Your monthly earnings do not have to be limited to your salary. There are various ways to make extra even with a full-time job. Here are six examples of how you can supplement your salary with side income.

Make Extra Money While Keeping Your Day Job

  1. Freelance on different platforms.

Everyone has something that they can do. If you know how to speak various languages, then you can translate texts and tutor some students. If you have some skills in writing and proofreading, then you can produce web content for new websites. Assess your skill set, and use it.

Once you have determined what you can do, look for a platform where you can find potential clients. Fortunately, the advent of the Internet has made it rather easy for people to market their skills and to find freelance work. You can already visit various websites such as oDesk, Fiverr and Freelancer.

The rate for freelance work may depend on your skill set, the scope of the project, the budget of the client and even the rates suggested within the platform. At Fiverr, for example, you can charge at least USD5.00 for every gig or project you get.

  1. Buy and sell items.

Visit thrift stores and garage sales in your local area, and collect cheap but good quality items that you can resell at a higher price. You have the option to sell these items through an actual flea market or a virtual flea market such as Carousell or even eBay.

Aside from being a good source of extra income, this endeavour can also be a fun family activity. This can be especially enjoyable for those who love shopping and haggling. Try to bring your kids along while hunting for good finds, and see if they enjoy it.

  1. Tutor children.

Tuition agencies such as Tuition Singapore and Smart Tuition match tutors with students who need assistance in their learning. You can easily sign up as a tutor at their websites for free. You only have to verify your identity by submitting soft copies of your identification card and certificates or transcripts. Once your account is verified, make sure to list your field of expertise and any other unique skills to quickly find someone you can tutor.

The rate will depend on your qualification as well as the level of your student. At Tuition Singapore, for example, fees range from SGD15 to SGD90 per hours. At Smart Tuition, fees range from SGD15 to SGD120 per hour.

  1. Engage in arts and crafts.

Unleash your artistic skills, and create things that you can sell on online platforms such as Etsy. There are many things you can create from cards to knitted items, jewellery, paintings, baked sculptures and many others. You can also repurpose found items into interesting artworks or useful furniture.

  1. Look for odd jobs on Craigslist.

Browse the Craigslist section for odd jobs, and see if you can help a few people in your area to move their things or to do their yard work. If you live within a tight knit community, you may not even have to go through Craigslist or other online platforms to find jobs to do. Simply talk to your neighbours, and ask if they need help with anything and how much they can pay you for doing it. The rate for these odd jobs largely depends on the scope of work.

  1. Sell photos at stock photography websites.

If you are good at taking pictures, try setting up a portfolio and marketing yourself at photo-sharing websites such as iStockphoto, Shutterstock and Fotolia. You can also license your pictures at Flickr, which has already teamed up with Getty Images.

Also, read our 10 Budget Hacks to Increase Your Savings.

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Anna Haotanto is the Advisor (former CEO) of The New Savvy. She is currently the COO of ABZD Capital and the CMO of Gourmet Food Holdings, an investment firm focusing on opportunities in the global F&B industry. She is part of the founding committee of the Singapore FinTech Association and heads the Women In FinTech and Partnership Committee. Anna is the President of the Singapore Management University Women Alumni. Anna invests and sits on the board of a few startups. Anna is also part of the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry Career Women’s Group executive committee. Anna’s story is featured on Millionaire Minds on Channel NewsAsia. She hosts TV shows and events, namely for Channel NewsAsia’s “The Millennial Investor” and “Challenge Tomorrow”, a FinTech documentary. Anna was awarded “Her Times Youth Award” at the Rising50 Women Empowerment Gala, organised by the Indonesian Embassy of Singapore. The award was presented by His Excellency Ngurah Swajaya. She was also awarded Founder of the Year for ASEAN Rice Bowl Startup Awards. She was also awarded the Women Empowerment Award by the Asian Business & Social Forum. Anna has been awarded LinkedIn Power Profiles for founders (2018, 2017), Tatler Gen T, The Peak’s Trailblazers under 40 and a nominee for the Women of The Future award by Aviva


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