You just need to search #cakes on Instagram to know that baked goods are having a moment. While this isn’t new news, what is relatively new is a trend to find and discover local bakers through social media, so if you have a sweet tooth and a way with ovens, this may be a great way to engage creatively while working part-time.
Whether you want to create your own specialised course using a platform like Udemy, use an online platform to tutor students looking to brush up on academic subjects, or simply want to rely on some good ol’ fashioned face to face teaching, if you’re passionate and skilled enough in a topic, this is an incredibly lucrative and simple gig to pursue.
Selling products on Souq, Dubizzle or eBay are yet another way for you to a little extra money without having to commit too much time or energy into overheads. You can take this a step further by deciding to narrow down what you want your merchandise to be and use it as a springboard to develop an existing business plan.
We’re big fans of podcasts here at LEAP, and with the amount of money advertising revenue can potentially bring in, they’re a great option for those who feel like they’ve got something to say and a unique way to do so.
You’d be surprised how many people require guidance on coding and basic web-platform building, so if this is something you have experience in, you’ll be surprised by how much demand you’re met with.
Be it for online blogs or news sites to freelance projects that just require an additional eye, if you have a penchant for grammar and aren’t one to shy away from a big writing project, proofreading can be a really flexible option to make some money. Since you can do most of it from the comfort of your own home, you also get to decide your hours.
We’re living in the age of start-ups, and with that comes the elements involved in design and advertising. Digital platforms like Adobe Photoshop and InDesign have become crucial tools through which to showcase people’s works, so if you’re literate in these kinds of software, helping others make sense of it all can be a creative outlet.
One of the kinds of projects that starts out through word-of-mouth references and then snowballs, if you have a passion for interiors, Dubai is a great place to be. Try and create a portfolio of work to show to potential clients, and don’t forget to utilise social media to highlight your talent.
Another niche industry turned public via social media, pursuing a career in modeling or blogging requires just as much patience and hard work as anything else, but it can be done. There are often photographers looking to add to their portfolio willing to take headshots for free, but ensure you do your research properly and try going through properly vetted agencies.
With the importance of fitness and proper diet gaining an increasing amount of importance in mainstream culture, promoting yourself as a personal trainer can be an incredibly profitable business.
Accountant during the week, DJ during the weekends? It’s certainly possible, and again, like with some of the more creative pursuits on this list, is a job that requires utilising your networks and social media channels to pin down. Once you get the ball rolling, there’ll be no stopping you.
If you already have a remote job, pet-sitting is a great way to continue to be able to work while simultaneously making some extra cash. A lot of employed people would prefer their pets to be looked after by an individual rather than coop them up in a centre.
There’s never been a better time to be a photographer, with there being as many opportunities and apps as there currently are to highlight your work. To stand out from the crowd, you’re going to want to think of what sets you apart, and how to use your creative vantage point to pursue your work properly.
Like we mentioned earlier: it’s the age of the start-up, and with that comes app development. Working as an app developer doesn’t require a ton of investment, and your pay isn’t usually dependent on the success of the app, so if you’re computer literate, this is well worth looking into.
Again, with start-ups comes the need for advertising, and they need people with the know-how on SEO and analytics to help them with this. If you have some experience with marketing, you’re likely to find people who are looking for exactly your skill set, so do your research and hit the ground running.
You can be paid a considerable amount of money if you’re willing to use your car to advertise for other organisations. Try contacting companies who you’ve seen vehicle adverts for in the past for a pretty simple way to make some money.
Listening to the radio is extremely popular in a place like Dubai, where you tend to spend more quality time with the traffic than you’d like. Voiceover acting for radio adverts can pay pretty decently, and if it’s something you’re interested in, is worth looking into.
Finally, there’s starting your own YouTube Channel. The influencer lifestyle appeals to many, but don’t be fooled: a lot of hard work and thought goes into curating and depicting a certain lifestyle on social media. Ensure you pick a topic you’re passionate about and spend some time familiarising yourself with editing tools if you’re serious about wanting to pursue this fulltime.
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