Make A Little Cash With A Holiday Job

Holidays are approaching and you’re looking for a job to make some extra cash. And also so your parents will stop nagging at you every time you cross the living room to fetch some water.

Now you’re not looking for anything too serious, like a desk-bound, paper-shuffling internship at a large multinational firm. You just want something to fill your free days with an activity more profitable than loafing at home.

MSNews picks out 10 no-experience-needed jobs you can jump right into and start earning some quick bucks.

1. Courier

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Pay: $12.60/hr (Honestbee), $20/hr (Pickupp), $21/delivery (Lalamove)

About the job: Someone wants something somewhere fast, that’s when you come in. It’s as easy as pick up and drop off.

Things to note: Working hours and location are flexible — although some companies may require that you make a certain amount of deliveries in the first few weeks. You can also choose your mode of transportation; so if you’re training for a marathon, by all means, go by foot.

2. Grocery Shopper

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Pay: $13.80/hr (Honestbee)

About the job: If you find walking through grocery stores therapeutic, this will be more of therapy than a job for you. Basically, you’re doing the shopping for a customer who doesn’t want to leave his/her house.

Things to note: Shopping is done in 2-3 hour time slots. Like food delivery services, the hours are flexible and you get to choose the areas to do shopping at.

3. Bubble Tea Barista

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Pay: $2,000 – $2,500/mth (Various Bubble Tea Outlets)

About the job: Those who drink Bubble Tea should be familiar with what goes on in the store. Someone reads the orders on the screen, scoops the pearls, pours the milk or coffee or tea or what have you, and the automated shaker gives the finishing shake.

Things to note: 5 8-hour shifts a week. This means that you may have to work late into the night, or even during the weekends sometimes.

4. Assistant Cook

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Pay: $1,500/mth (Angus Steak House), $1,800/mth (Kingsforce Management Services), $2,500/mth (Brenda Brady Cafe)

About the job: Having no experience probably means that you’ll start by preparing the simpler dishes a few hundred times a day — my friend fried a few hundred eggs a day when he first started work at Marina Bay Sands. Also, since you’re lowest in rank, you’ll likely be relegated to dish-washing quite often.

Things to note: The kitchen is not for the faint of heart — it is smokey and stifling and can at times get extremely stressful.

5. Retail Store Assistant/Manager

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Pay: $1,400/mth (BGC Fashion Group), $1,800/mth (TotallyHotStuff), $2,000 – $2,500/mth (Timezone Singapore)

About the job: As with any retail job you’ll have to smile and welcome customers and see to their inquiries. On top of that, you will also have to manage the inventories and arrange the merchandise in the store so everything looks presentable and appealing. Operations may vary from store to store, but you get the drift.

Things to note: You may have heard horror stories about unruly customers, but they’re probably less common than you imagine. On the bright side, you may get staff discounts on the store’s merchandise.

6. Telemarketer

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Pay: $8 – $15/hr (A’REMAC), $1,400/mth (Iconz), $1,500 (Parfums Christian Dior)

About the job: You probably know what it’s like to be called by a telemarketer. It’s not that hard; you just have to be a little persistent sometimes for the sake of your job.

Things to note: You’ll have to be persistent, or thick-skinned as we like to call it, because some companies may only pay you on the basis of successful calls i.e. a deal was closed.

7. Data Entry / Administrative Clerk

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Pay: $8/hr (TVH Singapore), $8/hr (GlobalTix) $15/hr (Kuyakuyaku)

About the job: Someone tells you to put something down in the Excel sheet or Word document, you type it in at a rough speed of 50 to 60 words-per-minute. It doesn’t sound very stimulating, but the good thing is, most data entry jobs have flexible working hours. So if monotony is killing you, you can always decide to not work for the day.

Things to note: You have to type fast and accurately. Speed is the name of the game here. And also, you have to be comfortable sieving through lots of information all the time.

8. Events / Banquet Assistant

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Pay: $10/hr (Hotel Wedding Banquet), $12 – $20/hr (Booth Assistant), $20/hr (Bukit Batok Event)

About the job: Depending on what kind of event you’re helping at, the tasks will vary. Most of the time, they will probably be quite physical, with the occasional interaction with a curious or clueless customer.

Things to note: The job can get quite tiring, so make sure your health is up to the mark. If you have friends that are free, get them to sign up for the job with you — it will make things a lot more fun. But if you don’t, you can probably make some new ones there.

An endless list of job opportunities

We’ve only listed a few which we thought were attractive. If we were to list everything on the portal…well, we might as well become the portal.

The point is, there are tons of temporary and part-time jobs out there.

And even if you don’t really need the money, working a job like the ones we listed above is nonetheless good experience — you learn about customer relations, about how stores or eateries are managed, about the difficulties of event planning, etc. You’ll be surprised how helpful these little experiences will be in the future.

So off your rump and into the maze of job portals!

Featured image from Speed Magazine & Inside Retail.