Top Part-time Jobs for Expats


With companies opting for high-profile employees nowadays, expats living in Singapore are facing tight competition to make it in the professional market. However, there’s good news for the able and hardworking person, there are actually considerable high-paying part-time jobs in Singapore that you can take on to help pay for the bills as we are aware that the cost of living is quite high here.

We hope this post helps you open your mind into understanding other possible sources of income. Since we all left our homes to work, we can also maximize our spare time by utilizing our skills to add to our current paycheck.

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5 High-Paying Part-time Jobs in SG for Extra Income

Everyone has something that they are particularly adept at and usually, these are the things that they like to do during their free time, as a hobby or recreational activity. Now, let us have a look at the top 5 decent-paying part-time jobs in Singapore.

  1. Private Tutor

The price of education in Singapore is no joke. And it’s also a good source of income for people who have the skills, the time, and ability to teach. Many parents are willing to pay a good price for good tutors who can help their children improve with their academics.

If you’re a degree holder, you can earn from $40 up to $50 per hour from teaching high school students, and $60 per hour if you’re working with Junior College students or those who are taking up their final 2 years in a 6-year international degree program.  Those who have specialized training under the Ministry of Education can even earn 20-30% above the standard hourly teaching rates.

  1. Tourist Guide

For those who have good knowledge of the most happening and interesting spots in the Lion City, as well as for those who have a good grasp of Singapore’s history and cultural heritage, a part-time job as a tourist guide might work for you. Think about it, if you have the time and are willing to help tourists enjoy their stay in Singapore City, then this could just be a good way to make use of your city smarts while earning good money.

Singapore is a well-known travel spot in Asia, so it’s not too surprising to find tourists who would be willing to pay a couple of hundred dollars most especially for guides who offer detailed day trips around the city in a car. While this sounds quite simple, being a legitimate tourist guide in Singapore requires one to undergo a 6-month training course under the Ministry of Tourism, and pass several exams to gain a General Tourist Guide License. This is no easy feat because as a licensed tourist guide, you have to possess not only excellent communication and conducting skills, but also a wide understanding of Singapore’s history and culture. If you qualify to be one, the dividends can be quite promising. For a 4-hour day tour in the city by car, you can charge for over $400 whereas a walking 4-hour tour ranges between $200 to $300.

  1. Web Designer

In this day and age, personal hobbies such as web designing can become a decent source of income if done seriously. Truth is, almost all business requires to have their own website, and most of these need simple and easy to navigate pages.  For the uninformed, a basic website with a minimum of 5 pages can be done in a day and most web designers charge a minimum of $1000 for a simple project. To start with this kind of job, it helps to have your own blog or websites available for viewing on the Internet to catch the attention of potential clients.

As a freelance web designer, you will learn more about the trade as you take in new projects and hone your skills as you work with your clients. For starters, it helps to have basic programming know-how but as you put your skills into practice and work, that’s when you get to attract more clients and be able to take on more complex projects for a higher price.

  1. Host / Emcee

Events aren’t just as exciting and as fun without a great host or emcee. That’s why the really good ones can charge up to $500 or more depending on the length of the event and the number of participants or audience involved. If you’re not afraid to have the spotlight on you, and you enjoy talking in front of people then this could be your means to earn additional income on the side.  If you’re really up for it, start by looking for an agency to sign up with then polish up your lines and be ready with a few good jokes and you’re good to go. If you like the idea but aren’t confident with your skills yet, then you should consider signing up for a hosting workshop to prepare you for work.

  1. Fitness Trainer

Do you consider yourself a gym rat? Have you made it your personal life goal to be on tip top shape and to have a body which your friends and even other people envy? If your answer to all these is a big yes, then you might want to try working as a part-time fitness instructor. To star, you need get Personal Trainer Certification before taking on your first clients. Certification usually takes about 3 to 4 weeks to complete.

After completing the certification course, there’s no better way to look for your first clients than to join a gym part-time, but you want to work as a freelancer later on because that’s when you can charge around $50 to $70 per hour as a decent source of income on the side.

For the hardworking and determined OFWs, there will always be opportunities in places like Singapore—you just have to know where to look or how to make yourself available for new opportunities.