With the never-ending extension of the MCO (Movement Control Order), we can imagine many Malaysians are getting restless, particularly those who are working from home. Since we’re all stuck in our houses at the moment, this is probably a good time to use the extra time we have to start a little side hustle. No, we’re not talking about gambling okay.
We’re talking about certain things you can do solely online to make money. With some basic skills in writing or even photography, you can:
1. Get paid writing content for websites
This is not limited to only websites, you can also write content for social media if you’re a creative person and have a passion for writing. Perhaps one of the best ways to offer your services in this is to set up a LinkedIn account and attach some of your best-written works in there for employers to find. Another option is to submit written content to websites like Listverse, which pays you about $100 for each accepted article. Just be sure you don’t have a clause in your day job that prohibits you from freelance work though!
Average salary: According to Indeed, freelance writers in Kuala Lumpur make an average salary of RM2,900 a month.
2. Become a virtual assistant
If you’re a good communicator, have strong digital skills and great organisational skills, you could work as a digital assistant to a business or even an individual. Try asking friends or family members if they need a virtual assistant who can sort out documents, manage finances or any other thing they could use a pair of digital hands for. One website you could check out is Upwork where you can put your profile up as a virtual assistant. Of course, LinkedIn is also a good platform to put yourself up for hire.
Average salary: Freelance virtual assistants can make about RM10-20 per hour. That’s not too bad, don’t you think?
3. Be a stay-at-home bookkeeper
Bookkeepers are generally responsible for providing accurate and up-to-date financial information for a business. Believe it or not, you don’t actually need a CPA (Certified Public Accountant) to start bookkeeping. Websites like Udemy or Coursera offer online bookkeeping courses you can sign up for and start earning once you complete the course.
Average salary: The average bookkeeper in Malaysia earns around RM3,000 per month but that depends on the agreement you have with the employer and the scale of your work.
4. Take pictures and sell them online
If you have a passion for photography, there are many ways to sell your photos online. They can be sold to individuals or companies looking for suitable images for their website or social media platforms, or put up on stock image websites like Getty Images or Shutterstock to earn money for each download. Stock image websites would generally accept any photo, even photos of your nasi lemak can be sold!
Average salary: Since photos are a more creative asset, the money you can make from selling them could vary significantly. For example, Getty Images pays $175 (about RM700) for a single small-sized photo, while large images go at $499 (about RM2,000).
5. Start a blog or a website
This one may be more of a long-term thing as you only start earning money once your blog or website becomes popular enough. But hey, with all this time under lockdown, why not start now? You can make it about your passion and provide entertaining content about cooking or photography.
As your blog garners followers, you might want to add Google AdSense to your site. By adding a specific script, your website will start showing ads and you’ll get paid each time someone clicks on those ads. If your website gets a lot of traffic, just sit back and watch the money roll in!
Average salary: The average blogger could earn at least RM4,000 a month, depending on the number of views they get.
6. Sell your handicraft or artwork online
For those who have talent in making things such as handmade jewellery, woven baskets or even homecooked food, you could look into selling them online. Take a look at Instagram shops such as Deeper Than Fashion, which makes handcrafted jewellery, or Chill-Izz Chicken Rice, a business that started out right in the middle of the pandemic!
If you’re planning to try this out for the first time, there are tons of videos on YouTube to find inspiration and ideas. You could also jump on Pinterest or Instructables to look for handicraft tutorials. The possibilities are endless!
Average salary: Small food businesses that operate from home on Instagram can earn up to RM2,000 per day. So if you’re handy in the kitchen, look up some recipes and try it out!
7. Dive into the world of live streaming
If you fancy becoming a content creator, live streaming is the way to go. In recent years, live streaming has grown exponentially and has turned into a multi-billion dollar industry. In a 2017 survey by Livestream, 80% of respondents said they would rather watch a live video from a brand instead of reading a blog.
So here’s the important question: How do you make money from live streaming?
Generally, live streamers can make money from donations or tips their viewers give them and they differ from platform to platform. Some platforms have integrated services that allow viewers to give virtual tokens to the streamer which they can then convert into real money.
Of course, once your channel is popular enough, you might get approached by brands that want to advertise on your live streams too. In fact, most successful streamers’ incomes are made mostly from sponsored advertising.
So, if you’re looking to start live streaming as a career or even just for fun, Bigo Live is a great place to start!
Bigo Live is a free app that lets users make videos or live stream their activities to friends and anyone else who follows their account. The best part is, viewers can interact with you via a chat box or even stream together with you on the app.
The most direct way you can start earning is by downloading the Bigo Live app from Google Play or App Store, sign up, and go live immediately. The moment you start broadcasting and building up a fan base, you already have the potential of earning “gifts”.
You’ll be able to turn these “gifts” into the same amount of “beans” which you can then cash out!
Yes, for real money!
The content you host can even be just about anything. A cooking channel, yoga tutorial session, gaming, or showcasing your art skills. As long as viewers love your content, you’re good to go!
You won’t even need expensive equipment like a DSLR camera, high-end PC, or broadcasting software. All you need is a smartphone and be at least 18 years of age to be a BIGO host.
In fact, Bigo Live is currently recruiting hosts to join as broadcasters on the platform! If you’re someone with charisma, would like to earn income with flexible hours and the freedom to produce your favourite content, then perhaps this is the job for you.
A Bigo Live host could earn anywhere between RM2,000 to RM20,000 per month! If you’d like to find out more, you can contact them at +6011 6093 1868 or drop an email at [email protected]
FYI, BIGO currently has 400 million users worldwide and a 24-hour live broadcast so you can stream at any time and still have viewers no matter what time zone you’re in! It also features a multi-person chat room that can connect up to nine people at the same time. You can try out all sorts of fun games together as you stream to your audience.
If you want to know what that looks like, come and check out the BIGO Trivia Night stream happening this 5th – 12th July!
This competition will be hosted on the BIGO Live app and is open to all Malaysians aged 18 and above. To join, all you have to do is:
- Download the BIGO Live app from Google Play or App Store
- Register an account with your BIGO ID
- [registration link]
- Join the trivia night and have fun!
[Bigo Live Trivia Night KV]
There will be 28 randomly selected participants who will be formed into groups of two and participate in a series of trivia questions on the Bigo Live stream. The winning team will get to bring home a grand prize of RM3,000!
So, whether you’re in it just for fun, to make a career out of live streaming or to join Trivia Night for the prize, try out Bigo Live and see where your creativity takes you!
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