10 easy ways to make money online for Dubai residents

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You’ve probably read this a million times everywhere, the internet is filled with fake gurus trying to sell you courses that promise you the moon but deliver nothing.

I’m not here to give you any promises, in fact the list below is just a collection of ideas i have come across while researching the topic and thought i would save you sometime by compiling it here for you, while also giving commentary on the feasibility of some of these ideas.

Lets get started

1) Translation Services

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Dubai is an international hub, its unique geographical location and multicultural society gives it a great advantage over any other city in the world, combine that with amazing leadership and you will realize that it has every component of success.However its unique multicultural society poses an interesting challenge for market reach, many of Dubai’s residents are bilingual and some of them speak more than 4 languages, but that’s not the majority. Many businesses are trying to breakthrough to Dubai’s market and are failing to connect with it’s residents for the sole reason of language barriers. if you speak more than one language fluently then you should be able to start translating one of the languages you know into your mother tongue or vise versa. This can be challenging at the beginning but then again what isn’t.

you can start offering your services on the local websites such as dubizzle.com or fiverr.com and once you’ve completed a few successful gigs and grew a reputation, your customers will keep coming back to you for more.

Difficulty score : 4/10

2) Online Tutoring

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Yes, online meetings and tutoring and even events are becoming the norm now after the spread of COVID-19, the pandemic has changed so much about how people consume products and services. With this comes unique opportunities to start online businesses that were very unlikely to succeed in the past. One of those are online tutoring and 101 coaching. Now don’t get me wrong, this did exist in the past and some people were making decent money out of it, however people always preferred in-person tutoring and coaching whenever possible. That is not the case now. If you know a thing or two about a hobby or a skill that people are looking to learn, then advertise your knowledge on some of the leading platforms and start teaching people how to cook or do their finances or develop apps.

Yes i agree that is not an easy thing to do and can require years of practice to perfect the skills required. But some of you are already well versed in certain skills and can provide coaching or tutoring online very quickly.

Difficulty score : 6.5/10

3) Influencer Management Service

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I personally know a few influencers, who have hundreds of thousands of followers. Guess what, they could be making a lot more money from their social presence if they had someone managing their services. I’m not talking about managing their accounts or posting on their behalf, i’m talking about acting as a match-making service between brands and influencers. This enables them to focus on what they do best and in return you get a small cut from fixing the deal. You’re cut can be anything between 10–20% depending on the amount of work and the type of brands they can work for.

Difficulty score : 3/10

4) Sponsors and affiliate marketing

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This might be one of the smartest and easiest ways to earn money online if you have a modest social media presence and loyal followers. Sponsors and affiliate marketing is the act of using your social media account to promote a particular product or service, in return for commission on every sale.

It’s important to make sure that you have an agreement with the company before promoting their content because there are laws governing this type of activity — while it may be unethical if they don’t disclose your affiliation with the brand or service.

some examples of companies offering affiliate marketing in Dubai are

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Difficulty score : 2/10

5) Gear Renting

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Do you own a lot of gear from the many hobbies you’ve started but you’re not using any of it now? well then here’s your chance to earn a bit of extra money by renting this gear to someone who needs to use it but doesn’t want to shell out the full price for said equipment, start by listing all the things that might be useful for someone else such as cameras, drones, lawn mowers,bicycles, helmets and anything else that you are not using frequently and advertise to your social network about your intention to rent them out.

Make sure you have clear written agreements in place before you proceed and take deposits equal or slightly less than the value of said gear.

Difficulty score : 2/10

6) Pet sitting/walking

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You’re willing to spend the day with a furry friend, so why not be paid for it? you’ll need some pet care experience and references before people will trust that you can take their pets out but once they do, this is a great way of earning extra money without actually having to leave your home.

Start by announcing your service on your social media channels such as facebook, and also find groups that

You can go a step further and advertise your services on classifieds websites like https://dubizzle.com, https://www.expat.com and the likes.

Remeber to acquire the proper licensing when working with strangers and don’t share personal details with anyone unless you trust them.

Difficulty score : 3/10

7) Youtube Video Editing

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Do you know how to use video editing software? even if you don’t, you can learn youtube video editing in no time by watching tutorials online or taking a course.

check out these awesome courses on udemy, they are all worth checking out!

-Video Editing Basics: What You Need to Know before Getting Started

Adobe Premiere Pro CC — Learn Adobe’s Creative Cloud Video Editor Fast and Easy

Once you acquire the necessary skills you can easily find video editing jobs on freelancing websites like Upwork.

Upwork offers video editing gigs for $12/hour and up

-Freelancer has a lot of opportunities as well

This gig may require some experience, but most freelancers with a bit of work history in video editing can quickly get the job done.

-Creative bidding is encouraged

You are only limited by your imagination!

video editing jobs have many different opportunities for success. You could bid on low paying gigs to test yourself and build up your portfolio and once you have enough work experience you can start bidding for higher paying gigs.

Difficulty score : 7/10

8) Podcast Editing as a freelancer gig in Dubai

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So many pod-casters especially when starting out require someone to do the editing for them, since most of them are actually busy writing and producing the content and they may not have the necessary skills to do the editing themselves.

If you’re a video editor already, then this is something that’s right up your alley and it’ll be quite lucrative as well since there are many podcasters out there who need an experienced editor to do the job for them and get paid in return.

The secret here is to find clients through social media and gig websites and just contact them, and see if they’re looking for an editor. You never know unless you ask!

Difficulty score : 6/10

9) Content Writing for Blogs as a freelancer

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Content Writing for Blogs as a freelancer

– Content writing is something that you can do online from the comfort of your home and it doesn’t require any special skills, just creativity.

You will be required to come up with interesting content ideas in order to write blog posts about different topics like fashion or food or travel etc.

to learn how to do this, you can take a course on Udemy or youtube and even just by reading blog posts on different topics and learn the way that bloggers write content.

– When you’ve written a few articles, submit your work to blogs with similar interests as yours or find someone who is accepting guest post submissions

– If you’re lucky enough, one of these websites may accept your article for publication!

– As an experienced writer, you will be able to generate your own content ideas and even come up with new topics for each blog post as long as the client is open for suggestions.

Freelancing in this field requires a portfolio of previous work that showcases your writing skills and creativity

The ideas above are just some of the ways that you can make money online in Dubai in 2021. Do consider these options when looking for new ways to supplement your income and take a step towards financial independence!

Difficulty score : 6/10

10) Becoming a virtual assistant

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Did you know that you can make some extra pocket cash by becoming someone’s virtual assistant?

But what does it mean to be a virtual assistant?

becoming a virtual assistant as the name implies can mean doing tasks like

  • Sending/answering emails
  • Booking appointments
  • Designing social media posts
  • Interacting with customers
  • Creating/editing reports
  • Filing and organizing documents

and many more.

Virtual assistants usually charge 12–19$ per hour based on experience and the type of tasks they can manage, however the more experienced VR’s can charge up to 60$ per hour or more!

Difficulty score : 3/10


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There are many ways to make money online in Dubai 2021, you just need to start somewhere.

if you are overwhelmed and unable to decide on where you should focus your efforts then start by defining what you’re good at and what you enjoy doing.

if you have a hobby that can be translated into an income than start exploring it more and develop your skills.

Need some advice and ideas on how to start, get in touch with me and i will try my best to help you out.

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