As the COVID-19 safe distancing measures ease up, most of us will still be working from home. With autonomy over our own time and location, we can choose to unlock monetisation opportunities for ourselves.
For those of us that would like to still bring in some quick bucks, here are 5 side hustles we can pick up while we work from home.
#1 Dog Sitting
If you are an animal lover, this is the dream job for you. Launched in 2013, Pawshake has one of the largest dog sitting network in Singapore. As a pet sitter, you would undergo a rigorous application process before being approved. Once you are verified by the platform, you can prepare a profile and list the cost of services. The timings are flexible as you can block out any unavailable timings on your profile’s calendar. Interested pet owners would then directly schedule a timeslot on your calendar for the specific services they require.
As a dog sitter, you can offer a range of services from dog walking, house sitting to opening your home as a doggy daycare. You can set the price of your own services but there is a typical market range for each service. A half an hour dog walking service can cost about $10 and allowing a dog to stay overnight at your place can cost $35 per night.
To be paid while having fun, this does seem like the dream side hustle.
#2 Use Our Bilingual Skills To Teach A Language Online While Making International Friends
For those of us who still retain our bilingual ability, putting it to use can help us earn some money. We can teach English to foreigners who speak in our mother tongue. For example, we can pair up with a Taiwanese student to teach them English while being able to explain to them in Mandarin. This also allows us to have the opportunity to interact with foreigners and their culture, something that we have not done since COVID-19.
#3 Providing Online Translation Service For Corporates Or Web Novels
For translation works, the prices would depend on the number of characters. A typical benchmark would be $5 for 250 characters, with about one revision. These translation works tend to be corporate or marketing-related articles.
If doing marketing translation is not interesting enough, we can opt to do translation work for novels. One of the largest online novel platforms – WuxiaWorld, does work-for-hire translation at a rate of US$30 to US$40 for 3,000 characters.
#4 Monetise Your Music Certificates With Tuition
For the musically inclined, you can monetise your musical skills by giving music tuition. Depending on our instrument and qualifications, the amount we can earn varies. Assuming that we are teaching a beginner, we can earn about $65 to $75 for piano and violin lessons.
While the rates are higher than most of the side hustle mentioned, music lessons might be challenging to teach remotely. We may have to make the necessary arrangements to teach in person and it may be more convenient to select a student nearer to home.
#5 Sell Photos From Your iPhone
Lastly, the age of phone cameras has brought out the inner photographer within us. Instead of forking out another sum to buy a DSLR and fumble through it while shooting, we can use our iPhones or any mobile phone with a good camera. With many flagship phones outfitted with great cameras, we can produce picture quality worthy of stock images.
Shutterstock is one of the largest platforms that allow photographers to monetise their work. Shutterstock pays out in tiers based on the number of images or videos uploaded. On average, for every image downloaded we get paid US$0.40 while we get 10% on the amount paid for our videos.
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