Living in one of the most expensive cities in the world, it is no wonder that we often struggle to afford a house or a car, and barely have enough to splurge on a fine dining experience living in this city of the Crazy Rich Asians!
With the on-going coronavirus pandemic and economic uncertainties, a litany of concerns are shared by people living in Singapore now. Luckily, with a little resourcefulness, we’ve got several side income hustles for you to consider.
In fact, some of the side hustles below, such as tuition teacher, designer and proofreader would be perfect hustles if you are required to work from home, especially in times of crisis and pandemics.
From private teaching to pet sitting, we’ve handpicked 13 side jobs with flexible hours to increase your monthly income without compromising your full-time job. While some require more time and others need additional skills, the key to ensure that your side gig is sustainable and rewarding is to be consistent in your commitment, you might even receive unexpected returns from your continuous effort.
1) Teach Tuition
Signing up as a tuition teacher has to be one of the most stable avenues for earning extra income. Estimated to be over a $1 billion industry in Singapore, there has never been a perfect time to be a tutor!
Depending on what qualifications you have, pay rates differ across the board. If you are a graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree from a local university, expect higher rates for popular subjects such as English, Mathematics and Science.
With an abundance of tuition centers all around Singapore, you would be hard pressed to not find one convenient for you in terms of location. If you prefer flexibility, you could be a freelance tutor and teach at your student’s place.
Not to mention, being a tutor is highly rewarding when you see the students under your tutelage achieve success in their exams. So why not consider a role as a tutor to not only earn some side income but to shape the future of our next generation.
Need to work from home? You can also always conduct tuition sessions online through mediums such as Skype and Google Hangouts.
2) Sell Handcrafted Items Online
Selling handmade items such as handcrafted accessories online might help you to discover a new income avenue while at the same time find people who share common interests.
With the advent of social media, individuals can market and sell their niche products almost hassle free. Remember to set up an official Facebook business page or Instagram business account to present all your best pieces, attracting followers and building your customer base all at once.
Interested talents may consider launching an e-commerce store on websites designed specifically for vintage and handcrafts, such as Etsy or simply sell directly through Instagram.
3) Be a Pet Sitter
This is the perfect job for animal lovers, to fulfil your passion for fur kids while earning some side income! Imagine playing with a cute dog or cat and getting paid for it. There will always be demand for ad-hoc pet sitters as pet owners may not always be present to look after their pets, for instance when they go on holidays.
You, as a pet sitter will be filling in this gap for them. In general, your job would be to look after the pets, feed them and provide their owners with updates through photos or videos.
If you are not the sedentary type, you can also opt to be a dog walker. Many owners might not have the time to walk their dogs, resulting in them not getting enough exercise. This is where you come in as a dog walker! It is very easy to be a dog walker or pet sitter nowadays with online websites such as Pawshake and even Carousell where you can advertise your services and rates you charge.
4) Teach Musical Instruments
Have a special flair in musical instruments? Share your passion with the next generation while honing your skills. Many find it difficult to keep up with their musical passion when they start working, why not turn it into a money-making opportunity! By teaching students, musically-inclined individuals will be able to revisit their hobbies and reinforce their foundation.
Other than listing under tuition websites as Music Teacher, you may also register under The Singapore Music Teacher Association where students are looking for tutors of niche instruments such as Piccolo, Harp and Organ-Pipe.
5) Refer Friends to Switch Electricity Retailers like iSwitch!
It takes just 3 simple steps to earn an additional $50 if you refer your friends to iSwitch when they are thinking of switching electricity retailers.
Firstly, login to the iSwitch Portal or download its Mobile App to access your unique referral code. Then share your code with your friends via email or social media and receive 500 points per referral, equivalent to a $50 bill rebate if your friend successfully signs up with iSwitch (limited to the first 500 referrals). You are only one click away from receiving a substantial discount on your monthly electricity bill.
Other than exploring side income hustles, it is also important to save on a daily basis to make ends meet. With iSwitch’s electricity plans, households will be able to reduce expenditure on electricity every month, guaranteeing significant savings.
6) Be a Freelance Photographer
Own a professional camera but not fully utilising it? You could consider being a freelance photographer, for weddings, business professionals or even schools! Remember to focus on one genre to define your niche.
Gaining recognition from your existing clients will boost your reputation and thus further expanding your business network. Don’t forget to continuously upgrade your photo-taking and editing skills by watching youtube tutorials and practising on a regular routine.
One of the great things about freelance photography is the ability to take pictures of not just people, but items, buildings and landscapes, especially in times where social-distancing is needed. Just snap up tons of shots in a week and market and distribute them in the comfort of your home for the rest of the month!
7) Be a Freelance Designer
Sign up with a creative agency like Fiverr and Freelancer if you are talented at creating visuals and proficient in design software, to receive your next exciting assignment on graphic, website and logo design.
You might even have the opportunity to work with established international brands to broaden your horizon.
The advertising industry is ever-changing, keeping up with the latest marketing trend will help you gain more clients especially in online advertising. This is perhaps hands down the most convenient way to work from home undisturbed. All you need is some creative chops, design experience and a powerful enough computer to crank out those designs!
8) Drive Grab or Carpool on the way to work
With the advent of ride hailing services offered by companies such as Grab and GoJek, it is easy to see why being a driver is an enticing job to earn some extra income. Signing up to be a driver under companies such as Grab offers the flexibility to earn some money whenever it’s convenient for you.
On the way to work and want to earn a few extra dollars? You can offer transport services to people who are working around your area. If you are free on weekends or have some spare time, why not use that time to earn some money as a driver?
With simple to use apps in place, you need not worry about complicated procedures and barriers to entry when offering services as a driver.
9) Be a Proofreader or Translator
Singapore is an international hub for finance, commerce and business, has attracted a myriad of multinational companies (MNCs) from all over the globe. Using Singapore as a springboard to launch their products and services into greater China, India and South-East Asia has been the goal of a lot of these MNCs based here.
Here is where Singapore’s bilingual education system has its advantages. If you have been through it, chances are that you are fluent in English and at least your own mother tongue (e.g Chinese, Malay, Tamil).
Many of these MNCs do engage proofreaders and translators externally to help them with language barriers and communications. From publishing articles, marketing content to the company’s website, there are endless opportunities for you to offer translation services to these MNCs.
Often, these MNCs need someone with not only the local language skills but also that local perspective and cultural awareness which they lack and are not able to fully comprehend.
It need not be the 4 main languages that Singapore is known for, if you are fluent in European languages (e.g French, German), there are equal opportunities for you to offer similar translation services to those European MNCs based in Singapore.
Up there with designing, this is also a great option to work from home and practice social distancing especially during a time of a pandemic.
10) Teach Sports
Are you a sports enthusiast? Do you get excited about being engaged in all kinds of sports? Or are you good at a particular sport like swimming? Well then being a sports teacher would be one of the simplest ways to get some extra income.
n Singapore, many people dedicate a portion of their time to play sports, whether it is for reasons of bonding with friends and family or simply to get healthy, playing sports and being active is an integral part of many Singaporeans’ lives. Here is where you can seize this great opportunity!
For instance, if you are an avid swimmer and have the necessary proficiency certifications to back up your abilities, you could register yourself as a swimming instructor and start giving swimming lessons to kids or anybody who is keen on learning.
Been practising yoga for many years and want to impart your know-how? Complete a yoga teacher training course and start your very own yoga class at your own convenience.
The key here is to find a sport that you are passionate about or have great experience in and start teaching it to others while earning some cash at the same time.
11) Small-Scale Home Baking
Many gifted bakers are sharing their beautiful creations on their Instagram page and tailor making cakes and muffins based on customer’s requirements. If you are living in an HDB flat, you will have to follow the Home-Based Small Scale Business Scheme under HDB if you wish to take your bakeries business online.
As for food hygiene, home-based bakers are encouraged to follow the National Environment Agency (NEA)’s Guidelines on Good Hygienic Practices for Bakeries and Cakeshops.
Remember to make use of social media to attract potential pastry lovers and you may wish to join baking groups such as Bakerro to be more prominent in the community.
12) Sell Less-used Items Online
Ever had that racket which you used to play badminton regularly with your friends, but not anymore due to your busy work life?
Or what about those spare clothes lying around in your cupboard which you have outgrown out of years ago? There is a simple solution to not only declutter your room but to also make money out of it!
You would be surprised at how sought after your used items can be, with many people seeking used items to save money and fulfil a need.
There are many online avenues for you to list your items, the most popular one being Carousell. Setting up an account and advertising your product only takes minutes and you will soon be selling away your used items for cold hard cash!
So go dig up that dusty closet in your room and see if you can find any unwanted items to sell today.
13) Get Paid to Advertise on Your Car
By signing up on Carblicity, drivers will be paid up to $500 a month for just driving, which is as good as “free” petrol every month. There is no registration or subscription fee to join Carblicity and you get to choose which advertiser you want to advertise for.
Drivers will get to choose the campaigns before making an appointment with Carblicity for the installation of the sticker ads at the workshop, which is tried and tested to be safe for the car’s paintwork and can be removed cleanly without any damage to sound, factory original (OEM) painted surfaces.
All drivers need to do is drive as per normal to get paid, as long as you meet the minimum monthly mileage of 1000km. Payouts vary according to each campaign’s duration and the number of sticker placement, which typically ranges between $150 to $350 per month.
Don’t Just Earn, Save More Money At The Same Time!
While making more money is important and a great way to supplement your income, sometimes it’s just easier to save money month after month while doing practically nothing!
Is that even possible? Yes, it is!
All you need to do is to switch to an electricity retailer like iSwitch and begin saving on your monthly electric bills month after month, year after year!
Learn more about our prices plans here and start saving!