With people spending more time at home due either to work at home policies or being furloughed, it’s perhaps not surprising that some are looking at side jobs, the subject of this COVID-19-related survey from MacroMill.
Side jobs actually used to be banned by many companies until about a year or two ago when there was a big push to allow it, although I cannot remember what the driver for this national policy change was…
I suppose this is my side job, although if I counted up my income and expenditure it’s a money pit…
On the other hand, since I don’t need to commute, I can do much more overtime, so overall I’m better off thanks to the pandemic.
Q1: How has COVID-19 affected your income and expenditure? (Sample size=2,169)
Q2: Due to COVID-19, do you worry about your future lifestyle? (Sample size=2,169)
Don’t feel worried
Q3: What are the good things about COVID-19 causing you to spend more time at home? (Sample size=2,169, multiple answer)
Have more time to myself
Have more time with my family
No commuting stress
Have more sleep time
Can take time to eat
Don’t think there’s anything good about it
Time at home hasn’t increased
Q4: What have you started doing since having more time at home? (Sample size=1,454, those with more time at home, multiple answer)
Tided up, rearranged my room
Cooking, making sweets
Side job, gig work, online points
Studying, getting qualifications
Saving, actively managing investments
Helping family, friends
Looking for another job
Nothing in particular
Q5: What side job, gig work have you started doing? (Sample size=113, those doing, have done side jobs, gigs, etc multiple answer)
Selling on fleamarket apps
Video, live broadcasting (YouTube, etc)
Creating online courses
Delivery (Uber Eats, etc)
Other short-time odd jobs
Q6: Does your fulltime job permit side jobs? (Sample size=1,980)
Q7: Do you currently have a side job? (Sample size=2,169)
Yes, been interested since before COVID-19 (to SQ2)
No, not interested
Q7SQ2: Why did you become interested in side jobs? (Sample size=1,182, multiple answer)
Have side job
No side job
Want to increase income
Want extra pocket money
Want to increase savings
Want to use my free time
Can do work I’m good at, like
To cheer myself up
Want to try various jobs
Want to home my skills
Between the 22nd and 27th of July 2020 2,169 members of the Smart Answer monitor group between the ages of 20 and 59 who identified as businesspeople completed a private internet-based questionnaire. No further demographics were provided.
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