Millions of people all over the world are facing the same question: what should or can I do during the COVID lockdown? In some cases, they’re looking for clever ways to earn some extra income. In others, they simply want an educational, worthwhile way to pass the time. The good news is that there are plenty of choices for both categories, money-making and otherwise. So, if you are currently in the process of choosing a rewarding, educational, interesting, or enlightening activity to get through the next few months, here are seven of the most popular options.
Blogging and Vlogging
You don’t need technical equipment or expertise to become a video blogger, also called a vlogger. And if you want to skip the video part altogether, it’s simple to set up a blogging site and get started in a matter of minutes. The only difference is that as a vlogger you’ll have a small webcam aimed at your face as you make your comments on any and all subjects that interest you. Some blogs and vlogs are very informal affairs in which people just converse or write about their hobbies or personal interests. Others are more formal and include indexed topics, archived articles, and a more journalistic feel.
You can sign up for an account with one of the online brokerage platforms and begin trading stocks, bonds, forex, and many other securities in under an hour. If you’re brand new to this endeavor, the sites have excellent educational resources to help you get started. Whether you’re new or experienced, be sure to do some paper trading before putting your own money on the line. You may ask what is paper trading? It’s a way of practicing your trading skills with fake money (paper) so you can get a feel for how to place orders, make purchases, sell, and keep track of the market as you go about your day. It’s important for people of all skill levels to spend at least a few hours paper trading to become accustomed to the way a particular platform operates.
Online Academic Courses
Have you ever wanted to study Shakespeare, learn the basics of biology, or brush up on one or more foreign languages? Now is the time. Think of it like this: the COVID lockdown presents a unique opportunity that may never come along again in your lifetime. Take advantage of the chance to enroll for a small fee and take an academic course you’ve always wanted to study but never had the time.
Learn a Craft
Some of the most popular online tutorials are in the craft field. Pottery, sewing, quilt-making, glass-blowing, jewelry-making, and dozens more are up for grabs. Try to choose something that doesn’t require a lot of equipment and that doesn’t come with large expenses. Painting, drawing, and all the sewing-related crafts are enjoying a renewed interest due to the global pandemic.
Take Dance Lessons
If you’re of a more physical inclination, consider taking a ballroom, modern, jazz, or other kind of dance class. Try to have at least a 12X12-foot area to practice the moves as you learn them. Computer-based dance classes have been around for many years and offers an effective way to get a taste of the basic steps before heading to a real dance floor or in-person class. You’d be surprised how much you can learn in just a half-hour of dance practice each day. Plus, it’s fun, is good exercise, and is ideal for couples who want to do something together.
Earn Cash as a Freelance Writer
If you aim to earn a few extra dollars while you pass the time during lockdown, check with one of the major freelance sites and sign up as an author. You don’t need to be a professional journalist, but it helps if you can construct basic sentences and write about various subjects. In fact, the more topics you can write about, the more money you’ll make. It’s not a get rich program by any stretch of the imagination, but for a couple hours per day, you have the chance to sock away several hundred dollars per month.
Acquire Martial Arts Skills
Contrary to popular belief, it’s entirely possible to learn martial arts skill alone, in front of your computer monitor. As long as you locate an experienced teacher at one of the large training sites, you can pick up basic moves, beginner routines, stances, punching styles, kicking acumen, and more. In fact, with just one or two online classes, it’s possible to acquire very good self-defense skills and be ready for an in-person class where you can begin earning belts and higher rankings.