Making money during stay-at-home orders

Darien works on her latest painting using abstract colors

In a time when only essential workers can keep their jobs, keeping financially afloat can be a seemingly impossible task. The economy has shut down, and unemployment has risen at alarming rates— truly these are unprecedented times.

   With that said, there are ways to mitigate the financial turmoil. The government says that only essential workers can work away from home. Luckily, there’s a lot of essential work to be had. Because people can’t leave their houses, the delivery business is booming. That’s why many students have turned to delivery companies like UberEats and Doordash.

  “When I turned 18 I signed up and started delivering. It’s pretty easy, not lifeguard easy, but close. You just drive from the restaurant to someone’s house, then back to another restaurant,” says Sullivan B. ’20.

  On top of an hourly wage, delivery drivers make tips for every delivery, adding to a hefty grand total. Further, app-based delivery services allow their workers to work on their own time. The amount delivery drivers make is entirely up to them.

   However, Colorado law requires delivery drivers to be at least 18 years old. For any students under that pesky age limit, perhaps look to a hobby. Many students at Heritage have managed to turn their hobbies and passions into a profit. Some make art, others make music, all are able to make a few extra bucks.

   “I’ve been making art as long as I remember. I got the idea to advertise and sell pieces after, on a few occasions, people requested art from me. My advice if you want to try selling something you make is to open an account on Etsy or Redbubble,” says Darien R. ’21.

   While making money at a time like this can seem like an uphill battle, there are ways to find extra cash. It’s all about knowing where to look.

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