How to make some extra money while you save the earth

Being a social media influencer and getting paid to be fabulous, isn’t for everyone. But don’t worry, there are many other ways to earn that extra cash during COVID while being eco-friendly!

Sell your preloved clothes and shoes

We honestly own so much more than we really need. While you clear out the clutter, why not make some money in the process? If you have an item that’s still in good condition but you don’t use much, you can consider selling them online through the many platforms out there.

Whip out that shirt you hardly ever use, iron it, put it on a hanger and snap some pictures (don’t forget close ups images that help to build trust with the buyer by showing them that the item is in good condition). Things may not fly off the rack immediately but with a little patience, you might just realise that the very thing sitting unused in your closet could make you some extra cash!

Platforms you can sell your items on:

  • Carousel

  • Facebook

  • Instagram

Read more: The Best Thrift Shopping Spots in Singapore for a Good Bargain

Trade in old electronics for money

In 2019, I sold my $2,500 Macbook Pro that was 8 years old for $450. While it’s quite a dip, it was honestly not doing anything on my shelf. My laptop even had some dead pixels on the screen! So you can imagine how happy I was to get this $450 that could be invested into my next laptop. In addition to the extra cash, we’re saving the earth by selling our electronics rather than taking up more space in the landfills.

Platforms you can sell electronics on:

  • Carousel

  • Facebook

  • Instagram

  • Online mobile phone and laptop traders

Make deliveries

In these unprecedented times, we are seeing more food delivery orders and increased frequencies in online shopping. While most delivery channels require the sender to have a bicycle at the very least, there are some that allow deliveries on foot too. This could be a good way to rack up some step count and money at the same time.

Platforms you can deliver with:

  • Grab

  • Deliveroo

  • Foodpanda

  • Lalamove

  • Qoo10

Pick up freelance work online

Depending on your skills and experience, there are a whole range of services you can provide. Web and app developers are always in demand. We took a quick look online for new hires and there were less than 10 developers based in Singapore with the skills we need. Can’t code? You could also provide some writing services or create social media posts for brands! Find your niche, position yourself well and give freelance work a go!

Platforms you can find freelance jobs at:

  • Upwork

  • Fiverr

Do surveys for brands

While this might not earn you a full time salary, with some wifi and a few clicks you could earn some money pretty quickly. These tasks could vary from taking online offers, downloading and trying apps, watching videos, clicking ads, signing up for free trials, participating in contests and much more. Just beware of online scammers in the process! Never divulge any sensitive and credit card information.

Platforms to take surveys on:

Sell cooked and baked goods

If you are already an avid chef or baker, you can consider selling your food online. Unlike the previous 5 suggestions, this would involve some investments on your end. Items such as takeaway containers and ingredients involve incurring some upfront investments first.

The earth would also appreciate you using friendlier materials to contain your food. Do some research on the regulatory guidelines for selling food from a home kitchen before you start this business. Spread love with your food!

Platforms to sell on:

  • Facebook

  • Instagram

  • Create your own website on Wix, Squarespace or Shopify

Test apps and websites

Sign up to be a tester for brands that interest you! This is another investment free way to learn about new products in your free time. It does require you to install certain programs on your laptop and you may be required to speak and have your camera on. But if you aren’t camera shy and are willing to give it a go, this is a great way to earn some extra income!

Platform to be a tester:

Teach a class online

You can teach anything from yoga to excelling in Excel. You can choose to teach anything that you have great understanding or experience on. Try hosting a class or record it for sale. It’s usually better to have a series of these classes and not a just standalone video. So if you decide to do this, plan for a series and prepare a good set up at your desk. Your lessons can go a long way in helping someone and your wallet will thank you.

Platforms to teach on:

  • Udemy

  • YouTube

  • iTalki

While some of these jobs may not look like much, these are great ways of trying something new and interesting while earning a little side income. Who knows, you might just discover a new career in the process!

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