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 Feastly, Kitchensurfing, 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, Copify, Peopleperhour, and Upwork. The freelance economy is booming, so more and more companies are willing to pay good money for single project based work through these platforms like HelloToby.
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. Websites like Tutor.com, Skooli, Wyzant, and Chegg connect you with students of all ages who need help with a wide range of subjects. If you’d rather not teach academic subjects, websites Udemy accommodates to any skillset you can think of, from playing an instrument to personal development.
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 DogVacay 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.
As part of our #BeTheChange series, we sit down and discuss how people and business have evolved, with change-makers in our Garage Community.
This week, we sit down with Michelle Hong, co-founder of Rooftop Republic, a social enterprise on a mission to introduce the joys of urban farming to the city folk of Hong Kong.
Rooftop Republic has been part of the Garage Community since 2018, and they have a rooftop farm on the terrace of our Wan Chai Lockhart space.
It was great to catch up with Michelle over sustainability, social entrepreneurship, and the joys of growing your own food.
The advent of user-friendly e-commerce tools has made starting your own small business easier than ever.
With so many people embarking on their entrepreneurial journey, we thought we’d give you a reminder on how to support small, local business owners.
We encourage everyone to be conscious consumers - whether this means voting with your dollar for locally farmed vegetables, or writing a positive review for the indie coffee shop in your neighbourhood.
Here are a few ideas to get started:
As part of our focus on growth, we asked the Garage Community what areas they would like they spend more time developing. It was very clear that you all wanted to dedicate more time to your mental and physical health!
Considering that Hong Kongers have some of the longest working hours in the world, it’s important to carve out some time for yourself.
Here is a comprehensive wellbeing toolkit with guides, recommendations, and resources for bettering your mind and body.
Want to take part in this month's Community Survey? Click here.