The Filipino freelancing trend is growing every single month. Interested in jumping in?
But then, you have a full-time job now. Can you legally do it in your spare time? Or should you quit your job now and gamble?
Quitting is terribly risky. How do you pay for your obligations surely with peace of mind? But on the other side, if you freelance alongside your full-time work, you might get fired!
Freelancing part-time is definitely the way to go. But, how do you go about without getting dismissed?
Check out these tips to work on that side hustle without getting fired.
Read Your Employment Contract
If you are working for a company, for sure, you would’ve signed an employment contract, non-disclosure, and non-compete agreement. If you haven’t been briefed on your onboarding, it’s time to finally check the fine print.
If no clauses indicate prohibition, the first legal hurdle is done.
Ask Permission from Your Superior
Your boss might be uncomfortable with your freelancing. It’s normal.
You should view it in their perspective. After all, an employee doing something else might affect his/her performance.
When you ask permission, show the benefits the company can get from it. There are great advantages in allowing your employees to freelance.
Pitch them the skills you can acquire in your part-time job. Assure them that you will give the 100% best effort in the tasks they’ve given you.
For what it’s worth, free employee training and better people performance, who would say no to that?
Talk in Simple and Small Terms
But make sure to just explain it in “Simple and Small” terms.
If you plan to create a big retail empire, you say, “I’m starting a small retail shop online”. Or if you’re a coder for the next Facebook, you tell, “I’m coding for this start-up company”.
Do not paint out your grand schemes because this will surely be viewed as something that can affect your performance. Just keep it small and simple.
Make Sure there’s No Conflict Of Interest
Lastly, if all the things above are settled, your boss might be hesitant with just one more thing. Future competition.
Make sure that you have no conflict of interest with the said part-time venture. Do not go and steal your boss’ clients. You might get away with it. But it may put you into a tough legal battle in the future.
Also, you should not use company resources for your freelance job. Don’t use your work computer or the software they bought for your personal interests.
And this also pertains to time. It’s a red flag if you abuse your boss’ permission. Your paid time should only be used for company purposes.
Last Reminders, Don’t Bring It Up to Everyone
As happy as you might be with your boss’ permission, you should not explode in social media with everything about your side hustle.
It may be different for every country culture-wise. But you don’t need extra drama and work politics to get in your way.
They will eventually find out. But don’t volunteer the information. Just go low-key and enjoy your additional growth and success. Congrats!