KANSAS CITY, MO. – The pandemic has drastically changed the finances for so many families as lost jobs or shorter working hours forced people to find new ways to make ends meet.
James Irwin, whose greatest passion is cooking, planned to work in a restaurant that was due to open in 2020. These plans were derailed.
“That it didn’t take off was heartbreaking,” said Irwin.
He found his Plan B in Uber, which he now uses to fund his other side business, a food service called Moonlight Manipulations.
Irwin is one of the many people who had to get creative in 2020 to generate extra income.
Jobs in the gig economy are popular.
The flexibility of such appearances is a big selling point.
“It’s easy. You have your own schedule, you go when you want to go,” said Cathy Sims, who rides on Uber.
Sims is retired and is using her side gig to pay for her hobby: bowling.
“When I have a tournament or a trip ahead of me, I go out and do a little bit of a buzz,” she said.
Adam Hardy from Penny Hoarder has put together a list of other side appearances for 2021.
For example, one option is to become a contact tracer. Johns Hopkins University offers a free online training course.
Hardy writes that Applied Memetics, Contrace, and Government Jobs are three recruitment companies that advertise positions.
Freelancing is another alternative.
The Fiverr website allows users to create lists of services ranging from editing copies to working as a virtual assistant.
With so many children learning from a distance, another suggestion from The Penny Hoarder is to become an online learning assistant. People can post services on Nextdoor or in Facebook groups devoted to distance learning.
Whichever option you choose, it is important to stay organized.
“Be steadfast in receipts for tax write-offs when you’re doing things like Uber,” said Irwin. “Your gasoline, your insurance, things like that, they’re all deductible.”
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“You’re out there. You just have to want it,” said Sims.
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