More Australians getting second jobs to cope with the rising cost of living
Posted On May 11, 2022
With the cost of living rising, many Australians are now turning to side hustles to make ends meet.
A record number of Aussies hold multiple jobs – 867,000, according to new data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
That figure is 180,000 people higher than it was five years ago.
Melbourne’s Alyce Coghlan is one of those with two incomes.
She has turned her hobby into a second job to help cover her extra expenses.
She runs her business, Mark Your Moment, in her home, making personalised gifts, which she ships around the world.
Coghlan said money was definitely a factor behind her decision to make and sell the mementos.
“It’s nice to have that extra income on the side,” she said.
“It’s making a difference to our monthly budget and savings. It’s definitely worth trying to see what you can do with something and learning a lot along the way.”
Fiverr, an online marketplace for freelance services, says Australians are seeking second and even third jobs to get by.
Fiverr’s Oliver Woolrych says Youtube Editing, Website copywriting, working as a personal assistant and influencing on social media are the most popular.
“There is skill sets that are quiet simple that we do have that are popular on the platform,” he said.
Woolrych said many people have taken up another job post-COVID-19.
“We have learnt a lot through COVID and we can stay home on a computer and still make an income,” he said.
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“I feel like Australian’s want to have more control over their income.”
Retired school teacher Michele Berner offers her services as a proof reader.
“I can work whenever I like… it’s very flexible,” she said.
“I’d be making between a thousand to three thousand a month. Depending on how many orders I have…what time of year it is…it varies.”
Ride sharing is still one of the most obvious and common second jobs.
Uber has launched a new in-app feature allowing female and non-binary drivers to pick up female passengers only.
It’s hoped the move will entice more women into signing up to become drivers.