NEED to earn extra cash for Christmas? Then consider joining the slashies.
The growing trend sees people work in multiple jobs — and its name originates from how they describe themselves, such as “I’m a blogger/dog walker/waiter”.
A record 320,000 of us are now estimated to be slashies
Instead of freelancers, who tend to work in a single industry, “side hustlers” who have a main job then make money from a hobby on the side, slashies deliberately choose to work a few days or even hours in multiple roles in different sectors.
Experts claim this avoids the pressures of searching for a single “ideal” role and provides job satisfaction by avoiding office politics and keeps work options open.
But slashies risk burnout by trying to do too many jobs at once.
Amanda Augustine, career advice expert at TopCV, explains: “They can be nimbler when adapting to changes in the job market.
“Instead of one career — and one narrow set of job opportunities — slashies can cast a wider net using their diverse skills and experience.
“If you’re interested in pursuing the slashie lifestyle, start by listing what you enjoy doing and do well.
“What were your favourite subjects in school and why? Do you have any hobbies you wish you could turn into a job? Which jobs have you most enjoyed and why?
“This will help you create a shortlist of potential career paths you can then research.”
THE SLASHIE: ‘I’M NOT STUCK IN A 9-5’
NERRISA PRATT holds down four slashie jobs, working as a baker, events organiser, sewing expert who creates works of art by sewing, and PR manager.
The 28-year-old, from Farnborough, Hants, said: “The best thing about being a slashie is the quality of life.
“I work very hard, but I choose the best times to work.
“Rather than being stuck at my desk from 9-5 when I’m not feeling productive, if I’m feeling inspired at 6am I can jump to it and have the rest of the day off.
“To make it work as a career, you have to be meticulously organised. For example, this week I’ve baked 500 cupcakes for a client, written a PR plan for another client and sewn an 18-metre bow for a shopping centre opening.
“It can be very busy but there’s something very freeing about knowing you’re doing something you love.”
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Time off when pet dies
MOST firms would not hesitate to give employees time off to mourn a family member or close friend.
But what happens if a beloved pet dies?
Here, Kate Palmer, an advisory director at employment law consultants Peninsula, reveals where employees stand.
❶ Employers are not legally required to allow their employees any time off when their pet dies.
❷ If employees do take time off without manager approval, it can be treated as unauthorised absence and potentially result in the start of disciplinary procedures against them.
❸ However, employers should not underestimate the impact that a pet’s death can have on employees and how this will affect the quantity and quality of work they are able to undertake.
❹ Employers may consider letting an employee take time away to deal with their bereavement over the pet, by permitting a day of annual leave or expecting the time taken to be worked at a later date.
❺ Employees could also be referred to any additional help the company offers, such as an Employee Assistance Programme, to help them cope with their grief.
❻ Treatment should be consistent for all members of staff and companies should outline any procedures in a company policy.
WE’RE MED FOR IT
POSH holiday firm Club Med is taking on 2,000 staff to cover the winter season at its luxury resorts in the French Alps.
It needs bar staff, spa therapists, childcare assistants, cooks and front-desk agents.
Applicants must be fluent in English, and a second language such as French, Dutch, Russian or German is desirable.
Apply at clubmedjobs.com.
Have faith in pod
ASPIRING podcasters are being urged to apply for Spotify’s Sound Up programme – with the chance to win £10,000.
Sound Up is a week-long accelerator providing training and support for women of colour looking to develop their own podcasts.
This year’s programme takes place in Manchester and ten successful applicants will get the chance to win £10,000 towards developing their show.
Natalie Tulloch, from Spotify Studios, said: “With current studies showing that only 22 per cent of podcasts are hosted by women, and even fewer when it comes to minority women, there is still a huge opportunity to have more of these stories told.”
Apply by Friday, September 27 at spoti.fi/soundupuk.