Supplement Your Income During COVID With a Career Online

Written by
Rebecca Smith

Jul 28, 2020

Jul 28, 2020 • by Rebecca Smith

For many, working from home is a dream and a goal. For others, it’s a necessity. The Coronavirus has had a tremendous impact on how we see the working environment. It’s already started to leave lasting changes.

Unfortunately, it’s also left several businesses closed, and many employees are losing the source of their income. Some companies have taken steps to allow their employees to work from the safety of their homes.

However, not all businesses have the required infrastructure, services, or products to make such a system work. As a result, many people have turned to the internet to supplement or replace their income.

You can do several jobs solely by working remotely, with the required skill level ranging from minimal to professional. With the way the ‘Coronavirus Effect’ is changing how we work, now is the perfect time to pursue your goal of making an income from home. Let’s look at how.

Virtual Assistant

Virtual assistants gained a lot of popularity over the years, especially in businesses that operate primarily online. With COVID forcing many companies to turn to remote workers, virtual assistants are in a prime position to step in.

Usually considered as ‘independent contractors’, you have a lot of control over which clients to take, which jobs to do, and what fees you charge. You also need little more than a laptop or computer and an internet connection to get started.

The tasks themselves range from simple administrative services, such as sending emails. More advanced tasks involve writing and distributing business documents and media. Depending on your skill level, who you work for, and what tasks you do, you can earn between $28,000 and $73,000 per year.

Medical Transcriptionist

In the medical space, most jobs like doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, chiropractors and more, are typically in person. However, there are health related jobs that can be handled remotely. If you can type faster than 45 words per minute and have a desk, computer, and an earpiece, you might be able to work as a medical transcriptionist.

Many transcriptionists work from home, and you don’t necessarily need additional qualifications. That said, you can do approved medical transcription courses online.

Transcriptionists can earn between $23,700 and $46,000 per year on average.


Translators work primarily online and from home, often working under strict deadlines. While some translation positions might need a degree, usually fluency in two languages is enough.

If you have a computer and an internet connection, you’re already on your way. That said, it can be tricky to get your first few jobs, and you might need to work through third parties at first to gain experience.

On average, translators can make between $24,000 and $77,000 per year.

Web Designer / Developer

While design tools have made it easier for the average Joe to build their own website, it’s still something we entrust to a skilled professional. That’s why many web designers and developers can still make a living.

With a reliable internet connection and a laptop or computer, you can comfortably design websites for others from the comfort of your home.

The median salary for web designers is between $31,000 and $78,000, while developers earn up to $89,000 per annum.

Freelance Writer

There are many different types of freelance writing. You can do copywriting, ghostwriting, technical, medical – the list goes on. While many third-party sites will help you get work as a freelance writer, it’s usually a good idea to have a portfolio of your work.

The median annual salary can fluctuate wildly, depending on how much work you’re willing to put in, and the type of writing you do. According to BLS, Glassdoor, and PayScale, you can earn between $24,000 and $115,000 a year.

Social Media Manager

Social Media has become an essential marketing tool in the arsenal of many businesses. As a result, the demandfor social media managers has risen significantly. You can find numerous listings on career sites.

Usually, you don’t need much to qualify for a position. A good following on your social media would help, as would a strong understanding of how to market on social platforms.

According to Sendible, an experienced SMM can earn around $63,000, while PayScale lists the salary as $28,000 to $75,000 per year.

Ecommerce Store Owner

With COVID, many people are relying on having goods delivered to them instead of going shopping. From clothing and groceries to unique items and genuine medicines delivered to your door, ecommerce stores are taking over.

In fact, Amazon is hiring 100,000 employees to cover their high demand, while brick-and-mortar stores are closing. If there ever was a time to start selling your goods online, it’s now.

You can also do dropshipping. Instead of ever owning a product, you sell white-label products from another company under your brand. Alternatively, there’s FBA, or fulfillment by Amazon. You’d become a supplier for Amazon, rather than selling items via your store.

It’s difficult to give a median income for ecommerce stores, however. Your income will depend on what you sell, costs and profit margin, and how many customers you get. However, you can make six figures from your store.

Take Away

The Coronavirus is having a significant impact on how we view the workplace and traditional employment practices. Existing businesses have begun to transition into remote work on a massive scale. Unfortunately, not all companies can make that change.

As a side effect, remote work and online freelancing have become more popular than ever. Never has there been a more convenient time to build an online career for yourself. Whether you choose to become a freelancer, contract worker, or ecommerce store owner, the opportunities are out there.

However, it’s up to you to turn those opportunities into lucrative and successful careers.