Sunny

SLASH:
Entrepreneur (family business) / Teaching assistant / Customer service officer (multiple companies) / Hospitality worker

SLASH SINCE:
Upon graduation

PRIMARY MOTIVATION:
Flexible schedule to take care of family

TIME SPLIT PER WEEK:
25 hours Entrepreneur / 20 hours Teaching assistant / 10 hours Customer service officer / 8 hours Hospitality worker (on average)

TOTAL MONTHLY INCOME:
HK$11,000 (on average)

MAIN DIFFICULTIES:
(1) Financial instability (2) Lack of rest

SEES SLASH AS A SUSTAINABLE LIFESTYLE:
No

SELF-IDENTIFIED SLASH:
Yes, but unwillingly

Sunny is a 27-year-old youth who runs a family business in the morning, and works as a teaching assistant in the afternoon. He also does a few other freelance jobs like working as a customer service officer at the Hong Kong Jockey Club, a hotel caterer, and occasionally as a customer service officer for Disney and AIA carnival.

Sunny has a hospitality management diploma and worked in different departments of many hotels, e.g. catering, kitchen, laundry services, and human resources. He started out as a SLASH because he wanted to try different things and learn various skills. He also worked at many bubble tea shop outlets as he wanted to taste all types of bubble tea in HK.

However, the most important reason for him to pursue a SLASH lifestyle is the flexible schedule it offers. His father is sick, and Sunny needs to care for him regularly. He worked full-time before for 6 months, but it demanded very late work hours, which prevented him from taking care of his father.

Sunny earns around HK$11,000 a month, which causes him financial difficulties. Although he lives with his parents, he can barely maintain a reasonable standard of living given the high cost of meals and transportation, which typically costs at least HK$200 a day. Sunny wants more financial stability. That is why he aspires to have a full-time job, and his dream job is to work in stables in the Hong Kong Jockey Club. It will offer a higher income, and he has a love for horses. He also complains about becoming sick easily as he seldom rests and works 7 days a week.

Sunny tells his employers about his SLASH identity. Sometimes it works well. For example, his school principal will allow him to leave his task early to work at the Jockey Club in the evening. However, some of his colleagues are slightly unhappy that Sunny does not work as hard as others as he needs to juggle different jobs. His supervisor at another job has reservations about promoting Sunny, as he is worried that Sunny cannot manage different jobs.

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