2020 is the year of uncertainty. Canadians are concerned about their health, but also about losing their jobs. In March alone, Canada saw 1.01 million jobs lost due to COVID-19. Now, more than ever, people are looking for new ways to make money while staying safe at home. Read on to learn ten jobs you can do working from home in Canada.
Home Childcare Provider
Essential workers are having trouble finding reliable childcare, with schools shut down. If you have a safe home that is suitable for children and have experience in the field, consider offering childcare in your home for friends and family. You will need to ensure you follow a strict cleaning procedure and obtain all necessary permits and licenses set forth by the government in Canada. You will want to consider the risk of having children who live with essential workers as their rate of exposure is potentially higher, and you could be exposing individuals in your household to the virus. Consider this if you live with someone who is at high risk of complications from the coronavirus.
More and more people are turning to their artistic hobbies that up until now were ways to blow off steam after work and on the weekends. Whether they are pulling out their sewing machine to make masks or are signing up for an Etsy account to sell their original paintings, people realize their hobbies are lucrative. Think about the skills you have and find creative ways to make money from your craft.
Online Music Teacher
If you know how to play a musical instrument, consider offering online music lessons. With kids stuck inside, caretakers are desperate for low cost, at-home activities to give parents an hour or two of peace. Post your offerings on Craigslist, Facebook, and ask friends and family if they would be interested in lessons! With people stuck at home, boredom is at an all-time high! You can also consider giving lessons in person in your home, or the homes of your students. If you use your home to provide in-person lessons, make sure you follow Canada’s laws and guidelines for your safety and the safety of your students.
If you are confident in your ability as a writer, consider signing up for platforms such as Upwork or Fiverr. Many companies post jobs on these sites looking for content for their website, blog posts, etc. With these platforms, you can create a free profile, upload your portfolio, and start applying for jobs immediately.
ESL Instructor (Teaching from Home)
If English is your first language, consider becoming an online ESL instructor. Companies around the world are looking to hire individuals to lead Skype training classes for students looking to learn English. You will work with groups or one-on-one, leading theme-based discussions that help students practice their speaking skills.
If you are fluent in another language, consider signing up to be a translator. Translators work to translate writing into another language. You may be able to find work through acquaintances or business connections. Companies also post work on the freelance platforms mentioned above. International companies often hire fluent speakers to voice Youtube content or proofread blog posts. There are also specific translation companies who hire translators to work from them, such as FluentU or Verbalize It.
If you are a fast typer and have experience with administrative tasks, consider becoming a virtual assistant. Virtual assistants work remotely and are responsible for replying to emails, calendar management, and data entry. The job is usually entry-level and does not typically require a degree. You can find offerings for virtual assistant positions on Indeed, ZipRecruiter, etc.
Transcribers work by listening to recorded audio and typing out what they hear. While the job is straightforward, you must be able to type at least 75 words per minute. Transcribers are responsible for inserting proper grammar, so grammatical skills are necessary. Depending on the level of expertise required, translation jobs can pay up to $25/hour.
You would be surprised by the amount of money you can bring in just by taking online surveys. These jobs pay between $1-$50 per survey depending on the amount of time required to complete them and typically cover topics surrounding shopping habits, product reviews, or anything related to consumerism. Survey takers usually get paid by check or PayPal and sometimes are given points to be redeemed for gift cards. The job is perfect if you want an incredibly flexible schedule as you can work whenever you want.
Customer Service Representative for Companies in Canada
In 2020, businesses are fielding calls from customers who now have the time to call in with their questions and concerns. If you have excellent communication skills and are comfortable on the phone, consider becoming a customer service representative. There are jobs in customer service in almost any industry, so you have many options when it comes to employment.
In today’s digital age, there are always ways to make money online. Evaluate your skills, passions, and hobbies then think creatively about ways to turn those things into a money-making endeavor. Many people who make money online have more than one income stream, so you might want to consider more than one thing you can do to make money online.