Before I talk about the benefits of holding several part-time jobs under one belt, let’s discuss the pros and cons of a full-time job.

For a typical full-time job, one is expected to work five to six days a week, depending on the nature of the job. It also comes with the usual benefits such as 7 days annual leave for the first year, 14 days of sick leave (MC) and up to 60 days of paid hospitalisation leave, among other forms of leaves, bonuses, certain perks and medical benefits. It all depends on the company one is working for, really.

However, as with all full-time jobs, one is also not expected to come and go as he or she pleases and have to work the usual 8 hours, standard 44 hours per week. Exceeding that amount is overtime, which is good for those with nothing to do after work but bad for those with families and especially, young kids. Also, as with most full-time jobs, one finds himself or herself stuck in one place most of the time performing the same mundane tasks repeatedly every working day until he or she gets sick of it. In other words, most full-time jobs are nothing more than dead-end daily routines. Even with promotions, one will still be going through the same everyday pattern – except, it’s on a different level, that’s all.

And let’s not forget that with more companies cutting cost these days, many full-time staff find themselves on the retrenchment list. Learning new skills and relocating to different work industries do not guarantee stability and security as the working trend is fast changing due to more and more advanced technology, machineries and robotics replacing the human workforce around the world. After all, machines do not need to be paid for their work contribution, go on leave, fall sick and take MCs or injure themselves while at work and anything like that. They can also be replaced easily if companies can afford it.

That said, although there are restrictions to working part-time, there is no law disallowing anyone to work several part-time jobs at any one time unlike with full-time jobs – as long as one is capable in managing his or her time with them.

Unlike working full-time, part-time jobs are flexible in the sense that a part-timer does not have to work the standard 8 hours a day, 5 to 6 days a week routine and can choose to work as and when he or she pleases. As for the benefits, many companies these days are also offering almost the same benefits for part-time staff as they do for the full-time ones including incentives, leaves and bonuses.

Take me, for example.

I now work as a freelance writer and part-time retail salesman during the weekdays and as a supermarket/hypermarket sales promoter over the weekends and holiday periods and these part-time jobs come with (additional) incentives and commissions besides the usual salary to encourage us part-timers to work even harder!

Besides, if there is no work from one part-time job, I can always almost surely find work with the other one. Most companies are more than happy to find work for their part-timers since they are a cheaper source of labour in the long run and can be replaced easily.

The best part about my part-time jobs is that I don’t have to take leave whenever emergencies pop up and neither do I have to face any bosses’ wrath when I apply for them like I did as a full-time staff. If I’m tired or sick and can’t go to work, all I need to do is to give the manager or person in-charge a call or text to let them know early before work I can’t make it for that day with a valid reason and not some lame excuse so that they will have ample time to find my replacement. After all, we must be responsible for our own actions. Working part-time can be like being your own boss where you get to choose your own time slots or shifts and when you want to work.

Freedom, baby!

I do it because I can.

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