Would you say you are underpaid at your job? For many of us, the answer would be yes. While that is an unfortunate reality that many of us have to deal with, on the bright side, there are many other ways for us to earn some side income. So, if you’re looking for opportunities to earn some extra cash, here are some side hustles you can try out:
Participate In Paid Online Surveys
Companies and market researchers want to know what people think of their products and services. That’s why there are countless online surveys you can get paid to take. While you’re not gonna get rich taking surveys, if you spend a lot of your free time on them, you can definitely make a small amount of money for you to spend. Just remember that online paid surveys that promise a large amount of cash are most likely not legitimate. So make sure to do some research beforehand.
Sell Preloved Items
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and there’s a ton of stuff you can sell by just looking around your house. You can sell preloved furniture, clothes, or appliances. So, next time you’re clearing up your wardrobe again, look for clothes you don’t wear anymore, books, gadgets, furniture, glassware, or anything you think may be of value to someone else. Who knew you could earn money by decluttering your space? You can either sell your items on Facebook preloved/second hand groups, or on platforms like Carousell or Mudah.my.
Be A Personal Shopper When Travelling Abroad
Anyone going to Thailand this year by any chance? If you’re already paying for overseas vacations, might as well make some money out of it! There are so many products from around the world that are not available in Malaysia, so the demand is there. Once you collect enough orders you might even cover a huge portion of the trip or even make a profit. So, before you fly off somewhere, do some research on the specific items that buyers are looking for now, ranging from low to high priced. Of course, you can make more money with more expensive products, but with higher-priced items also comes higher risk of loss, like a buyer flaking out before giving you the full payment. Depending on how hard it is to obtain the item and how much your buyers are willing to pay, you can decide on how much you want to charge for your personal shopper’s fee.
Affiliate marketing is when you advertise someone else’s products or services on your platform and get a commission from the sales that comes from your referral, which in most cases come in the form of a link or code. Say you have a a pretty good following on Instagram – you can try and get into affiliate marketing and earn some passive income while you’re working on growing your audience. Big brands like Lazada, Shopee, Zalora, Agoda, and many more offer affiliate programmes for you to sign up and make commission. You can also head to Involve Asia’s website, where they offer a long list of affiliate programmes from different brands.
Put your degree to good use by tutoring students online. Nowadays, especially after the pandemic, many people would opt for online tutors. Tutoring is for all ages, even adults need tutoring (i.e. tutoring for IELTS or learning a new language). As long as you have the right education, qualifications, as well as a passion to teach, you can take up tutoring as your side income, teaching on weekends or even after work on weekdays. Online platforms that help you connect to students include: Tuition Hero, TeacherOn, OTAK Tuition and MyPrivateTutor.
Co-hosting An Airbnb
With tourism in Malaysia slowly bouncing back to its pre-pandemic status, many people are opting for Airbnb to meet their accommodation needs. While there are a ton of Airbnb listings in Malaysia, there are also a lot of vacant bedrooms and houses left unmanaged as the owners or hosts may be too busy to even put up a listing. This is where you come in – so you can assist property owners by helping them find guests, managing reservations and listings, and maintaining the space in general. Co-hosting an Airbnb can make you approximately between 10 to 20 per cent of booking earnings, but it’s up to the owners and how many tasks you’re able to handle.
Become A Virtual Assistant
The best thing about this job is that it’s completely remote and it’s a solid way to earn side income. As a Virtual Assistant, you get to pick who you work for and what duties you wanna take on. Some common tasks a virtual assistant might accept include monitoring email accounts, answering phone calls, organizing files, providing customer support and so on. You should have good communication and writing skills, and are able to multitask. Depending on your employer, salaries can range from $7.25 to $37.50 per hour.
Become A Transcriptionist
If you have excellent listening and fast typing skills, this one’s for you. You can earn some side income by converting audio or video recordings into written form. All you need to do is listen to audio and transcribe it into long-form writing, or drafts of written transcriptions, and communicate with your clients until they are satisfied with the final product.
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