It has been a highlighted issue when a minister suggested people to start taking second job to cover own expenses and monthly commitments.
As for me, I have been doing #2kerja since like, forever, with different reasons, of course.
As an undergrad student, with a monthly pocket money of USD670 given by government, yes, it was enough. just enough. Enough to cover monthly rent of USD300 & duit makan (if homecook - definitely not enough if eat out). If calculated, exactly USD12 per day for 30 days. If nak jalan2 especially during Summer or Winter break, no way! So since I love travelling and couldn't stand the stress living at one place after hectic studying all semester, I need to earn more to save up for the travelling; and once or twice for air ticket back to Malaysia. I worked part time at the campus café; sometimes basuh pinggan, sometimes buat pizza, jaga salad bar and among others. Quite interesting (and also tiring) but it did give me exposure, knowing lot of people, and dealing with multi level of people; ie supervisor, customers etc.
After about 2-3 semesters doing that, I changed to a data entering job. Helping administrative department to a data entering job. Mentally tiring, of course! 2-3 hours in front of a computer running Microsoft Access. doing that about a semester and half I guess, then I quit.
Went off to become a grader for one of industrial engineering subjects which I loved. Being a grader, yes the pay was awesome, and the jobscope was not that tiring. It just required late hours of working; ie being examiners, monitoring students while in exams, then right after the exam, stayed up with lecturer to score the papers. We stayed up late until complete marking, which can be up to 2 am! but the pay? great!!
With all the part time jobs, I managed to save for travelling every Summer and Winter for the whole 4 years studying. Alhamdulillah, visiting the places in States were my dreams came true. New York City, Niagara Falls, Miami, Orlando (Disneyworld and Universal Studio Orlando were the best theme park ever!), San Fran, LA, Vegas and among other states.
So for me, doing 2 jobs or even multiple jobs, was soo worth it with the experience "tengok tempat orang"
When I started working, I have so many hours to spare. Going back at 5:30 pm, reaching home by 6:00 pm, duduk bujang, with nothing much to do other than eat, watch tv and sleep, I felt bored. I started to look for second job just to fulfill my free time.
I was offered to become a tuition teacher in one of the tuition centers nearby my house. I taught Standard Five students Science subject, Form Four and Form Five Math and Science for SPM. It was challenging but interesting. I learned a lot from these students. I think my forte is teaching :) - and was thinking to start teaching soon ;) Been a tuition teacher for 2 years and I found it a bit tiring afterwards, especially when my primary job required much hours, where I just need my pillow and bed when I got back from work. Then I quit after 2 years of teaching.
When I got married & have two kids, I started to feel the pressure of commitments. With current salary, with not so much of upgrading, I felt it was just enough for daily routine and monthly commitments. No jalan-jalan or watching movies or any other extra expenses. When my eldest started pre-school at 3 years old, I felt the need to have extra money, especially to other extra thingy including the education expenses. Signing up for kids at weekly playclass, or registration of kindie required a lot of kaching! That was when I met my ex-schoolmate, Shaliza Aziz when she shared with me an opportunity to do second job, online! It was really important to me that I can do it without having to spend a lot of time; since I have to work during weekdays, being a mom of two kids (that time I was a full-time breastfeed mom of the 1 year-old Hanie).
Doing it online (while facebooking) was so much of convenience. So, that was when I started being an online entrepreneur. Yeah, why not facebooking and u get paid, right?
Alhamdulillah, as of today, 3 years plus journey have given me more than I ever expected. With rising living cost in Klang Valley, toll and fuel; my second income helps me a lot (Dapat dua kali gaji sebulan tau) I am not only getting second income as extra money, I also got to travel for free (so far to Seoul, Gold Coast, Shanghai and Ho Chi Minh all expenses paid, for me and husband), I learned a lot about personal appearance, image, boost-up my confidence, know a lot of people and meet lots of friends. And apart from it, I get to teach people the skill and knowledge I learnt from business. Yes, again, my forte memang teaching and coaching :) especially bila dapat good students; ie good business partners. It will be my satisfaction to see their improvements and their kaching improved! Alhamdulillah. What else I could ask for?
So there you go, my #2kerja since student (part time basuh pinggan, serve people food, data entering job & grader) just to travel; since start working (part time tuition teacher) just to spare extra free time; since married with two kids just to have extra extra income.
If you are looking for extra income, why not? Plus business part-time through FB and IG, wont require lots of hours to spare. unless la uols buka business in a shop. That'll require lot of hours! Virtual shop, anytime, anywhere :) Let me know if you are looking for an opportunity. I can share with you how I do it, conveniently :D
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