Employment letters are outdated. Let’s face it.
Your employment letter has a termination clause but, may not have “what if you got kicked out due to a meltdown or recession” clause. It should include “you are allowed to do a side hustle” clause that is non conflicting and does not hinder the productivity of my employment.
The threat of an employee owning a side hustle comes from a space of losing the employee for non productivity and siphoning confidential business information while partnering with competitors.
Simply stated, your employer doesn’t want you to.
- Spend working hours on something else. Because your employer pays you from his pocket.
- Give away your employer’s information to a competitor in the garb of making your own business.
If you can present a plan that tells how your side hustle does not threaten any of this, you have a winning case to present.
Even better, if your side hustle supports the values and goals of your organization, articulate that too.
To run my side hustle, I use Notion to organize my ideas and plan my day after work. So that it does not have any conflicts with my workday schedule.