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If you’re looking for ways to replace your lost income during the coronavirus crisis, these temporary and gig jobs might help.
With so many businesses closed to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, you may be unable to work and wondering how to make ends meet. The good news is that some businesses are still operating, and many of them are hiring temporary or gig workers as demand grows during these unprecedented circumstances.
Let’s take a look at a few options that might help you bridge the gap.
The grocery industry is hiring thousands of workers to keep up with growing demand as people stock up and depend on cooking at home during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Kroger, one of the largest grocers in the U.S., says it has already hired more than 23,500 additional workers and is looking to hire another 20,000 people.
Albertsons Companies, another large grocery chain, is partnering with 17 struggling companies, including Hilton, Marriott International and Regal Cinemas, to offer 30,000 of their workers part-time jobs until their original employers can take them back.
But if these companies don’t run grocery stores in your area, you can check to see if your local grocery stores are also hiring.
Many shoppers are opting to have their groceries delivered in order to stay at home. So signing up for gig work with a company like Shipt or Instacart, where you shop for groceries for customers and deliver them to their homes, might also be an option.
Restaurants and delivery services
Much of the restaurant industry has been hit especially hard by COVID-19, but some places that typically rely on delivery are hiring.
Business is booming for pizza joints like Domino’s and Papa John’s, which are hiring tens of thousands of new workers. Another good bet is to look into delivery services like DoorDash, Grubhub and Uber Eats to see if they’re looking for extra drivers right now.
Some online retailers are ramping up hiring of warehouse workers and delivery drivers as more people opt for online shopping.
For instance, Amazon has pledged to hire 100,000 new workers to help keep up with the demand of deliveries, and it’s encouraging people seeking temporary employment to apply.
Pharmacies are playing a critical role during the spread of COVID-19, and they’re hiring to match growing demand. CVS plans to hire more than 32,000 workers, and Walgreens is ready to hire about 9,500 workers.
Home improvement stores
More people could depend on home improvement stores to prepare for a long period of time at home, so these stores could be looking to hire more employees. Lowe’s, for example, is already planning to hire tens of thousands of workers.
Other ways to cover lost income
While these temporary jobs might make sense for many people, it’s important to take stock of your situation before you apply. Finding new sources of income is a priority for many right now, but with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommending that people shelter in place, getting a job that requires leaving home might not be feasible for everyone. Consider these other options to help with lost income.
If you’re out of work or have had your hours or income cut, you might want to consider applying for unemployment insurance. In light of the current crisis, the federal government has eased requirements for people who are temporarily out of work due to COVID-19, even though they may not normally qualify for this benefit.
We recommend visiting your state’s unemployment insurance website or contacting an office to see if you qualify. If you do, you can expect to receive your first check two to three weeks after you file your claim, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
The IRS recently extended the federal tax filing deadline to July 15, which could provide a nice cushion for people who have lost their jobs and don’t have the money available to pay any taxes they might owe right now.
But if you’re expecting a refund and haven’t already filed your taxes, you can do it sooner rather than later and use that money to help make ends meet until you’re back to work. If you’ve already filed and have yet to receive any refund you’re expecting, visit the IRS “Where’s My Refund?” page to find out when to expect it.
The federal government intends to send stimulus checks to millions of Americans who are struggling to get by. While the checks won’t be sent immediately, they should help with finances once they begin to arrive.
The good news is you don’t need to apply for a check. If you qualify based on the income reported on your most recent tax return, the IRS will either send it directly to your bank account through direct deposit or send a check in the mail. Read our rundown on the CARES Act stimulus checks to find out what you might earn from this program.