How legal is it to have a online side hu...

Asked by Jessica on 12-04-2020 16:14:33
Question posted in the General Law category relating to Mpumalanga

How legal is it to have a online side hustle while having a full time job? However, the online side hustle is done in the person's free time and not while doing the full time job. 

Answer to the Question

Posted by Att. Patrick on 14-04-2020 13:55:48

Hi there,

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Some work contracts specifically state that you can't have another job. Some employers have a general policy or understanding that indirectly says that you can't have another job. 

One reason for this is that if you work from 8am to 5pm at your normal job, and then side hustle from 6pm to midnight, you are not going to be rested for work the next day. Also, your mind might constantly be on your side hustle instead of on your main job. You would then be less focused at work. 

If your side hustle over-laps your main job (e.g. both are in sales / marketing) then your employer might argue that you are taking clients away from your main job to deal with them directly in your side hustle. 

So, it really does depend. 

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