On Juggling, Working 5 to 9s and Portfolio Careers
I guess we're all familiar with the standard trope of the busy housewife-and-mother juggling keeping house with family caring duties. Running round madly, whirling from here to there like the hammer-thrower in the picture.
Two further options on this choice have shown themselves in the last 15-20 years.
Firstly is the 'five-to-nine' culture. The phrase, coined in Nigeria, is indicative of having an active 'sidepreneur' business, where you are making a reasonable income from something that is run outside of your usual working hours . This could be an official second job in a retail store or bar, an MLM business, a craft or resale page, your traditional family business, website ownership or advertising, moonlighting, freelancing or anything else which brings in some extra income.
Then there's the idea of a 'portfolio career' . That consists of as many part time jobs as is necessary to make a full time income. It can also cover a freelance or partly-freelance lifestyle, where maybe the worker has a part time office job but also runs their own business. When I had a portfolio career, I had three part time jobs. For the weekday mornings I worked for the world-leading University in my local town. For the weekday afternoons, I worked for a civil engineering company. At the weekends, I sold my soul in retail work as a till operator and shelf stacker/personal shopper at the local superstore.
None of these options are easy. In the UK for all of these options you are required to opt out of the maximum 48 hour working week. But for the difference between 'month at the end of the money' or 'money at the end of the month', I would choose one of the money-earning options any day.
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