Earlier today (16 Dec), Singapore-based technology start-up that connects people who needs tasks done and those who can get tasks done iTask released a list of top 10 quirky freelance jobs only found in Singapore during the festive season.
The idyllic Christmas lights in Orchard Road and the familiar ‘It’s Beginning to Feel a Lot Like Christmas‘ song being played in malls; a reminder that December is the season of joy and giving. To many living in Singapore, Christmas also signals the start of preparations for the next big season, Chinese New Year.
Here are the top ten unusual freelance jobs that arose from the hype of these two festive seasons:
#1 Spring Cleaning Helpers
Everyone expects their homes to look smack and clean during the festive season, however, not many bears the desire or motivation to perform the task of spring cleaning.
A simple solution would be to engage the services of freelance cleaning professionals to do the job with no worries about cleaning up the mess after wild Christmas-eve parties, or fears of homes being not presentable enough for relatives and friends. The professional cleaning aunties and uncles will handle the task easily and prices start from S$55 for a three-hour general cleaning service.
#2 Gift and Hamper Wrappers
Wish to wrap an impressive Christmas gift or a Chinese New Year hamper for business clients and associates but lack the proper gift-wrapping skills? Lack the time to buy gifts? An alternative would be to outsource these tasks to a freelancer and let them work their magic. Prices start from $8 per task.
#3 Courier Services
Gifts and hampers wrapped but do not have the time to deliver these personally? Just engage the assistance of a personalised courier service provider. Do note that such services are high in demand during the festive season; hence, try to book the services in advance. Prices start from S$5 per item-basis task.
#4 Tuition and Enrichment Activities
The holiday season may not be a relaxing period for children with ‘tiger’ parents who have high hopes and expectation. While some parents may bring their kids out on recreational trips, some parents may wish to send the kids for extra tuition and enrichment classes. This is true kiasu-ism in the workings!
Hence, during the holiday season, the demand is high for freelance tuition professionals and enrichment teachers such as a piano teacher. Prices start from S$10 per lesson.
#5 Pet Sitting Services
Planning an overseas Christmas holiday or an ‘escapade’ from giving out too many hongbaos during Chinese New Year and need somebody to take care of the furry friends while away? Consider freelance pet sitting services where pet-sitters drop by to feed your paw buddies or take them out for a walk. Rates start from S$10.
#6 Buying Groceries From Johor Bahru
Planning to stock up the low-cost groceries from JB for the upcoming Chinese New Year? Engage a freelancer to buy groceries from our neighboring city, for a small fee. Services like these allows for cheaper purchases minus the hassle of queueing at the customs. Prices start from S$10 per task.
#7 Bakkwa Buyer
This is another hot-on-the-list request for freelance service providers in recent years. Not wanting to join the queue from a prestigious brand but as a bakkwa connoisseur who cannot survive a CNY season without bakkwa? Engage an errand provider who will queue many hours to buy the best bakkwa for your behalf! Prices start from S$10 per errand.
#8 Picnic Set-ups
Wish to have something special for your Christmas party, New Year countdown or even Valentine’s Day? A pretty picnic set-up will definitely pump up the festive mood. There’s never a limit to how you can celebrate any occasions over picnic!
Different packages and themes for you to choose from. What you need to do is just dress things up all nice and pretty for an Instagram-worthy-photos. Let the memories stay. Don’t be surprised if you get more likes for your FB & IG than your friends have. Packages start from S$130.
#9 OMG… Rent a Friend / Date
No joke! This is also in the list! For all the ‘self-partnered’ people (thanks to Emma Watson for coining this term.) out there, there is an opportunity to rent a friend for the next Christmas or Chinese New Year gathering. Fees for renting a friend starts at S$20 per hour. [minus any illegal and naughty stuff]
#10 Mental Supporter or Someone To Share Deepest Secrets With
The festive season are definitely a stressful period, either due to preparations and the mad rush of getting things done on time. Many seek a mental supporter or a companion to share with their worries and secrets with. Either a face-to-face session or via a personal listening service. Rates start from S$10 per hour.