With the Malaysian economy in tatters, GST implemented and the Ringgit in a seemingly endless downward spiral, it can be tough saving up for that holiday or splurge item you desire. Luckily, with some extra time and energy, you can apply to any one of these jobs below for a quick way to earn more money on the side. Best of all, they’re all flexi-hour and will work around even the busiest of schedules!
1. Be An Uber or GrabCar Driver
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What you’ll need: An insured car and a valid driving license.
Here’s your chance to live like The Transporter. Uber drivers are guaranteed a minimum of RM15/20 per ride and they also get a bonus when introducing friends. The team also has internal rewards such as a reward for most mileage in a week or during seasonal periods, which is a great motivator for drivers all around! Another option is GrabCar, sister company to MyTeksi, which likewise promises a minimum of RM20 per ride and bonuses for referrals.
2. Plate Culture
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What you’ll need: Talents in the kitchen.
If you’re a great chef and enjoy hosting people, you can sign up to be a chef at Plate Culture, a website that connects foodies with talented home cooks. You’ll be able to set the menu and for your safety also be connected personally with each guest before the dinner date. The result is some cash for your culinary skills as well a dining experience unlike any other.
3. Home Bakers
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What you’ll need: The ability to whip up tasty baked goods.
Baking is a science and if you happen to be a talented scientist with flour, why not start making some extra income from your yummy experiments? Some savvy social media skills on Facebook and Instagram are a great way to get the word out.
For inspiration, take a look at the success story of local home-based baker, Yani Othman of The Kitchen Guardian. Baking was just a part-time hobby and passion, until the popularity of her business grew so much she ended up quitting her day job as a legal counsel and making it her full-time job. Read her inspiring story here. Likewise, the stories of Frost & Flourish and Bitter/Sweet are great motivators to rethink your day job too.
Otherwise, you can also sell your goods by renting a booth at weekend flea markets at The Curve or Mont Kiara.
4. Sell Your Pre-Loved Goods
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What you’ll need: Pre-loved goods in decent quality.
Do a thorough spring clean of everything you own and put aside all the items you no longer use or wear. Be brutal – if you haven’t touched it in a year, it’s time or it to find a new home. Next, choose your platform of choice and start listing your items. Malaysia’s largest marketplace, Mudah, is a favourite for its active users and wide variety of categories. Alternatively, think about renting a booth at weekend flea markets for a pop-up space!
5. Get Paid for Social Sharing
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What you’ll need: Be active on the Internet
So you spend a lot of time online. Read a page, share the link on your social media accounts, and get rewarded with cash – that’s how social media sharing website, 8Shares, works! You don’t need to have insane amount of followers either, but it certainly helps as you get paid by clicks and views from your links.
6. Be A Flexi-Assistant
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What you’ll need: A way to get around…and strong work ethic.
Personal assistant websites like GoGet.my and Supahands offer the ability for worker bees to claim jobs at your convenience, which is great for those working a 9-5 or might be limited by college hours. There will be a variety of tasks available, anything from fetching dry cleaning to sending out mail, and you’ll be able to work around your schedule and get paid according to jobs.
7. Teach Your Skills At Shareshops
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What you’ll need: A specialty skill that you’re really good at
Whether it’s photography, sewing, painting, crafting or something as unique as flower arrangements, you can teach your skill by running shareshops. Speak to communal spaces like Makespace in Quill City Mall or Hobby & Coffee at Taman Tun and plan your lesson to your heart’s content!