“Everybody has a side hustle, besides, I need to make money and cater for my needs. I think he is being petty, unreasonable and unfair,” says Judy Kwamboka.
It is the hope of every professional out there to work so hard that you earn enough to not only cater for your needs, but to also be able to save. As such, most people will find themselves doing something on the side in order to get some extra cash on top of the salary. What happens when your employer finds out you have a second job?
Here is Judy’s Story
I have been working for my current boss for close to 3 years now. The job is okay, it’s just that my salary has not been increased during this whole time. I have been struggling to make ends meet and to be honest, I have been surviving on loans from here and there.
A few months back, a friend of mine introduced me to a guy who offered me an online job and a salary that is equal to the one that my boss pays me. The job was so flexible, so I quickly agreed to do it.
To juggle the two jobs, I have been getting to work very early and then I start with the workload for my ‘actual’ job and then when I am done, I tackle the other job which is so much more flexible and easier.
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I have really been enjoying this because every end of the month, I get not one, but two pay checks. I have found financial freedom that I never thought was possible. I can even afford to save cash for the future.
However, I am afraid I messed up and it may cost me my job. I got to work very early as usual one morning and since it was still 6 am, I decided to do my online work for an hour then focus on my job. As I was busy on the site, my boss walked in unnoticed by me and observed me, before clearing his throat and tapping my shoulder.
I panicked and stared at him sheepishly. Without a word, he walked away and left me there. I couldn’t concentrate on anything. To be honest, I expected him to fire me there and then. At around 9am, he summoned me to his office and gave me an ultimatum. He told me to either quit my side job, or or he would fire me from his company. He gave me 2 days to show him my resignation.
I love my job, but I also want to make money to live a comfortable life. Maybe I should quit this job and concentrate on the online one that gives me flexible hours, then maybe I can find another job. The problem is that I do not know about the job stability of the online gig. Please advise me. What is the right thing to do?
What is your advice for Judy? Leave your comments below.
Sera is a Communication Officer at Career Point Kenya. If you have any career related queries, contact firstname.lastname@example.org