Surprisingly Easy and Enjoyable Side Gigs for Singaporean Millennials

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by Ritchelle Ann Ona

Much as people take on extra jobs for the money, it seems that when it comes to side hustles or part-time jobs, a notable number of Singaporean millennials are doing it as a breather from their nine-to-five jobs.

But if you don’t love what you’re doing in your side job, at the end of the day it’s just another strain. As a result, both your day job and side job may suffer, and you may end up with nothing but a ticket to burnout instead.

There are many side hustles but here are five of the most popular:

1. Writing

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Part-time writing for a magazine, ad agency, website or news wire is the perfect side job for someone who has a flair for words, has a lot to say and wants to say what’s on his or her mind.

Patience is needed in this job to research and continuously edit.

Important tips: don’t be picky. Build a portfolio first. What you’re good at writing about may not be what you want to write about. You’ll never know unless you try a couple of writing jobs.

Earnings range from S$0.30-S$0.50 /word in websites like

2. Photography Associate


For those who love taking pictures but don’t want the hassle of running a photography business, becoming a photography associate is for you.

Photography can be addictive and time-consuming, so you have to be clear why you’re doing this side job. Whether it’s for the extra money or for interest, it can take up a good part of your free time.

Check out Digiphoto Entertainment Imaging to learn new photography skills free and work at the same time.

Earnings may reach S$1,180 per month.

3. Online Survey Respondent


If you love staying in the house in your free time and surfing the Internet, why not use that extra time to make some money? You can even answer surveys while watching TV.

Answering online surveys is the easiest way to earn extra cash. Sometimes you’ll earn vouchers instead. Surveys from sites like Panel Place can yield up to S$200 per survey. With reputable companies like YouGov and Toluna involved with this site, anyone can be sure it’s a legit way to earn.

4. Personal Shopper


Some of us just can’t resist going to the mall or the grocery store. There’s always something to buy!

If you’re one of them, satisfy your shopping cravings by becoming a personal shopper, where you can earn a side income the moment you step in a shop, the mall or the grocer.

Some people are so busy they don’t have time to shop, and will willingly pay others to do it for them. Sometimes, they need a great-looking outfit, or they just need some groceries. Whatever it is, if you love shopping, you’ll know where to find it.

Check out sites like and earn S$15 per hour.

5. Camp Instructor

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If you love nature, are great at planning activities, enjoy interacting with youngsters and want a breather and some extra income to go with it, a freelance outdoor camp instructor could be the job for your. Help young ones in an adventure-based experiential learning camp.

Typically, no formal educational requirements are required, but it is helpful to be knowledgeable in crafts, sports and other outdoor activities. Also, having an energetic and engaging personality wouldn’t hurt either.

Check out for such jobs. Earn S$180 per project.



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