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Side hustles gain popularity amid remote work boom

Reporter Huang-Chi Ho
Release time:2023/12/05 19:33
Last update time:2023/12/05 19:33
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TAIPEI (TVBS News) — The trend of pursuing side hustles is gaining momentum among working professionals. Mr. Wan, an engineer by day, is a prime example of this growing trend. 

The Rise of Side Hustles in Taiwan

 
Alongside his main job, he manages a fashion brand's website with his girlfriend, a venture that includes a range of responsibilities from marketing to shipping. His passion for photography, which started as a hobby, has now become a vital part of his side business.

Reflecting on his experience, Mr. Wan shares, "Currently, we're trying our best to finish all tasks from our main job and side hustle by Saturday. This allows us to rest properly on Sunday. Yes, our lives are filled with work, but it's exactly what I want to pursue at this stage."

Balancing Work and Health
Despite the enthusiasm for side hustles, concerns about work-life balance and health are prevalent.
 

A recent survey from a Taiwanese job site found that a staggering 92.6% of respondents are interested in side hustles. However, 71.8% are apprehensive about the impact of overworking on their health, and 48.8% worry about the potential overlap of personal and work lives.

Yang Tsung-pin, a spokesman from Yes123, emphasizes the importance of resilience and responsibility in managing a side hustle. "Embarking on a side hustle requires resilience, a sense of responsibility, and a continuous commitment to learning workplace skills."

Yang added: "Active involvement is crucial in skill development, but it's important not to spread oneself too thin to pursue diverse expertise. Above all, effective time management is essential for navigating this journey."

Setting Goals and Overcoming Fear
Mei Lu, a counselor, advises on goal-setting and overcoming fear. "We can often be influenced by external factors when setting goals. Some may say having a car and a house is essential, while others emphasize pursuing a Ph.D."

These external voices can impact how we set our goals, according to Mei. "We advise taking a broad approach before delving deep. It's important not to rush too quickly. Additionally, we encourage everyone not to be plagued by the fear of failure."

The Taiwan Briefing

#side hustle#Taiwan#work-life balance#health concerns#remote work#career goals#Taipei#job market#resilience#time management
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