5 Ways To Make Money From Home

Times are a little tough now, but bills still need to be paid

“Money isn’t the most important thing in the world.”

As much as we like to think that, it’s undeniable that money is what makes the world go round.

Environmental and situational factors have drastically changed our lifestyles, and many of us have been struggling to adapt to what has become the new norm. It’s affected most of our income flow as well. Whether it’s a substantial cut or not, a cut is still a cut, and you may need to make up for it.

That’s why it’s important to be resourceful more than ever! Here’s something to heed by: TAP INTO YOUR STRENGTHS, USE YOUR EXPERTISE.

How can you do so? Check out these jobs you can easily do below to earn some side income: 

1. Freelancing

With an abundance of freelancing websites such as Upwork, Fiverr and, this option is a no-brainer. These platforms offer a wide array of freelancing job opportunities, from menial jobs like data entry, to those which require more expertise, such as programming and graphic designing. Writing is the most popular, while translating jobs are another alternative. As Malaysians, the majority of us are at least bilingual if not multilingual, which is something that we should definitely put to use!

The earning potential for freelance writing can range from RM100–RM1,000 per article, and RM50–RM7,500 per project for graphic designing!

2. Selling self-made food/ handmade items

Some people love baking, some people don’t. If you belong to the former group, you’ve most probably been spending more time on your hobby since the social distancing measures by the government were enforced. Why not make some extra cash out of it? Fulfill both your passion and financial needs by selling your best cakes, pastries, and bread etc.! Not into baking? You can always make other alternatives such as home cooked food, crocheted dolls, handmade jewellery, tote bags or anything you like! You can sell these on local e-commerce sites such as Kravve (for food) and CRAFT La (for handmade items), or even Facebook and Instagram. Remember, social media is your best friend!

3. Online tutoring

Quarantine efforts have made going to popular tuition centres out of the question, but education never stops. Students need to continue taking classes and sit for exams even when learning online, and you can help them and their parents out while making some extra money. You’d probably need to revise a bit and prepare some material, but MyPrivateTutor and ChampionTutor are two of the more well-known online tutoring websites you can start on!

4. Affiliate marketing

If you’re running a business and have a website, this is one of the easiest ways to earn some side income. Collaborating with other businesses to be featured on your website can be beneficial to both parties. Many big corporations such as Alibaba, Zalora, JDSports and Microsoft have affiliate marketing programs you can apply for, where you can earn commission for each sale that you make by promoting their products. 

5. Consulting/ webinar/ online courses

As a working professional, your experience and opinion is valued. Be a guest speaker on a webinar, create your own course based on your expertise - there’ll always be people willing to learn from you! Udemy and Skillshare are online learning platforms that you can use to teach others and generate additional income while utilising your prowess. If you’d rather just be a speaker on a webinar, you can always pitch your business to participants at the end of your session as well.


Despite these trying times, we have to always be resilient and find alternative solutions to making things work by playing to our strengths, which is why being able to identify them is extremely essential. 

As Steve Jobs said, innovation is the ability to see change as an opportunity - not a threat. Besides, storms don’t last forever, and there’s a rainbow at the end of every one.

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