12 Side Jobs You Can Do From Home To Make Extra Money
Love making money, but hate going out of the house?
Perhaps you have to stay at home to mind the kids, or you need a job with flexible working hours, or you prefer the warm glow of the computer screen to the blinding glare of the outside world.
Whatever the reason, here are 12 ways you can work from home to bring in some side income.
Home tuition is a booming business in Singapore. If you’re just starting out, you can sign up for online platforms like Awesome Home Tuition to connect with parents. Degree holders typically charge around S$30 – S$35 per hour to tutor Lower Primary students, and up to S$55 – S$60 to tutor Junior College students.
If you’d rather conduct your lessons online, you can do so through teachnlearn, an online tutoring platform for Singaporeans. Tutors charge around S$20 – S$35 per hour on the platform.
2. Graphic design and illustration
Are you familiar with graphic design or illustration? If so, there’s a world of opportunities that await. Here are some examples of services and products you can offer:
- Logo design
- Website themes
- Customised greeting cards, invitations, calendars, etc.
- Patterns, Photoshop brushes, textures, vector illustrations, etc.
- Illustrations for books, games, websites, etc.
- Illustrations for merchandise such as t-shirts, posters, phone covers, etc.
There are a few ways you can hawk your services and products. Sign up for freelancing platforms like Upwork and Fiverr, submit your products to sites like GraphicRiver, Creative Market and Redbubble, or create your own website to showcase your portfolio.
3. Editorial and writing
There are tonnes of ways to monetise your editorial and writing skills, whether it’s website content, sales copy, proofreading, translation, technical writing or even resume and cover letter writing.
You’ll encounter a lot of competition online – some writers offer their services for as low as US$5 an article. Don’t be dismayed. Extremely low rates are typically accompanied by writing that is riddled with typos, grammatical errors and awkward phrasing.
If you can produce quality work, don’t be afraid of charging more. Top performers on Upwork charge as much as US$40 to US$75 per hour.
Compared to conventional publishing, the barriers to online self-publishing are almost non-existent. Platforms like Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing have made publishing and distribution of ebooks quite painless.
Don’t be intimidated by the prospect of writing a book – short, non-fiction books that require weeks or months of research (instead of years) do sell on the Kindle Store. Writing a book will still be challenging, but you don’t need to be a literary virtuoso. Write your own books, or pull a James Patterson and hire other writers to write content based on your outline.
However, with over 6 million Kindle ebooks on Amazon (as of 2018), be prepared to put in a lot of work when marketing your ebook.
5. Online courses
If you have something to teach, consider packaging it into an online course. You can publish your courses on platforms like Udemy or Skillshare, or even on your own site with the help of services like Teachery and Teachable.
Technical knowledge may be useful in producing an online course. Depending on what you intend to teach, you may need to know how to record and edit talking head videos, or create screencasts.
However, the payoff may be worth it. In 2014, the average Udemy instructor brought in US$7,000, although outcomes do range widely.
Don’t have access to fancy equipment or software? If all you have is a barebones computer and a word processor, you can still create printables to sell online.
Printables are a category of digital downloads that encompasses documents such as:
- Budgeting spreadsheets
- Travel itinerary planners
- Meal planners
- Workout trackers
…and more! If it can be tracked or organised in a document, it can be monetised. The upsides of creating printables is that they are fairly low-effort and can be churned out pretty quickly.
Craft blogs are the perfect platforms to market your printables. If you don’t run a blog, you can also market them on sites like Etsy.
7. Travel itineraries
Do you know which hawker stall serves the best chicken rice in Singapore, or where the best happy hours hangouts are? Are you an experienced traveller? Or do you just like spending hours researching far-flung travel destinations, even if it’s for other people?
Then you may enjoy creating personalised travel itineraries. This involves taking your client’s travel style, interests and budget into consideration when creating an itinerary. Your services may also include arranging transportation and activities for your client.
A travel-themed blog makes a great platform to advertise your services. Otherwise, advertise on platforms like Upwork and Fiverr.
8. Mobile apps
Creating mobile apps requires technical knowledge and is time-intensive, but is potentially rewarding. In 2016, global mobile app revenue was at US$88 billion, and is expected to increase to US$189 billion in 2020.
Ways to monetise mobile apps include:
- Paid downloads
- In-app advertising
- In-app purchases
9. Digital marketing
Whether you specialise in SEO, social media marketing, e-mail marketing or other digital marketing niches, your skills are high in demand. Digital marketers charge from US$5 to hundreds of dollars on freelancing platforms like Upwork and Fiverr.
There are a few revenue models you can apply to your online store:
- Dropshipping. This is when you ship an item from your supplier directly to the customer. This way, you don’t have to keep any inventory.
- Wholesaling. You import products in bulk and ship them to the customer.
- White labelling. You import products that allow you to apply your own labels and packaging.
- Private labelling and manufacturing. You pay to have your products manufactured exclusively for you, or you manufacture your products yourself.
If you know how to set up e-commerce stores, but don’t want to actually run them, you can sell your stores on platforms on Flippa and Fiverr.
Got a topic you’re passionate about? Set up a blog.
Blogging can be good source of side income. Lots of bloggers have even transitioned into blogging full-time. There are lots of ways you can earn money through blogging, including:
- Affiliate marketing. In your posts, include affiliate links to products and services. For instance, if you run a fitness blog, insert affiliate links to body building supplements, fitness apparel or strength coaching courses.
- Advertising. If you have a large readership, placing text ads or banner ads on your site can bring in a good chunk of income.
- Sell products or services. Use your blog as a platform to sell related products and services. For instance, you run a blog about digital marketing, you can sell digital marketing ebooks, courses or consulting services.
- Paid content. Once your blog gains traction, businesses may approach you to write sponsored posts. This typically involves writing a post or a review that links to the business’s website.
12. Online coaching
You’d be surprised at how much other people are willing to pay for your skills and knowledge. There are the conventional skills: fitness, productivity, business, writing, and so on.
Offer your coaching services on platforms like Coach.me, Fiverr or your own website.
Even if you are already employed in a full time job, it’s still possible to get your side income stream going with these work-from-home ideas that you can fit into your free time. They are pretty easy to get started, so you can start boosting your bank balance with a side income stream right away to meet your financial goals this year.