The negative impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic have affected people in a number of ways.

Those that lost their jobs or were forced to take pay cuts were left looking for other avenues to make money.

From virtual personal training and fitness instruction to home improvement services, there are several industries that are in high consumer demand amid COVID-19.

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The great thing about some of these side hustles is that anyone can start their own if they have a laptop and a strong internet connection.

The founder of Pandabomb, a digital production house based in South Africa has offered 3 possible business ideas that he claims anyone can start at home.

Virtual assistant

Virtual assistant services were gaining in popularity even before the pandemic hit, but have now really become ever more popular during the last few months. In a nutshell, a virtual assistant will do everything a regular in-person assistant does, but, well, virtually.

It is for everyone who needs the services of an assistant, but not necessarily full-time. If you’re an organised person who can schedule appointments, set up meetings, run errands and more, then this would be one to consider.

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Start online workshops or teaching

If you have teaching or workshop experience, then this one’s for you. There are many people – children and adults alike – in need of some additional help. Perhaps it’s help with Afrikaans or history, or it could be a young adult needing to know more about entering the working world – whichever one it is, online workshops and tutoring would be an excellent way for them to gain the help that they need.

If you have experience in this or you think it’s something you can pull off, then jump straight in and offer your services. Be clear about your experience though, especially if what you are offering is tutoring or extra lessons for children. Parents will want to know about your qualifications.

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Offer writing services

There is always something to be written – whether it’s one line for an ad, a paragraph for a description or transcribing. If you have a knack for typing and writing, then consider becoming a freelance writer with an online “store front” to sell your services.

This could be via Facebook or a website but, whichever you choose, be sure to have examples of your work easily available online.

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To up your skills set, do a few courses or tutorials on SEO writing as that has become more in demand over the years and more so now that many businesses are moving online.