Pandemic-Proof: 5 Work From Home Jobs You Can Do During Lockdowns

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world forever. Though the term ‘back to normal’ may be thrown around a lot, the reality is that we are looking at a new normal. That new normal has to include some level of flexibility for all areas of life, including our jobs. In fact, many people who had their livelihoods taken away by the pandemic will be switching to a career that is as pandemic-proof as possible.

The good news is, it’s entirely possible to have a job that is more durable when it comes to the lockdown scenarios that may crop up in the future. Check out these five work-from-home jobs you can do during lockdowns:

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Teaching What You Know

Whether you’re a grammar nerd or a maths whizz, there’s somebody out there who will pay for your expertise. Online tutoring can happen anywhere in the world, and you can do it with kids and adults, so there’s a big market into which you can tap.

If you have a strong academic background or teaching experience, this could be a great option for you. You may also want to try teaching practical skills like photography, drawing, cooking, or languages if that’s where your experience lies.

Being Employed By A Forward-Thinking Company

If you want to be employed (rather than self-employed) but you don’t want to be out of work in another lockdown, look for opportunities with forward-thinking companies. By 2028, 73% of all industries will have remote workers within them, and that study was done before COVID-19, so the number is bound to be higher now.

Companies want to be able to get through another lockdown too, so they’re ready to embrace remote working practices. If your company doesn’t allow remote working, it may be time to consider moving to one that does.

Call Center Work

A lot of call centers have the technology to allow you to do your job from home. There are call centers for fuel companies, recovery services, energy providers, charities, and more, so you’ll find a rich pool of work available. You may also find interesting positions like remote customer care work, virtual reception for a virtual office, and outbound sales for companies looking to boost their customer acquisition.

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Website Testers

Website testers are remote workers hired to check the usability of websites on the different devices a person might use to view them. The hourly rate isn’t super high, but the average person spends 90,000 hours at work over a lifetime so, there’s room to make a decent amount if you put the time in!

Similar jobs include paid studies where you take part in online interviews, complete tasks, chat about various products, and share your opinions in focus groups. You’ll usually get a good chunk of money in exchange for your time.

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Nearly half the world speaks two languages or more. If you fit into this category, there is a lot of work you can do from home, including:

  • Subtitle translation
  • Foreign language transcription
  • Foreign language voice-overs
  • Online interpretation/translation
  • Remote cross-cultural team leadership
  • Bilingual customer service work

The above are just a few examples. In reality, there are many different remote job types available if you speak more than one language.

The above work-from-home options are just a small selection of what is available to help you lockdown-proof your earning potential moving forward. With a little creativity and determination, you can continue to make money regardless of the pandemic and its effect on traditional workplaces.


Lynne Huysamen

Mommy to a pigeon pair, blogger and online marketer. Lover of chocolate, good books and buckets of coffee.

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