5 Flexible jobs for extra money during Covid-19

I had been looking for part-time, flexible jobs after I got my work authorization before Covid-19 took over the world. After months of research, I had made a list of jobs that could be done from home without being overwhelmed.

But then coronavirus happened and lives changed. Fortunately, most of the jobs on my list were home based jobs and those stayed unaffected despite massive layoffs everywhere.

Well, you cannot earn full time with these jobs but they do add to your income.
So, here is a list of 5 flexible jobs that you can do for extra money in your extra time. If your income has been affected due to Covid-19, you can supplement it with these flexi jobs.

Search Quality Evaluator or Internet Analyst or Rater – This is a coveted work from home job because of it’s flexibility and perks. Companies like Lionbridge, Sykes and Appen etc. indirectly employ raters for Google.

Most of the job seekers, who apply receive a PDF that has to be studied thoroughly to pass the Rater’s test. I took the test and passed. The test is in three phases and you need to closely read the PDF and follow the guidelines to pass. Some of the Google rating companies like Sykes pay less but hire people (they give benefits as well) while Lionbridge etc. pay more but onboard you as a contractor. You need to make your own choice.

The job involves rating Google search results for quality and relevance. You cannot work for more than 15-20 hours a week. (India, US)

Contact Tracer – This job has been born out of the pandemic. Recently, I came across this on my job search site and here is what I know about it. Contact Tracers have to follow a script to call contacts of newly diagnosed patients and communicate in a professional and empathetic manner about the pandemic.

They need to collect and record information on symptoms as well inform about local quarantine/isolation procedures. The job may be temporary but they are hiring people in huge numbers. There is some training involved and pay is good. (US only)

Online Tutor – My stint as a substitute teacher had been quite positive before Covid-19. This was a flexible job that I could do at my will. The pay scale was satisfactory and there were possibilities of growth.

But then the pandemic happened and education became remote and digitized. So the demand for online tutoring soared up and I realized it is here to stay. Switching to be an online tutor does not seem to be a bad choice at all.

I have come across many apps and companies connecting students with tutors. Also, many teaching certifications are being offered by organizations. Do avail and give it a try if you have a passion for teaching because the prospects of this job look pretty good throughout the world. (India, US)

Virtual Assistant – It’s a great time for Virtual Assistants as many businesses are operating completely online. Virtual assistants are independent contractors who help to keep things organized and complete administrative tasks.

Virtual assistants take on different tasks that include writing and responding to emails, creating and distributing relevant documents, responding to inquiries, writing and creating content, and more.

They take on a variety of roles and this job has potential for growth. You can search for virtual assistant jobs at Upwork and Zirtual. I have no personal experience with this but the job looks great for people who want to work from home. (India, US)

Translator – If you are a bilingual then a translator’s job might work for you. If you are not sure about this just try being a volunteer transcriber or translator with Ted Talks to learn and practice your skills. They have a great set up for volunteers and it’s fun. If that works for you, go ahead apply.  The language companies, after shortlisting your resume, often take a brief interview regarding your skills with both the languages.

Mostly, hospitals and legal procedures require services of a translator. And you need to be on voice or video calls during the translating process. This means you need to look presentable and have no distractions. The pay is less but flexibility is great.

Another job option is that of transcriber if you have a great typing speed and attention to detail capability.

These job options are legit and can provide you with decent extra income. But please, please, please use your discretion before applying and check whether the offer is legit or not. It is very important to do a background check of any company before applying to avoid frauds and scams. And if any of the companies ask money for training purposes do not go for it.

All the best and may you get what you are looking for!

(Images Courtesy Google)

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