What Are Some High Paying Part Time Jobs In Singapore?

As a self employed expatriate, people have asked me what I find are other equally high paying part time jobs in Singapore. Here they are.

1. Being a wedding photographer.

Being a wedding photographer may not necessarily make you the highest paid freelancer in Singapore, but it will definitely pay you very well during the hours actually worked. I recommend sticking to prewedding photography if you do not have a lot of experience yet. This is because when it comes to actual day photography, you cannot miss certain moments and ask the groom and bride to repeat that action again. You are taking mostly candid shots.

On the other hand, it can be far less stressful to take prewedding photoshoots. This is because you can take the same shot multiple times to make sure that you capture just the right moment for the couple. You can make up to $1000 per 5 to 8 hours worked.

Of course, being a photographer means that you need some photography skills too!

2. Being a female escort.

If you are a female, you can consider being a social escort.  While this is more controversial, the reason I know of this industry in Singapore is because there are local escorts who come to me for photography. They will then use those photos for marketing purposes for escort services.

However, despite the controversial nature of the business, being a female social escort in Singapore can be very financially rewarding. You can read more about social escorts in Singapore in this Yahoo interview with a big local Singapore agency.

I have seen escorts who come in with Chanel or Hermes bags, and those are relatively commonplace in Singapore. If you want a high paying job, you can consider being an escort… They make the most in this group of around $300 to $500 per hour.

3. Tertiary level Tutors

If you are educated at least A levels or even higher in Singapore such as being a university student or graduate, you can consider being a tertiary level tuition teacher.

This is especially the case for Maths and Economics tuition teachers in Singapore. These are highly paid individuals of $50 or more per hour.

There you go, the above are some very high paying jobs in Singapore. While they may not make you the most money in terms of absolute monthly value, they are definitely very high paying per hour worked.

Life As A Portrait Photographer In Singapore


Being a portrait photographer in Singapore is not an easy job. First of all, other than the gigs you can get by partnering with a local studio, you will need to get your own jobs and appointments. Since portrait photography is not too widespread in demand in Singapore before 2005, I had to work hard to educate clients on why there is a need or want for portrait photography back then. Thankfully, it is better now in Singapore.

In my personal blog here, I will share with you some of my adventures while living here in Singapore. My parents were permanent residents in Singapore, and I am as well. So you can say that I know a fair bit of the ins and outs of Singapore.

One of the key reasons I decided to specialize in portrait photography is simply because Singapore has a high population density but is a terrible place for nature pictures. There are only a few parks and places in Singapore worth it for that, and you cannot really make a living out of it. People in Singapore are also getting married later and later. Fewer are also getting hitched. Therefore, wedding photography has been on the decline locally for the past few years.

Ok, now let us move on to what you can expect if you are also considering a life as an expat photographer in Singapore.

1. Singapore has a fast pace of life. Thankfully for you, if you are intending to be self employed, most businesses respond surprisingly slow. This means that if you do your customer service fast, you will get relatively more enquiries.

2. You want to enter with a unique selling proposition. Nearly every photography that tries to find their path in Singapore do wedding photography. That is why that is an overcrowded niche in Singapore, unless you can find a niche within. I personally opted for a subniche under portrait to stand out and attract clients.

3. While Singapore is well known for a ‘complain’ culture, it is often overblown. In fact, Singapore’s complain culture pales in comparison to the United States, where people take feedback very seriously. Therefore, just give good service, and do not worry about such complaints.

4. Alternatively, if you are looking for some other high paying alternatives, here are some high paying part time jobs you can go for in Singapore.

For general expat enquiries about Singapore, you might want to watch the following interview of a fellow Caucasian expat living and working in Singapore!

If you are looking for things to do or perhaps events in Singapore, you want to check out the following video too.