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Roxanne Sarthou graduated from the University of the Philippines, Diliman. She is an Australian-qualified Financial Planner, Private Banker, Lending Manager and Property Investor. The information provided in this article is that of the author. Readers may get in touch with her via email on sarthou@honourbrothers.com.

Almost everyone can use a bit of extra money, especially when the time to pay quarterly bills comes along. Luckily, Filipinos have always been renowned for their resourcefulness, and the fact Pinoys aren’t afraid to do an honest day’s work.

Unfortunately, some of us have domestic duties to fulfill and are not available to work full time. The solution? Part-time employment, or better yet, work that can be done from your own home.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

Recycling stuff

Did you know you can actually buy pre-owned items at garage sales and trash-and-treasure markets and list them for sale on eBay?

Alternatives to eBay are Facebook Marketplace and Gumtree.

Preparing food at home

I’ve met at least one Filipino who prepares tocino, tapa, and longganisa, and delivers right to your doorstep. If you check out the Facebook groups, you may also find people who sell and prepare danggit, ube cakes and boneless bangus. The point is that if you have a secret family recipe or special food preparation skills, you’re in a good position to turn your culinary skills into a home-based business.


Know somebody whose child needs help with subjects like maths, calculus, or nuclear physics? If you’re good at any particular subject, you can share your knowledge and earn money through tutoring by the hour.

Dog walking

If you love (or at least get along with animals), you can actually charge to take your neighbours’ dogs for a walk. The rates you can charge can vary according to the kind of dog that requires your service, and what suburb you live in. You’ll be able to get your daily dose of exercise while earning a bit of cash.

Network marketing

Everyone knows how Tupperware is marketed at hosted home parties, right? If you’re not into Tupperware, though, you can probably host home parties for Arbonne cosmetics and health care products, Park Lane jewelry, doTerra essential oils, or SaladMaster cookware.

Selling personal services on Airtasker

Another enterprising individual we met (whose mother is Filipina) earns his keep by taking on jobs posted on AirTasker. He does minor plumbing and household repairs.

An alternative to Airtasker is ServiceSeeking.


Uber Driving and Food delivery

For those with fairly new cars and who know their way around Melbourne and its environs, becoming an Uber driver or an Uber Eats delivery driver might make perfect sense. A good deal of work is available, and you can earn as much as you would in a full-time job.

An alternative to Uber is Didi.


Babysitting has always been a popular money-earner in first-world countries where parents have to work and socialise, and Australia is no exception. You can negotiate an hourly rate with your clients, and if you’re good at it, you may soon have a flock of regulars clamoring for your services.

Hopefully, the activities listed should be enough to give you a few of your own ideas. In the end, it pays to remember that you’re most likely to succeed doing something you really love, so give it a shot!

You’re likely to meet a lot of new people, make new friends, and earn some spare cash in the process. Not to mention the fact that you’ll be doing your community a genuine service! 

Featured image: Maricris Nialega Varilla

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