Freelancing in Malaysia is not hard, but I think there is a steep learning curve when it comes to managing finances. Based on the conversations I’ve had, many freelancers in Malaysia have a ‘whatever works’ system. This leads to many undesirable side-effects, like:
Losing money to ridiculous fees
Lack of protection and recourse for clients who don’t pay
Indirect loss of income due to perceived lack of professionalism image
It’s hard to write about the complete range of tools that is needed for every freelancer in Malaysia. Some of you are freelance writers, freelance graphic designers, freelance artists. Some of you may freelance with companies like Uber, part-time as insurance/unit trust agents, do promoter-type work for events, or even MLM-type ‘business opportunities’.
For the purpose of this article, I’m going to focus on the must-have financial tools for online-based freelancing jobs, but the tools can be handy for anyone freelancing in Malaysia.
Freecycling is a combination of 2 words – free and recycling. The whole idea is to offer items in good condition to other people, for free. I’ve joined Freecycling communities since my student days in UK, and both donated and received items from kind people who simply want to reduce their environmental impact. Indirectly, you get to save money and encourage community interaction, too. It’s a great concept.
I even got a bicycle from a nice lady. It got stolen the next day, but still. Thief, I hope you get better use of the bicycle than me. But I was a poor student who during that time was walking 30 minutes to school in order to save money on bus fare, so you’re kind of an asshole.
Some people asked me – what can you get from Freecycle? Rather than saying ‘anything’, I thought I can give an idea of the kinds of things you can expect to find there. Here are 18 things you can get or donate in Freecycle Malaysia.
Passive income in Malaysia comes in many shapes and forms. This guide will help you to navigate most, if not all available options and help you decide which one to go with. I’ll also share the passive incomes that I personally have.
I’ve spent some money for RoR, and managed to earn some money from it as well. Blog monetisation in Malaysia is not a topic I see a lot, so I figure I’d share how it’s working for me with RoR. Here are the list of things I spent on for this website, as well sources of income that came with it.
In a previous post, I talked about expenses when moving and living in KL. One of the expenses is transportation. Oh gosh, transportation in KL. One of the biggest pains of living in the city is the constant traffic congestion.
But imagine living close to the country’s hub of transportation that connects you to everywhere. If you get a place near KL Sentral, you’re connected to all the major suburbs of Malaysia intercity, interstate – and even internationally! Life will not get any more convenient than this, transit-wise.
Located in the heart of the city within the KL Sentral area is a sweet spot – this place is situated between a monorail and LRT station within a 10-minute walk. You can be connected to the most comprehensive transit hub in the country, especially with the upcoming High Speed Rail (HSR) where you can even get to Singapore in under two hours. This is the newest offering to Kuala Lumpur Sentral, a residential condo called Sentral Suites that is set to realise the convenience of city living.
There are eight major rail systems in the Kuala Lumpur Sentral hub, not to mention all the city buses that stop at the station and dedicated buses and cabs to Genting Highlands from KL Sentral. There is the KLIA Express Rail Link, Putra LRT, KTM Intercity, KTM Commuter, KL Monorail, KLIA Transit, Star LRT and upcoming MRT extensions – all of them within a single building.
Additionally, those who prefer to drive around the city from KL Sentral will have access to all the major trunk roads such as Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Jalan Istana, Jalan Bangsar, Jalan Syed Putra and Jalan Damansara. There are also the highways New Pantai Expressway (NPE), Lebuhraya Mahameru and Federal Highway.
International travellers will be able to enjoy the thrill of living the KL city life while still being only half an hour away from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) with the KLIA Express Rail Link. You can even check-in for their flights from the station itself, because of the Global Destination Code of XKL given by the International Air Travel Association (IATA) to KL Sentral hub.
Sentral Suites is the last piece of residential development inside KL Sentral. Besides having close proximity with the vast choices of transportation offered in KL Sentral, Sentral Suites offers modern design with greenery from the street level up to the podium and all the way to the Sky Gardens. With that, Sentral Suites makes a good contender for both savvy investors and city home owners.
Adding fun to the transit hub is the Nu Sentral Mall almost next door, a transit lifestyle mall that touts the best of boutique brands and culinary delights. Comprising of 7 storeys and 1.2 million sq ft with integrated greenery, this is the place where commuters can cool their heels and experience the Malaysian lifestyle.
The KL Sentral transit hub was built to be a world class transportation hub. The station currently serves approximately a million passengers per day. It is expected to serve 1.5 million passengers daily by mid-2017. Compare this to the USD$4 billion World Trade Centre transit hub in New York, opened in March 2016 which is projected to serve 250,000 commuters daily and millions of visitors annually.
Living in a convenient spot can save money and time. Both things that I like 🙂
Click here to find out more about the details and facilities of Sentral Suites KL.
Living in KL is fun, if you’re a city kind of person. Moving to KL was a dream come true of mine.
There is a wide range (like, super wide) of income disparity between KL-ites. Some people make a few hundred a month. Some people make a few hundred thousand a month.
This guide draws on my experience when I was living in KL. As a benchmark, I was a single female in early 20s, with a job that netted me about RM3000 a month. I moved out from my parents’ house for good at around 22 – and I remember this as I started my Masters during this time – and have been happily living by myself ever since. I lived in Serdang, Old Klang Road, and PWTC area. Now I live in Ipoh (Related: Ipoh and KL living cost comparison).
If you are moving out for the first time, be prepared to know how much you actually need before you can even consider it.
Fun fact: I was an exchange student to Nagoya, Japan. 1 year in 2005/06. Went to high school and stayed with a host family. Japan is like my second home. It feels welcoming, familiar. I was happy to go back there recently, even if it was just for 4 days.
This was my fourth trip to Japan, and first through Kansai Airport. 4 days was way too short, but I took what I could. This is my budgeting for the trip, costing ~RM2500, covering Osaka and Kyoto. Read on for savings tips and travel recommendations 🙂