Being out of work is bad enough, but being out of work and injured is much harder to deal with. Those who suffer from serious injury, (which is in the millions in America), can be left unable to work for quite a while. If you were financially sound pre-injury, some time out of the working picture might not really hurt you. It’s tragic, though, that the vast majority of workers can’t afford to do this and need to stay economically active to make ends meet. If you fall in the latter category, then check out this list of ventures that’ll pay off while you’re home.
- Participate in research
Here’s another research-oriented option for you. While this one bears a resemblance to completing online surveys for money, it’s different in that, here, you’ll be a dedicated part of a research. A focus group research brings together a number of people from different walks of life for an extended period to test out working research theories. This could pay you out quite a bit if you don’t mind being a real-life experiment for big-time marketing firms, sociological, and other academic purposes. If this is your thing, go for it.
- Sell off valuable items you simply don’t need
Do you have stuff lying around that you don’t need? The second-hand industry is doing really great, so here are ways to benefit from the boom. You can pawn off some things you don’t really need, or you could try negotiating a consignment deal for better terms, especially if you’ve got some great electronics, a collection, or generally a reasonable number of one item. You can also use options like Facebook Marketplace, Etsy, eBay, Craigslist, Amazon, or you can keep it simple by posting pictures of your stuff on plain old social media. If what you have are clothing items, sites like Thredup and Depop are great places to lighten your wardrobe and make some money.
- Fill out online surveys
You can get paid in cash or earn rewards for simply completing online surveys. Sites like Swagbucks, Toluna, and OnePoll pay for users to answer simple questions that could be about anything. So since you’re already home and doing nothing, you might as well take advantage of the time to earn some money.
- Take legal action
If workplace negligence is the reason you’re home, why suffer for it when others should be held accountable. Sure, it may not be intentional, but, if the damage is extensive, you could consider taking it up with those liable in court. Injuries like these account for a staggering five million deaths worldwide. That’s 9% of all deaths around the globe. Suits like these can get serious, so you should go in with a lawyer who is fully armed and ready to claim your rights. You can call up Adviceline Injury Lawyers if your friendly attempts have so far proved futile.
- Pay more attention to your gift cards
If you’ve been neglecting your gift cards, and credit cards in general, then it is a good time to dig them up and see what you’ll unearth. A lot of cards come with valuable benefits like air miles, discounts, and even free stuff that’ll come in handy in a period like this. You can also sell your unused cards online in exchange for some hard cash.
- Sign up for micro jobs
Sites like Fiverr and TaskRabbit allow users to exchange a few hours of their time for cash. People put up micro-jobs they need help with, and other users respond, perform these assignments, and get paid. Payment format varies depending on the site, and you could be paid via PayPal, reward programs, or even in Bitcoin! Types of assignments you’ll be offered include shopping, cleaning, repairs, writing, editing, and even data transcription, to name a few. You can choose any depending on your injury and your skills.
- Start an online business
Now might finally be the time for a change in career or to start a side hustle so you can have multiple streams of income. This is not to say there’ll be another time, but you’ll be better prepared financially for another unexpected situation. You can look into setting up a website or starting a WordPress blog. There are a million things you can do with an online presence because the web is as big as the world.