Yin Fan

SLASH:
Project Officer (for toy recycling and social education projects) / Party host / Piano teacher / Tutor

SLASH SINCE:
2016

PRIMARY MOTIVATION:
Use income from side jobs to supplement earnings from her toy recycling project, while also building a business network

TIME SPLIT PER WEEK:
30 hours Project officer / 8 hours Party host / 8 hours Piano teacher / 10 hours Tutor (on average)

MAIN DIFFICULTIES:
Pressure to work all the time to build personal reputation

SEES SLASH AS A SUSTAINABLE LIFESTYLE:
No

SELF-IDENTIFIED SLASH:
Yes, but unwillingly

Yin Fan is a 25-year-old SLASH that juggles working on toy recycling and social education projects and being a party host, a piano teacher, and a tutor.

As a qualified kindergarten teacher, she worked full-time as a child educator for 1 year but left as she disliked teaching in nursery schools. Yin Fan then found her own toy business, but income from toy recycling and social education projects has not been enough to sustain her standard of living. She has since used side gigs such as being a party ball master, a piano teacher and a tutor to supplement her business earnings to maximize income.

Even so, Yin Fan does not earn as much now as when she was a full-time teacher. Yet she feels that now she has a more fulfilling lifestyle as a SLASH, and therefore has not returned to a full-time teaching job. Yin Fan does face pressure from family. Her elder sister is concerned about her financial stability and encourages her to find a full-time job. She would send Yin Fan job postings, yet few offers have been made.

Yin Fan does not think that she has chosen SLASH but, given her current circumstances, SLASH is the best work style for her. She sees SLASH as a transient stage, but enjoys using the process to build a network for her toy recycling projects.

While some friends may be envious of her SLASH lifestyle, Yin Fan recognizes that she is constantly under pressure to find clients and networking opportunities. She also tries hard to manage her schedule well and make sure she has enough time to travel between different jobs. Yin Fan is very conscientious of conducting herself professionally all the time and providing quality work so she can build a good reputation.

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