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5 Ways to Earn a Side Income in Singapore Without Putting in Much Effort

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Joanne Poh

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The idea of having a side income appeals to just about every Singaporean, because after all, you can never have too much money.

But once you actually factor in the amount of time and effort needed to earn money outside of your day job, most people get turned off—after all, the idea of having to slave away giving private tuition or doing freelance work when you’re already exhausted from working long hours in your regular job is not appealing. And dealing with bargain hunters and straight up weirdos on Carousell is also very few people’s idea of fun even if you can earn some decent money from it.

Forget about that. Here are five ways to earn spare cash without having to put in much time or effort:

 

1. If you have a car: sign up for services like GrabHitch

Okay, so maybe you don’t want to become a full-time Grab or Uber driver. There sure are easier ways to earn money. But if you have a car, you might benefit from something like GrabHitch. That way, you can pick up passengers along the way whenever you’re going to hit the road.

Heading out for supper with friends on the weekend or going for a movie? You can easily pick up a passenger after you leave the house, and accept one more on your way home. This is a great idea for those who like to go out late at night when there isn’t much traffic on the roads. Earning a side income this way is relatively hassle free since you can just see who is heading in the same direction as you and choose whether or not you would like to give them a ride or not.

 

2. If you have kids whom you drive to school in the morning: let other parents’ kids carpool with you using Schoolber

Since you already have to force yourself out of bed at 6am so you can take your kid to school, why not earn some spare cash while you’re at it by picking up other kids who go to the same school? You can do the same thing when you drive your kid home from school.

Schoolber lets parents register as drivers and then matches them up with other kids in the area going the same way. Apparently, you can earn up to $360 month for driving a route you’d have to ply anyway. While not a lot, you should at least be able to cover the cost of fuel.

 

3. Rent out spare rooms in your home

Since homes are viewed as assets in Singapore, it’s time to milk yours for all it’s worth. If you live in a condo or landed property, you can rent out spare rooms on Airbnb. There are even some people overseas who rent out their living rooms to tourists for a small fee.

While short term leases of under 6 months are technically not allowed in Singapore, the government has so far done nothing to track down and prosecute private property owners who rent out their rooms to tourists. Just don’t try this trick if you live in an HDB flat as you might get your entire home confiscated.

You can also go the legal route by renting out your rooms on long-term leases of at least 6 months. This is legal whether you live in private or HDB property. You will earn less per-day than if you were renting out the property short-term, though.

 

4. Look after people’s pets

Babysitting other people’s kids requires a ton of energy, as you’re basically forced to keep an eye on them all day long. Luckily, pet sitting isn’t quite so hard.

Pet-sitters on Pawshake have the option of turning their homes into a pet kennel of sorts by letting people leave their pets with them when they’re on holiday.

You’re of course responsible for feeding the animals and, in the case of dogs, might have to take them out for walks, though you can charge an extra fee for that. But other than that, your main job is to provide the animal with a safe place to stay.

You can also visit your clients’ homes to feed their pets, walk their dogs and so on, but the pet-boarding option is the least time-intensive option and enables you to earn around $40 to $45 a night.

 

5. If you have some spare cash: invest in dividend-yielding stocks

Buying property and then renting it out isn’t the only way to earn a monthly side income. Investing in dividend stocks is another way you can see immediate returns on your investment.

Do note, however, that like all stock investments, these do come with a certain amount of risk, although to be fair dividend-yielding stocks tend to be blue chips that are quite stable.

On the downside, that also means that you should not expect these stocks to skyrocket in value overnight. So if you’re young and/or have a higher risk appetite, you probably don’t want these to be the only investment in your portfolio.

Are you earning a side income outside of your day job? Tell us what you’re doing in the comments!

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Joanne Poh

In my previous life, I was a property lawyer who spent most of my time struggling to get out of bed or stuck in peak hour traffic. These days, as a freelance commercial writer, I work in bed, on the beach, in parks and at cafes, all while being really frugal. I like helping other people save money so they can stop living lives they don't like.