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Even if you’re working full-time, it can sometimes feel like you just don’t have enough money — especially if you’re saving up for something big, or have a big event coming up, or even if you’re just looking to spend a bit more freely.

Well, thankfully as the generation that hustles best, there are quite a few ways for you to earn some extra cash. While some options will take quite a bit of effort, others are less so. So see how these options could help you supplement your salary as a side income.


1. Freelance

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If you know how to speak various languages, then you can translate texts and tutor some students. If you have some skills in writing and proofreading, then you can produce web content for new websites. Assess your skill set, and use it.

There are lots of ways to make your skills known, thanks to the Internet. You can already visit various websites such as oDeskFiverr and Freelancer. The rate for freelance work may depend on your skill set, the scope of the project, the budget of the client and even the rates suggested within the platform. At Fiverr, for example, you can charge at least USD5.00 for every gig or project you get.




2. Buy and sell items

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Over the years you’re bound to have amassed a few (or a lot) of things you don’t need anymore. You can sell these through an actual flea market or on sites like Carousell or even eBay

Aside from being a good source of extra income, this endeavour can also be a fun activity. This can be especially enjoyable for those who love shopping and haggling.


3. Tutor children

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Tuition agencies such as Tuition Singapore and Smart Tuition match tutors with students who need assistance in their learning. You can easily sign up as a tutor on their websites for free. You only have to verify your identity by submitting soft copies of your identification card and certificates or transcripts.

Once your account is verified, make sure to list your field of expertise and any other unique skills to quickly find someone you can tutor.

The rate will depend on your qualification as well as the level of your student. At Tuition Singapore, for example, fees range from $15 to $90 per hours. At Smart Tuition, fees range from $15 to $120 per hour.




4. Sell your art

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Unleash your artistic skills, and create things that you can sell on online platforms such as Etsy. There are many things you can create from cards to knitted items, jewellery, paintings, baked sculptures and many others.

You can also repurpose found items into interesting artworks or useful furniture.



5. Look for odd jobs on Craigslist

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Browse the Craigslist section for odd jobs, and see if you can help a few people in your area to move their things or to do their yard work. If you live within a tight knit community, you may not even have to go through Craigslist or other online platforms to find jobs to do.

Simply talk to your neighbours, and ask if they need help with anything and how much they can pay you for doing it.

The rate for these odd jobs largely depends on the scope of work.


6. Sell photos to stock photography websites

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If you are good at taking pictures, try setting up a portfolio and marketing yourself at photo-sharing websites such as iStockphotoShutterstock and Fotolia. You can also license your pictures at Flickr, which has already teamed up with Getty Images.


Text: Anna V. Haotanto

Additional reporting: Karen Fong

This article was first published on The New Savvy.