SG Budget Babe
Asked on 03 Dec 2019
I’m trying to find ways to make money as a student, ad hoc jobs etc
I'm a student studying in NUS right now and is also hustling for pocket income, totally understand your difficulties as a student. What I am about to mention here though sound very repetitive like the other answers, it is speaking from my own experience and some challenges I face:
If you are a Uni Student
1) Arrange your timetable to a nicely fitting 3-4 days work week, preferably consecutive days so that you have the weekends with the weekdays to rest/study/work
2) Tuition is one of the better option per hour rate for you as it does not require additional physical effort but recollecting education back in Pri/Sec/Poly/JC days. One key point is that tuition usually would be a year long commitment so you have to plan your days properly and usually year end exams coincides with your Uni Finals Exams.
3) Take up a part time waitering at P.S. Cafe, $10/hr on weekdays and $12/hr on weekends. Public Holidays Double Pay and you can choose the days based on your commitment level.
If you are in Sec/Poly/JC, can consider point 2 and 3 but you only have the weekends to hustle or after school hours on weekdays. All the best!
Some of my own experience growing up
banquet waiter (easiest to find job, each shift only 4-5 hours)
retail assistant (longer shift)
commissioned salesman of printer (and laptops) at sim lim square
computer software troubleshooting staff
No prize for guessing what job gives me the best dollar per hour- tuition teacher
However, the other jobs gave me a lot of experience and sales techniques that i learnt at an young age, so I do appreciate them a lot.
Hope you can find jobs that give you experience that will serve you very well in the future, and not just the money alone.
If you are from NTU, they have a thing called 'Work Study Scheme' or WSS, where you can find a list of available part time jobs, mostly in campus. Some are regular basis, some are events/occassional basis. Depending on your choice!
Hope this helps!
I used to work part time in restaurants, and teach tuition to primary school kids. In terms of ad hoc jobs, I used to do ticketing and ushering for concerts & ball games.
I see a lot of my nieces and nephews give tuition as it's quite lucrative and can fetch quite a good rate. I also see one of my nephew teach a musical instrument, although it is harder to find students for that.
Time efficiency wise, I gave a lot of tuition during university days, at $25/hr back then, having 16 hours of tuition would pretty much cover my monthly expenses during university.
I also took part in paid survey, for 15 minutes, I got $5 and every bit helps.
You can consider also working at IT shows/exhibitions if you can do sales, as over 4 days, you can make quite a fair bit.
Teach tuition! As an university grad, parents are more happy to engage u for private tuition for their primary school kids.
the pay per hour is the BEST compared to waitress, waitress, salesman, etc etc
Hey there! For me, I gave tuition. I thought that was one of the value-adding jobs with reasonable $. Even up till today, I am still giving tuition. You can also consider part-time @ cafe, salary is pretty decent too. Arrange your timetable so you have time to do at least 1 day. I still remember.. I actually worked as a chef a point in time, from like 5pm - 11pm on weekdays. Pretty fun to some extend!
I suppose there are a few that can generate quite a bit of income - teach tuition, set up e-commerce stores, food delivery, provide transcription services or paid survey jobs.
Tuition - also provides a long-term part-time career, if you've managed to amass a reputation for yourself.
Event jobs - like at expo, IT fairs, or wedding/catering events - pays $10-$15 a hour, some events include commission too.
Work with a barista at a cafe - although people disdain working at cafes, but if you work alongside a barista and learn tips from them. That may inspire you to go take up barista cerfications. I find baristas get pretty good pay as a adhoc job. :)
By far the easiest and most lucrative ones would definitely be to teach tuition, sell stuff on Carousell, set up an e-commerce store selling handmade goods, do paid market surveys, and drive Grab.
Most common stuff will be to do part time jobs like give flyers, FnB, hotels and events job.
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From my conversations with younger people (unfortunately uni grads).
There are three popular jobs they do now:
1) Tuition- the age old adege of making money from parent's worries over their child's education
2) Grab as a driver: Flexible and provided your dad/mom allows you to use their vehicle
3) I have heard also that some students buy second hand bicycles on carousell and then work as food delivery riders earning 6-6.50 per trip. Its decent pay and is a form of exercise
Personally, I did internships and also gave tuition to save up enough to pay off my university fees and have savings after that.
Other things you could consider:
Market surveys, subject to your profile being what they are looking for
Performances (I just did one dance item for a company's d&d and pocketed 150 for a 2min dance item)
Join temp job groups on Telegram and see what is available. Anything from roadshow sales to telemarketing to packing
Longer term, but more successful YouTubers can monetize their content. Same with IG/tiktok influencers who have enough clout to charge for videos
Teaching tuition, working part time at cafes/retail, finding ad-hoc jobs from your school's work study scheme (if you're in uni), browse those facebook groups where they shout out event jobs etc
Any legal job that pays, e.g. part-time at cafes like Starbucks, intern, admin, telemarketing, tuition.
Personally, I teach tuition while studying in university. Since my expenditure was small, I was able to save up quite a bit of money through my tertiary education.
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