Asked by Anonymous
Asked on 09 Nov 2018
I prefer no f&b, tuition and driver pt job.
I'm working as full time admin take home pay $1400/mth, studying part time diploma. Currently highest education level is O level.
Here's an infographic from Seedly on how you can manage your income every month! Given that you're working full time while taking up a diploma course, you might not have time to take on additional part time jobs. So maybe you can consider other alternatives like dropshipping
First, look through your monthly expenses, and break it down into weekly expenses. Give yourself a fixed pocket money, say $100 per week and do not exceed it.
As for part time jobs, you seem quite fussy about it. Nonetheless, you can look for those warehousing/packing type of jobs for part time.
As for skills, perhaps you can look through what courses you can apply for using Skillsfuture credits. Most importantly, you must have the passion and interest for it
You could focus on reducing your expenses, such as preparing your own food, buying a transport pass if it is more worth it, etc. Always think, "is it a need or a want?" before making a purchase.
You can use the 70-20-10 rule to budget out your salary.
70% for monthly expenses
20% for savings, unless you have pressing debt
10% for investments, retirement,
so effectively you'll be saving 30%, about $420 per month. Making your own meals, bringing water bottle when eating out, can add up to huge savings! I'm not too sure how to go about with increasing income though.
First, we must have the will, then we can find the way. Just with any business, our own personal "profit" follows the same formula: Profit = revenue minus costs. so there's really two components that you need to work on: Increasing the amount you make; and reducing the money you spend.
I'm assuming you dont have much savings at the moment then i will focus on things that i can do in my spare time with my existing skills; just to earn some extra income. Since you're already a full-time admin, i'm assuming your weekday office hours are taken up. I would suggest looking for another admin job in the weekends - whether it's for tuition/enrichment centres. As you are studying for a diploma as well, it's going to be quite tough. But have faith, with the diploma completed, you will be able to command a higher pay.
For reducing your costs, some has suggested cooking and bringing food from home. I think this may take a lot of time away from actually working another job or from your own downtime (unless you like cooking). I would suggest just having a budget and going with it. There's a limit to how much you can reduce costs in Singapore.
Not sure its a problem of expenses based on your pay, you can be eating grass and your savings won’t go anywhere because there’s a fixed cost of staying in SG.
You need to earn more, and if you don’t want to part time, nothing much to do until you get your diploma/degree and a better paying job (sales or programmer)
Can consider industry related skills to upsell yourself as more technically capable to contribute for your current company. Then ask for pay adjustments (pay raise sounds a bit crude to ask).
1) Cut down your expenses and prepare home meals
2) Take on freelance work. You seem very fussy about pt jobs. Don’t understimate Grab deliver. They can earn more than $2k/mth. You may dislike it but simple as them can earn more than you!
3) Invest portion of your money. Returns will get in the future but definitely will benefit you
You cannot belittle jobs such as tution and driver jobs! Did you know Tution in Singapore is increasing because Singaporean parents are “FOMO”. It is a billion dollar demand!!! Imagine GRAB. More of the business owners nowadays are using delivery platforms to get more sales!
I’d think it’ll be better for you to focus your non-work time on your dip rather than work more.
therefore you should try saving up instead. But what are you actually saving up for? Maybe first up is to save an emergency fund of 3-6months your income? Try this needs-wants method:
Needs: Work out how much you must spend each month, e.g. transport expenses, basic food costs, bills etc.
Wants: Then decide how much you want to let yourself spend on stuff like new clothes, shoes, gatherings etc. Once you’re adding up the amounts here you’ll likely realise how much money you can actually save if you spend less on things you don’t actually need.
Your savings would be the leftover amount when you deduct your needs and wants from your take home pay. Since you said you have no savings, it’s most likely that your wants are too high. Are there some stuff that you can spend less on? Maybe don’t shop so much? Or maybe your needs are too expensive? Are you Grabbing instead of taking public transport? Would a SIM-only phone plan be better for you than a usual conttract plan? If you’re smoking, would you consider quitting smoking?
The most important thing for you now is to reduce your expenses. Record your expenses, and analyse them at the end of each month to see where you can cut.
Learn how to budget and save money first. If you earn abit more now but dont know how to budget and save, you will still have trouble saving. Side gigs wise im not too sure