5 Side Hustle Ideas for Busy Singaporeans

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Looking for ways to earn extra income in Singapore? A side hustle may be the perfect solution. A February 2023 global survey of 10,000 workers by Kantar shows that 40% of Gen Z workers are combining at least two roles. Some of this is still being driven by financial considerations, amid economic uncertainty and the rising cost of living. Singaporeans are constantly busy with their full-time job, but what if you could earn from home?

Why should I do a Side Hustle?

During a sudden economic downturn back in 2020, the usual US unemployment of 3.5% rose to 14.8% within just 2 months. That means more than one-tenth of American was unemployed back then. Luckily here in Singapore, we were given a lot of unemployment benefits. Back it should also teach us a lesson to never be dependent on one income.

Whether you’re looking to supplement your current income or save up for a big purchase, there are plenty of side hustle ideas that can help more Singaporeans achieve their financial goals even if you are a busy Singaporean. Here are some options to consider!

Online tutoring or teaching

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If you are a Singaporean, chances are your parents have spent a lot of money on tuition. I surely did! So you definitely have some educational stuff to teach others right? If you have expertise in a particular subject, consider offering online tutoring or teaching services.

With the rise of e-learning platforms and video conferencing tools, it’s easier than ever to connect with students and offer your services remotely. You can set your own rates and schedule, making it a flexible option for busy Singaporeans. Plus, you’ll be helping others learn and grow while earning extra income.

Platforms like Udemy, Gumroad, and Preply are platforms where people are willing to spend some money to learn a thing or two! Surprisingly, English learning is one of the hottest things to teach on the Internet. So if you think you have what it takes to be an online tutor, give this one a go!

Freelance writing or graphic design

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If you have a talent for writing or graphic design, consider offering your services as a freelancer. Many businesses and individuals are in need of content creation and design work, and they often turn to freelancers for help.

Deciding between freelance writing and graphic design ultimately comes down to your skills, interests, and goals. If you enjoy writing and are a strong communicator, freelance writing may fit you. If you have an eye for design and enjoy working with visual elements, graphic design may be a better choice.

Tips for Freelance Writing

  • Build a portfolio of writing samples to showcase your skills and experience.
  • Identify your niche and target clients in that area.
  • Network with other writers and industry professionals to find opportunities.
  • Set realistic rates and deadlines to ensure a steady flow of work.
  • Constantly improve your skills and stay up-to-date on industry trends.

Tips for Graphic Design

  • Develop a strong portfolio showcasing your best work.
  • Stay up-to-date on the latest design trends and techniques.
  • Identify your niche and target clients in that area.
  • Invest in quality equipment
  • Set realistic rates and deadlines to ensure a steady flow of work.
  • Be open to feedback and willing to make revisions to meet client needs.

You can set your own rates and work on projects that interest you, making it a great option for those looking to earn extra income. Just be sure to market yourself effectively and build a strong portfolio to showcase your skills.

If you would like to get started, here is a step-by-step guide on how to be a copywriter, SEO writer, or graphic designer. Each article even shows you which platform to use to maximize your freelance earnings. Heck! They make it look easy to earn 6-figures on each individual platform.

Every freelancer needs to be on Fiverr, it is a platform where many writers can easily make $2,000 per month just from content writing. You can check out how writers like Kelly are able to make over $100K doing freelance writing on Fiverr working just part-time.

Pet-sitting or dog-walking

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If you love animals, pet-sitting or dog-walking can be a great side hustle for you. Many pet owners are in need of someone to take care of their furry friends while they are away, and they are often willing to pay for the service. You can start by advertising your services on social media or pet-sitting websites, and build a reputation as a reliable and trustworthy pet sitter. Just be sure to have a clear understanding of the pet’s needs and any special instructions from the owner before taking on the job.

Pet Backer is a platform that connects pet owners with pet sitters and dog walkers in their local area. The platform provides a range of pet care services, including pet sitting, dog walking, pet grooming, and pet taxi services. Pet owners can easily find a trusted and reliable pet sitter or dog walker near their location, while pet sitters can earn extra income by taking care of pets.

Getting started with Pet Backer is easy. You need to create a profile on the platform, set your rates, and start advertising your services. You can also apply for jobs posted by pet owners on the platform. Once you get hired, you need to provide quality pet care services to ensure customer satisfaction and repeat business.

You could make anywhere from $10 up to $30 per hour just dog walking, $30 to $55 as a pet sitter or daycare service, or $30 up to $100 per night as a pet boarder. It’s a side gig anyone can start if they believe they have the commitment to take care of other people’s dogs! With more work from home jobs that more Singaporeans are looking for, this can be an additional source of income for you to get started!


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In 2020, the global esports market was valued at $1.08 billion, and it is projected to reach $1.62 billion by 2024. Top esports players and streamers can earn millions of dollars annually through sponsorships, advertising, and prize money. Even if you are just starting, you can still earn a decent income through game streaming, game testing, or game design.

Compared to other industries, gaming has a relatively low barrier to entry. You don’t need a degree or professional certification to start making money through gaming. All you need is a computer or gaming console, an internet connection, and some basic gaming skills.

You can sign up right away with Twitch and record yourself gaming. It’s a great stress relief (hopefully😅) for busy Singaporeans after a long day of work. With the right mindset, dedication, and practice, anyone can become a successful gamer.

Sell handmade crafts or products online

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If you have a talent for crafting or creating unique products, consider selling them online. Selling handmade crafts or products online has become popular due to the wider audience reach, cost-effectiveness, flexibility, social media marketing, and ability to showcase creativity and personalize products.

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Everyone wants a piece of your toy! Just look at this Pokemon Caps you can add to your keyboard!

Platforms like Etsy and Carousell allow you to set up a shop and sell your handmade items to a global audience. From jewelry and clothing to home decor and accessories, there’s a market for almost anything. Just be sure to price your items competitively and provide clear photos and descriptions to attract buyers.

If you are interested to share your passion for handmade goods. Here’s a full breakdown guide on how you can create and sell your own handmade goods at home!

No Matter how Busy!

Singaporeans are always busy, but not busy enough to find ways to make an extra dollar right?

Side hustles are a great way for more Singaporeans to work for additional income whenever they feel like it. So what are you waiting for, get out there and work!

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