There’s been a lot of talk about a possible recession in the near-future. Millennials haven’t really had to deal with a recession (I was in high school), so there are a few things we can do to prepare.
These things include getting a job that is recession-proof, lowering overall expenses, and being more intentional with your money.
If you aren’t entirely sure a recession is, it’s when the economy declines (significantly) for at least 6 months.
Medical, law enforcement, education, and government jobs will always be needed, even if we’re in a recession. Those are a given, but we aren’t talking about those today. We’re talking about mostly online + work from home jobs.
Here’s a list of 15 recession-proof jobs (that you haven’t thought about!).
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1. Sell Etsy Printables
Selling printables is my favorite side hustle on this list because it’s almost entirely passive income, meaning you do the work in one sitting, and then get paid for it for months and years to come. With just a few hours of work, my friend Julie has made over $5,000 selling printables. She loves this side hustle and recommends it to anyone who is short on time, wants extra money, and wants to work from home.
Are you wondering how to get started selling Etsy printables? Julie even made a free guide which includes a secret list of best-selling products by month and how to capitalize on seasonal trends to make sales. It’s a free download and SO good!
I did an amazing interview with Julie that you can check out here. She shares pictures of her printables, revenue dashboard, and exactly how you can get started selling printables.
Julie recently created a course called E-Printables where she shows you exactly how to make money selling printables online. I’ve gone through the course myself and plan on adding this as a side hustle myself because it’s one of the easiest ways to make passive income.
Here’s an example of a student who is has made thousands after taking the E-Printables course. She’s only been on Etsy for a year and already has over 2,000 sales!
2. Pinterest Virtual Assistant
Pinterest has over 290 million active users. Over 24% of the United States uses Pinterest. This is huge for businesses. Pinterest is a must for small and large business owners, which is why Pinterest Virtual Assistants are in high demand.
A great Pinterest VA can take a business from being “okay” to being seen by thousands online. Pinterest Virtual Assistants can make businesses A LOT of money, which is why businesses hire Pinterest Virtual Assistants.
You may be wondering how to get started as a Pinterest VA, where to find clients, how much to charge, and more. Become A Pinterest VA Today teaches you all of these things. You can live and work anywhere in the world to do this. In fact, you’ll see many Pinterest Virtual Assistant testimonials here of women who work and travel.
You can attend a free workshop here to learn more about how to become a Pinterest Virtual Assistant today.
P.S. Here’s an example of one student who is now a full-time Pinterest VA after taking Become A Pinterest VA Today! She’s earning $7,500 a month from home as a Pinterest Virtual Assistant.
3. Teaching English with VIPKID
VIPKID is popular English-teaching platform that connects children in China with online teachers in
This online platform connects Chinese students with online English-speaking teachers.
As an online English teacher, you can make up to $20/hour plus bonuses.
Perks include working remotely, setting your own schedule, and working at a job where employees feel happy and fulfilled with their work.
4. Start a blog that makes money
Blogs still make money in a recession because more people are online scrolling through blogs. At the very least, you can make money on your blog with ad revenue. I make roughly $1,500-$1,800 per month with ad revenue alone.
I started this blog in college and graduated my senior year making $80,000 a year. Now, I work from home, spend time with my family and dogs, and I get to take my family on nice trips and donate to my favorite charities.
Start a blog today for just $2.95/month with my step-by-step tutorial here. It’s easy, painless, and takes less than 20 minutes to start a blog of your own. With my link, you get a discount from $7.99/month to $2.95/month.
Do you want to get started with your blog now? I recommend checking out this course roadmap to figure out where you should get started first!
If you need a little more help starting your blog, I even have a free How To Start A Successful Blog quick 5-day course that shows you step-by-step what to do AFTER you started your blog. This quick course is filled with a TON of value giving you everything you need to get started the best way.
I was even featured on Forbes for my success story!
5. Become A Tax Preparer
Did you know you can get trained online to become a Tax Preparer? This in-demand remote job can be done from anywhere in the world. A Tax Preparer prepares, files, and assists in general tax forms.
To get started in this field, take a high-quality tax preparation course. Do your research to find the best one for you. After doing my research, I found that the TaxBiz Course is one of the best. You learn a step-by-step method to start and run a successful tax business. TaxBiz is a certified provider through the IRS, so you have the opportunity to indicate your authority as a Tax Preparer.
I know you have so many questions about starting a digital tax business. You’re probably wondering if something like this is for you. That’s why there’s a free workshop to answer all of your questions. You can also read reviews from graduates and students on Better Business Bureau and Facebook.
6. Facebook Ad Manager
Facebook Ad Managers bring new customers to brands. Many companies may pull back on advertising costs, but others may be looking for someone to bring the most bang for their buck by bringing in new clients.
Did you know you can become a Facebook Ad Manager for businesses and make an extra $1,000+ a month with just 1 client? Facebook Ad Managers are in charge of running ads for businesses to increase their customer base and income. In short terms, Facebook Ads can really help businesses grow.
There are over 27 million businesses in the U.S. with over 500,000 new businesses starting every month. Out of 27 million businesses, all you need is 1-2 clients to make $1,000 a month.
If you want to go all in on this side hustle, you can take on 5 clients, which can be roughly $5,000 a month.
Over 1,500 students have taken the course. Here are 15 video testimonials from real students.
Many Facebook Ad Managers take on 10 clients a month, which can be roughly $10,000 a month.
This is more than possible with the Facebook Side Hustle Course. What you make is ultimately up to you.
You can learn how to become a Facebook Ads Manager in less than 28 days with the Facebook Side Hustle Course.
Americans want to know how to best spend and use their money (especially in times of a recession).
A bookkeeper’s job is to keep records of financial transactions of a business.
Bookkeepers can make between $30,000-$60,000 per year.
If you’re eager to learn more about becoming a bookkeeper, check out this free training that will show you the quickest and easiest way to start and run a successful virtual bookkeeping business.
You’re not going to make a full-time income with surveys, but they do add a little extra cushion if you’re looking to make extra money. Filling out surveys to make money is an easy way to make money by simply providing your opinion to questions.
I genuinely enjoy surveys because I love sharing my opinion on things. I’ve always been into taking quizzes and surveys, so naturally, I love this method of making some extra cash.
Here are a few of my favorite surveys:
- Swagbucks ($5 bonus for signing up)
- Opinion Outpost
- Survey Junkie
- MyPoints ($5 bonus after 5 surveys)
- Springboard America
9. Make dog treats at home
Did you know you can make $1,000+ a month part-time working at home with a dog treat business? You can even make $5,000-$8,000 from your home kitchen if you do it full-time. You can get your kids involved, work from home, create your own schedule, and make treats for dogs. I don’t think it gets better than that.
My friend Kristin runs a successful dog treat business from home and perfected the craft of selling dog treats. She even teaches others how to replicate her success in her course Diva Dog Bakery. I know you have a ton of questions about this and want to learn more before signing up for a course.
That’s why Kristin offers a completely FREE workshop to answer all of your questions. Have more questions that aren’t covered in the workshop? You can contact Kristin via email. Get her free workshop here and see if this side hustle is for you.
10. Customer Service Representative
Customer service representatives are the go-between for customers and companies. People will always have questions and need assistance with things, so this is a great area to work in during a recession.
At FlexJobs, there are hundreds of new online, work from home jobs posted for customer service representatives.
These jobs are almost always entry-level, which means you don’t need any experience to get started.
Most customer service representative jobs usually start around $13 per hour.
Do you have skills such as graphic design, social media, voice over, illustration, or translation?
If you have these freelancing skills, they’ll always be in demand on sites like Fiverr.
Fiverr lets you create a profile and share your services with people looking to hire freelancers.
I’ve hired people from Fiverr numerous times and love that I can support someone’s dream online.
By 2020, the translation field will have a 42% expected growth rate. If you’re bilingual, you need to take advantage of this career space.
Translators are needed as we head into 2020 due to businesses growing into other countries.
If you aren’t sure how to get started, Turnkey Translator will teach you everything you need to know.
You learn a step by step guide to quickly launch your career and start earning great money in the shortest time possible from someone who is a full-time German and Chinese translator. ‘
You can turn your language skills into a full-time income.
13. Rent a room or apartment out on Airbnb
No matter what, people will still need to do a little bit of traveling either for work or family reasons.
Did you know you can make money by renting out a room or apartment?
I have several friends that live in a big house and decided to rent out a room. This Airbnb room now covers their mortgage. Even people that live in smaller apartments or condos can benefit from renting out a room on Airbnb.
You can sign up to become an Airbnb host here.[You can even see how much you can make in your city by clicking that link. In my small town in Colorado, it’s possible for me to make $1,365 per month].
14. Sell on Amazon
Amazon controls almost 50% of eCommerce and is only increasing in the future. This means that selling on Amazon as an Amazon FBA Seller can still work in times of a recession.
There are more than 100,000,000 (yes, million) Amazon Prime members. More than 50% of all Amazon sales come from third-party sellers.
Selling on Amazon is a legit way to make great money and isn’t going away any time soon. And if you’re completely lost on how to even get started selling on Amazon, bear with me for a sec.
My friend Jessica and her husband have perfected the art of selling on Amazon and have made well over $100,000 profit (their first year in the biz). Now, they make much more than that.
Jessica even has a FREE 7-day course that tells you everything you need to know in a simplified way to get started selling on Amazon. This side hustle (or full-time job) isn’t going anywhere as Amazon selling has only touched the surface of what’s possible.
There are so many jobs out there, even during a recession. It’s important to be intentional with your time and money by finding a job that is recession-proof and lowering overall expenses.
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