’ve uploaded a video you don’t have to do any more work on it, though it can continue to generate more income for you for years to come!

4.    Start an Ecommerce or Local Business

Is there a shortage of hygiene products in your area?  Why not start an online store where you sell cloth masks, hand sanitizer, and other hygienic products? Another great way to do this would be to market to your local area, offering delivery to their door of hand sanitizer, soap, or even pamper baskets full of things like bath bombs, candles, and other self-care goodies.

5.    Start an Online Service-Based Business

Have you always dreamed about taking your skillset online and working from your computer? If you’re working from home or have been furloughed, now is the perfect time to start a website, start building up helpful content, and start serving customers. Try to think about something you love to do for others that you could do differently – do you love posting to Instagram about your pets? Maybe you could start a social media management service for pet-based businesses. Think about what you love, what you have a passion for, and what there’s a need for, and create a business where those three things meet.

There are tons of ways to start making money at home during quarantine, you just need to be creative. Sit down and brainstorm a huge list of all the different things you could imagine doing and then narrow it down until you land on something that really excites you. Then, put aside at least an hour a day to work on your new business – soon, it will take on a life of its own and you will have created something powerful during a pandemic!

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