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Side Hustle Nation is a growing community of current and former part-time entrepreneurs earning financial independence through small business.” ~ source

This post was inspired by Sisi Yemmie’s post on the same subject a couple of weeks ago.  

After reading the post, I got to thinking about the harsh realities of the economy I am living in at the moment. The fact that I am employed in a capacity that pays reasonably well is a huge blessing. Retrenchments are the order of the day. Unemployment is at an all time high. Contracts are not getting renewed.

In the 2015 budget speech, the finance minister announced an increase in taxes for the first time since 2005. Fuel is going up….again. The finance minister in fact warned people to “tighten their belts” for the next 2 years.

The struggle is real…

This means the reason that means the most to me from Sisi Yemmie’s post is extra cash.

My mum always used to say to me, a woman can not just wait on a 9-5 job salary. You need to run around and get extra cash. Munhu wemukadzi mira mira uwedzere kamari. I finally get it. The feminist in me feels the need to add that it applies to men too. The danger of waiting on the 9 to 5 job was illustrated very clearly by something I heard on radio yesterday.

A woman in Johannesburg discovered food items were repeatedly disappearing from her house. First it was chocolates. Then it was muffins. Then it was all the meat in the freezer. In frustration, she put up a security camera. Who takes food and leaves the ipad? Turns out it was a 10 year old boy.

His single mum lives in the same complex and she was retrenched along with 8 000 other people last year. They were down to their last few cents and to save money, she was only buying food for her son and she went to bed hungry. He suddenly started turning up with food and he would tell his mum that an “auntie” from school started a drive to give kids food to take home. He would just cry a lot when they prayed in thanksgiving for the food. She was shocked to find out he had been stealing it.

Side bar- the DJ threw in something for every parent. Parents think children don’t pick up on things. They are way smarter than you think and they are as tuned in to you as you are to them. The little man took it upon himself to feed his mum because no one else was doing it and she was hungry.

The neighbour went on to do the most big-hearted thing ever. Instead of calling the police, she contacted the mother to understand why this was happening. Not having any extra money herself, she contacted the radio station and asked for help.

Suffice it to say I was sobbing in the car on my way to work as calls to help came pouring in. The DJs pledged to pay her rent for 6 months. Spar supermarket offered to supply groceries monthly for a year. An amazing number of people called with job offers. It was beautiful. It’s a miraculous change to a bad situation.

The reality is not everyone gets the miracle. For the remaining 7999 people retrenched, they must find another source of income or sleep hungry on the street.

A side hustle, or part-time entrepreneurship could make a world of difference to a bad situation by bridging the gap between jobs or could give the comfortable earner wriggle room to get that bag you always wanted or to renovate that bathroom with the annoying green tiles.

It’s worth a second thought. I just started coaching part – time at a local private school. Hopefully I can use the income from there over the year to start a small endeavour on the side.

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