By now, you’re probably familiar or is an active member of the side-hustle phenomenon. Making a living is never easy, and it’s only become more difficult as average incomes have struggled to keep up with inflation. In Hong Kong especially, salaries outside the finance industries are often not proportional to the living costs of the city, forcing many Millennials to turn to other ways to make money.
That being said, not everyone is happy to run errands for strangers, rent out their home, or start a blog. The good news is you don’t have to! There are countless side hustles you’ll enjoy doing in your downtime that align with your interests and hobbies, which us key for sticking to to it in the long-term.
Keep reading if you’re struggling to make ends meet, or just want to have more disposable income.
If you’re passionate about cooking, then platforms like Tastemade, Mobichef, and EatWith are great for finding diners who’ll appreciate your culinary genius (at a price). Feastly purports that some of their chefs can make a comfortable living using the platform full-time, and it’s also a great way to meet like-minded foodies too!
If your professional skillset includes writing, whether it’s creative or copywriting, there are countless opportunities online for you to earn some extra cash through websites like Copypress. The freelance economy is booming, so more and more companies are willing to pay good money for single project based work through Upwork, Fiverr, Peopleperhour, and other marketplaces
Time to prove your mother wrong, and make some money from your “waste of time” hobby! If you’re an experienced gamer with mad skills, then platforms like Twitch or Youtube Gaming are great because they're live-streaming platforms that will pay you from ads they sell to your viewers. Talk about an easy ways to bring in dough while doing what you do best.
If you were a straight-A student in school and enjoy time with the kiddos, then online tutoring might be for you. Toby, Upwork and Fiverr all have 'online tutor' categories, plus they allow you to showcase your areas of expterise under all kinds of options - language tutor, music lessons, cooking lessons, resume/ college admissions coach, you name it! If you're a professional educator you can share your resources on Chegg, or become an instructor on Udemy.
What’s better than spending your weekend with an adorable pooch? Getting paid to spend your weekend with an adorable pooch, of course! Platforms like Pawshake and PetBacker connects you with people in need for pet sitters, dog walkers, and groomers in your city. P.S. bonus points (and more cash) if you’re a trained veterinarian.
Note: This article was last updated in April 2022, it was originally written in April 2018.
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