Want to see your bank account grow without taking up a second job? It’s totally possible with these five ways.

  1. Put your shopping addiction to use
    Getting paid to buy stuff – it’s every girl’s fantasy right? And if you don’t mind a bit of mystery, this creative way to earn spare cash is 100 percent for you. “Companies are always looking for mystery shoppers to report back on their retail experience,” says Alison Gallagher, financial literary coordinator at Regret Nothing. Google “mystery shopper Singapore” to find out about how you can shop, give feedback – and get paid for it. Nope, we’re not kidding!

  2. Sign up for every online special
    Although they might clog up your inbox, subscribing to the e-newsletters of your favourite fashion labels, clothing stores and experience vendors means you’ll receive news of sales before anyone else. Beware the e-newsletter trap, though, and only sign up to the brands that are in line with your budget. That designer bag on Net-A-Porter might be a great deal, but even on sale, it’s still a month’s salary.

  3. Join a focus group
    Do you have an opinion on, er, stuff? Then why not try participating in market research? “Focus groups are great because you don’t need qualifications – you just need to be available at the scheduled time,” says Gallagher. You could be paid up to $100 per session, depending on the project – just for airing your thoughts!

  4. Sell off your pre-loved items
    Do you have a lot of items lying around in your room that you haven’t used for years, or that are still in the packaging? If chances of you using them are close to nil, why not sell them off on Carousell or other platforms? You might think you can only make five dollars out of an item, but if you have a treasure trove of pre-loved items, you could be rolling in hundreds of dollars!

  5. Make money out of your hobby
    If you’re good with your hands and have a talent for making terrarium or nail art, why not start a side business? Create a blog to build up your rep, and then sell your creations or services online. Of course, you have to get clearance from your company or HR department if you already have a full-time job. The last thing you want is to be terminated or sued by your employer because of a side job that earns you 20% of your monthly salary.

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Text: Edwina Carr, Clara How, Hidayah Idris