Millions of people are getting furloughed as companies and schools all over the country cancel events, restrict travel and shutter campuses. For those without a safety net, such as paid time off or a healthy emergency fund, these actions can cause devastating financial pain.

The good news is that some organizations are also hiring in the wake of Coronavirus. If you’re not worried about getting sick, these are places where you may be able to find work quickly.

Meal delivery

While restaurants are going empty, food delivery is going strong. There are dozens of food delivery platforms that enlist freelancers to deliver both restaurant meals and groceries. Among the better meal delivery options: GrubHub and DoorDash

Package delivery

Amazon is getting such a flood of orders from people who don’t want to head to the market, that it’s hiring 100,000 workers to keep up with the demand. Shoppers and warehouse workers earn $17 per hour. Delivery drivers for Amazon Flex shuttle Amazon packages from warehouses to consumer doorsteps. Flex estimates pay at $18 to $25 per hour, however, some of that is based on tips and you shoulder your own expenses.  

Grocery shopping

Likewise, grocery shopping and alcohol delivery services, such as Shipt and Instacart are likely to be going gangbusters. (However, going to the store in today’s environment may demand combat pay.)

Big Box retail

All it takes is a trip to Costco to know that big-box grocery retailers are desperately in need of shelf-stockers, clerks and cashiers. Lines start forming at Costco stores hours before opening. The stores remain packed all day as customers hoard supplies to survive future “self quarantines.” Target, Walmart, Trader Joe’s and local supermarkets are similarly slammed with panicky customers. It’s worth mentioning that both Costco and Trader Joe’s offer attractive pay and great working conditions.

Child care

With schools starting to close, working parents are likely to be scrambling for child care. Those who want to provide it can earn as much as $25 per hour. Trusted, Urban Sitter, Care, and Bambino can help connect you with these opportunities.


Public places that have not closed in the wake of the pandemic are undergoing regular deep cleaning. If you’re handy with gloves and cleaning supplies, you may be able to sweep up on the sanitation trend by signing on with Managed by Q, Tidy, Fairy or any number of other cleaning options. You can also advertise your availability to clean houses or offices on a free neighborhood website, such as Nextdoor.