How To Earn A Side Income: 10 Legitimate Side Jobs for You

Key points

  1. Work as a Freelancer
  2. Become an E-hailing / P-hailing driver
  3. Start Your Own Blog and Guest Blogger
  4. Start a business as a Stockist or Agent
  5. Become a online tutor
  6. Rent out your property or host on Airbnb
  7. Start a YouTube channel
  8. Affiliate Marketing
  9. TikTok Influencer
  10. SEO Specialist

Instead of relying solely on their fixed income, many people today want to take up side jobs to earn an additional income. Because the cost of living keeps increasing from time to time, it is difficult for you to rely just on one source of income. To ensure they will have extra cash in the future, some people have started to invest in cryptocurrencies, gold bars, bitcoin, real estate, and much more. Finding side jobs or freelancing, however, is the greatest option if you decide investing is not for you.

But it’s undeniable that investing and working a side job are two entirely different things. While investing requires patience and an understanding of trends, doing a side job depends on completing the job, task, or project for your clients and receiving payment immediately afterward.

There are many side jobs available in Malaysia that you can try out, but it would be much simpler if you can identify your passion and your strengths. Here are 10 Legitimate Side Jobs that you might try out to make some extra money. Now is the time to use your hidden talents and earn money!

1. Work as a Freelancer

Many people began working as freelancers. Freelancing is a form of self-employment, which means you work for yourself and charge clients for the services you provide. Freelancers typically work on a contract basis for numerous businesses and organizations, however some of them may only work on a particular project or assignment at a time.

There are many freelancing jobs available today, so decide which platform interests you and approach potential clients there. The best part is that, as the boss, you have complete discretion over your schedule, the clients you choose to work with, and the services you choose to offer.

Since the income is not fixed, you will have complete control over it because you are the one who charges your customers according to the services rendered.

Translation, website design, content writing, graphic design, videography, and other examples of freelancing work.

2. Become an E-hailing or P-hailing driver

Nowadays, a lot of E-hailing and P-hailing drivers opt to combine this side activity with their part-time job. E-hailing and P-hailing will undoubtedly be used by the majority of us to travel between locations or to transfer food, parcels, and other products. The rate between E-haling and P-hailing is different and not the same. The benefits you can obtain by working as an E-haling or P-haling, such as EPF, SOCSO, employee family medical coverage, and others, rely on the companies’ offerings.

Grab, MyCar, DacSee, AirAsia Ride, Shoppe Food, FoodPanda, Riding Pink, and others are a few examples of e-hailing and p-hailing companies and drivers.

3. Start Your Own Blog and Guest Blogger

Do you enjoy posting content to the site and writing about it? You could even start a guest blog for another business if you decide to create your own blog. Not bad, huh? By starting your own blog, you are not only free to share whatever you want; you are also able to monetize it, since some bloggers look for sponsors and marketers to hire them as freelance writers to provide promotional content.

However, some of them could seek a specific business to write for them and receive payment for each piece published; these writers are known as guest bloggers. If you have a passion for writing and don’t want to create your own blog, this is a fantastic option for you to make some extra money. You can hone your writing talents at the same time.

Note: According to the Indeed website, freelance writers in Malaysia may expect to make an average monthly pay of RM 3,934.

4. Start a business as a Stockist or Agent

If you’ve noticed, a lot of people now work as side hustlers selling other people’s goods. The goods can be from a variety of categories, including skincare, food, dessert, apparel, shoes, and accessories. The majority of persons in Malaysia who engage into creating side income are stockists and agents. Starting from the beginning is difficult since you need to understand how to build your brand’s recognition, and your ability to attract customers is what matters most.

But don’t worry; once you join or begin working as a stockist or agent, your leader will unquestionably walk you through the process from beginning to end. You should try to learn everything you can. You can learn about businesses by becoming a stockist or agent, and if you did well, you could see thousands of sales in a single month!

Inai Nunha, Ainaa Skincare, mytudungfazura, monchoco cake, and other brands are a few examples of goods sold via stockists or agents.

5. Become a online tutor

Being an online instructor is one of the ways you can make extra income each month if you have patience and are skilled in a few subjects. It can get RM 800 or more depending on the rate you charge and student you had. You may literally teach anywhere you are flexible by working as an online tutor. There are many platforms available now that you may use to teach online, like Google Meet, Zoom, Teams, Skype, Slack, and others that make it simpler for you and your students to connect virtually.

The hourly rate for an online tutor relies on a variety of factors including your location, supply and demand, the difficulty and level of the subject, your qualifications, the rate of competitors in your field, your experience, and the academic performance of the students. Before charging your clients, you must take these factors into account.

6. Rent out your property or host on Airbnb

Have any of your friends or others said to you that they purchased a home and then rented it out or hosted it as an Airbnb? This is another method you can use to make a little extra money.

Can you imagine that if you decided to use Airbnb to rent out your home, you would charge RM 100 or more per day and depending on how many days the customer wanted to rent for, you would be making hundreds or even thousands of ringgit per month. In the same way, if you rented your home—say, let’s your apartment—to outsider, they would pay you a monthly rent of RM 500 and higher.

Make sure to carefully consider your options before selecting whether to rent your home out on a long-term basis to a stranger or for Airbnb.

7. Start a YouTube channel

Starting a YouTube channel is the best step to take if you have a lot of knowledge, abilities, or anything else you want to share with the world in order to make extra money! According to the World of Buzz, Youtubers make money from the advertisements, which can bring in up to RM1,000 per day for the channel.

If you notice when you play any videos there are commercials flash up before or after we view the videos. If you choose to be a part-time or full-time YouTuber, this is how you can earn extra money. In addition to advertising, there are additional ways to make money, including channel membership, crowdsourcing, affiliate marketing, and selling their products.

However, in order to monetize your videos on YouTube, your channel must have at least 1,000 subscribers (Youtube Guidelines). However, never forget to identify your strengths because doing so will make pursuing side employment a lot simpler for you.

Examples of YouTube channel ideas include parody videos, DIY, cooking programmes, Mukbang, ASMR, sharing content, and more.

8. Affiliate Marketing

Do you know what affiliate marketing is? You must have heard about it recently. In simple terms, your duty is to assist the company acquire clients by promoting the company’s product or service in any social network by using a unique link. Affiliate marketing is a procedure where publishers receive a commission by promoting a product or service made by another retailer or advertiser. The benefit of affiliate marketing is that anyone who is interested can sign up for it for free. The industry will determine the commission you will receive, which is probably between 5% and 10%.

Before you decide to do affiliate marketing, make sure you understand and go through all those step by step on how to start so that you can have a clear understanding of how to promote, what the commission percentage is and other.

Example affiliate marketing platform: Shopee Affiliate Program, LAZADA Affiliate Program, Watsons Affiliate Program, JD Sports Affiliate Program, UNIQLO Affiliate Program and others.

9. TikTok Influencer

If you have a large number of followers on your Tiktok account, now is the ideal opportunity for you to draw attention to your business or yourself. You must be at least 16 years old to monetize on Tiktok, and you must be over 18 to legally work with brands or third parties directly. If you’ve observed, a lot of individuals these days have started making and uploading amusing films, educational videos, cooking videos, and other types of videos to Tiktok.

Because of this, if you own any hidden abilities or skills, don’t be afraid to use them. You can work with a particular company while earning money. In addition, a brand may approach a specific social media influencer with a sizable audience and ask for a collaboration on marketing promotions.

It should be noted that the videos you will upload, make sure they are useful videos, and most importantly, make sure they can provide lessons or knowledge to others.

10. SEO Specialist

Did you know that Malaysian employers place a high premium on their SEO specialists because SEO specialists are rising quickly in Malaysia?

But, what exactly is SEO? The term “SEO” stands for “search engine optimization,” which is the procedure of obtaining visitors through unpaid, editorially-generated, or natural search results in search engines.

If you are an authority on SEO and possess a broad range of abilities and knowledge, you can either provide your SEO services expertise to the small or startups business or you can build your own website that will bring in revenue from advertising or referrals.


You have a variety of choices for finding side jobs to increase your income. As I’ve already stated, because the cost of living is constantly rising, we cannot just rely on our current income to cover expenses. This is especially true if you have a family and children. So now is your moment to shine if you have any talent or the ability to perform outside of your comfort zone!

Therefore, you can choose to do whatever side job you want. To avoid losing concentration on your existing work, you must manage your time wisely. This is another important factor to take into account.

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