Quarantined cash

How to make money from home


Photo by Peyton Sims

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Story by Peyton Sims, culture editor

With restaurants closing, businesses shutting down and people’s jobs being thrown out the door, it’s no shock that money is tight. While your wallet may be a bit lighter than it was before the pandemic, there are many different ways to make some extra cash without leaving the safety of your home. 

Online thrifting

If you find yourself needing to clean out your closet, but you can’t leave your house to donate clothes, simply join an online thrift store program. Stores like Depop, Thredup and Poshmark are great places to start. All you need to do is put together outfits and post pictures of the items you would like to sell on the online thrift shop. Before you know it, your clothes will be selling in no time.

Sell Art

Now that you’re learning from home, there’s an abundance of time to create. Before, finding time to create paintings and other artwork when you have an entire week full of classes and homework could be difficult. You can create canvas paintings for decoration, sell prints of your favorites pieces or even paint clothing items like jean jackets. Whether you reach out to family members for commissions to help start up your side hobby or you create an Instagram account to reach a larger audience, it’s certain you’ll rack up money in no time. 

Sell some plants

If you crave extra time outdoors as well as extra money, gardening is the way to go. You can plant pretty flowers or vegetables in any cheap pots, mason jars or practically anything lying around your house. Be creative with how you display your plants. If you post some aesthetically pleasing plant pictures on Facebook or Instagram, people will be all over wanting to purchase one for themselves.

Online tutor 

The closing of schools has affected students in numerous ways, including the lack of an in person lecture which some kids need in order to learn. If you’re looking to find a temporary job, multiple parents are tied up with their work that they don’t have much time to sit down with their child and work on assignments. Elementary and middle school students don’t have the leisure of watching online lectures like high school students, which results in parents having to teach themselves how to homeschool. An online tutoring session can allow you to help other students get back on track whether they need assistance with elementary, middle or high school work.

Make an eBay account 

With quarantine fueling people’s online shopping addiction, there’s no better time to begin selling your old belongings on eBay. With eBay, you can sell items ranging from clothes, old toys, used electronics and practically anything else that’s sitting around your home with no purpose. Now get ready to make an account, and before you know it, you’ll be shipping items off to all of your frantic buyers. 

As you can see, it’s possible to stay entertained during this extra-long quarantine period without going completely broke. Whether you’re crafting, selling, gardening or whatever else your heart may desire, remember to enjoy yourself, and most importantly, stay inside.