With our second MCO extension confirmed, most of us in the non-essential sectors are looking at at least 2 more weeks of staying at home.

For some, work goes on as usual without interruption. For others, the MCO proves the last nail in the coffin, reducing their income from 10% in milder cases and up to 100% in more drastic ones.

While our government has stepped up in providing aid, it may not be enough for everyone. If your income has been hit, and you’re looking for ways to earn some extra money to tide yourself over, I’ve compiled a list of some legitimate things you can do right now to make money:

Personal Shopper

With the one person per car rule in place, movement has become highly restricted for a lot of people. You can help by offering your services as a personal shopper.

This opportunity does come with obvious risks – more interaction with other people means higher risks of infection. So do make sure to keep high hygiene standards to protect yourself, your customers and other people you come in contact with.

Here are some places where you can sign up as a personal shopper:

If you have a wide network of friends on social media, you could even share your new service friends online.

Become a courier rider

With most of our movement restricted, e-commerce in the country is booming, raising the demands for courier companies to ramp up their services. As such, there is an equal increase in the demand for riders to fulfil this added demand.

If you have your own car or motorcycle, why not try your luck as a courier rider?


Sell on Shopee

With a massive drop in foot traffic in malls and commercial areas, retailers are feeling the pinch of profits lost. You can help them recoup their losses and earn some pocket money in between by bringing their business online through Shopee.

All you have to do is set up a free Shopee account, list their products and start selling. If you don’t know how to do that yet, here’s my guide on how to get started selling on Shopee:

How to Sell on Shopee

Get a remote job

If going out and about during the MCO period isn’t quite your thing, but you still want to make some extra cash, remote jobs might be your best option.

Here are two you can send your applications for remote jobs to:



Start an affiliate marketing site

If you have more time on your hands and don’t mind waiting a few months before making your first dollar, you can even learn how to make money with affiliate marketing. I personally made over RM8,000 in 2019 through affiliate marketing alone.

If you are interested to learn affiliate marketing but don’t know where to start, I highly recommend investing in Savage Affiliates. It’s an affordable yet comprehensive affiliate marketing course that will help you hit the ground running. Here’s my quick review on it to help to get an inside look at the course materials.


While helpful in controlling the spread of COVID-19 in the country, the MCO in Malaysia has greatly reduced the job and money making opportunities for a lot of people.

Not all hope is lost, however. There are still some options Malaysians can consider opting for to make some extra money for themselves. While these options may not be suitable for everyone, I hope they’ll still be useful for some of you reading.

If you have anything else to recommend, I’d really appreciate it if you can suggest them in the comments below.


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4 Responses

  1. Hi! Can I ask if dropshipping business is still viable today? And how is your dropshipping business progressing so far. What marketing techniques do you use to generate leads?

    1. Hi, it definitely is. Doing quite well during this period as more people are going online. I’m in the midst of preparing a post to discuss the impacts of the current pandemic on business, e-commerce etc. Tune in for that post next week 🙂

      1. Do you source product from aliexpress or you have an alternative ways? (In the case of building website instead of a selling on marketplace)

        1. I normally source locally when I sell in Malaysia. The process is pretty manual. I do a lot of research and cold contacting.

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