How to make money online during quarantine

Due to the current lockdown, you may be struggling for cash. Whether it’s because you’ve been made redundant or because you can’t get clients to your business, you need to find some new ways of making money during quarantine. Below we’ve listed 10 different ways on how to make money during quarantine, from the quick small checks to the passive income streams that can make you richer than you was before the lockdown.


What we mean by clickables, is the small tasks you can complete for a small reward. These often come in the form of filling out surveys for businesses, being paid for walking and recycling. Clickables aren’t the most lucrative way of making money but, if you need cash quickly, this is a great way of making money with your spare time.

There are lots of businesses out there that will pay you for your services, whether it’s per survey you Complete, steps you take or how many words you write. Because there are so many, we’re not going to look at any in particular, instead, we’ve organized a list of some of the most popular with the links to them provided.

List of clickables;

The rewards and income do vary depending on which websites you use, however, most of them pay up to £5 per task and reward you with a gift card for signing up.

Be a virtual assistant

A virtual assistant is someone that helps run the backend of someone’s business, much like a personal assistant does but, being a virtual assistant, you can complete all of your tasks from the comfort of your own home.

So, what does a virtual assistant actually do? Well, it totally depends on what tasks you agree on with your client, some common jobs for a VA are taking phone calls, replying to messages, managing schedules and taking care of a business’s website.

If you’re interested in creating your own business, this is a great way to learn about the backend of a business, as you get to see all the insights of what it takes to become your own boss.

Virtual assistants are in high demand during quarantine, as people may not have the skills or equipment to run their business from home and therefore, they want to outsource their work to you or they just want to use this time to spend relaxing with their family.

If you have any skills in customer service or on how to run a website, this is a great choice for you! A quick search on Google can find you people who are looking for a virtual assistant, or you can create an Upwork account where you can upload what services you are willing to provide and you will then be selected by business based of your price and skills.

You can actually earn quite a bit of money as a virtual assistant, averaging around £25 per hour depending on which services you provide and don’t forget that you are learning on the job and you can work for multiple businesses at the same time.

Freelance work 

Freelance work is similar to being a virtual assistant in the fact that you are providing your services for money, however, being a freelancer doesn’t just involve doing business work. The actual definition of being a freelancer, is to be self-employed and not being committed to a business but instead, offering your services to a person or a business.

If you would like to be a freelance worker, it is important to know what skills you have, as that is what you are being paid for. Although freelancers are predominantly used by businesses, there are plenty of people who will pay you in exchange for you either, doing something for them or creating something for them.

To be a freelancer, the best way to get clients is to join an agency like Upwork or fiverr as they will bring you more than enough opportunities, for a small percentage of the sale.

Being a freelance worker is great if you are a creative person, as that is what most people are looking for so, if you have skills in graphic design, singing, photography, writing, animation, video editing or anything else artistic! You’ll be having to turn clients down instead of the other way around.

You may still be working from home for your normal 9 – 5 but, by being a freelancer you could start to do something that you are actually passionate about, without your pockets taking the toll for it as ,most tasks you are going to earn between £10 - £75 per hour depending on your skills.


Create ebooks

Many people are looking to improve themselves during quarantine by learning new skills and techniques that can propel them forward in life. By creating an ebook, you can provide people with knowledge for their self-education.

You don’t need to be an expert in what you are talking about, you just need to have some experience in that field. Give them your knowledge, opinion and advice when writing this book, try giving as much value as possible.

A great thing about selling multiple ebooks is that you can either bundle them together or even better, sell them separately. Let’s say you have a qualifications in health and fitness, yes you could cram all the information you know into one book, which would probably lower the quality of your book or instead, you could separate your knowledge into segments eg nutrition, exercise and mindset and if people want to read all the individual books you can upsell them.

If you enjoy writing, this is a great way to earn passive income, as you can make around £200 per month as an intermediate author.

Online courses

Online courses are pretty self-explanatory. To get started all you need is some way of recording yourself and some knowledge on a specialized topic. No, you don’t have to be an expert to create a course but, your revenue will reflect the value which you provide to your customers.

If you have a skill or are trained in anything and you have the confidence to talk on camera this is a great way to earn a passive income at home.

this lockdown is creating two types of people, the ones that are creating bad habits and are on a downwards spiral and the ones that are being productive with their time and learning new skills so that they can become a better version of themselves, I’m happy to say that I believe most people are choosing the second option and that’s why it is a great time to create a course for them.

So, how do you sell an online course? Well, if you already have some potential customers you could send them a link to your course, invite people to a zoom call where you train them live or put it on your website if you have one. If you’re a total beginner, it’s a good idea to use a platform like skillshare or teachable who will generate traffic to your course whilst you put your feet up (or do something productive).

With skillshare you get paid per minute that your video is viewed so, it is important that you make your course as entertaining and valuable as possible. You can also create multiple courses so you have more than one stream of income, if you create multiple courses and have an engaging audience, you will be looking at around £1000 to £3000 per month.


During quarantine you may have been watching tons of videos on YouTube but, have you ever thought about using it to make money? If you would like to learn how, keep on reading.

When you watch videos on YouTube and an annoying advert comes on, that means that the channel that you are watching it on, is making money through ad sense (basically being paid for showing an advert during their video)

Although growing a profitable YouTube channel does take a long time and Companies are paying less to feature their adverts on your video because of the lockdown, this is a great time to start a YouTube channel in the long run as there are a lot more people watching YouTube videos and these viewers will potentially subscribe and stick around even when businesses are paying more for ads.

Streaming is also very popular at the moment so, if you have YouTube or twitch and you can keep your viewers engaged, they may feel inclined to make a donation to your channel.

It is vital that your channel is either entertaining or educational as they are the reasons for people going to YouTube so, it is important for you to figure out what niche you are in to start creating videos. This is a form of passive income as you could create a video on “how to tie a tie” and people will still be looking for this in years to come.

The amount of money you can make from YouTube varies drastically depending on the size of your channel, the views that you bring and many more factors but, as a small channel you will probably be earning around £500 per month just on ads alone, however, this can be supplemented a lot by becoming an affiliate or sponsor for other businesses which we will go over next.

Affiliate marketing

Affiliate marketing is when you refer people to a business’s products or services and if they invest in their business, you will make a commission off of their sale in return for promoting it.

To become a successful affiliate marketer, it is important to build an engaged audience by using social media and creating your own niche-based website. The way it works is by creating interesting content for your audience (let’s say in the form of a blog) and then referring them to a product or service in connection with your post. For example, you could write a blog post on “the 10 best toilet rolls in the world!” and then link to each individual one for a small commission.

You may want to start with Amazon’s affiliate program also known as Amazon associates, due to them having a wide range of products to choose from, although their commission rates only go up to 10%. If you’re looking for higher referral rates, you might want to take a look at clickbank who showcase businesses offering up to 90% commission rates for referrals to their services.

Affiliate marketing is a great form of passive income, as you can create one piece of content on multiple platforms like YouTube or social media and be paid a commission every time your referral link is used.

For me to estimate how much you can make through affiliate marketing would be unreasonable as you can earn from £0 - £100k per day based on many factors but, what I will say is that you will gradually earn more, the longer you are consistently creating content.

Influncer marketing

Similar to affiliate marketing, influencer marketing relies on having an engaged audience, this is because businesses will pay you to sponsor their products or services in exchange for money.

This usually works by them giving you their product for free and then you review it on a piece of content eg a video, after they review the video or piece of content you provide to check if they’re happy with it, they’ll send over the money you agreed on.

It can be really hard to have the confidence to ask for money from other companies but, you need to understand your worth. Even small influences can earn £1000 for a video, you could even upsell that for a feature on one of your other platforms for more money. If you’re really struggling on working out how much you should charge, here’s a link to a website that will work out a rough estimate for you.

Digital media marketing agency

A digital media marketing agency is a business that other companies use, to help with their online presence, whether it’s to gain more clients or to create content that people will engage with.

As this lockdown has put many companies in a situation, where they need to adapt to current events or go bust, this is a great time to help businesses transition to the online world by creating a digital media marketing agency. Let’s take the health and fitness industry as an example, as all gyms are closed, many personal trainers are being made redundant, even though their services are still required, maybe even more so now. y helping them grow their online presence, they can still reach their client’s and work with them either through video, phone calls or by creating plans. Digital marketing agencies are going to be in high demand as nearly all brick and mortar businesses are going to have to adapt.

The most common form of digital media marketing, is social media marketing otherwise known as SMM, which revolves around growing businesses social media platforms eg Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and Snapchat. If you are under 30, you more than likely use these platforms personally and you’re probably an expert at using them as well so, this would be a great job for you. Being a digital marketer also includes generating leads and growing brand awareness for their website, using ads and SEO, email marketing and more.

Depending on what you can provide your clients with you can charge up to around £5000 per month! Yes, this does sound a lot but, compared to what you are making their business earn, it’s nothing. This is also passive income as you are teaching them how to grow their digital media platforms and then you shouldn’t have to be that involved.


Dropshiping has had an interesting past, from people saying it was dead, to other people saying it’s one of the most lucrative ways of making money. To be a dropshiper, what you have to do is find a supplier and then promote their product on your platforms, the way this works is that you don’t have to store the product as the supplier will deliver it for you and you don’t even have to pay for it until you have received an order yourself.

Amazon is booming at the moment and it’s because they are managing to supply people with the products that they usually buy from “real” stores. Try to think of products that are really popular during quarantine for example, gym equipment, home décor things that are going to help people relax during these uncertain times.

with high ticket dropshipping, it’s not unreasonable to say that you can be making anywhere from £100 – £2500 in your first month or two if you put in the work.

Some of the links in this blog may be affiliate links which means you can purchase the product and I will make a commission of it but IT WILL NOT be at an extra cost to you, any money I money I make through this is put towards the upkeep and improvement of this blog. Thank you in advance, Jake.

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