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6 Well-Paying Side Jobs You Didn't Know Existed in Malaysia

Updated 15 Aug 2018 – By Loanstreet


There are plenty of reasons why driving for Grab (and previously Uber) is so popular among Malaysians – it can be done at your own leisure, it's almost mindless, and it only requires a skill that you already have: driving.  

Fortunately, that's not the only means of side income available in Malaysia. If you're looking for other opportunities to earn extra cash, here are some side gigs that you can get your hands on:

1. Friend-for-hire

Website: RentAFriend
Income: From RM42.70 per hour

Sometimes, some people are just looking for a one-off date for an event, or a partner for their favourite sports event. With RentAFriend, you can be that person and get paid for doing it. We did a search for Petaling Jaya and found Malaysians offering unique services such as tarot reading, being a personal interpretor, even doing chores.

So if you have a knack of matchmaking your buddies in the bar, perhaps it's time you take that wingman/winglady skill to a professional level!

2. Mascotting

Website: GetAJob Malaysia
Income: RM25 per hour

Now, this is a job for the average Joe. We meant that literally, because you need to be at an average height to fit into the costume. Once you've passed that qualification, you also need to know how to entertain the crowd, be energetic at all times, and are willing to endure the pesky children. Truly a job that challenges the mind, the body and the soul.

3. Pet-sitting

Websites: Petsodia, PetBacker and TrustedHousesitters
Income: RM20 to RM60 per pet/day

Attention pet lovers, your reputation as a crazy cat lady or dog lover will finally pay off. 

PetBacker and TrustedHousesitters are two internationally established websites for pet sitting, while Petsodia is a home-grown community, so look around to see which one works for you. Not only do you got to experience animal therapy while earning some cash, but you also got to connect with other pet lovers in your area. What better way to know your neighbors than mutual love for your furkids, ey?

4. Putting ads on your car

Websites: MyBump & Moola
Income: An average of RM800 per 35km

This can be one way to help pay off your car instalment every month. The stickers are easily installed and can be removed without damaging the car. You are also able to choose which brands you’d like to promote, so you can feel more like a brand ambassador like never before. 

5. Stand in line for someone else

Website: None
Income: Varies

Who says you can't make money by standing around doing nothing? With people lining up for hours to get the latest iPhone and concert tickets, you can offer your strong and able body to queue in their place. Such is the gift of youth!

Unfortunately, while there are international platforms such as TaskRabbit and LineAngel made specifically for this task, there's none in Malaysia just yet. However if you're attentive enough to seek the latest craze in the nation, you might be on your way to make some quick bucks.

6. Game your way

Website: None
Income: Varies

Remember the good ol' days when your mother would yell at you to get off the computer or gadget, and study? It's time for you to show her this article and tell her that all your hours of gaming are now paying off - literally! While there are no official sites for the buy-and-sell process, keep an eye on forums and in-game chats, you're bound to find willing buyers. Prices can range from hundreds to thousands of US dollars.

Now if you're active on mobile games, you'd have heard of apps such as Clash of Clans, Mobile Legends, Lords Mobile and Game of War, to name a few. If you've managed to create a high-level account equipped with all the best gear (with little to no real money spent), you can make a hefty profit when you sell your account.

But if PC games are more your go-to choice, then head for the MMORPGs (massively multiplayer online role-playing games). It's where the big bucks are - think World of Warcraft, Guild Wars 2, Final Fantasy. The popularity of the game will influence the demand and thus, the price tag so choose your 'poison' wisely!

Put your time to good use!

They say an idle mind is a devil's workshop so if you've got plenty of time to kill and not sure what to do - here's hoping this list has managed to inspire you to pick up a new side job. After all, the cash you stand to earn is attractive, and you'll get to (hopefully) make new friends along the way... win-win!

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